Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Dayton Medical Center uses an individualized approach, beginning with lab tests of hormone levels, called a hormone panel. Whatever these tests reveal, bioidentical estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, and/or DHEA prepared at a registered compounding pharmacy at the right dosage are prepared for you. Following that, each patient is then monitored carefully through regular follow-up hormone panels to ensure the most symptom relief at the lowest possible dosage. Initially, a hormone panel is done every three months, and after a balance is achieved, a panel is done once a year usually at the same time as an annual exam.
Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones made by your own body. Synthetic hormones, however, are different. Because drug companies can’t patent a bioidentical structure, they invent synthetic hormones instead, such as Premarin, Prempro, and Provera, for example, all of which are patentable.
European medical studies suggest that bioidentical hormones are safer than synthetic versions. However, this has not been well studied for long-term use, and we recommend to women not regarding any drug as completely safe. At Dayton Medical Center, we inform women about their options so that they are able to make the best choice for themselves. Now it is possible for women to feel well throughout menopause.