The Truth About Hormone Therapy (Wall Street Journal)
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What Should I Expect?
Bioidentical Hormones are structurally the same as hormones produced naturally by your body. Your body’s receptors receive them the same as the hormones your body produced. Bioidentical Hormones, such as estradiol and testosterone, are manufactured in a compounding pharmacy which produces pellets in customized dosages. Compounded medications are not regulated by and not approved by the FDA. Compounding pharmacies are also not FDA regulated or approved.
Reaching your optimal hormone balance with natural hormone therapy takes time and experience and may not be fully optimized with the first treatment. Your hormones are tested periodically over the course of your treatment and our physicians and nursing staff listen carefully to your feedback to ensure that you are getting the best treatment plan we can provide you. During this process, any hormone imbalances that may occur can cause side effects. In some cases, these side effects may mimic the symptoms you were trying to get relief from or may be worse.
Our goal for you is to achieve balanced, optimized health. This is a discussion that is best had between you and your medical provider. Many clinics and manufacturers may make outlandish claims, but it is important for you to gather all the facts and make an informed decision. This is a journey and a process – but we are here with you every step of the way and our medical training and experience will be put to work for your benefit.
Risks and Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Knowledge about the safety and effectiveness of hormone therapy is rapidly changing. At New Leaf Wellness, we feel it is important you have information about the potential risks and benefits of hormone therapy before you undertake our bioidentical hormone therapy program.
Synthetic Menopause Hormone Treatment (“MHT”), which is FDA approved, is often prescribed to women during peri-menopause (the time before and after your last period when symptoms occur) and menopause (the time of last period onward) for symptoms of hot flashes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, depression, anxiety, irritability or PMS-like symptoms, bone loss and osteoporosis or its prevention, and cardiovascular disease. Since the Women’s Health Initiative study, it has been understood that synthetic hormone treatment may increase the risk of cancer, heart attacks, blood clotting or strokes.
New Leaf Wellness does NOT use or prescribe synthetic estradiol, progesterone or testosterone hormone treatments. Instead, our medical and wellness centers use only bioidentical hormone therapy to help our patients achieve ideal hormonal balance that improves their feeling of well-being.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy involves use of compounded estradiol, progesterone and testosterone in customized dosages and combinations to meet the specific needs of each patient to achieve ideal hormone balance. We have observed side effects from Bioidentical Hormone Therapy including, but not limited to: Hair growth, acne, lowering of voice, and breast tenderness or enlargement as their hormone levels adjust. As with any therapy, we use the experience of qualified medical professionals to help each patient get the best treatment and care available.
At New Leaf Wellness, we are committed to your health and well-being. Our goal is to balance your hormones using bioidentical hormones to reduce your symptoms. Assessment of medical processes can change, so it is important to discuss NHT with your doctor regularly. As scientific evidence increases, recommendations may change.
No therapy will be prescribed unless clinical need exists and is determined based on lab work, physician consultation and a complete and current medical history. Beginning lab work and a physical exam does not guarantee a finding of medical necessity for any treatment. No testimonial on this website is intended nor should be construed as medical advice or diagnosis.