The aim of treatment with BHRT is to keep tissue and blood levels within the therapeutic range for increased safety, using the lowest doses possible. It is important to continue with regular checks such as heart risk factors, blood pressure tests, breast examinations, mammograms, and Pap smears. It is also important to watch for and report any abnormal vaginal bleeding or spotting or other new symptoms such as breast tenderness or lumps, abdominal bloating, acne, or weight gain.
If you are suffering from symptoms relating to hormone deficiency, we believe that bio-identical hormones replacement are a safer alternative to synthetic hormones, especially when combined with blood and/or salivary testing to check hormone levels.
The bio-identical hormones replacement we use are made by professional compounding pharmacists under strict guidelines enforced by the Professional Compounding Chemists of Australia. While theory and research suggests that the bio-identical hormones used in troches, topical and vaginal creams, gels and pessaries are safer than the synthetic alternatives, we do not give a 100% guarantee.
Because medical research is usually funded by the multinational drug companies, there have unfortunately been no long-term studies performed on the use of these hormones, because natural hormones are not patentable and therefore of little interest financially.
While the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has not approved of Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), it has also not disapproved of it. However, as with synthetic HRT, Bio-identical Hormones can still stimulate end organs in the body such as the breasts, uterus and prostate and still present an increased risk of DVT, Cardiovascular Disease, Cerebro- vascular Disease and Breast and Prostate Cancer, depending on your genetic predisposition.