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Throughout a woman's lifetime she may experience numerous hormone-related problems and symptoms. Some of these can include, but are not limited to:
Today there is an alternative to traditional synthetic hormone replacement (medroxyprogesterone and conjugated horse estrogens). It's known as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) or "natural" hormone replacement therapy. Bio-identical hormones have a chemical structure that is identical to hormones that are produced by the human body. They are most commonly used to replace your body's natural hormones when their levels decline due to aging, disease or surgery. Synthetic (non-bio-identical) hormones have similar but not identical structures, so they are not a "perfect fit" for hormone replacement. Bio-identical hormones are typically processed from precursors found in plants such as soy and yam, as opposed to synthetic hormones which are usually derived from animal sources. Bio-identical hormones tend to have fewer side effects than the traditional synthetic hormones. Most side effects are usually dose-related and can be easily corrected by altering the dose.
BHRT includes estrogens (estriol, estradiol and estrone), progesterone, testosterone, methyltestosterone, pregnenolone and DHEA. At Corvallis Drug you can get your BHRT compounded into many different dosage forms including capsules, topical and vaginal creams or gels, suppositories, sublingual drops or troches (lozenges). BHRT requires a prescription from a licensed medical practitioner.
With the help of your doctor and the compounding staff at Corvallis Drug you can begin and maintain a bio-identical hormone replacement regimen that closely mimics what your body has been doing naturally for years. To learn more about how compounding and BHRT can help you, contact a member of the compounding staff at Corvallis Drug.