Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
By Sheila Jiwan
Compounding pharmacists at our Pharmasave stores can create customized BHRT that closely mimics individual patients’ optimum natural hormone levels. With natural, customized BHRT, patients can mitigate the symptoms associated with menopause and other hormonal imbalances, while minimizing side effects and risks associated with synthetic hormones. With bioidentical hormones, doses can be easily adjusted and fine-tuned to control symptoms and provide long-term health benefits.
Hormones perform a vast array of complex functions in the body. When hormone levels are deficient or imbalanced, people can suffer unpleasant symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has many benefits for women (and men) suffering from hormone imbalances and deficiencies.
Western medicine has tended to treat hormone imbalances and deficiencies with doses of synthetic hormones. Although they are similar to the hormones that occur naturally in our bodies, synthetic hormones are chemically and structurally different than human hormones. For these reasons, synthetic hormones can cause undesirable side effects (such as fluid retention, nausea, breast tenderness, blood clots, headaches, leg cramps, irritability, and depression). The body may also take longer to eliminate them.
Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are chemically identical to the hormones produced by the body. For this reason, they produce few unwanted side effects when taken in appropriate quantities and ratios. They are also easily eliminated from the body.
For more information on Bioidentical HRT (BHRT), please watch this video and decide if this treatment is of interest to you. Contact one of our pharmacies for an appointment with me to discuss your unique situation; together we’ll determine if BHRT is right for you.
Sheila Jiwan is a Pharmacist and expert in women’s health and wellness. She has helped women of all ages with personalized healthy aging programs that make a significant difference in the lives of her patients and customers.