Frequently Asked Questions
|What is the difference between natural and synthetic hormones?|
The term “natural” hormones simply mean that these hormones are chemically the same as the ones the human body produces. They are also called “bio-identical” or “human iso-molecular”. “Synthetic” hormones refer to those manufactured with a chemical structure that is foreign to the human body but mimics some hormonal activity. An example of natural hormones would be Biest, Triest, Progesterone, Testosterone, and DHEA. An example of synthetic hormones would be Premarin, Prempro, Vivelle, Climara, Estretab, and all birth control pills.
|Why do natural hormones require a prescription?|
|Natural hormones can only be obtained from a compounding pharmacy. Compounding or formulating a customized dosage for an individual person is a function a pharmacist performs only with the permission of the physician. All of the ingredients may not require a prescription; however, anything that is compounded must be prescribed.|
|Where do these hormones come from?|
|Natural hormones are obtained from sterol analogues found in many varieties of plants, primarily wild yams and soybeans. The estrogen and progesterone powder is transformed chemically from the plant into the human bioidentical hormones.|
|How do I get started on natural hormones?|
Natural hormone replacement therapy must be customized for each man and woman. Only after a thorough review of symptoms, health history and blood work can an effective regimen be designed. Once a treatment plan is customized, your prescription will be compounded and shipped directly to your home or office for your convenience.
|What are possible side effects?|
Ideally, there are no side effects since the hormones are given with the intention of restoring normal hormone levels. Side effects occur only if one hormone is out of balance with the others. It is important to realize that if you experience side effects, a simple adjustment will be made to stop the side effects. Our specialists are here to help you, and to adjust your natural hormone dosage until you feel like your old self again,