Bioidentical HRT

What are bioidentical hormones?

From a physiological perspective, bioidentical hormones derived from natural plant sources are identical to those that the body produces for itself, in the right proportions. When we are "replacing" the body's hormones, we feel it makes more sense to use entities which the body recognizes as its own, rather than hormones from horses, imbalanced versions or overly potent synthetic versions. The hormones we use are mainly Estradiol, Estriol, (E2, E3, respectively), progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA.

How can I get natural hormones?

With the exception of low potency progesterone creams (available over-the-counter), natural, bioidentical hormone therapy is generally obtained through a physician's prescription.

Once my doctor prescribes bioidentical hormones, can I get them at any pharmacy?

Because the ingredients are naturally derived, it is impossible for a manufacturer to obtain a patent on these substances. Without a patent, it is unlikely that any drug manufacturer will go to the expense of pursuing these products for marketing and sales. Consequently, these bio-identical hormones must be prepared for the patient from pure, plant derived chemicals by a pharmacist at a compounding pharmacy.

What is a compounding pharmacy?

Actually, it's the oldest type of pharmacy in the world: an apothecary with a pharmacisttrained informulating prescriptions and who prepares them from pure ingredients on the order of a physician. A caring and competent pharmacist works closely with the prescribing physician to create just the right dosage form and strength for you, the patient.

What dosage forms are available?

Compounded dosage forms are numerous and variable in nature. Each method has its advantages for use. Usage of specific dosage forms depend on patient compliance, type of response desired and medications involved. Oral capsules, vaginal suppositories, transdermal creams, gels and troches (a lozenge that dissolves between the gum and tongue) are among the variety of dosage forms available to be compounded. Ideally hormone supplementation should be tailored to individual treatment needs.

Where do bioidentical hormones come from?

Natural plant sterols are extracted from soybeans and/ or Mexican yams. These are taken to a laboratory where they are converted chemically, or semi-synthesized to hormones that are identical and indistinguishable from the body's own.

If they are synthesized in a lab, doesn't that make them "synthetic"?

Since bioidenticals are derived from plant substances in soybeans and yams (diadzein and genistein), they are natural in the sense that they are formulated in the lab to be biologically identical in structure and function to hormones produced in the body. For that reason, we prefer to call these hormones "bioidentical, plant derived". We use the term "synthetic"to describe chemically altered hormones that are many times more potent than the "naturals".

Will my insurance company cover these treatments?

Although compounds such as these cannot be processed at the pharmacy like mass produced medications, most insurance companies will reimburse a percentage of the cost to the patient. Look closely at your benefit package. If you have a flexible spending account of HSA (Health Savings Account) you may use your account to pay for your consult and/or hormone prescription(s).

How will the doctor know what dose is right for me?

Every patient is different! Your physician will take many issues into account: age, weight, symptoms, gynecological history and prior or present use of hormones will all affect the choice of dose and dosage form. Saliva and/or blood spot testing to identify specific imbalances of one or more hormones eliminates physician guesswork when prescribing. Followup testing and regular monitoring when using hormones allows your doctor to adjust your dose as needed.

What does “OLD” mean? Slower...Sicker…Weaker…?

It doesn’t have to...

As millions of Americans reach their mid 40s, the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical industry and others prepare to mask your symptoms with DRUGS!!
As people’s life expectancy continues to grow, our outdated ideas about aging no longer hold true. Not long ago, it was an accepted fact that if you were over forty, you were going downhill; on your way out. Today, that doesn't have to be the case. Today, we realize that aging is natural, but feeling old is optional. In other words, “older” doesn't have to mean “sicker.”

HGH…THE TRUTH…

Human Growth Hormone is a naturally occurring hormone that is released by the pituitary gland, often called the master gland, located in the brain. Because it originates from the “master gland“ HGH is sometimes called the master hormone. HGH stimulates growth in cells, tissues and organs. The positive effects of HGH can be seen increased muscle mass, higher bone density, lower fat reserves, controlled sugar levels, stronger immunity and necessary calcium retention.

HGH deficiency - noticeable symptoms:

Human Growth Hormone production remains sufficient until your early 20s, but subsequently declines with age. This decline in hormone production leads to a decline in general health. Because of its impact, relative to age, HGH is often called the anti aging hormone. In children, this HGH deficiency causes short stature, delayed secondary tooth eruption, and delayed puberty. In adults, HGH deficiency leads to fat accumulation, poor muscle mass, disturbed cardiac function, physical weakness, and overall decreased sense of well-being.

HGH as an anti aging treatment:

The hormonal decline which occurs with age leads to many health issues. Hormonal therapies are considered the best solution for reversing the process of aging. Human Growth Hormone therapy takes the lead, because of its proven, positive effects. Clinical research involving HGH as an anti aging treatment supports these claims. HGH treatment benefits human health in many ways,

  • Higher energy levels
  • Eliminates cellulite buildup
  • Improves muscle strength
  • Rejuvenates skin
  • Improves sexual performance

An expert in hormone replacement therapy:

Restoring hormones to optimal levels has been shown to be effective in achieving and maintaining a more vibrant, youthful lifestyle in those with hormone deficiency. Sufficient Human Growth Hormone levels are an essential element of a lifestyle that promotes optimal health, vitality, and longevity.

At KFMA, we employ a systematic approach to effectively address the potentially debilitating symptoms of aging brought on by Growth Hormone Deficiency. We recognize that balanced hormone levels, along with good nutrition and regular physical activity, are essential to the overall health and well being of both men and women. So why just live longer when you can live better?

Do you think you may be suffering from a decline in Human Growth Hormone? Our hormone replacement treatment programs can help you achieve a new level of strength, fitness, and well-being. Remember, in life it’s “survival of the fittest.”

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