Bio Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy
Gold Coast Compounding
Health Supplements, Natural Therapy, Hormones
Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that circulate around the body to target specific cells where they produce a biological response.
Many of these changes are associated with hormone imbalances that can be overcome with natural therapies or Hormone Restoration Therapy (HRT). Women have traditionally used synthetic oestrogens and progestin to protect against osteoporosis and heart disease. These synthetic hormones had many unwanted side effects which has led to a strong interest in Bio Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy which has less side effects than the synthetic hormones and protects against heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as reduced risk of breast cancer.
The aim of Bio Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy is to alleviate the symptoms caused by the natural decreases in production of hormones by the body and re-establish a hormonal balance. This results in the protective benefits which were originally provided by naturally occurring hormones.
Bio-Identical hormones are derived from natural plant sources to produce molecules which are physiologically identical to hormones made in the human body. Bio-Identical hormones are processed from precursors found in yams and soy plants into bio-identical plant-derived hormones which are able to follow normal metabolic pathways so that the active metabolites are formed in response to hormone restoration therapy. Synthetic hormones are chemically altered and are not identical in structure or activity to the naturally occurring hormones in the human body.
Dosage forms available include transdermal creams, Troches, Capsules, and pessaries. Your Doctor will assess your current hormone levels and can prescribe natural hormones either singularly or in combination (if more than one hormone is deficient)
Your Compounding Pharmacist will prepare a medicine to a specific strength for your individual needs, in a form which is most convenient for you.
Transdermal Creams or gels are applied to soft unexposed skin in areas such as breasts, tummy, inner part of the arms or legs. This allows the hormone to reach the target tissue bypassing the rapid breakdown by the liver, thus allowing a lower dose to be used. It is recommended that you wash your hands before and after you apply the cream and rotate the application site daily to avoid overload of that site.
Troches are sub lingual lozenges made to dissolve in the mouth and absorbed by the salivary mucus, thus avoiding rapid breakdown by the liver. Troches are the most popular dosage form if more than one hormone is deficient. Place your recommended dose ( a quarter, half, or whole troche) under the tongue or between the cheek and gum to allow for slow absorption straight into the blood supply. Avoid sucking the Troche quickly or having anything to eat or drink within 15 minutes of having the Troche as this can affect absorption.
Capsules are a very convenient method of administration. The hormones are micronized and can be made with slow release ingredients to prevent rapid breakdown by the liver
Pessaries are useful where high doses of hormone are required intra-vaginally for a short duration.
, Compounding Pharmacy
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