Bio Identical (HRT) Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy - Menopause Treatment

Menopause... What is it?

Menopause is a natural event in every woman's life. Unfortunately, it often brings along many unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms, varying in severity from woman to woman. It is important to be aware that there are many different treatment options available.

Considering that every woman eventually experiences it, it's easy to see why there is much talk and speculation about menopause. Essentially, menopause is the cessation of monthly menstruation. Menopause officially signals the end of a woman's child-bearing years and indicates the point where she will no longer be fertile. By learning the basics about menopause: what it is, when it occurs, what its symptoms are, and how to manage them, women can prepare themselves and have a much better chance of getting through this major life change with elegance and comfort.

When Does Menopause Occur?

Unfortunately, menopause is unpredictable and does not arrive like clockwork. Over a gradual period of time, a woman's ovaries begin to work less efficiently. Approximately around the age of 40, this process speeds up and as a result, the woman becomes less and less fertile. Most women cease menstruating around 50 years of age; some stop as young as 40 years, while others continue as late as 60 years. Without a doubt, there is a wide window of time during which menopause can occur- and there's no way to predict when it will happen!

What Are The Symptoms Of Menopause?

The symptoms of menopause are widely known and are familiar to many women. As women approach menopause, they often begin experiencing symptoms of some sort. In fact, approximately 70% of women will experience menopause symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:

Why do these symptoms happen? Hormones are largely to blame. When menopause occurs, levels of estrogen and progesterone drop. This decline in the levels of hormones can trigger the many common symptoms of menopause.

Treating Menopause Symptoms

There are several different tips, tricks and treatments for handling and managing the symptoms of menopause. What works for one woman might not work for another. One of the most popular treatments nowadays, though, is hormone replacement therapy. Doctors prescribe prescription medication that is customised to fit a woman's precise needs in terms of her levels of estrogen and progesterone. In turn, a compounding pharmacy receives the prescription and carries out the doctor's instructions to the letter. As a result, the patient receives a customised dose of medication that will help balance out the levels of those hormones in her body. Often, the problematic symptoms of menopause are successfully managed in this way, and a woman is able to go on about her life without incident or discomfort.

Bio-identical Hormones vs "Natural" Hormones

Bio-identical hormone replacement and natural hormone replacement are conceptually similar. However, it important to note that what the general public perceives as 'natural' is not the same as 'bio-identical'.  Many people make the mistake of assuming that as long as a product is derived from nature, it is 'natural' and good for the body. For example, phytoestrogens derived from soy products are perceived as being 'natural', but these estrogens are not bio-identical to human oestrogen, meaning the body recognises them as foreign. This is also the case for some medication made by major drug manufacturers, some of which unfortunately contains equine (horse) estrogens. On the bright side, bio-identical hormones go one step further; the molecular structure of bio-identical hormones is exactly the same as the corresponding hormone in the human body.  

What does a compounding pharmacy have to do with this?

This is where a quality compounding pharmacy enters the picture.  A compounding pharmacy can prepare bio-identical hormones in different strengths, concentrations and delivery methods so that you can get an individualized, customized hormone replacement treatment to achieve optimal results for you. Every woman has different hormone requirements, meaning that there is not a "one size fits all" solution. It's the job of a specialised medical doctor to determine the appropriate dose of suitable hormones based on saliva analysis and blood tests. Then, it is the job of a qualified compounding pharmacist to safely and accurately prepare the high-quality, tailor-made bio-identical hormone replacement therapy that you can rely on.