By Phil Altman, R.Ph.
Are you experiencing symptoms of menopause? Have you considered some form of hormone replacement therapy and still not sure what is most effective for relief? Consider “bio-identical hormones.” Bio-identical hormones are an exact replica of the hormones that are naturally produced by the body. They have a molecular structure that is identical to hormones that are naturally produced by the human body.
The difference between bio-identical hormones and synthetic hormones is that, although both are created in labs, synthetic hormones are not identical to the hormones naturally created in your body, whereas bio-identical hormones match your body’s hormones molecule by molecule.
Synthetic hormones are manufactured in a lab and are not identical to the hormones your body uses. Synthetic hormones can act as toxins because their chemical makeup cannot be metabolized properly. Some non-bio-identical hormones are obtained from the urine of pregnant horses, and have long been known to cause bone loss, osteoporosis and serious health risks.
Bio-identical hormones are made from soy, yams and other plant extracts. BHRT is sent to a Compounding Pharmacy where they have the ability to customize dosage forms to fit each individual’s needs. Using a compounding pharmacist to help you decide what dosage form to use, will be key in having a successful therapy. Forms BHRT can come in are: Transdermal (syringe, pump or jar), Lozenges, Drops, Capsules. Pills, Vaginal Suppositories, Vaginal Creams and Liquids.
For over a decade, Phil Altman, R.Ph, a compounding pharmacist at The Healthy Choice in Chappaqua, has helped thousands of women manage hormone-related health issues associated with menopause. He is one of the leading authorities in Westchester on women’s health issues and a resource for alternative health approaches for women and physicians.