If your doctor has told you that you need hormone replacement therapy (HRT) you may be wondering if you should use a treatment with bio or synthetic hormones. As a Northshore and New Orleans area compounding pharmacy, we believe the best option for you is to use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
The Differences Between Bioidentical and Synthetic Hormones
For the most part, if you’re prescribed HRT, your doctor will likely default to ordering you a synthetic option. These mass-produced HRTs are easily accessible but aren’t always the best match for managing hormones for all patients.
#1. First, synthetic hormones are not an exact match for the hormones your body is already producing. They’re man-made alternatives that are similar, but not the same.
#2. For some patients, synthetic HRT isn’t properly received by the body, and may not offer the benefits you really need from treatment.
#3. Synthetic HRT can also cause unwanted and unpleasant side effects in some patients, prompting them to look for an alternative treatment option.
Bioidentical hormones, however, are different.
With BHRT, you can rest assured that the individually-made compounds you’ll receive are:
- Made from plants, but match the chemical composition of our body’s hormones – they aren’t synthetic at all.
- Customized to meet your exact HRT dosage and/or application needs, rather than mass-produced in doses and forms that may not properly benefit or agree with your chemistry.
Talking to Your Doctor About BHRT
While more and more doctors on the Northshore and in Metro New Orleans are prescribing HRT, some physicians are still unfamiliar with the bioidentical form of hormone replacement therapy and the process of pharmaceutical compounding in general.
Our pharmacists are here to help you have that conversation with your prescribing physician.
Our team of licensed pharmacists, who undergo specific training in bioidentical hormones, can discuss HRT with your doctor and the benefits of using bioidentical hormones instead of synthetic ones. And to help with filling prescriptions, we’ve created this webpage for local doctors, and even an app for patients to request refills.
Don’t Be Afraid to Advocate for the Hormone Replacement Therapy Option That Will Best Benefit You
We know that some patients may be intimidated about having a conversation with their doctor that includes telling them the synthetic HRT they’ve been prescribed isn’t working for them, and that they think bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is better.
However, when it comes to managing your healthcare, we’d like to remind you that you are your own best advocate.
If you feel synthetic hormones aren’t working for you, or if you’re taking them and experiencing unpleasant side effects and want to try bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, speak up and tell your doctor. You can always call us first for some educational information about BHRT and some speaking points to discuss with your doctor at your next appointment, too.
Contact Us To Learn More
Whether you’ve heard of bioidentical hormones before, or you’d like to learn additional information about this form of hormone replacement therapy, our pharmacists are here to help. Simply call us Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm at (985) 801-0800, or fill out our online contact form.