Changing hormone levels affect almost all of us as we age, but no two patients are the same. At the HOPE Protocol we determine your current hormone levels and what your optimal levels should be. Through the use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), we restore the balance restores the health, energy, and clarity that many women find missing in their lives. BHRT consistently improves memory, rekindles romantic feelings, and reduces menopausal symptoms.
“Bioidentical hormone preparations are medications that contain hormones that are an exact chemical match to those made naturally by humans,” says Dr. JoAnn Manson, MD, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the current president of the North American Menopause Society.
BHRT provides menopausal and perimenopausal women with exactly the same hormones their bodies produce naturally. This lock-and-key relationship between bioidentical hormones and their receptors in a woman’s body creates a safer and more-precise method of delivering hormone replacement therapy.
Some bioidentical hormones are made in standard doses and sold by major drug companies. Other bioidentical hormone preparations are made at compounding pharmacies, which create customized blends of medicine based on the needs of the individual patient.
At HOPE Protocol, we prescribe both conventional and customized hormone preparations. We also work closely with some of the best compounding pharmacies in the country.
BHRT is particularly important in light of the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative, which found that conventional (synthetic) hormone replacement therapy dramatically increased the risk for blood clots, stroke, heart attacks, and breast cancer in women. Several European studies have shown that no such risks are associated with BHRT in women.