Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help reduce moderate to severe menopause symptoms in women. However, navigating all of the options can be confusing when decided whether or not HRT is right for you.
Who is a Candidate for HRT?
Menopause Women going through menopause may suffer from symptoms like hot flashes, decreased sexual pleasure and/ or drive, weight gain, etc. Hormone replacement therapy works to balance your levels to alleviate symptoms of menopause.
There are some conditions that may prevent you from being a candidate for hormone replacement therapy:
- Heart disease
- Blood Clots
- Certain Cancers
Your OBGYN can help determine if HRT is an option for you.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
One hormone replacement therapy option uses bioidentical hormones which are formulated to match your natural hormone levels. Since the chemical structure of bioidentical hormones is the same as those produced by your body- they are processed more efficiently than other commercial options.
Compounding Bioidentical Hormones
Your OBGYN will use blood samples to determine your body’s natural hormone levels. Then, your gynecologist will work with a compounding pharmacy to develop an individualized treatment and restore your body’s natural hormone balance.
Since bioidentical hormones are custom-made by a licensed compounding pharmacist, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) does not provide oversight of these products. However, compounding pharmacies are subject to state boards of pharmacy rules and regulations.
When considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, speak with your OBGYN to discuss treatment options and what’s best for you. Due to the individualized nature of this treatment, it’s recommended you work with an OBGYN who has extensive experience in bioidentical hormones and an established relationship with a compounding pharmacy.