Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
What You Need To Know About HRT
HRT is a hormone replacement therapy that is used to treat the symptoms of menopause and other medical conditions. It is prescribed by a physician and consists of estrogen and progesterone hormones.
Estrogen is produced by the ovaries in women. However, after menopause, the level of estrogen in the body decreases. This can lead to a variety of symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, or sleep disturbance. Progesterone on the other hand promotes breast development and prevents uterine bleeding during menstruation.
The primary objective behind HRT for women is to minimize these symptoms by replacing estrogen and progesterone hormones lost due to menopause or other medical conditions.
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Symptoms and Signs of Low Hormones in Women
Women are more prone to low hormone levels as they age. The symptoms and signs of low hormones in women can vary from person to person and are influenced by other factors like medication, menopause, or alcohol use.
Low hormone levels in women can be harmful for their health because the hormones play an important role in many functions of the body.
Symptoms and signs of low hormones in women include:
Weight gain or loss without dieting or exercise changes
If you notice any of these symptoms it’s important to speak with your doctor about the potential causes.
The Different Forms of HRT and the Side Effects
It is important to know the different forms of HRT and the side effects that come with them. They are not all created equally.
For those who are starting to show symptoms of perimenopause, it is recommended that they start HRT as soon as possible. There are a few different types of HRT available. The most common type of treatment is called the patches, which can be applied to the skin – typically on the stomach, back or buttocks – or taken orally in pill form. Another option is estrogen therapy, which can be taken orally in a pill form, or inserted vaginally in a cream form.
The side effects of HRT are caused by the hormones themselves. They can appear immediately or years after beginning treatment, and may be temporary or permanent. The most common side effects of HRT are hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, stomach upset, headache and breast soreness.
How to Choose A Form Of HRT That’s Right For You
The purpose of HRT is to provide the body with the estrogen and progesterone hormones it needs. This will help reduce symptoms related to menopause.
There are three different methods that people can use to administer HRT. They are oral, topical and via injection.
Oral: Oral medication is a pill that you take by mouth. The medication is absorbed into your bloodstream and will then be distributed throughout your body; they usually take effect within an hour of taking the pill and work for 24 hours before needing more medication
Topical: Topical HRT involves applying a gel, cream or patch directly to your skin; these medications can take up to three weeks before they start working
Injection: Injection HRT involves receiving an injection of a hormone (estrogen) directly into a muscle.
What You Should Know About The Different Types of Estrogens
Having a basic understanding of estrogen levels is important. Estrogen is one of the most important hormones for women. This hormone helps regulate many functions that happen in the human body.
There are three types of estrogens, which vary in function and from each other:
Estradiol, Estrone, and Estriol.
Estradiol is more potent than the others, so it’s typically what people refer to when they talk about “estrogen.”
Estrogens have many functions and activities in the body, including:
Regulating the menstrual cycle
Regulating reproductive development
Maintaining bone health
Helping maintain a healthy weight
Estrone is a sex hormone, meaning it is a steroidal compound that can activate DNA transcription. Estrone is also an estrogen and can be converted to estradiol in the body, which means that it has similar characteristics to estrogen. The main difference between them being that estrone is not as potent as estradiol.
Estriol is a type of estrogen and it is also one of the three main types of human sex hormones.
Estrogens are typically synthesized from cholesterol, although they can also be synthesized from progesterone. Estrogens are vital for many physiological functions in both men and women, such as regulating energy levels, growth, sexual function, reproductive development including puberty, pregnancy and birth.
What You Should Know About The Different Types of Progestins, Androgen, and Testosterone Drugs
Progestins, androgen, and testosterone drugs are given to women to help treat different medical conditions.
Progestins are given to help with menstruation or other problems with the uterus. Androgen drugs are used to treat a condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), which sometimes causes females to be born with male sex organs. Testosterone is given for girls who don’t have enough of it naturally.
Why Should I Consider Taking HRT?
At Superior Compounding Pharmacy, we offer natural hormone compounds for women who need Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Since plant-based hormones are biologically similar to the natural hormones that a woman’s body produces when it is younger, the woman can potentially regain her natural equilibrium.
Examples of natural, plant-derived hormones include:
The possible benefit of taking HRT is that it can be used to supplement your already existing hormone levels.
There are many clinical benefits of having an individualized hormone replacement therapy. One example is that your body carries out specific functions better. Hormone-replacement therapies can also be made to suit your needs, for example by having one which doesn’t interact negatively with a certain medication you’re on.
Our compounding pharmacists work closely with doctors in order to create hormone treatment plans that imitate a woman’s natural hormones.
Due to the fact that no two women are the same, natural hormones can be made in a variety of strengths and combinations. This includes: Estriol, Estradiol, Bi-Estrogens (Estriol, Estradiol), Tri-Estrogens (Estriol, Estradiol+Estrateone), Progesteron and Testosterone.
Some of the most common dosage forms include:
Troche is a lozenge that you can dissolve in your mouth. They can be flavored with over 100 available flavors.
Transdermal creams are specially designed to be applied in a particular base that will allow the hormones to be absorbed directly into your blood stream.
Vaginal suppositories and vaginal creams are options
Compounded hormone therapies are customized to suit individual needs. There’s a flavor for every medication and almost any taste can be mixed to suit your preferences.
There are many benefits that natural hormone replacement therapy has to offer. Women should consult with their physician and ask the right questions so they can figure which option is best for them.
Our skilled, compassionate, and trained pharmacists are also well versed in the delicate subject of female sexual health. With us, you have many options available to help women with low libido or other female sexual issues.
Superior Compounding Pharmacy has micro-dosage programs for those who need more individualized therapy. Its important to emphasis the Physician-Pharmacist-Patient relationship, which is what makes Superior Compounding Pharmacy stand out.
Achieving total wellness and improving quality of life is a combination of proper nutrition, exercise, and natural hormone replacement therapy. We will work closely with you to build a plan that best suits your needs, taking into consideration all aspects of your life.