Increasingly, patients are requesting information about hormone imbalances and Biologically Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). BalAge Rx℠ provides a guide to prescribing biologically identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) designed to help your patients as well as your practice. If declining hormonal function may be responsible for menopause discomfort, BalAge Rx℠ is the answer.
- Give hormones only to those who are truly deficient in them.
This is basic common sense. Unless we have good evidence that they need it do not add to hormonal imbalance. Estrogen and other sex hormone levels vary widely in women before, during and after menopause, these powerful hormones should never be prescribed without adequate testing. For example, women with plenty of body fat may make more estrogen after menopause than skinny women make before menopause. BalAge Rx℠ prescriptions are predicated with behavioral, blood and/or saliva testing to assure proper measurement of the patient's current hormonal levels.
Use bioidentical hormones rather than synthetic hormones.
Sex hormones identical to human (bioidentical) hormones have been available for over 50 years. BalAge Rx℠ uses these proven, bioidentical hormones to target specific receptors in the cells. The bonding of a hormone to its receptor is determined by its molecular configuration, like corresponding Lego® blocks. Synthetic hormone molecules differ in molecular configuration from endogenous (made in the body) hormones and so, they differ in their activity at the receptor level. Synthetic hormones that are not bioidentical do not provide the same total physiologic activity as the hormones they are intended to replace, and will often provoke undesirable side effects not found with the human hormone.
Behavioral and other environmental factors must be considered.
Hormonal imbalance is not the only cause of menopausal discomfort. BalAge Rx℠ includes a behavioral questionnaire that is instrumental in pinpointing these "soft factors" that can produce profound effects on women within the menopause spectrum. Factors such as diet (excess sugar and refined starches, trans fatty acids, lack of needed nutrients such as omega-3 fats, full range of essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc.), stress and simple lifestyle problems such as excess light at night (poor sleep, melatonin deficiency), alcohol, cadmium (cigarette smoking), and birth control pills during early teens are all considered as part of the treatment program.