Anyone who has been through puberty knows that hormones have a powerful effect on your body. Hormones affect many areas of your health, including your mood, your metabolism, and your sexual and reproductive function. If your hormones become unbalanced, whether due to menopause or other factors, you may end up feeling like a stranger in your own skin. However, compounded hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a way to restore balance and has helped women everywhere feel like themselves again.
HRT is most often prescribed 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:
These conditions affect millions of women. 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. However, each woman’s body is different and has its own unique needs, but commercially manufactured products tend to be “one-size-fits-all,” and do not always account for the differences between individuals.
The use of one or more of these hormones is referred to as Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT).
Despite studies reporting the risks associated with synthetic hormones, conjugated equine estrogens remain the most frequently prescribed form of ERT. Published clinical trials have reported that the risk of breast cancer is increased by use of conjugated equine estrogens, and further increases when the synthetic progestin medroxyprogesterone acetate is added to the regimen.
Testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may be added to a woman’s Hormone Replacement Therapy to minimize recalcitrant menopausal symptoms and further protect against osteoporosis, loss of immune function, obesity, and diabetes. A decline in serum testosterone is associated with hysterectomy, and there are age-related gender independent declines in DHEA and DHEA sulfate. Additionally, ERT may cause relative ovarian and adrenal androgen deficiency, creating a rationale for concurrent physiologic androgen replacement.
The adrenal fatigue glands secrete hormones such as cortisol, and estrogen that are essential to health and vitality and significantly affect total body function. After mid-life, the adrenal glands gradually become the major endogenous source of sex hormones in both men and women. Intense or prolonged physical or emotional stress commonly associated with modern lifestyles or chronic illness can lead to Adrenal Fatigue, which is an important contributing factor in health conditions ranging from allergies to obesity.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant adrenal hormones like cortisol help to minimize allergic and negative reactions, such as autoimmune disorders. These hormones closely affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, and cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function.
Adequate adrenal support is crucial when it comes to a complete the hormonal pathway for optimal health. Ensuring proper support includes balanced nutrition, sufficient sleep, regular moderate exercise, stress management, slowing down to regain a proper perspective on life, and replacement of deficient hormones like estrogen.
Watch this video with Dr. Kent Holtorf, a physician and thought leader in the field of Hormone Replacement Therapy, discuss the benefits of compounded hormone replacement solutions:
No two women are alike, of course, and compounding pharmacists understand this fact.
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 utilize hormones that have the exact chemical structure as the hormones in the human body. The body recognizes them and allows them to mimic the function of the hormones the body produces on its own.
Our compounding pharmacists can provide a hormone evaluation for the patient to fill out. A pharmacist experienced in HRT may assist the healthcare provider in helping interpret the results of serum or saliva tests which measure a patient’s hormone levels. The healthcare provider, compounding pharmacist, and the patient can use the results of these diagnostic tools to help determine a course of treatment which will give the patient the exact amount of hormones her body needs.
Working closely with a woman and her healthcare provider, our compounding pharmacists can help you start and maintain a hormone replacement regimen that brings your hormones back into balance and closely mimics what your body has been doing naturally for years.
Once the therapy is begun, our pharmacists will continue to work with you and your prescriber to make sure the HRT is working correctly, adjusting the dosage if necessary, ensuring that the medication is just right for your body.
It’s your body… why not give yourself the option of a customized, compounded hormone therapy?
Ask your healthcare provider about hormone replacement therapy and call Davis Islands Pharmacy today!