Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) therapy is the administration of molecularly-identical hormones to correct and help conditions associated with hormone deficiencies. These treatments are considered safe, effective and well-tolerated. . The application of these hormones in physiological doses can be used to address a variety of health concerns such as:
- Low thyroid – Hypothyroidism
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Premenstural syndrome
- Breast tenderness
- Uterine Fibroids
Most often, symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, acne, unwanted facial hair, painful periods, mood swings and troubles with fertility are reasons to look ino bio-identical hormone treatment. For women at menopausal ago, bio-identical hormone treatment is a great option mitigate symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep problems and weight gain, and also reduce health risks associated with menopause such as osteoporosis
This treatment is highly effective can will only be implemented with a comprehensive health assessment and standardized diagnostic testing to ensure the therapy is appropriate and to rule out the possibility of contraindications to hormone replacement therapy (i.e. a history of breast cancer. We also use standardized diagnostic testing to monitor your levels during treatment. Should the results of these assessments indicate your imbalances stem from adrenal (i.e. hormone production) and liver (i.e. hormone metabolization) dysfunction, addressing these issues with proper treatment prior to beginning BHRT is highly recommended. Women presenting with problems relating their menstrual cycle will likely be recommended to undergo an ultrasound examination to identify any structural contributions to these symptoms. A mammogram within 1 year is also required to prescribe estrogen therapy. The successful completion of these tests in conjunction with the patient’s symptoms will form the basis of dosing.
How it Works
Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy involves the daily topical/suppository application of hormones that can be obtained from a compounding pharmacy with a prescription from a licensed medical profession who have prescribing rights to these substances. The duration, dosage and cycling parameters will be determined by the above-mentioned assessments and patient needs. Your hormone status will be checked every few months through objective lab work and the monitoring the improvement of symptoms. This frequent monitoring throughout treatment will maintain efficacy, safety and ultimately your comfort.
Naturopathic doctors must go through a rigorous pharmaceutical and prescribing course and examination in order prescribing Bio-identical hormones in Ontario.