Conventional wisdom tells women that we should accept that we will suffer from certain discomforts once the glands that produce our hormones atrophy or “dry up”. After all, it’s a part of getting old. We should replace hormones such as insulin and thyroid because we need them to live but don’t bother with the other hormones because our mothers and our mother’s mother dealt with the discomfort of hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, irritableness and mood swings, etc. just fine. We should be able to deal with them too. Conventional wisdom also advise us to replace our natural hormones with the synthetic ones found in pharmaceuticals but now we know we don’t have to. We don’t have to suffer like our foremothers, we can get natural relief that doesn’t put us at risk for breast cancer or ovarian cancer…we can feel like our, dear I say it, “young selves” again. We can get bio-identical hormones.
Bio-identical hormones are made from nature, from yams! Yes, yams, plant based wild yams that are chemically converted to be a replica of the natural hormone that the body makes. These are only available at Compounding Pharmacies. Compounded medications are “made from scratch” – individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.
So if a woman is lacking Progesterone or Testosterone or Estrogen, they can get the bio-identical hormone equivalent from a compounding pharmacy and they can begin to feel better again. No longer do we have to put on a brave front and accept the changes that our mothers accepted. We can get help naturally from a source that mother-nature herself would be proud of!