Have you been wondering if you are a candidate for Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Call or e-mail the pharmacy and set up a free consultation with our Integrative Pharmacologist. If you BOTH decide that you are someone who can benefit from Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, you can simply do a saliva test in the comfort of your own home to see what hormones you may be deficient in. Then, the Integrative Pharmacologist will work with your physician to decide what therapy is right for you. Your physician will be the person who ultimately decides what prescriptions they want you to take, but when your physician and pharmacist work together, you will see great results.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
If you suspect you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy, feel free to contact us today in order to begin your journey to hormone wellness. Why should you continue to live with these symptoms that could hold you hostage for years? We have two highly knowledgeable pharmacists on staff who conduct consultations with patients on a daily basis. As a result of their experience, we have outstanding results with many of our patients. A lot of patients feel like they need BHRT but they do not know where to turn or how to start. Patients are frustrated because they feel like nobody is listening to them. Since you have probably felt like this for awhile, please contact us today.
What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
All hormones that we compound are chemically identical to the hormones that are in your body and, therefore are referred to as bio-identical hormones. The theory is that if we can replace exactly what is lacking, why not do so? For example, if you are low in potassium, you take potassium and if you are low in Vitamin D, you take Vitamin D. Consequently, why should hormone replacement therapy be any different?
Since every patient is different, Bio-Identical Hormones are NOT one size fits all. The dosage on BHRT is highly individualized to meet the needs of the individual. These hormones are highly customizable so the highest level of efficacy and safety can be achieved.
All the hormones work together in your body. There are not necessarily “bad” hormones and “good” hormones. It is simply “good” when the hormones are in BALANCE. That is the single most important thing when it comes to Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy: these hormones need to be balanced.
Who Is A Candidate for Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The shot answer is anyone who has a hormone imbalance. A woman’s hormones are consistently changing as she ages. Typically a woman’s progesterone starts to decline at age 35 and could experience irregular periods. So our average patient is 35 years of age and up.
There are conflicting viewpoints of when a woman should stop BHRT. When deciding when to stop your hormones it is important to consult with your physician and look at some of the literature that is available.
Common symptoms of a woman who could benefit from Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
- weight gain
- irregular menses
- hot flashes
- dry skin/hair
- night sweats
- vaginal dryness
- mood swings
- breast tenderness
- sleep disruption
- fluid retention
- breakthrough bleeding
- loss of memory
- bladder symptoms
- hard to reach climax
- decreased sex drive
- hair loss
How do I get started on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Prescriptions from a Medical Doctor will be required for all BHRT prescriptions. If your physician is not familiar with BHRT and you feel like you are candidate for replacement therapy we have several highly qualified practitioners in the area that we can recommend to you.
Our clinical pharmacist can provide hormone consultations here at PharmaCare Compounding Pharmacy because our pharmacists and staff specialize in conditions and treatments relating to hormone imbalances. The sessions will last for approximately 60 minutes and will include an assessment of health history, along with a saliva test to check hormone levels. We’ll then suggest a personal hormone treatment plan to your physician. The clinical pharmacist is neither diagnosing nor prescribing treatments; these are functions of the practitioners managing your healthcare needs. The recommendations made by the pharmacist are just that, recommendations, for consideration by yourself and your healthcare practitioners based upon our expertise in the field of pharmacology.
What is a Saliva Test?
Saliva tests are done in the convenience of your own home. Hence, they are really easy to do. You fill 1-4 vials with saliva (depending on what hormones are being tested) and there will be a prepaid UPS envelope in the kit so you can send off the vials for testing. There are no special storage requirements and the pharmacist can answer any questions you may have. The results are returned to our pharmacy in about 10-14 days. In conclusion, this test is really simple and stress free. In addition, the results come back fast. You can then set up a consultation with one of our clinical pharmacists or we can send you your results that you can take to your physician.
Is Saliva Testing Accurate?
Saliva testing has been used in scientific testing for decades and is highly accurate. It is the most reliable way to measure free, bioavailable hormone activity (those hormones actually doing their job at the cellular level.) Standard blood and urine tests do not measure bioavailable hormone levels. Numerous scientific studies have shown a strong correlation between the levels of steroid hormones in the blood stream and the bio-available levels of steroid hormones in saliva. In addition, the World Health Organization has used this method of hormone testing in worldwide comparisons of hormone levels among women living in industrialized vs. non-industrialized countries. Lastly, saliva hormone testing more accurately reflects tissue uptake and response of hormones delivered through the skin in creams, gels, or patches than blood or urine tests.
At PharmaCare we only carry Saliva Tests from ZRT Laboratories because we have the utmost confidence in the results. ZRT is a CLIA certified diagnostic laboratory and the leader in hormone and wellness testing. Therefore, we can rely on them to provide accurate and meaningful test results that will assist us and your physician to make informed treatment decisions.
In 15 years ZRT has tested over 2 million people, and currently performs testing for over 4,000 healthcare providers in 26 countries and all 50 states. Hence, they have great knowledge when it comes to hormone testing. ZRT is also engaged in ongoing collaborative clinical research with investigators around the world, including the CDC, NIH and prominent universities.
Headquarted in Portland, Oregon, ZRT is the recognized innovator of saliva testing. In addition to saliva testing, ZRT is also an innovator of dried blood spot and dried urine testing methodologies.