01 Feb Hormone Therapy Is Not a One Size Fits All Program
Today, we recognize there is no one-size fits all Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), that menopause is not a disease to be cured and that some women need hormone therapy and some do not. When people’s hormones are unbalanced, they will definitely not feel their best, because hormones are involved in almost every aspect of our overall health. Therefore, we need optimal hormonal balance for our bodies to function at the highest level, but this process can be difficult to achieve. If one of our hormones is altered or deficient it will affect the actions of all the other hormones. As we age, our hormone levels will fluctuate and decline, but we can restore this hormonal balance through natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Careful analysis of each person’s lab results, symptoms, medical history and lifestyle habits help providers determine an individual program specifically designed for each patient. Bio-Identical Hormones are plant-based and chemically identical to the hormones our bodies produce; therefore when formulated into a customized dose they have considerably more health benefits and fewer side effects than conventional therapy. Because every person is so unique, it is important to use formulations that are customizable to each person’s needs and requirements, unlike the “one size fits all” conventional therapy of the 1990’s. Pharmaceutical companies that mass-produce medications with limited strengths definitely believe in this “one size fits all” mentality, but it just does not work for each individual the way customized and personal BHRT does. Manufactured hormones are not typically produced in more than 5 strengths, but with a compounding pharmacy, the strengths, combinations, and formulations that can be produced are endless. It is important to remember each person has their own distinctive and ideal hormonal blueprint, so it is vitally important to measure hormone levels and to customize hormone dosages to match each person’s individual requirement.