One form of these hormone replacement therapies is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT, where the hormones are manmade and are derived from plant oestrogens that are chemically identical to those that the human body produces. The hormones most commonly replicated include oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Bioidentical hormones come in various forms, including:
Talk to your GP or your friendly pharmacist at Emslie’s Floreat Pharmacy, near Wembley in Perth, Western Australia, about your lifestyle and the form that will suit you best.
BHRT is most frequently used to ease the symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause. It can also be used to improve some of the symptoms of cancer treatment, or to treat other conditions like:
• Insulin resistance
• Adrenal and thyroid disorders
While there are bioidentical hormones that are made by pharmaceutical companies, there are those that are compounded bioidentical hormones. These are made by a pharmacy like Emslie’s Floreat Pharmacy, according to doctor’s orders. This specialised compounding process is where the ingredients are combined to suit a person’s specific requirements.
Whereas the hormones that are used in traditional hormone replacement therapy come from the urine of pregnant horses as well as other synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones come from plant oestrogens and they are chemically identical to we produce naturally.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is most typically used as people age and their hormone levels drop – especially for women who are in perimenopause or menopause. It is used to increase the levels of the hormones that have dropped and can help to improve the symptoms associated with menopause including:
• Hot flushes
• Night sweats
• Mood swings or changes
• Loss of memory
• Weight gain
• Sleep issues
• Decreased libido and/or pain during sex
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may well be an option to help people who have symptoms associated with hormone levels that have dropped or are otherwise unbalanced. However, there are some side effects and risks associated with BHRT that must be discussed with your Emslie’s pharmacist and/or your doctor.