Are you suffering from hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, vaginal dryness, or depression? Bio-identical hormones may help you feel like yourself again!
NutriChem has been a leader in women’s health issues, and has been supporting women through menopause with bio-identical hormone therapy for over 20 years.
What exactly is a bio-identical hormone? Bio-identical or human identical hormones match exactly the hormones in a woman’s body. These hormones include estrogen and progesterone.
"Traditional" hormones are chemically different than those found in the human body. In fact, some of the more commonly used "estrogens" are made to match the hormones in horse’s urine.
While these traditional hormones were used for many years, when a proper study, called the Women’s Health Initiative, was completed, their long-term safety was questioned.
Regardless of what form of hormone therapy you choose (although we much prefer the human kind), the guiding principle of any hormone therapy should be:
To use the lowest possible dose for the shortest period of time to ease symptoms.
This does not mean hormones for every woman. Only when symptoms are severe and quality of life is significantly impaired, should hormones be considered.
If you want to learn more about the science behind bio-identical hormone therapy, we have created several "Frequently Asked Questions" articles to give you the background information that you need to make an informed choice.
If it is decided that hormone therapy is worth trying, NutriChem is here to help. We can provide support in several ways:
Book an appointment for a consultation (either in our clinic in Ottawa, or over-the-phone) and we will review your symptoms, make suggestions for natural health products or provide recommendations for you to take to your doctor. It is advised that you start with the least invasive and lowest risk therapies first.
Laboratory Measurement of Hormone Levels
Through our innovative Body Chemistry Balancing (BCB) Test, we look at many aspects of your nutritional and hormonal health. Often the symptoms of menopause are due not only to the changing hormone levels in the body, but have underlying nutritional or metabolic causes. For example, when you haven’t had a good night’s sleep for a long time, your adrenals can become stressed, further aggravating your menopausal symptoms. Using the BCB test, we are able to do a thorough evaluation of your body chemistry.
Compound Your Bio-identical Hormone Prescription
NutriChem Compounding Pharmacy and Clinic is accredited by the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) and is a member of the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA). Compounding medications ensures that each patient receives a compound that provides the right medication in an appropriate dosage and form, and at the right frequency to provide maximum benefit with minimal adverse effects. As bio-identical hormones are a prescription item, they are covered by most health plans.
We understand your frustrations. We know how tired you get from waking up night after night soaked in your own sweat and how hot flashes appear at the most inappropriate times. We realize that intimacy with your spouse has changed. And we understand why your kids are wondering where their "normal" Mom is.
However, the "change of life" does not mean that you can’t still live life. You don’t have to suffer. There are many options available to you.
You don’t have to feel alone. Let us help you develop a plan of action so that you can reclaim your life.
Call our clinic today at 613-721-3669 and begin the journey back to yourself, back to the "real you".
The guiding principle of hormone replacement therapy is to use the lowest possible dose for the shortest period of time to ease symptoms.