Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is most often used for menopause. Typical symptoms of menopause may include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, low libido, weight gain, irritability, moodiness and sleep disturbances. Yet, any woman who has experienced endometriosis, PMS, weight gain, low libido or fibrocystic breasts may also need to contact their pharmacist or physician.

Women have traditionally used synthetic estrogen therapy to treat menopausal symptoms and to help protect against osteoporosis.

Another option for women needing hormone therapy may be the use of bioidentical hormones rather than synthetic ones. Compounding pharmacists are meeting the need of pre-menopausal and menopausal women through the use of plant derived hormones that are biologically identical to those naturally occurring in women.

No two women are alike, of course, and the value of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is that it can be adapted to fit your individual body and hormone levels. In fact, hormones can be made in a variety of strengths and dosage forms including capsules, topical creams and gels, suppositories and sublingual troches or lozenges.With the help of a doctor and a compounding pharmacist, a woman can start and maintain a bio-identical hormone replacement regimen that closely mimics what her body has been doing naturally for years.

Common Bio-Identical Hormones Compounded by Pharmacist: 

  • Bio-Identical Estrogens: These hormones include three main estrogens, Estriol (E3), Estradiol (E2), and Estrone (E1). These hormones are the pure chemical forms obtained from the Soy plant. The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy compounds E3 and E2 based on a 80:20 ratio, which is very close to the ratio that naturally occurs in the body. But some women require different ratios based on severity of symptoms. "Bio-Identical Estrogens may have favorable effects on blood cholesterol and lipids, may slow the progression of osteoporosis and cause proliferation of their endometrium. Uses for Bio-Identical Estrogen replacement may include relief of hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, burning and itching, preventing osteporosis, ischemic heart disease, Alzheimers disease, improving lipid profiles, and maintaining bladder and urinary tract function."
  • Progesterone: "Progesterone is in no way related to synthetic Progestins and has been proven in many studies to have very positive effects that the synthetics do not."
  • Testosterone: Used to treat many conditions in both men and women. These include fatigue, bone density, mental focus, mood, and low sexual drive.
  • DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone): A naturally occurring precursor to Testosterone. Its uses include weight management, immune responese, anti-glucocorticoid effects and fatique.

Hormone FAQs:

What is the difference between natural and synthetic hormones? 

The term “natural” hormones simply means that the hormones are chemically the same as the ones the human body produces. These are also referred to as “bio-identical”. “Synthetic” hormones refers to those manufactured with a chemical structure that is foreign to the human body but mimics some hormonal activity. Examples of natural hormones would be Biest, Triest, Progesterone and Testosterone. Synthetic hormones would include Premarin, Prempo, Vivelle, Climara, Estratest, Estratab and all birth control pills.

​Why do natural hormones require a prescription?

​Natural hormones can ONLY be obtained from a compounding pharmacy. Compounding or formulating a customized dosage for an individual person is a function a pharmacist performs only with the permission of the physician. All of the ingredients may not require a prescription, however, anything that is compounded must be prescribed.

​Where do these hormones come from?

Natural hormones are obtained from sterol analogues found in many varieties of plants, primarily wild yams and soybeans. The estrogen and progesterone powder is transformed chemically from the plant into the human bio-identical hormones.

​What is the cost of the medication?

​The cost varies depending on your particular needs, as each prescription differs.  However, our compound pricing is competitively priced.  

​What are possible side effects?

Ideally, there are no side effects since the hormones are a molecular match to your body’s own hormones and they are given with the intent to restore normal hormone level. Side effects only occur if one hormone is out of balance with the others. It is important to realize that if you experience side effects, a simple adjustment will be made to stop the side effects. Our specialists are here to help you along with your physician and to adjust your natural hormone dosage until you feel like your old self again.