Questions & Answers

1. Who needs bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)?

If you have signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance which include fatigue, depression, hair loss, weight gain, muscle atrophy, low energy levels, insomnia, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, and anxiety then you may need BHRT. In many cases, hormone imbalances can occur with expected changes in the lifespan, such as menopause, perimenopause, postmenopause, and andropause. This can lead to low levels of your essential hormones that need to balanced to feel better. Patient who have had specific laboratory testing done to determine if their hormones are imbalanced. After lab testing, a trained physician will review the results to determine if BHRT is necessary for you and recommend how to keep your hormones balanced and maintain optimal health.

2. When should I consider bio-identical hormone therapy (BHRT)?

Hormones can start to decline in our 20′s and hormonal imbalance can present itself in the mid 30′s. Women and Men can consider BHRT if they show signs and symptoms of low levels, it is best not to wait. Talking with your trusted physician can help in determining when the right time would be.

3. Why do women need hormones before, during, and after menopause?

Women may experience fluctuations in their estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels during peri-menopause, menopause, and postmenopause. These imbalances of hormones can lead to uncomfortable experiences like night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, depression, and anxiety. Using BHRT, can help to reduce and/or eliminate some of these uncomfortable symptoms and improve overall health and satisfaction of life.

4. Why do men need testosterone replacement?

Testosterone is responsible for: mental focus, motivation, energy, metabolism, muscle composition, fat levels and sex drive. As men age, hormones can begin to decline and they experience symptoms of low testosterone. Andropause is condition in men where there is a gradual loss of testosterone over time. By balancing a man’s hormones with bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) therapy, men can restore their vitality and life.

5. Do I need a prescription for bio-identical hormone therapy?

Yes, bio-identical hormone therapy requires a written prescription from a licensed physician since BHRT is compounded prescription drugs that are produced in a specialty pharmacy. Each prescription is carefully prepared by a compounding pharmacist to ensure the highest quality ingredients and abide by all the necessary regulations. Bio-identical hormones are customized to fit the individual needs of a person as specified by your prescriber.

6. Where can I review studies that discuss the efficacy of BHRT?

BHRT has been around U.S. since the 1930s. BHRT is a specialized type of medicine that helps balance our hormones to optimize our health through the aging process A tremendous body of scientific literature supports the use of bioidentical hormones as a safe and effective way to minimize the effects of aging. See links to articles below to find more information on BHRT.

7. My sex drive is low, could it be my hormones?

Yes, estrogen and testosterone work together in a balance to fuel your sex drive. Low or high levels of these hormones can affect your sex drive and cause performance issues. Elevated Cortisol levels from chronic stress can also negatively impact your sex life.

8. What is a compounding pharmacy?

A compounding pharmacy is a specialty pharmacy that makes customized patient-specific bio-identical hormone prescriptions. The quality of the ingredients, expertise of the personnel, and customer service are key points that PHQ offers as a compounding pharmacy. Compounded bio-identical hormone preparations go through rigorous potency and microbiological tests to ensure that each preparation is of the highest quality standard and contaminant free. PHQ meets all state pharmacy board regulations and abides by all the requirements for USP 795 non-sterile compounds.

9. Will you prescribe me vitamins and supplements?

Yes, your prescriber will suggest some essential vitamins and supplements to support your bio-identical therapy. There are many great nutrients available that can start changing and enhancing your life.

10. My doctor has prescribed birth control pills for me, are they considered hormone therapy?

Yes, birth control pills are hormone therapy but they differ from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Birth control have hormones that are synthetic (man made) and have a different chemical structure than our own body’s natural hormones. Bio-identical hormone therapy is replicas of our naturally producing hormones the mimic the same response as hormones produced naturally by our body.

11. What is the best age to consider bio-identical hormone therapy?

The optimal age for BHRT varies among people. It depends on when the symptoms occur that lead to hormone imbalance in people. Generally, men and women begin to show age-related hormone imbalances in their midlife when symptoms of andropause, perimenopause, and menopause start to occur. Many individuals find it useful to test their hormones in their 20s and 30s to optimize baseline also. Once you have found your baseline, you can take important measures to stay balanced and continue testing so you can monitor your hormone levels. Your physician can help you with a treatment plan that fits your personal needs and restore optimum levels.

12. Is Estrogen therapy linked to increased risk of heart attack and breast cancer?

No, estrogen therapy does not increase the risk of heart attack and breast cancer. False impression began from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study conducted in 1990s that used synthetic estrogen, Prempro, and subjects in the study had pre-existing conditions that lead to the development of diseases. Meta-analyses after the WHI study show that hormones actually reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Bio-identical hormones differ from synthetic hormones since they are the same chemical structure and have the same function as our own natural hormones.

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