Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Background:
What exactly is hormone replacement therapy? Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment option for people who suffer from hormone imbalances. This therapy is available for both men and women, and can be used to treat the symptoms one may experience due to hormonal imbalances. Unstable hormone levels may lead people to experience chronic symptoms and disorders, affecting their everyday life. With hormone replacement therapy, treatment options can be used to alleviate symptoms one may experience due to these imbalances.

Women:
Estrogen exists in three different forms in the body, which are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). Estrogen, in addition to the hormones progesterone and testosterone, all play an integral role in regulation of many of the body’s processes. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels typically start to become imbalanced as women age and start to experience menopause. Some of the symptoms women may experience due to this hormonal imbalance are unexpected weight gain, hot flashes, depression, migraines, loss of libido, fatigue and more. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor, as there are many steps you can take to treat these imbalances.

Men:
As men age, testosterone levels start to decline which may affect their ability to build muscle, physical strength, stamina and libido. The decrease in testosterone levels can potentially lead to a condition known as andropause, or “low-T,” causing symptoms of decreased concentration, lethargy, erectile dysfunction, depression and more. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor, as there are many steps you can take to treat these imbalances.

How compounding can help:
While there are many products that exist on the commercial market to help with hormone imbalance symptoms, compounding allows for a more customized dose tailored to your existing hormone levels. Everyone experiences different symptoms and hormone levels, making compounding more beneficial because it allows medical providers to offer dosage forms fit to meet the unique needs of patients. Compounding pharmacies have the capability of working close with your medical provider to create various formulations (topical creams, oral capsules, dissolving lozenges, etc.) best fit to help manage your hormone imbalance symptoms.

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