Hormone Replacement Therapy - Female
Hormonal imbalances can take place at any age and can range from menstrual irregularities, infertility issues, and of course, menopause. Long-term unbalanced hormone levels may lead to a plethora of chronic symptoms that can disrupt daily life and include such problems as weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, migraines, depression, difficulty sleeping, fatigue and loss of libido.
The primary female hormones include the estrogens; estriol (E3), estradiol (E2) and estrone (E1), progesterone (P4), testosterone (T) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). These hormones are part of the body’s complex messaging system, and when it’s out of balance via life changes or environmental sensitivities, their intended message gets garbled. Balancing hormones is one of several modalities we have in our “toolbox” to attain and maintain our health and vitality.
How Can Compounds Help?
There are several effective products that exist on the commercial market to help with hormonal symptom management. Compounding allows for more tailored options to suit your specific needs with various strength options and dosage forms. By working with your medical provider, the pharmacists at Abrams Royal Pharmacy can create combination formulas that include several hormones in one prescription, thereby increasing compliance and ease of use, and most importantly, help to alleviate those troubling symptoms.
Formulation examples include topical and vaginal creams, vaginal and rectal suppositories, oral capsules, troches and rapid dissolve tablets. Each formulation has its benefits, and we’d love to talk with you about which form would be most beneficial for your situation.
Compounding hormones specific to a patient’s needs requires a close relationship between the patient, her medical provider and the compounding pharmacist. Together we will work to provide treatment options tailored just for you.