The hormonal decline that occurs with menopause causes uncomfortable symptoms that lead many women to seek relief. But many women live in fear of hormone therapy, questioning its safety and the impact it will have on their long term health.
Traditional/Non-bioidentical vs. Bioidentical Hormones
This fear stems from the results of the 1991 long-term study on the safety and efficacy of hormone therapy, known as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). The study tested synthetic, or traditional, hormone therapy on postmenopausal women, not bioidentical hormones for therapies administered to the subjects. Unlike bioidentical hormones, non-bioidentical hormones are not designed to mimic the natural structure of human endogenous hormones. Instead, non-bioidentical hormones bind tightly to the specified cell receptors and initiate prolonged stimulation. This action inhibits the natural metabolic process designed for hormone metabolism and contributes to the body’s inability to wean the traditional hormones from your system.
The difference between bioidentical hormones and traditional hormones is deeply layered. Unlike bioidentical hormones, traditional hormones may be patented by pharmaceutical companies, so dosages vary from person to person sometimes by just milligrams dictated by a doctor, while bioidentical hormones are prescribed precisely to meet your individual needs. Although traditional hormones can mimic the effects of hormones on certain biological pathways, they rarely offer the same effectiveness at a deeper, molecular level as natural hormones. Bioidentical hormones can mimic the affinity human endogenous hormones have – performing effectively within each biological, at all levels.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a safe and effective means for women to find relief from menopause symptoms. There are individual and combination therapies available, along with a variety of delivery methods. Physicians specializing in BHRT will assess your needs through detailed lab testing to determine which hormones and delivery methods are right for you. That formulation is then made by the compounding pharmacist.
At The Healthy Choice Compounding Pharmacy, we specialize in BHRT and along with your doctor can help you find relief from menopause. Stop by and chat with pharmacist Phil Altman and his staff.
Further reading: https://www.thehealthychoice.net/compounding-custom-medications-ny/