At Accent Wellness, we provide the service of compounding bio-identical hormones used in Bio –Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Unlike conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which utilizes mostly synthetic and non bio-identical hormones, BHRT involves the use of bio-identical hormones that are chemically and structurally identical to the hormones produced naturally by the human body.
Bridging gaps in instances where hormone therapy dosage strengths cannot be fulfilled by commercially available products, the compounding of bio-identical hormones allow physicians to customize patients’ hormone therapy according to their individual needs; enabling them to undergo treatment at the lowest effective dose.
Testing for hormonal changes/imbalances begins with laboratory tests of hormone levels (known as hormone panels). The physician then prescribes a precise dosage of bio-identical hormones (e.g. oestrogen, testosterone, DHEA, etc) to be created at Accent Wellness compounding pharmacy. Each patient is then monitored carefully through regular follow-up hormone panels to ensure they obtain symptom relief at the lowest possible dosage. In the initial stages, a hormone panel is often required every three months. Once balance is restored, most physicians require one panel a year at the time of the patient’s annual exam.
Some common negative symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances:-
- Hot flashes
- Loss of bladder control
- Mood swings
- Sleep disturbances
- Decreased libido
- Memory problems
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse
- Joint pain
BHRT aims to alleviate the symptoms caused by the natural decrease in production of hormones by the body. It assists in the prevention of osteoporosis and memory disorders and helps to maintain a healthy nervous system. Therapy with bio-identical hormones typically involves creating a specific combination of hormones that is unique to each individual patient, based on the patient’s unique hormone deficiencies. The major benefit of this type of treatment is that doses are individualized and since the unique combination of products required may not be commercially available, custom-compounding is a great option.
Common forms of compounded bio-identical hormones include: topical creams, oral capsules, suppositories and sub lingual troches.