Hormone Replacement Therapy

Whether you’re looking for relief from symptoms caused by hormone imbalance for the first time or trying to decide if you should continue to take the hormones you’ve been taking, you should be aware of all the options. Your compounding pharmacist can provide more information about the option of bioidentical HRT. Working with you and your physician, he or she can determine what bioidentical HRT is right for you.

Recent Studies and Misconceptions

Many women and their physicians have been shocked to learn that conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can actually increase the chance of getting a major disease. The most recent controversial Women’s Health Initiative trial was abruptly halted in July 2002 because it showed that conventional HRT, using synthetic hormones such as Premarin, Prempo, Premphase, Provera, Cycrin, Amen, or any medication containing conjugated equine estrogens (made from horse urine) and a synthetic (manmade) progestin, medroxyprogesterone acetate, increased the chance of some major diseases, as follows:

  • A 41% increase in strokes
  • A 29% increase in heart attacks
  • A 26% increase in breast cancer
  • A 22% increase in total cardiovascular disease,
  • A doubling of the rate of blood clots,and
  • A possible contribution to Alzheimer’s disease.

COMPOUNDING CHEMISTS MAKE BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES – NOT THE MANUFACTURED HORMONES LISTED ABOVE.

Options

Many women taking conventional HRT feel they are faced with only two options: continue to take the synthetic hormones and hope for the best, or stop taking hormones and possibly experience unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bloating, forgetfulness, mood swings, night sweats, irritability, breast soreness and weight gain, to name a few. A third choice you may not be aware of is bioidentical HRT. This therapy differs from conventional HRT in several ways. See Jack Hammond’s article about Menopause

Bioidentical HRT

  1. Uses hormones with the same structure as the hormones produced by the human body (synthetic hormones have the structure appropriate for horses, with only approxi-mately 30% identical to human hormones);
  2. Is prepared by a compounding pharmacist and not available from a drug manufacturer;
  3. Uses progesterone, not progestin, and different estro-gens (estriol, estradiol and estrone) either as a single-ingredient or multiple-ingredient prescription;
  4. Is individualized or customized to each woman’s needs, symptoms, hormone levels, etc., and can be easily adjusted; and
  5. Is prepared in a dosage form, ie, troche, capsule, cream, or suppository, based on what your doctor recommends and what you prefer.

Whether you’re looking for relief from symptoms caused by hormone imbalance for the first time or trying to decide if you should continue to take the hormones you’ve been taking, you should be aware of all the options. Your compounding pharmacist can provide more information about the option of bioidentical HRT. Working with you and your physician, he or she can determine what bioidentical HRT is right for you.

If you are interested in learning more about bioidentical HRT, please contact a compounding pharmacist for further information. It is possible you can work with him or her and your physician to identify a therapy that is just right for you.

There are many Hormone Specialists that we compound for and have a great relationship. Please visit their websites for more information.

Doctors specialising in hormone replacement therapy:

Dr Amy Carmichael Cassia Wellness Clinic 14 Cassia Drive Varsity Lakes, QLD, 4228
Dr Anne Nixon Family Doctors Plus Windsor Place, 2/178 Albion Rd, Windsor Qld 4030 Windsor, QLD, 4030
Dr Barbara Panitz Gladstone GP Super Clinic 206/216 Philip st Gladstone, , 4680
Dr Cathy Lennox The Hub Medical Centre 1a/50 Woodland Drive Reedy Creek, qld, 4227
Dr Colin Holloway The Caboolture SuperClinic Corner George and Bertha Street Caboolture (opp. Centrelink), QLD, 4510
Dr Daniel Hourigan The Caboolture SuperClinic Corner George and Bertha Street Caboolture (opp. Centrelink), QLD, 4510
Dr Corne Mare PROTEA HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTRE 70 Ashmore Road Bundall, qld, 4217
Dr Dominique Wells Natural Vibrant Health Suite 1.1, First Floor 328 Scottsdale Drive Robina, QLD, 4226
Dr Don Macgeachy The Hormone Clinic 451 Golden Four Drive Tugun, QLD, 4224
Dr Dzung Price Beyond Good Health Clinic – Robina 600 Glades Drive, Glades Golf Club, (Exit 79 Motorway) Robina, QLD, 4226
Hormone Replacement Doctor France Hill
Dr Frances Hill Brickworks Women’s Medical Clinic 107 Ferry Road (Suite 5.02) Southport, QLD, 4215
Dr Gerry Douglas Anti-ageing Medicine – Hormone Replacement Mens and Womens Health 20 Novar Court Robina, QLD, 4226
Dr Gordon Patrick Runaway Bay Shopping Village Lae Drive Runaway Bay, QLD, 4216
Dr David Jaa Dr Jaa's Medical Health Suite 6, Riverwalk One, Robina Town Centre Drive Robina, QLD, 4226
Dr Ping Jaa Dr Jaa's Medical Health Suite 6, Riverwalk One, Robina Town Centre Drive Robina, QLD, 4226
Dr Jane Chapman The Health Hub 54 Ashmore Road Bundall, QLD, 4217
Dr Karen Coates Cassia Wellness Clinic 14 Cassia Drive Varsity Lakes, QLD, 4220
Dr Karin Houriez Cassia Wellness Clinic 14 Cassia Drive Varsity Lakes, QLD, 4227
Dr Maria Mackey MOJO KLINIK Suite 11/40 Yeo St Neutral Bay, NSW, 2089
Dr Maura McGill Brickworks Women’s Medical Clinic 107 Ferry Road (Suite 5.02) Southport, QLD, 4215
Dr Michael Artmann Dr Artmanns Health Clinic Lot 3 Jardine St Lower Beechmont, QLD, 4211
Dr Oscar Serrallach The Health Lodge 78 Bangalore road BYRON BAY, NSW, 2481
Dr Paul Payton Dr Jaas Medical Health Suite 6 River Walk One 140 Robina Town Centre Drive, , QLD , 4226
Dr Peter Morley Emethini 19 PARK AVENUE Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220
Dr Ruth Quinney Cassia Wellness Clinic 14 Cassia Drive Varsity Lakes, QLD, 4220
Dr Shirley McIlvenney NIIM Gold Coast Suite 1.1, First Floor 328 Scottsdale Drive Robina, QLD, 4226
Dr Soraya Felix Masterderm Clinic & Stem Cell Centre Niecon Plaza, 47/19 Victoria Ave Broadbeach, QLD, 4218
Dr Tersia Erasmus Mermaid Beach Medical Clinic 2506 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, QLD, 4218
Dr Valerie Cole NIIM Gold Coast Suite 1.1, First Floor 328 Scottsdale Drive Robina, QLD, 4226