An Overview of BHRT
Many people believe that hormone levels in women remain normal until menopause occurs after age 50. In reality, these hormones may decrease as early as age 30 and will progressively decrease through the commonly accepted age of menopause. Symptoms of hormone deficiency may include: hot flashes; night sweats; sleep disturbances; mood swings; weight gain; vaginal dryness; migraines; palpitations and a thinning of your hair and bones. As women age, the natural depletion of these hormones is compounded by additional changes related to childbirth and menopause.
Hormone Health and Weight Loss will treat the actual cause of your symptoms and will restore your depleted hormone levels. Your hot flashes should be reduced and may possibly be eliminated. With a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine, you should experience weight loss, improved elasticity of your skin, an enhanced sex drive and more energy. Your overall risk for osteoporosis and health disease may also be reduced.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Conventional hormone replacement therapy (CHRT) usually involves estrogen replacement, while some women may use a combination of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are often used to treat menopause symptoms or to low the risk of osteoporosis. In alternative medicine, BHRT generally utilizes siz hormones, including estrone, estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and estriol. These hormones are used to treat menopause symptoms, as well as other issues such as anti-aging, improved energy levels, better sleep, increased libido, mood stabilization, better muscle tone, loss of body fat and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
How long will it take me to feel better?
Predicting exactly how long it will take to recover from a hormone imbalance is difficult. You may start to feel better quickly, even within a few days, depending upon the problem, the exact treatment, and your own body’s reaction. Your absorption rate of the hormones will affect healing time. Within a few weeks, you may find your sleep and energy levels are better. Most people improve with a few months of starting treatment. However, three to six months of consistant BHRT may be needed to properly balance your hormones.
Also, finding just the right dosages and combinations of hormones for you can require some treatment changes, which can lengthen the time needed to fully recover. After each dosing change, give yourself time to adjust and them consider if that level is right for you.
What you can expect
Once your physician has decided that you may benefit from Biodentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Forest Heights Pharmacy will begin working with you and your physician to establish the best treatment for your individual needs.
The following is a list of things that we will need from you, the patient, and what you can expect throughout the duration of your therapy:
You will complete the hormone evaluation and medical history packet and return it to your physician’s office or you may bring it to the pharmacy.
2. Physican Reccomendation
Your physician will send us the necessary information that we will need to establish a plan of therapy for you. This includes labs and any other information relevant to his or her decision to start you on BHRT.
3. Patient Consult
We will contact you for a consultation which may be over the phone or in person, whichever you prefer.
4. Physician Consult
After speaking with you and gaining a better knowledge of what you are hoping to improve with BHRT, we will them contact your physician to discuss the best treatment option for you.
Once your physician has approved the treatment and provided us with a prescription, we will compound your medication.
6. Prescription Ready
You will receive a phone call from one of our staff members once your compound is ready for pick up. We will be glad to mail you the compound (in the state of Georgia only) for a minimal fee. We also provide FREE in town delivery to Stateboro residents.
The compound will be prepared to meet your specific needs. Please notify us 24 hours in advance for refills to ensure that we have an adequate amount of time to prepare your compound.
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