The Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
HB Pharmacy can work with your physician to make compounded BHRT as prescribed to meet your individualized needs.
Your body’s hormones control most of your basic bodily functions. They serve as an internal communication system between cells throughout the body. They coordinate everything from digestion and growth to your appetite, immune function, mood, and libido. So, when your hormones are even slightly unbalanced, it can have an enormous impact on your health and well-being.
Often, when people’s hormones drop or become unbalanced, they turn to hormone replacement therapies to ease symptoms. One such therapy, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), has received a great deal of attention in recent years since it offers a more natural solution to hormone issues.
What exactly is BHRT, and how’s it different from other hormone replacement therapies?
BHRT can be used to treat men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. It’s most frequently used to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. It may also be used to improve symptoms of cancer treatment or to treat conditions such as:
- insulin resistance
- adrenal and thyroid disorders
Bioidentical hormones are manmade hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those the human body produces. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are among those most commonly replicated and used in treatment. Bioidentical hormones come in various forms, including:
Bioidentical hormones are different from those used in traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in that they’re identical chemically to those our bodies produce naturally and are made from plant estrogens. The hormones used in traditional HRT are made from the urine of pregnant horses and other synthetic hormones.
BHRT is typically used as people age and hormone levels drop, particularly for women who are in perimenopause or menopause. It’s used to increase the levels of the hormones that have dropped and improve moderate to severe menopause symptoms, including:
- hot flashes
- night sweats
- mood changes
- memory loss
- weight gain
- sleep issues
- loss of interest in sex or pain during sex
In addition to helping with symptoms, hormone replacement therapy may also reduce your risk for diabetes, tooth loss, and cataracts. There’s some evidence that it can help improve skin thickness, hydration, and elasticity, and even reduce wrinkles.
Some bioidentical hormones are made by drug companies. Others, known as compounded bioidentical hormones, are custom made by a pharmacy, according to a doctor’s orders. This process is known as compounding. Compounding typically involves ingredients being combined or altered to meet the needs of an individual.
To learn more about compounding medication, schedule a free consultation with one of our expert pharmacists! At HB Pharmacy, we’re dedicated to helping you along your journey to better health. Our staff is dedicated to creating relationships with our customers that enable them to experience better health outcomes. We make it easy to order supplements from our online shop. Alternatively, visit our location in North Arlington, NJ, call 1-201-997-2010 to speak with a compounding pharmacist today!
If we get a prescription before 1pm M-F, we generally try to have the medication shipped to you on the same day. Though we are based in New Jersey, we offer expedited shipping options for patients all around the United States.