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What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) seeks to restore hormonal balance. Treatment involves supplementing one or more of the following bio-identical hormones: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or DHEA; of which all are identical to the ones normally produced by the human body. These hormones are derived from plant sources and processed to create hormones that molecularly mirror what the human body naturally makes.

WHY BHRT?

Hormones fluctuate in various stages in a person’s life. If left uncorrected, hormonal imbalances can lead to problems such as: Osteoporosis, increased risk for cardiovascular disease, hot flashes, night sweats, decreased sex drive, weight gain, fatigue.

High-stress lifestyles, high processed food diet, and decreased exercise can contribute to imbalances, regardless of age and sex.

**Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is not recommended for every patient and can carry significant side effects if prescribed and/or taken in an unbalanced manner. These effects can include blood clots, stroke, and certain kinds of cancer, among others. Balance is key to successful BHRT; balance between hormones, lifestyle, and nutrition. BHRT is not a cure-all, however, when utilized in tandem with good nutrition, regular exercise, and stress reduction, patients have reported that BHRT can significantly contribute to overall good health.

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY:

1. See a provider.

A provider’s prescription is required to receive BHRT. Therefore, it is important to ask your provider if they prescribe BHRT, or are willing to work with one of Gardens Pharmacy’s BHRT specialists. We can help you find a willing provider if you need guidance. (Insurance typically does not cover compounded BHRT prescriptions. The number of prescriptions will depend on your individual hormonal needs).

2. Baseline labs are required.

Saliva kits are available through our pharmacy to measure baseline hormones. Recommended labs include: Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA, Thyroid [TSH, Free T3, Free T4, TPO, TBG], Ferritin, Vitamin D, SHBG, and Magnesium levels.

3. Complete & turn in evaluation form.

Evaluation form for women can be downloaded here and for men, here , or picked up at Gardens Pharmacy. Completed evaluation form is required for initial consultation. Upon completion, please e-mail your evaluation to bhrt@mygardenspharmacy.com with your name and date of birth on the subject line. You can also call the Hormone Hotline at 228.365.6885 to set up a consult.

4. Schedule an appointment/consult.

BHRT specialty pharmacists are available for private or group consultation.

- Initial Private Consultation with BHRT Pharmacist: $75
- Initial BHRT Group Seminar with BHRT Pharmacist: $20
- BHRT Specialty Pharmacists include:
- Tanya Harmon, PharmD
- Courtney Zitterkopf, PharmD

This consultation includes:

  • Private Hormone Evaluation
  • Nutrition Consultation
  • Education Regarding BHRT
  • Q&A Session
  • Coaching & Lifestyle Modifications
  • Open Communication with your Provider

In addition, this consultation will empower you with information and ensure you are an active participant on your journey to hormone balance.

Call the Hormone Hotline at 228.365.6885 to set up an appointment, or if you have any questions. You can also e-mail the BHRT Team at bhrt@mygardenspharmacy.com

Watch our educational videos on BHRT and our patient’s testimonials below. If you’re a BHRT patient and would like to leave a testimonial, download our form here and e-mail it to bhrt@mygardenspharmacy.com

Download our patient sheets below.

A. Men's Evaluation Form

B. Women's Evaluation Form

C. BIEST Patient Info

D. DHEA Patient Info

E. Estriol Patient Sheet

F. Hyaluronic Acid Gel Patient Info

G. Progesterone Patient Info

H. Testosterone Patient Info

I. TopiClick Usage Instructions

J. Using a Topical Syringe

K. Vaginal Applicator Patient Info

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