Hormone Replacement Therapy Increasingly Providing Relief for Menopause
How do I know if my hormones are out of balance?
Hot flashes, sleepless nights or nights where we're not getting enough sleep, irritibility and body changes can often signal hormonal changes brought about by menopause not to mention wreck havok on our emotions and bodies.
As teenagers, we learned the powerful effect hormones have on our bodies. They affect our mood, our metabolism, our sexual and reproductive functioning and when they're imbalanced, we know it!
Fortunately, compounded hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a way to restore balance and help you feel like yourself again.
Hormone replacement therapy is designed specifically for you and your needs
HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is most often prescribed by a woman's physician to ease the symptoms of menopause, but it also can be used to treat a variety of conditions that women of all ages may experience, including:
- Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Post-partum depression
- Weight gain
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Sleep disturbances
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Decreased libido
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
Millions of women complain about these conditions every day and the great news is that now something can be done about it! As the number of women seeking hormone-related treatment has grown, so has the mass production of pills, patches and creams by the drug industry. Because each woman’s body is different and has its own unique needs, the “one-size-fits-all,” commerically available products are not always, or sometimes even usually delivering the results women had hoped for. It's easy to see that the reasons for this are simple: commercially-made products simply can't account for the differences between individuals.
Compounded HRT understands that no two women are alike.
Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications for patients. The advantage of compounded HRT is that it can be adapted specifically to fit each individual’s body and hormone levels. HRT can use hormones that have the exact chemical structure as the hormones in the human body. Because of this similarity, our bodies recognize them and allow them to mimic the function of the hormones the body produces on its own.
Our compounding pharmacists at Portico Pharmacy can work with your health provider to determine if your hormone levels are low (usually through blood tests) and create a course of treatment especially for you.
With your healthcare provider’s prescription, the pharmacist can prepare hormones in a variety of strengths and dosage forms, including:
- Topical or vaginal creams, gels, and foams
- Sublingual drops or troches
Once the therapy is begun, the pharmacist will continue to work with the woman and her prescriber to make sure the HRT is working correctly, adjusting the dosage if necessary, and ensuring that the medication is just right for her body.
Don't wait. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist today about hormone replacement therapy to see if it's right for you.
Take control of your health and learn the advantages of balancing your hormones for a better today and a brighter tomorrow.