As a woman reaches a certain age, her body starts to change. One of the changes is that she goes into menopause. Her body isn't producing hormones like estrogen and progesterone the way that it had been before, which ends her menstruation cycle. Being in menopause can cause things hot flashes, bone density loss, and other discomforts. One way to fight those problems is to use hormone replacement treatments. There are various kinds of HRT, one of which is bioidentical hormone replacements. But what are they?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacements
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are exactly identical on a molecular basis to the hormones that your body already produces. They are often created from plant estrogen. However, they aren't always identical in their "raw" state and may need to be manipulated so that they are chemically identical to the hormones that your body produces. They can come in many forms, from creams to patches, and even injections. What are some benefits of using bioidentical hormone replacements instead of more tradition HRTs?
One benefit is that BHRTs are somewhat customizable. That means that your doctor can run tests on your current hormone levels and then prescribe a particular hormone cocktail for you to take. That prescription can be sent to a compounding pharmacy who can make it for you. A compounding pharmacy is one that can mix medication or ingredients to make a particular medication. For example, if your doctor wants you to use a particular cream that isn't manufactured, the pharmacy can mix together the various medications and put it into an inert base so that you will have the medicated cream you need, which all of the medications in it.
If, for some reason, you can't take pills or capsules but have to have a liquid medication, the compounding pharmacy can do that for you too, and they can even add a flavoring agent to it so that it won't taste horribly bad when you take it. The flavoring agent should also be inert, so it shouldn't affect the efficacy or strength of your medication. It will just make it easier for you to take it and get the replacement hormones that you need.
Menopause is a natural stage of life. But that doesn't mean that it isn't necessarily an uncomfortable one or one that carries various health risks. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help you feel like your regular self.