Bio-identical hormones are hormones that have the same chemical structure as the ones that your body naturally produces. They are often prescribed to help with symptoms of hormonal imbalance in both men and women. There is a misconception that bio-identical hormones are available only from a compounding pharmacy. On the contrary, pharmaceutical companies do make some bio-identical hormones like estradiol, the hormone that a woman's ovaries make, as well as micronized progesterone. These hormones are bio-identical. However, there are reasons a patient may choose a compounded product, such as a need for a customized dosage that is unavailable at a commercial pharmacy, better pricing, or sensitivites to certain components of the formulation. For example, pharmaceutical progesterone typically has peanut oil in it. If you cannot or do not want to take peanut oil, this product is not for you.
Many people believe that bio-identical hormones are safer than synthetic hormones. In many ways they are; however, all hormones have a potential for side effects. It is important to find a physician who is well-trained and experienced in the treatment of menopause and low testosterone. Your medical history and current medical conditions will determine how safe hormones are for you. They will also determine which route of delivery, oral vs transdermal (through the skin), is the best choice for you. We will review this information in detail with you, to help you make an informed decision about your care. We offer BHRT because it is custom-prescribed, based on your individual needs.
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