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The human body produces hormones that keep it functioning in full balance. When the body fails to produce some hormones in the quantity it needs, other hormones may go out of balance too. This imbalance may lead to a number of health conditions and decreased quality of life. In this case, hormone replacement therapy, which is aimed at bringing hormone levels back to normal so the patient can lead a healthy and energetic life, is the answer.
Hormone replacement therapy with bio-identical hormones is one major part of our compounding services.
So what exactly does “bio-identical” mean?
Unlike synthetic medications, bio-identical hormones have the same chemical structures as those that are produced naturally by the body, and they fully replicate the function of hormones present in the human body. These natural hormones are able to follow normal metabolic pathways and produce the essential active metabolites that are necessary for the body’s normal functions.
Many commercially available products are not bio-identical. Some are derived from animal sources (including horses), while others have been chemically modified by adding side chains to naturally occurring hormones.
“Why haven’t I heard of this before?”
Since bio-identical substances cannot be patented, scientific studies are fewer in number because medical research is primarily funded by drug companies. However, the chemical differences between bio-identical hormones and non-bio-identical (including synthetic and animal) hormones may explain the side effects that can be experienced with commercially available products.
Many patients and medical professionals still remain unaware of the availability of bio-identical alternatives, and those who could benefit from bio-identical hormones continue to suffer from synthetic replacements.
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The adrenal glands produce essential hormones that mediate the body’s inflammatory process, the utilization of fats and proteins, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal functions: cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone. After midlife, adrenal gland production gradually becomes the body’s major source of these hormones. Intense emotional or physical stress and chronic illness can lead to adrenal fatigue which is an important contributing factor in many health conditions from chronic fatigue, to allergies and obesity.
Proper adrenal support in combination with good lifestyle habits like getting plenty of sleep, regular exercise, and healthy nutrition is vital – part of one’s overall well being.
Undiagnosed or mismanaged “low thyroid” (hypothyroidism) function is a common condition that many patients suffer from, unaware.
Hypothyroidism has a broad range of diverse symptoms that may include fatigue, cold and heat intolerance, unexplained aches and pains, hair loss, low sexual desire, weight gain, constipation and unexplained allergies. As with other hormone therapies, commercially available products to treat hypothyroidism often fail to meet the needs of the individual.
Just think about it: normal thyroid function is a complex process involving several hormones: Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), TSH releasing hormone (TRH), thyroxine (T4), and triiodothyroxine (T3). Yet, most commercially available products either only address T4 or are limited to a fixed ratio of T3/T4. While they do fulfil their main function, they often leave a patient suffering from a range of side effects.
At Chancy Drugs, we are committed to finding solutions that meet your unique needs. We will work with you and your physician to help find the thyroid hormone treatment that is right for you.
There are three main groups of sex hormones that are essential to the normal function of the female body, and achieving the proper balance of these hormones is the key to relieving symptoms.
Most commercially available products do not address achieving balance; they simply deliver one or two of these chemicals at a predetermined dosage. Yet, let’s take a look at what a female body really needs.
Estrogens are a group of related yet unique hormones, the levels of which fluctuate throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle. The three main estrogens are:
- Estrone – E-1 (10-20% of circulating estrogen) is the primary estrogen produced after menopause.
- Estradiol – E-2 (10-30% of circulating estrogen) is the most potent estrogen and the primary estrogen produced before menopause.
- Estriol – E-3 (60-80% of circulating estrogen) causes little or no buildup of the endometrium and is very effective in relieving vaginal and urinary symptoms in postmenopausal women.
Only about 20% of women who start synthetic hormone replacement therapy remain on it two years later, as synthetic progestins can have significant side effects. These can include migraine headache, weight gain, mood swings, depression, irritability, acne, menstrual irregularities, and fluid retention.
Bio-identical progesterone has not been reported to produce any serious side effects when administered in physiologic doses.
The benefits of bio-identical progesterone:
- Counteracts “estrogen dominance” which occurs when a woman produces smaller amounts of progesterone than normal compared to her estrogen levels.
- Alone or combined with estrogen may improve bone mineral density.
- Minimizes the risk of cancer in women who are receiving estrogen.
- Has fewer side effects than synthetic progestins.
- May enhance the beneficial effects of estrogen on cholesterol and lipid profiles for postmenopausal women.
These hormones are important as they have an essential role in the integrity of skin, muscle, and bone, as well as in maintaining libido in both men and women. Declines in androgens are associated with hysterectomy, menopause and age related decreases of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) which is an androgen precursor from which the body can derive testosterone.
Androgens, such as testosterone and DHEA have the following benefits.:
- Enhance libido
- Enhance bone building
- Provide cardiovascular protection
- Improve energy level and mental alertness
At Chancy Drugs, we are committed to finding solutions that meet your unique needs. We will work with you and your physician to help find the hormonal balance and treatment that is right for you.
Andropause, which is the result of testosterone deficiency, affects an estimated 1 in 200 men at any age. A man can be considered testosterone deficient if the total testosterone level is less than 200ng/ml or if bio-available testosterone is less than 60ng/ml.
Symptoms of testosterone deficiency may include:
- Decreased libido
- Bone and muscle loss
Bio-identical testosterone has been approved by the United States Pharmacopoeia and is available at your Chancy Drugs compounding lab. Our experts can prepare testosterone in many convenient dosage forms.