What do these symptoms indicate?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be one of the estimated 50 million postmenopausal women in the US. If you haven’t missed your period for twelve months, but have any of these symptoms, you may have entered the stage of perimenopause during which, the natural progression of hormonal decline gradually leads to postmenopause.
In either case, your symptoms are the result of hormonal decline which can be safely and effectively reversed with personalized evaluation and tailored hormone replacement using natural, “custom compounded” Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
What are Bioidentical Hormones and How are They Used?
Bioidentical hormones are plant-derived (from yam and soy) and structurally identical to the hormones produced in a woman’s body, including the family of estrogens (estradiol, estrone and estriol), progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. The molecular structure of bioidentical hormones is a more natural fit for human cell receptors which promotes appropriate biological activity and physiological reactions; creating hormonal balance with less stress on organs and body systems. Patients report relief of menopausal symptoms, optimized health, and quality of life improvements. BHRT may also reduce the risk of postmenopausal disorders such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
I treat menopausal hormone imbalances with physiological doses of bioidentical hormones; ranging from a fraction to the maximum daily secretion of a hormone in young, healthy adults. This is accomplished through “custom compounding” which I prescribe according to the results of diagnostic testing. With “custom compounding” I can prescribe specific estrogen combinations, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA to meet individual patient needs. This enhances treatment effectiveness. By contrast, my prescribing flexibility is reduced with traditional MHT (Menopause Hormone Therapy formerly known as Hormone Replacement Therapy/HRT). The same holds true for prescription available BHRT products such as Estrace, Estraderm, Climara, Vivelle or Femring because they are all limited to only one form of estrogen (estradiol) and progesterone (sold only under the name of Prometrium).
Compounded BHRT is administered via several routes: transdermal, oral, sublingual, nasal, vaginal, etc.. However, I prefer the transdermal route; using cream or gel applied to the skin. This maximizes the safety and efficacy of treatment through slow penetration, storage in fat cells and gradual release into the bloodstream.
How Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Differ From Traditional Menopause Hormone Therapy (MHT/HRT)?
The well known MHT/HRT or non-bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy utilizes synthetic or modified hormones that, while derived from natural sources such as conjugated estrogens from the urine of pregnant mares, do not biologically match the molecular structure of human hormones.
The unmatched molecular structure can cause excessive or unstable binding to cell receptor sites with undesirable effects. In addition, the liver has to work harder and requires more processing time for these hormones which promotes an unhealthy accumulation of hormonal by-products in the body. This leads to unpleasant side effects which ironically are similar to the symptoms of hormonal imbalances; clearly indicating that non-bioidentical hormones are unsuitable for long-term use.
How to Determine if “Custom Compounded” Bioidentical Hormones are for You.
The decision to use BHRT is extremely important and must not be taken lightly. Although most women experience many of the same menopausal symptoms, there is no “one size fits all” treatment protocol because no two human beings are exactly the same.
To ensure high quality individualized patient care, I require a minimum of two visits before treatment begins. The first consultation includes a physical examination, review of symptoms, medical history, dietary counseling and ordering laboratory tests. At the second visit, the customized treatment plan with written instructions is reviewed with the patient and follow-up visits are scheduled.
You can safely and effectively end menopausal suffering! I urge you to explore the option of using “custom compounded” BHRT for symptomatic relief and to reduce your risk for other disorders related to hormonal deficiencies. You deserve good health and improved quality of life. I am committed to helping you achieve those goals. So why wait? Please call my office at (703) 349-2382 and schedule an appointment today.