I N D I V I D U A L I Z E D Natural Hormone Therapy
- Restores natural hormone balance safely
- Eliminates unwanted side effects
- Optimizes health and sexuality
- Utilizes hormones that are bio-identical in structure to what our body produces
What are hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that course through our bloodstream and enter tissues where they turn on switches to the genetic machinery that regulate everything taking place in our bodies. Hormones can be thought of as the life giving force that controls our physical, mental, and emotional well being.
Different glands and organs throughout the body produce hormones. For example, the pancreas produces the hormone insulin, the ovaries produce estrogens and progesterone. Other glands such as the pituitary and hypothalamus in the brain secrete hormones such as FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) that control how much estrogen and progesterone are produced by the ovaries. LH stimulates production of testosterone in the testes for men.
Where do these natural hormones come from when prepared by a compounding pharmacy?
Natural hormones are obtained from sterol analogues found in many varieties of plants, primarily soybean and wild yam. These estrogen and progesterone like compounds are then transformed in the laboratory to the human bio-identical natural hormones.
What is Estrogen?
There is no single hormone called estrogen, Rather estrogen is actually the name given to a class of hormones. There are three major estrogens produced by women namely; estriol, estradiol and estrone. Estradiol is the most potent of the three, is the most stimulating to the breast tissue, and is the strongest symptom reliever for hot flashes, night sweats and other deficiency symptoms.
What is natural Progesterone?
Progesterone, is a naturally occurring hormone in both men and women, is essential for many vital functions in the human body. The ovaries produce the majority of progesterone, but only if ovulation occurs. As women approach menopause, less progesterone is produced. Progesterone deficiency is responsible for many of the symptoms associated with menopause. Some of the many functions of Progesterone’s include improving sleep, naturally calming, balancing body fluids, improving fat metabolism, promoting bone formation, possible protection against breast cancer and protecting the uterus against cell proliferation. Progesterone also balances the effects of estrogen and should always be taken in conjunction with estrogen therapy even after hysterectomy.
What are androgens?
Androgens (testosterone, DHEA, androstenedione) play an important role in tissue regeneration, especially the skin, bones, and muscles. The principal androgen in both men and women is DHEA. DHEA levels decline with age, and in some cases, supplementation with DHEA can restore energy, improve immune function, lift depression and improve mental function. Testosterone is involved in maintenance of lean body mass, bone density, skin elasticity, sex drive and cardiovascular health in both sexes. Men make more of this hormone, accounting for their greater bone and muscle mass. Androstenedione is a precursor for both estrogens and testosterone, especially in females. It can be produced in excess by the ovaries, especially during early menopause, and can cause some of the “androgenic” symptoms such as scalp hair loss and facial hair growth.
Why do I need testosterone?
Women’s ovaries and adrenal glands do produce testosterone. Every woman will experience a drop in estrogen and testosterone production during menopause. Testosterone is important in maintaining sexual desire, as well as strength and integrity of skin, muscle and bone. Low levels of testosterone will result in a decreased sex drive, fatigue and decreased sense of well being.
Testosterone levels start decreasing at about the age of 30. It is called andropause. Since it is a slower change than what women experience, men typically do not see these changes occurring. Symptoms include loss of muscle mass, sex drive, energy, and sense of well being. In some cases, it can even effect ambition and competitive spirit.
How do I get started on Natural Hormone Therapy?
Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy must be customized for each person. Only after a thorough review of symptoms and history can an effective regimen be designed. You may want to discuss your interest in Bio-Identical Natural Hormone Therapy with your current health practitioner to determine if he/she is comfortable with it. Some are already very knowledgeable, others are interested and want to learn more and still others are closed minded and do not want to be bothered with it. If you need help finding a practitioner that will work with you, call us for a referral to one who will. We are available to help educate your practitioner and help him/her to determine appropriate dosing. A triad between patient, physician and pharmacist is essential to achieving optimal therapy.
How Are Natural Hormones Available?
Bio-Identical Natural hormones can be prepared in a dosage form convenient to each individual patient. We are no longer limited by the “one size fits all” medications that pharmaceutical manufacturers sell. Natural hormones can be made as capsules, topical creams, vaginal suppositories, injectables and sublingual liquids or tablets.
How long should I take hormones? The best answer is “as long as it is needed”. The length of time will be different for each person, depending upon their current health and the chances of developing other serious diseases later on in life. That’s one reason why it’s so important to have regular health check-ups.
Can Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy (NHRT) cause side effects?
Bio-Identical NHRT’s goal is to restore and maintain a physiological status. If hormone levels were normal from age 20 to 40, replacing them to restore the same level that was well tolerated for 20 years is unlikely to cause any serious side effects in later life. The risk is further reduced if only natural hormones are used. However, any type of medication can have side effects if not administered properly. The scientific studies show that the potential benefits of HRT are great, whereas, overdosing to excessive level causes most problems reported from HRT. To insure safety, hormone levels should not be raised above a normal youthful range, and side effects can often be relieved with a dosage adjustment.