HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy) are two totally different methods of treating Menopause and Andropause.
HRT are synthetic drugs, chemically derived and synthesized in a laboratory, with hormone like effects produced by the pharmaceutical industry, such as Premarin and Prempro, and considered the traditional SOC (standard of care). BHRT are created from natural sources of plant hormones which match the chemical structure of hormones produced by the human body (biologically identical). They are made from either soy or yams and compounded by a compounding pharmacy. Bio-Identical Hormones are available in Sublingual drops or troches, Capsules, Gels and foams, Suppositories, Topical or vaginal creams, Patches, and Injectable prescriptions.
Hormones are in the news daily. Menopause and Andropause have become popular topics of discussion on morning talk shows, internet radio shows, the mainstream media and pharmaceutical commercials.
There are over 47 million menopausal women in this country alone. Women want answers so they naturally turn to their healthcare providers and pharmacists for help.
Much of the news for the past 10 + years has been negative where HRT (hormone replacement therapy California) is concerned. Keep in mind when HRT is discussed in the news, they are always referring to the drugs with hormones like effects, not a bio-identical molecule compounded by your compounding pharmacy.
The WHI (Woman’s Health Initiative) funded by Wyeth, was a study of 161,808 women and designed to identify the benefits and risks of using HRT to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. At the time this study only dealt with women over 65 and only looked at synthetic Bio-Identical Hormones Replacement Therapy. The study was ended mid-stream in 2002 when, WHI investigators found that the risks of this approach exceeded the safety limits established at the beginning of the study. They never looked at compounded bio-identical hormones.
Compounding pharmacists like Harbor Compounding Pharmacy are helping to create unique preparations that resolve a host of challenges like Recreating discontinued medications, Flavoring medicines to be more palatable to children, Customizing drugs for patients with allergies, Cosmetic compounding, Sterile Compounding and Sterile Medication etc.
One of our specialties is the Wiley Protocol. The Wiley Protocol is a multi-phasic biomimetic BHRT that is based on the innate and natural rhythm of a healthy 20 year old woman. It is this natural rhythm that is missing from all other bio-identical and synthetic hormone replacement therapies. It is the absence of this natural rhythm, according to T.S. Wiley, which is responsible for the vast side-effects in both camps. It’s not just the molecule that’s wrong with the traditional standard of care HRT, it’s the static dosing schedule too.
By Caren Abdela
Caren Abdela is a medical researcher, event planner and free lance writer. She is passionate about woman’s health and exotic international travel. She has published travel articles for International Living Magazine and AWAI. She writes medical newsletters and loves blogging. She lives in Montecito, CA with her dog Lilly.
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