Bioidentical hormones are designed to have an identical molecular structure to the hormones produced naturally by your body. Hormones from these products are derived from plant or animal sources. Many physicians prescribe hormones to treat imbalances of progesterone, estrogen or testosterone. As a result, if testing reveals that you need replacement or supplementation of any of these hormones, your doctor may recommend bioidentical options instead of their synthetic counterparts.
Both women and men may struggle with the symptoms that come with low hormone levels as they grow older. For women, this may mean hot flashes, sleeplessness and other menopausal symptoms. Or it could mean worsening of PMS symptoms for pre-menopausal woman. For men, low testosterone can lead to low energy, diminished sex drive and even muscle wasting. That’s why it’s important to have your hormones checked and to talk with your doctors about the options available to you, and the safest way to deal with these symptoms.
Because these are compounded products, bioidentical hormones can be produced in doses and forms that differ from those in synthetic products developed by largescale manufacturers. In essence, they can be customized for your unique needs based on the precise level of supplementation that your doctor feels you require. In order to receive these “nonstandard” formulations, you need to go through an accredited compounding pharmacy like FountainRx. We are committed to quality in all of our compounding practices, which is especially important when you are choosing a pharmacy for bioidentical products. Find out more about our accreditations for quality.
To learn more about the benefits of hormone replacement and bioidentical hormones, visit the following resources:
> The North American Menopause Society
> The Urology Care Foundation (testosterone deficiency)