Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the process of restoring and maintaining hormone balance with hormones that are biologically identical to hormones produced by the human body. BHRT is commonly used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep disorders, decreased libido, and an increased risk of fractures due to osteoporosis.
The use of hormones that are structurally identical to those found in the body has seen a steady increase. These hormones are known as bio-identical hormones. Many believe that bio-identical hormones have fewer side effects than synthetic hormones. The synthetic hormones contain side chains that alter their chemical structure in relation to hormones found in the body. The goals of BHRT include relief from symptoms due to decreasing hormone production, protection from conditions that natural hormones usually protect against, and the establishment of hormonal balance. The hormones are primarily derived from the yam and soybean plants before being altered in the lab to create the bio-identical hormones. BHRT has been used for over 40 years in Europe and has been extensively studied.
Bioidentical hormones have been available and used in hormone treatments for decades. They can be custom compounded to match each patient’s unique needs and body chemistry, instead of the “one size fits all” approach used with off-the-shelf hormones.
Hormone therapy requires appropriate testing, examination and discussion of symptoms with a healthcare practitioner. The pharmacists at Boyd County Pharmacy can answer your questions about bioidentical hormones and how BHRT can help with hormone imbalances such as:
. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
. Postpartum Depression
. Menopause and Perimenopause
. Female Sexual Dysfunction
. Testosterone Deficiency
. Chronic Fatigue
. Andropause (Male Menopause)
Hormone replacement therapy via medications made in a compound pharmacy, specifically targeted for particular chemical deficiencies can help balance hormone levels within the body. Nutritional supplements can also help the body to regulate/process and restore hormones.
Bio-identical hormones compounding is available at Boyd County Pharmacy. The use of bio-
identical hormones continues to increase in popularity. The idea of replacing the body’s hormones with identical hormones seems logical although larger studies need to be done on their safety, efficacy, and long-term effects. As with any other medication, caution must be exercised in using bio-identical hormones in hormone replacement therapy, which is why it is important to always talk to your doctor and pharmacist about any concerns you might have.
Boyd County Pharmacy offers various compounded medications and supplements. Unlike off-the-shelf medications, our prescriptions are compounded to meet your specific and individual needs, as directed by your physician. We employ state-of-the-art technology and meet or exceed the industry’s strictest quality and safety standards.
No two people are exactly the same internally, which is where the benefit of being able to tailor the exact amount of each hormone needed for individuals is most beneficial. For more information about hormone compounding and the conditions the can be treated using hormone replacement therapies, please call Boyd County Pharmacy at 606-929-5301, or speak to your primary care physician.
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