Mistakes you can avoid when using bio-identical hormone troches.
Placing the troche in the mouth in the morning.
This is often when you are distracted by being busy with morning duties. If the troche does not have a good amount of time to dissolve, you can unconsciously swallow the saliva before it has had a chance to fully absorb into the membranes in the mouth.
Taking the troche just before eating.
This can result in swallowing most of the saliva/hormones created by the flavor of the troche instead of being absorbed in the mouth.
Not using at least 4-5 different sites in the mouth (Very important)
Simply putting the troche against one part of your gum will ensure that you fill up the cells locally on the first or second day, and after that hardly any hormones will be absorbed. To ensure absorption and that this doesn’t happen, make sure to vary the position in the mouth.
Taking the troche more than 24 hours before testing
Tis can result in a false or low reading. In the evening between 8-10 pm is the best time to take the troche, and then have the test done early in the morning.
Mistakes you can avoid when using bio-identical hormone creams.
Not using enough cream to try to ‘save’ it.
The cream needs to be a full dose to be effective at your prescribed dose.
Using the cream on the outside skin.
The hormones are absorbed through the skin directly into the blood stream. They therefore need to be applied to the thinnest skin available, e.g. along the inside of the whole length of your arms, or to the inside of the thighs or belly.
Not using enough different sites for the cream.
This means that the skin cells that are used will become saturated, and will not absorb any more hormones. You must use a different part of the skin each day of the week to get optimal results.
Using the cream on too small an area of the skin.
The skin needs to be the size of a large dinner plate or an A4 piece of paper. Small area application will waste the cream and not give you an effective dose.
Shop around for a reputable Compounding Pharmacy
Lastly, it is my experience that you shop around for a reputable compounding pharmacy, who prepares quality customized bio-identical hormones that meet your individual needs and wallet.
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