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Bio-identical Hormones

Bio-identical hormones are made in a laboratory, usually from components of plants, to match exactly the structure your body produces and is used to. In contrast, synthetic hormones are designed by drug companies, are foreign to the human body, and are unique in ways so they can be patented.

Provera, recently has been implicated in the increasing rate of breast cancer. Provera is a synthetic, not bio-identical progesterone. Premarin, the most commonly prescribed estrogen
replacement, is natural to a horse, as it is derived from pregnant mare’s urine (thus the name premarin). But horse estrogen is not bioidentical to human estrogen.

Prempro combines premarin and provera. We have never recommended this. Since the WHI studies in 2002 even most conventional doctors won’t prescribe it anymore.

Other estrogens on the market, such as Ogen, are made from plants, but are not the same compound that is found in a women’s body.

Products available:
Only estradiol and progesterone come in standard prescriptions. Many women need some of the other estrogens (estriol and estrone), or other hormones like DHEA and cortisol (adrenal hormones), or testosterone. Fortunately, any combination can be compounded by a special kind of pharmacist called a compounding pharmacist. This creates a unique formula specific to an individual’s needs. Compounded formulas are not covered by insurance, however.

Testing is available to get accurate information about where your hormone levels are. Typically we will test Estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone and cortisol. Keeping all your hormones in balance is what helps you feel your best.

In our practice we recommend taking the least invasive, most natural step to create better health and balanced hormones. We start with a foundation which includes a healthy diet that is low in simple carbohydrates and processed foods. Ample water for hydration, regular exercise, a good multiple vitamin, essential fatty acids, relaxation and other self care methods are the next step. If needed, things such as herbal medicine, amino acid therapy, targeted nutrition, and bio-identical hormone replacement will be added.

We would love to discuss your health and healing. Call us now!

Carriage House Medicine, P.C. (503) 492-9427