Did you know that more than 30 million American women are menopausal and that an additional 20 million more are within a few years of this life transition? This has resulted in more and more women seeking hormone replacement therapy. But not all women are the same and commercially manufactured or synthetic hormones do not always account for the differences between individuals. That’s where a compounded hormone replacement therapy from DFW Wellness Pharmacy can help.
While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is typically used to treat the symptoms of menopause (hot flashes, vaginal dryness, low libido, weight gain, irritability, moodiness and sleep disturbances), it can also benefit women who experience other problems like endometriosis, PMS, weight gain, low libido, or fibrocystic breasts.
Using natural hormones instead of synthetic hormones may be more desirable for women needing hormone therapy. In fact, a recent study showed that 83% of women aged 40 and over would prefer to use hormones similar to their own body’s hormones.DFW Wellness Pharmacy can help you and your healthcare team meet your needs for natural hormone therapy.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
It’s a fact of life, that as we age, our hormone levels decrease, often resulting in health problems. Traditional therapy includes the use of synthetic hormones, which unfortunately can cause undesirable side effects that, for some patients, may outweigh their benefits.
There is an alternative that both women and men can benefit from –hormone replacement therapy.
Replacing hormone levels, essential to your well being, also provides some protection against hardening of the arteries and muscle and bone wasting.
What do hormones come from for hormone replacement therapy?
Technically, hormones – derived from natural sources like soybean or yam – have the same chemical structure as hormones that occur naturally in our bodies. Synthetic hormones do not. In order for a replacement hormone to fully replicate the function of naturally occurring hormones, the chemical structure must be identical to the original.
Goals of HRT
The ultimate goal of any HRT is to provide an adequate supply of the deficient hormone in a form as close as possible to the original hormones, resulting in normal physiologic effects. HRT can:
- Alleviate the symptoms caused by the natural decrease in hormone production
- Give the protective benefits originally provided by naturally occurring hormones
- Re-establish a hormonal balance
Since each person is unique, each patient’s HRT should be customized for optimal results. DFW Wellness Pharmacy – working closely with your physician – can compound HRT in the needed strength and dosage form that best meets your needs.
Determining the need for HRT to treat menopause
Symptoms of menopause often affect a woman’s quality of life. You may wish to consider HRT if you experience hormone related symptoms or problems such as:
- Dysmenorrhea (cramps)
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Heart disease, arteriosclerosis
- Hot flashes
- Insomnia or disturbed sleep
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Mood swings
- Night sweats
- Painful intercourse
- Poor concentration or memory lapses
- Premenopausal symptoms
- Reduced libido
- Vaginal thinning/dryness
- Weight gain
The three types of hormones for menopause HRT are estrogens, progesterone and androgens. An important benefit to using compounded HRT is that dosage strength can be modified to meet each individual patient’s needs. Plus, we’ll create your HRT in a dosage form that best suits you and your lifestyle. Some typical delivery types include:
- Transdermal cream, gel or ointment
- Regular or sustained release capsules
- Flavored lozenges or sublingual drops
Your menopause treatment plan
The pharmacists at DFW Wellness Pharmacy suggest that you consult with your physician about using a compound hormone replacement therapy. Our pharmacists and your health care provider will then work closely together to determine the most effective course of treatment for you. Since compounding requires a prescription, your physician will have to provide you with a prescription.
We accept most major insurance plans, Call us today at 817-459-8400 or send us a message to learn how you can begin improving your quality of life.