Bioidentical hormones (BHRT) are a natural alternative to well-known prescribed hormone replacement treatments. Bioidentical hormones are derived from plants and are compounded by licensed pharmacies and used to replace a woman’s natural hormones that are decreased or lost during and after menopause. They differ from pharmaceutical hormone replacements because their chemical structure resembles the natural human hormones. By contrast the pharmaceutical ones, usually derived from pregnant horses, have a very different chemical structure from the human hormones. Bioidentical hormones are very safe and can be made into creams (most popular) or pills, according to the individual preference. Since they are medications, a regular prescription from a physician is required.
Aurora DeJuliis MD in Montclair NJ has been prescribing BHRT for over twenty years. Dr DeJuliis offers a complete pretreatment consultation that reviews the patient’s recent medical history, including medications, blood tests, supplements and diet. She can undertake the required comprehensive hormone blood tests in order to assess the individual levels in the privacy of her treatment rooms. The results are discussed with the patient and a plan for hormone replacement is made tailored to the individual needs. Because each patient is unique, the dose of the hormones varies according to the test results.
Hormone replacement is not unique to women; men can suffer from lack of testosterone as well. Natural testosterone is available from compounding pharmacies.