Hormone Replacement Therapies
There are many types and dosage forms of hormone replacement therapy available for men and women. Hormone replacement can be taken in the form of an injection, patch, pill, sublingual troche, pellet implant or transdermal cream. Each method has its own benefits and risks. If you're using hormone therapy but are having difficulty with it, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about other methods or dosages. It often takes several months of adjusting to find the optimum hormone combination for each patient.
Natural vs. Synthetic Hormone Replacement
Natural hormones, also referred to as bio-Identical, are considered "natural" because the original source is from a plant. Wild yam and soybean plants contain precursor molecules that can be chemically processed into steroid hormones such as progesterone, estradiol and testosterone. Patient demand for natural (bio-identical) hormones, which has consistently been addressed by compounding pharmacies, has gained the attention of some manufacturers. Bio-identical hormones now available from manufacturers include Estrace, Climara, Vivelle, Fempatch, Androgel, Androderm and Prometrium. Pharmacists licensed by their respective state boards to compound,can also formulate hormones using chemicals approved for use in the United States. Compounded dosage forms are available in transdermal creams, sublingual troches, pellet implants, suppositories, delayed release capsules or tablets and injectables. A patient using a compounded product can receive the exact amount of hormone needed instead of being locked into strengths made commercially.
Synthetic hormones can be patented which can allow a single company to corner the market. Beginning in the late 1800's, U.S. law allowed patenting only on products that were not natural substances. Synthetic hormones include the following; Provera (med-roxyprogesterone), Estinyl (ethinyl estradiol), Testred (methyltestosterone), Halotestin (fluoxymesterone), Prem-pro and Estratest. An example when a doctor may prefer synthetic hormones is the case of a patient with previous or family history of estrogen dependent tumors. Synthetic progestin or testosterone does not convert to estrogen once in the human body, however a small percent of natural progesterone or testosterone can convert.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Pellets
Sterile Hormone Pellets offer another alternative for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. A trained physician implants tiny pellets, usually every 3 to 6 months. The sterile hormone pellets supply a steady supply of hormones without the peaks and valleys of other therapy choices. Both men and women can benefit from pellet therapy.
Pavilion Pharmacy has been compounding sterile bio-identical hormone pellets both for estradiol and testosterone for over twenty years. Many leading physicians across the country depend on Pavilion Compounding Pharmacy for quality pellets. Our pellets are sterilized by a unique method called gamma ray sterilization. This methodology provides a product that meets our criteria for safety, efficacy, and patient acceptance.
Recommended Reading - Hormone Replacement Therapy
Dr. Whitaker's Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement
by Julian Whitaker, M.D.
Natural Women, Natural Menopause
by Marcus Laux, N.D. & Christine Conrad, M.D.
Hormones of Desire
by Susan Rako, M.D.
by Eugene Shippen, M.D. & William Fryer
The Sexy Years
by Suzanne Somers
Are Your Hormones Making You Sick?
by Eldred Taylor, M.D. & Ava Bell Taylor, M.D.
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