Anyone who has been through puberty knows the effects of changing hormones on your mind and body. Menopause brings along a plethora of changes in a woman's body. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is designed to restore your natural balance to eliminate the symptoms associated with menopause and many other conditions. Bio-identical hormones are made from yam-derived steroids that are chemically altered to exactly match the hormones produced by the body.
At Compounding Solutions Pharmacy & Wellness, we can customize your therapy to your individual needs. Each prescription is tailored to each woman's needs in terms of dosage form, which hormones are supplemented, and how much supplementation is needed. If you are already on a commercially available medication, our pharmacists can work with your doctor to transition you onto BHRT to minimize any potential side effects. We recommend tracking your symptoms when you first begin treatment, so that the right dose can be determined.
There are many symptoms associated with menopause. Through BHRT, we can help you manage these symptoms. Some of the symptoms that you may experience include, but are not limited to:
Our bodies have multiple hormones that have lots of jobs in our bodies. We work with your doctor to find the right balance for you. Let's explore the different types of hormones.
Estrogen is prescribed in multiple ways. Most women take a combination of Estriol and Estradiol known as Bi-est. Sometimes, a combination of all three is warranted and is called Tri-est. Symptoms of low estrogen include hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Estrogens may also be used to prevent osteoporosis and to maintain bladder and urinary tract function. If your estrogen levels are out of balance, then you may experience nausea, stomach upset, bloating, headache, dizziness, breakthrough bleeding, breast tenderness, fluid retention, weight gain, and mood swings.
Progesterone is used to treat many conditions, including symptoms of menopause, symptoms of PMS, abnormal periods, maintenance of pregnancy, endometriosis, and osteoporosis. Progesterone functions in the body as a mild diuretic and a natural antidepressant. It also helps the body to use fat for energy; normalizes blood clotting, thyroid hormone action and blood sugar; and counteracts estrogen side effects. Progesterone is also a precursor to other hormones including cortisol and corticosteroids and is through to help build bone and improve libido. If your progesterone levels are out of balance, you may experience excessive sleepiness,
dizziness, bloating, susceptibility to yeast infections, and functional estrogen deficiency.
Testosterone is not only in men. It is also produced in the female body but at much lower levels. Testosterone can be helpful for increasing sex drive, energy, and muscle strength. If your testosterone levels are too high, you may experience oily skin, acne, coarsening of body hair, and deepening of the voice.
DHEA, or Dehydroepiandrosterone, is a precursor for many other hormones in the body. In cells it can be converted to testosterone or estrogens. DHEA may enhance the immune system to help protect against infection, injury, and illness. It may also be helpful in enhancing energy and muscle strength. If your DHEA levels are too high, you may experience acne, oily skin, agitation, and possible hair loss.