Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

What is bio-identical hormone replacement and why should it be considered?

Our bodies have over 60 trillion cells with each needing to communicate with one another. Hormones are the chemical messengers that travel through our blood stream, enter cells by unlocking a door called a receptor, and flip the switches that govern growth, development, and mental and physical functioning.

The exact chemical structure of the body’s hormones is incredibly important, because in order for hormone therapy to fully replicate the normal functioning present in the human body it must match the original structure of that hormone exactly. Only a natural hormone key can fit properly into a specific cell receptor door's lock.

Bio-identical hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones made by the human body. Structural differences exist between bio-identical hormones and those available commercially, which are typically synthetic (i.e. esterified estrogens, medroxyprogesterone) or animal derived (i.e. conjugated equine estrogens). The structural differences that exist between human, synthetic, and animal hormones maybe responsible for the side effects and risks commonly associated with them. Synthetic hormones are not found in humans, and are not identical in structure or function to the bio-identical hormones they are intended to replace.

With age hormone levels fluctuate, then decline triggering what is commonly known as the symptoms of Menopause (in women) and Andropause (in men). Sex hormone imbalances involving estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA most commonly appear as symptoms consisting of mood swings, irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, tender/fibrocystic breasts, uterine fibroids, foggy thinking, memory lapse, irritable, anxious, depressed, heart palpitations, headaches, bone loss, water retention, weight gain, vaginal dryness, low libido, acne/oily skin, scalp hair loss, excess facial/body hair, polycystic ovaries, infertility.

When hormone balance is lost unwanted symptoms, disorders, and disease occur. When in balance the body systems are stable.

At MD Custom Rx a program has been designed to help women and men become hormonally balanced, utilizing bio-identical hormone therapy.

For more information contact Monica Zatarski, Doctor of Pharmacy at MD Custom Rx at 262.373.1050.