Bio-identical Hormone Therapy for Women
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) involves the use of hormones that are identical to those manufactured naturally by the human body. During perimenopause, menopause and after menopause, BHRT can be used to fully replicate the many functions of sex-hormones throughout the body. This is done without the adverse effects commonly experienced with their synthetic counterparts.
Bio-identical hormones are made from plants such as soy and yams. Since the human body cannot convert soy or yams directly into natural hormones, the plants must be processed pharmaceutically. When applied to the skin as a cream, inserted as a suppository, or taken orally as a capsule or sublingual troche (a lozenge designed to dissolve under the tongue). The body recognizes the hormones to be biologically identical to those produced naturally.
Natural Hormone Balance For Women
If you are a perimenopausal woman, or you have reached or passed menopause, you are likely noticing some of the changes that accompany reduced hormone levels. These include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness and irritation, reduced—or no-libido (sex drive), and thinning skin and/or hair.
Memory lapse is another symptom of hormonal decline and one that most women of menopausal age experience. Losing words mid-sentence, or not being able to recall the name of an old friend or a movie is often the result of too little estrogenic activity in the brain (Estrogen increases the concentration of an enzyme required to synthesize acetylcholine—a brain chemical that is critical to memory function. Estrogen also enhances communication between neurons in the hippocampus—an area of the brain important for verbal memory). Some studies have indicated that estrogen may help prevent cognitive decline.
Accompanying these changes are others that are not readily discernible, such as the increased risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Although many health-conscious women strongly believe that Nature’s plan precludes the use of synthetic hormones to ease the transition through menopause, they have been willing to try BHRT since these hormones mimic the structure of the body’s natural hormones. With careful adjustment, BHRT can restore the feeling of well-being associated with a more youthful hormone profile and can ease the path through menopause with little or no negative side-effects.
BHRT for women can result in a number of benefits including:
- Restored libido
- Maintenance of youthful skin
- Enhanced memory, less “fogginess”
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Increase in bone density and associated reduction of osteoporosis risk
- Reduced incidence of depression
- Improved overall quality of life
Natural Hormone Balancing
Knowing how vital a youthful hormone profile is to health and well-being, our pharmacists have developed a Natural Hormone Balancing Program for both men and women. Each regimen is tailored to specific needs, and may involve several modalities. Our highly trained and experienced compounding pharmacists are experts in the correct balance of hormones and will work together with your physician or naturopath to ensure that your program for hormone balance works effectively for you. Your hormones will be prepared in the form most convenient for you—either as a cream, oral supplement, suppository or sublingual troche.
The Finlandia Hormone Balancing Program includes:
- Lifestyle modifications
- Education concerning your stage of life and the connections with your thyroid and adrenal glands
- Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)
- Vitamin/mineral/herbal supplementation
Salivary Hormone Testing
An assessment of your hormone levels can be made from sampling your saliva. Saliva testing measures the levels of hormones circulating in the bloodstream that remain free from serum-binding proteins, and can therefore be used by the cells. This form of hormone testing is believed by many practitioners to provide a more accurate measurement on which to base a balancing regimen and symptom control. Finlandia Pharmacy can arrange for you to have a saliva test and discuss the results with you and your physician. Please talk to one of our pharmacists to schedule an appointment.