There’s a big change happening in the world of hormone replacement therapy for women.
Women who have previously been prescribed synthetic hormones by their doctors often stop taking the synthetic hormones in frustration.
Synthetic BHRT may not alleviate their symptoms and could potentially place them at risk for developing a number of serious diseases.
Some women even experience side effects from the synthetic hormones, including bleeding. This causes them to seek out a more holistic approach, hoping for more personalized care.
Unfortunately, this scenario is not uncommon & is a big reason more and more women are turning to more personalized care in the form of custom-compounded, bioidentical hormone medication, made especially for the individual patient.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
The term bioidentical hormone lacks a standard definition.
However, it is generally taken to mean hormones which have the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones produced in the body naturally.
Today, there are FDA approved versions of bioidentical hormones, as well as custom-prepared varieties, made in specialized compounding pharmacies.
The number of women and men taking custom-made hormone medications is increasing. One 2015 NCBI study found that between one and 2.5 million women were currently using custom-made compounded medications.
A 2016 NCBI analysis found that the number of prescriptions for custom-compounded hormone medications reached an estimated 26 to 33 million annually. This is a number which approaches the 36 million prescriptions per year for more regulated hormone therapies.
Even Oprah Backs BHRT
Although there have been some reports regarding certain risks associated with hormone therapies, this risk is highly dependent on a woman’s age, medical history, and other factors.
The popularity of bioidentical hormones has been fueled in part by celebrity backers, including Suzanne Somers and Oprah Winfrey who stated that after three days taking bioidentical hormones “…the sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy, my memory was sharper. I was literally singing and had a skip in my step.”
Finding YOUR Best Bioidentical Formula
Custom formulations allow patients to find the “golden” formula that works best for their body, their age, and their symptoms.
Bioidentical hormones made in a compounding pharmacy offer the ability to customize the combination of progesterone, estradiol, and testosterone in order to create the optimal solution for each woman based entirely on her individual needs.
Some women also benefit from custom-compounded products to avoid allergies to certain ingredients or to provide dosages or mixtures, which simply are not available commercially.
Start With a Saliva Testing Kit
At Archway, we understand that women may need help & guidance to understand their hormones outside of what they can find through traditional medicine.
That’s why we offer saliva testing kits for women to help determine your current hormone levels.
ZRT Labs hormone testing kits are easy to use and can help promote health and wellness. With over twenty years of experience, ZRT is a recognized leader in innovative and safe hormone and wellness testing.
To learn more about ZRT Laboratory Testing Kits or how a compounding pharmacy might be right for you, contact us today. At Archway, we offer a total commitment to the best science and the best people for personalized hormone and wellness testing.