A significant portion of the Wellness Consultations that we do in our practice involve helping individuals – primarily women but also men – improve their health and vitality by balancing their hormones.
So, here’s a little primer on what Bio-identical Hormone Therapy is and how we can help you feel better by balancing your hormones.
The first question we’re often asked is why use bio-identical hormone replacement? The answer goes to the core of what custom compounding really is all about. Each individual is unique and trying to plug yourself into a one-size-fits-all model of hormone replacement just doesn’t make sense. Individualizing your hormone replacement therapy to provide your body the specific hormones you need in the specific dose that’s right for you makes a lot more sense, doesn’t it?
It’s also important to note that the synthetic, commercially available hormone replacement therapy medications are not at all identical to the hormones that your body naturally produces. This is a really important point, because these synthetic alternatives essentially trick the body and your receptors into thinking they’re the same, but they’re not. These differences in the molecular structure can and do lead to a whole bunch of unwanted symptoms and potential long-term health risks.
The hormones that we work with in our practice are biologically identical to the hormones that your body naturally produces. Natural hormones can include Estrogens such as Estriol (E3) and Estradiol (E2), as well as other hormones such as Progesterone, Testosterone, and Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). We utilize saliva testing to determine your specific hormone levels, and we work with each individual to see if we can help your body better utilize the hormones you’re naturally producing, often without any additional hormones being required.
Achieving proper hormonal balance can significantly improve your quality of life as you approach and enter your menopausal years. You don’t have to suffer with night sweats, weight gain, and anxiety. That’s just no fun! Schedule some time to sit down with one of our trained pharmacists for a hormone balancing consultation to find out how you can take control of your health and bring balance back to your life with effective, natural hormone balancing.
Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is a Primal Blueprint Certified Expert, and is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.