Getting Started With Bioidentical Doctors

Hormone levels can drop for a variety of reasons, including natural life processes, medical conditions, and lifestyle factors. Menopause can typically occur in women between the ages 45 and 55, leading to a significant drop in estrogen and progesterone levels. This hormonal decline results in symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. While for men, testosterone levels gradually decline with age, starting as early as the late 20s or early 30s. This decline is often referred to as andropause and can lead to decreased libido, fatigue, and muscle mass loss.

Certain medical conditions including; Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Insufficiency, and Pituitary Disorders, can lead to a direct decrease in the production and regulation of hormones in your body.

Additionally, some of the lifestyle choices we make heavily contribute to hormonal imbalances within our body. Chronic stress can lead to elevated cortisol levels and adrenal fatigue, which reduce the production of cortisol and other hormones. Poor nutrition can impact overall hormone production, for example, a lack of healthy fats can affect the synthesis of steroid hormones.

Understanding why hormone levels drop can help in identifying the appropriate treatment or lifestyle changes to manage and mitigate symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances.

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT for short) is a treatment that uses hormones that are chemically identical to those the human body produces naturally. BHRT is primarily used to treat symptoms of hormonal imbalance or deficiency, often associated with menopause, andropause, or other hormonal disorders.

BHRT can be administered in various forms, including pills, patches, creams, gels, injections, and implanted pellets. The choice of administration depends on the patient's needs and preferences.

Getting a Prescription for BHRT

The hormones used in BHRT, such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are derived from plant sources and are designed to be molecularly identical to the hormones produced by the human body. Compared to traditional HRT hormones which uses synthetic hormones or hormones derived from animal sources. Some patients and practitioners believe that bioidentical hormones are more natural and better tolerated, though this is still a topic of ongoing research and debate within the medical community.

One of the main benefits of BHRT over HRT is that BHRT is often tailored to the individual's specific hormonal needs. This customization is based on comprehensive hormone testing and ongoing monitoring by healthcare providers. These customized compounded medications for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy do require a prescription from a prescriber.

Our compounding pharmacists at Folsom Compounding Pharmacy have the expertise in hormone compounding, and the ability to formulate just about any topical, vaginal, oral, sublingual, transmucosal hormone formulation to help you achieve all of your health goals.

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