Having an unbalanced hormonal profile is, in many ways, a side effect of living in modern life. There are a multitude of substances which we encounter every single day which may knock our hormones out of whack. Everything from certain food additives, plastics, household cleaners, certain commercial dyes, and many prescription medications can be the culprit.
Many of our hormones are sensitive to environmental stressors, including the thyroid hormones, growth hormone, and the adrenal hormone system. The most commonly talked about in medicine today are the sex hormones; the estrogens and testosterone. When these hormones are out of sync, both males and females experience substantial negative side effects.
Signs Of Hormonal Imbalance For Women Include:
- Dysmenorrhea (cramps)
- Irregular Periods
- Insomnia/ Disturbed Sleep
- Night Sweats
- Weight Gain
- Hot Flashes
- Poor Concentration
Signs Of Hormonal Imbalance For Men Often Are:
- Excessive tiredness
- Inability to concentrate at work
- Lack of sex drive
- Feelings of depression
- Poor work capacity
- Fat gain
- Muscle loss
In order to treat these conditions, physicians will prescribe a combination of lifestyle modification and medication therapy. The medications that are prescribed usually consist of hormone replacement medications, such as an estrogen product and a testosterone product. However, these products are NOT all created equal.
The majority of hormone replacement products on the market today are synthetic medications that mimic human hormones. Unfortunately, because these chemicals are not exactly the same as those found in the human body, unwanted and intolerable side effects can occur. For instance, look at the structural difference between the synthetic hormone medroxyprogesterone and your body’s natural hormone, progesterone:
These side chains are added, not to increase the efficacy of the drug, but to enable the drug company to PATENT the drug. Natural progesterone (and the other natural hormones) cannot be patented and have no monetary value to drug companies. But for you, they are the safest, most effective hormone therapy. Luckily we have an option to use the natural hormones in your therapy. This type of therapy is called bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
As we stated above, BHRT is an option designed to individually dose hormones made to be the same in structure and function as the body’s own hormones.
These hormones follow the exact same metabolic pathways as the body’s own hormones, thereby restoring the hormone balance in the most effective and least intrusive way for your body.
There are many physicians in your area who prescribe bio-identical hormone replacement to their patients. In order to find out if your doctor is one, simply ask them. If you are in need of a recommendation for a provider in your area who uses BHRT, contact us and we can supply you with recommendations.
Your health is the most precious possession you have. Why not live each day to its optimal potential; mentally, spiritually, and physically?
The Compounding Pharmacy of America can assist you in this process. We can:
- Save you time by being a resource to address questions regarding BHRT
- Recommending specific courses of therapy to your physician based upon your individual needs
- Address questions regarding side effects and ongoing therapy.
- Assist your physician with therapy adjustments on an ongoing basis to assure optimal results.