We partner with compounding pharmacies to provide Bioidentical Hormones Replacement Therapy (BHRT). We offer natural progesterone, estrogen, DHEA and other hormones through different routes of delivery including topical, injections and implants. Each patient’s care is individualized and carefully monitored and dosing titrated based on symptoms and blood levels f hormones.
. It refers to the use of hormones that are identical on a molecular level with hormones that are found within the body. This contrasts against synthetic hormones which are artificially made- hence they can be patented and sold by big pharmaceutical companies. As BHRT is natural, it cannot be patented and is generic, and thus offers a less expensive alternative to hormone replacement therapy. There have been critics to BHRT saying that it has not been validated in clinical trials. One of the reasons is that big pharmaceutical companies only sponsor products they make and have patents for. Many patients testify to the benefits of compounded medications like their BHRT.
Specific hormones used in BHRT include estrone, estradiol, progesterone testosterone, DHEA and testosterone. Custom-compounded BHRT is a practice that must be closely monitored by a trained physician to be successful. In addition to monitoring symptoms, blood levels should be determined as well as careful breast & prostate monitoring. Safety is very important and not all physicians have the training in this emerging field. Some of the criticism of BHRT stems from the sometimes lack of supervision with the delivery of BHRT.
At the Opal Medical Clinic, we combine our years of clinical skills with state of the art laboratory tests to obtain an accurate diagnosis of menopause or andropause syndrome. The Opal Medical Clinic opened in 2007 and is one of the first expert led Clinic in the country to offer diagnosis and treatment of straightforward or complex BHRT issues. Our clinic physicians have trained many physicians and pharmacists in BHRT. Also, our patients come from not only Houston but outside not only the state but the country as well. We offer careful planned and customized treatments after careful discussion with the patient. We also use reputable compounding pharmacists, some of whom have offered this form of therapy for decades.