As we age or go through different stages of our lives, our bodies react by producing different levels of hormones. When there are deficiencies or imbalances of hormones, symptoms can appear which may affect the quality of life of an individual. One such instance is menopause, with women experiencing symptoms such as irritability, flushing and sleep disturbances. While most of the emphasis for HRT is placed on women in menopause, increasingly it is also being used by men to replenish low testosterone levels which naturally occur during aging.
Bioidentical refers to the hormones used in HRT as being exactly identical to those found in your body. Synthetic hormones currently used in clinical practice have similar, although not identical structures to naturally-produced hormones. What this means is that they can/may act differently on your body to produce unwanted side-effects.
Diagnosing hormone deficiencies or excess requires blood tests which can then be used to determine the type of treatment required. While conventional products only come in certain strengths, our pharmacists are able to compound capsules, creams and/or troches specifically to your body’s individual needs.
What this means is that your doctor can prescribe the exact dose and combination of hormones that you require without having to compromise with ‘approximate’ dosing provided by most readily-available products.
Among others, common symptoms of hormone imbalances include: