Millions of women, from every age and background, experience some form of hormone-related health condition during their lifetimes. For many women, help comes in the form of Bio­Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Many wonder if BHRT has been around for so long, why haven’t they heard of it? The answer is simple. Naturally occurring substances are not patentable. Therefore, patents cannot be obtained for bio­identical hormones (although their dosage form or delivery method may be patentable). When patents are not possible, funds cannot be raised to do large clinical studies. Regardless, there are hundreds of references and a growing number of experts practicing in this specialty field.

In the past few years we have seen controversy regarding women’s health issues. Recent studies on hormone replacement therapy are terrifying women. They are confused, scared and at the very least in the dark as to how to live their life with quality. Women and their health care providers alike must know that HRT and BHRT are NOT synonymous.

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What is conventional HRT?

It is taking a hormone or hormones (often equine estrogens and/or synthetic progestins) and substituting them into the body prior to, during or post menopause. These hormones are created to mimic effects of hormones that are present in the human body, but they are NOT identical in structure or activity to natural hormones they replace.

What was the goal of conventional HRT?

Studies have shown that when our hormones begin to become unbalanced, our bodies become more prone to certain disease states. The goal was to provide women with the proper balance of hormones to reduce these disease risks. The idea has been to try to mimic what our body naturally produces and then to replace it, decreasing our risk of disease. As a result, for many years HRT has been synthesized and put into our bodies for long term use. The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) concluded: the “overall health risks [of HRT] exceeded benefits from use of combined estrogen plus progestins” (aka: conventional HRT). Though efforts have been well intentioned, they have not worked according to plan.

Factors that must be taken into consideration when beginning HHRT

Xenoestrogens (pesticides, synthetic hormones fed to animals, plastics, cosmetics), obesity, high stress lifestyle, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise contribute to hormonal imbalance. In order to properly balance ones hormones individual lifestyle modifications need to be addressed. Our consultants can gain much of the needed information from the detailed questionnaire as well as during the consultation to help you make the lifestyle adjustments necessary for proper hormone balance.

Estrogen Metabolism

Utilizing a Gene SNP (single nucleotide polymorphisms) test, you can find out if there is a problem with your detoxification pathways. The detoxification process is very nutrient dependent. Therefore, adequate nutrition is essential for effective detoxification of estrogen and other prescription medications and supplements.

What is bio­identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)?

Bio­identical hormone replacement therapy has the exact chemical structure and activity as hormones produced by our body before menopause. They are derived from yam or soy plants and have been chemically processed in a laboratory to become identical to what our bodies naturally produce. BHRT is customized therapy to fit each individual; one size does NOT fit all.

What are the goals of BHRT?

The goals of BHRT are to alleviate the effects caused by natural decreases in the production of hormones by the body. When we are supplementing hormones, we typically look at: estradiol, estriol, estrone, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, pregnenolone and cortisol. Perimenopause symptoms frequently begin in a woman’s mid 30’s. BHRT is unique as it replaces the bio­identical hormones in the patient with customized doses to provide the positive benefits of hormone balance. The ultimate goal is to achieve and maintain the body’s natural hormonal balance.

How it Works?

Since, bio­identical hormones have the exact same chemical structure as human hormones; the body recognizes them and allows them to mimic the function of the hormones the body produces on its own. BHRT may be useful for relieving the symptoms of a variety of conditions common among women of all ages, including:

  • Menopause
  • Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycle
  • Moodiness
  • Hot Flashes
  • Infertility
  • Post­Partum Depression
  • Decreased Libido
  • Weight Gain
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibrocystic Breasts
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Painful Sexual Intercourse
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Night Sweats

Mass­Produced BHRT Formulations: Useful, but Limited

There are some mass­produced hormone treatments on the market today. However, every woman's body ­ and her individual hormonal makeup ­ is different, and each requires a unique balance of hormones. That's why more women are turning to custom compounded BHRT from Ladd Family Pharmacy for their hormone replacement needs.

Ladd Family Pharmacy Custom­Compounded BHRT is Personalized Care

Ladd Family Pharmacy specializes in preparing compounded medications for our customers, and we can compound a customized BHRT solution to suit your specific hormone needs. Working with you and your practitioner, Ladd Family Pharmacy will assist in evaluating your serum or saliva tests and hormone evaluation worksheet. By studying and interpreting your results, your care team will determine an individualized course of treatment for you. Then, with your healthcare provider's prescription, Ladd Family Pharmacy can prepare hormones in a variety of strengths and dosage forms, including:

  • Topical or vaginal creams
  • Sublingual drops or troches
  • Capsules
  • Gels and foams
  • Suppositories

Make Ladd Family Pharmacy a Part of Your BHRT Care Team

Ladd Family Pharmacy is a valuable member of your BHRT care team, working by your side to formulate the best treatment for your individual needs. And you can count on Ladd Family Pharmacy to stay with you, monitoring your treatment and helping you make any necessary adjustments. So give us a call...we're eager to begin that personalized­ care relationship today.