Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy at Summers Pharmacy
We want to provide our customers with the healthcare resources they need to be successful on their journey to improving their physical and mental wellbeing. At Summers Pharmacy, we specialize in creating bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) compounded medications. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) aims to restore and create a balance in hormones that have a similar chemical structure to the body’s natural hormones. This kind of treatment helps people who experience some hormone imbalance and start a hormone regimen that mimics what their body naturally does.
Compounded Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Medications
As your pharmacist, we will sit down with you one-on-one and discuss your ideal treatment and goals for feeling better. We will work closely with you and your healthcare provider to determine if common hormones may be appropriate for you or whether you need a customized compounded medication. Our compounding pharmacists can create a
variety of dosage forms such as capsules, troches, suppositories, and creams, and you can
help choose which form is the most convenient for you. Our team of expert pharmacists is here to curate the perfect prescription for you, delivering maximum health benefits for your condition.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
What are bioidentical hormones, and how are they different from synthetic hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones made by your own body. These hormones are manufactured in a pharmaceutical lab in compliance with FDA regulations from soy or wild yam plants. They are identical to human-produced hormones, even though they are plant-derived. Synthetic hormones are intentionally altered in chemical structure from the hormones made in the body with different chemical side chains.
Why would anyone alter a natural substance for the body? The answer is simple. A substance naturally made by the body cannot be patented. The pharmaceutical companies want to have a patent on a product so that they can make money. Thus, they add the side chains to the natural substance, so it is slightly different, and then they have the drug they can patent.
Are There Side-Effects to Bioidentical Hormones?
With these alterations come side effects. It is much better to restore small amounts of bioidentical hormones in the body than to use synthetic hormones that have more side effects and are often dosed way too high.
How Do I Take BioIdentical Hormones?
It is important to start low on BHRT and tweak the dosage as needed. The symptoms of hormones that are too low are the same as that of hormones that are too high – this is called tachyphylaxis. It is imperative that you use a BHRT practitioner with years of experience and that understands this phenomenon.
Summers Compounding Pharmacy Goals for Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy
The number one goal for this pharmacy is for you to feel totally heard and seen by our BHRT expert. It is Tracy Dryer’s life purpose to help each patient individually with the utmost care and empathy. She will ensure she does what it takes to make you feel like yourself again.
We will create a balance of all your hormones. It is ESPECIALLY important that the estrogens and progesterone are balanced—even if you have had a hysterectomy.
We will use the lowest, most appropriate dosage of hormones required to achieve physiological levels to control your symptoms of menopause/perimenopause or andropause (male menopause) instead of a “one size fits all” mentality.
We will find the route of administration (the way the hormone is given to you) that will most closely mimic the body, and be MOST convenient for you.
Advantages of Bioidentical Hormone Restoration Therapy
We can combine different hormones (estradiol, estriol, estrone, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, etc.) into one dosage form for convenience and to keep the pricing reasonable.
We can adjust or titrate (slowly increase or decrease) individual patient doses.
They are plant derived and human identical.
We can use non-oral routes of administration to avoid the “first pass effect” of the liver, where hormones are broken down to different metabolites, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke. Other forms other than capsules and suspensions are transdermal or topical, sublingual drops, troches, vaginal creams, suppositories, and Rapid Dissolve Tablets.
Bioidentical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT)
A customized hormone restoration compound can correct unbalanced hormones to target symptoms, including metabolism, appetite, sleep cycles, mood, stress, heart rate, brittle bones, irritability, decreased libido, and fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, fill out one of the pharmacy forms below to begin the consultation process with your Summers Pharmacy pharmacist.