Compounding and Achieving Hormonal Balance through Natural Hormone Replacment Therapy:
Natural hormones (sometimes referred to as "bio-identical" hormones) contain the same chemical structure as hormones that are produced by the human body. It is important to note that the term "bio-identical" hormone is not indicative of the source of the hormone but rather refers to its chemical structure. These hormones are capable of replicating the function of hormones which are naturally produced in our body. Their identical structure naturally allows them to follow normal metabolic pathways and thus essential active metabolites are formed in response to natural hormone replacement therapy.
The difference between synthetic and bio-identical hormones:
Significant differences exist between natural and synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormes which include: Provera, Premarin, Estrace, and Prempro, are considered molecular cousins of the natural agents: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Synthetic hormones have been altered at the molecular level by pharmaceutical companies in order for them to be patentable. These alterations have resulted in higher side effects and significantly higher health risks. Bio-identical hormones are derived from a natural source (either soy or yam). They are moleculary identical to the hormones created by the human body and are better tolerated and as effective as synthetic hormones.
Bio-identical hormones include estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), progesterone, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and pregnenolone. Our compounding specialists work together with patients and prescribers to provide customized bio-identical hormone replacement therapy that provides the needed hormones in the most appropriate strength and dosage form to meet each female or males specific needs. Hormone replacement therapy should be initiated carefully after a woman's medical and family history has been reviewed. Every woman is unique and will respond to therapy in her own way. Close monitoring and medication adjustments are essential.
Please consult with one of our compounding pharmacists for further details about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.