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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Published on October 16th, 2013

Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as natural hormone therapy, helps men and women manage effects of hormonal imbalances during menopause, andropause, adrenal fatigue and other life experiences. Many of the changes we experience in our body are due to the change or imbalance of hormones. Without the correct balance of hormones, a person’s body cannot function normally, so it becomes a necessity to repair hormonal imbalance in order to lead a fully functional lifestyle free from unwanted symptoms.

What are Hormones?

Hormones are hormones that act identically to hormones produced in the human body. They come from plants and are commercially processed in laboratories to achieve specific use. This is where a compounding pharmacist comes in to create the right cocktail of hormones, uniquely tailored for each individual patient and their specific set of imbalances.

When to Consider Hormone Replacement?

A physician, often the patient’s primary care physician, can evaluate the patient’s symptoms and determine which hormones the body needs. Health experts recommend patients with symptoms of hormone imbalance to visit their doctor and ask whether hormone replacement therapy is right for them. Hormone replacement therapy is most commonly used to treat the symptoms and changes associated with menopause, perimenopause, and postmenopause.

What Symptoms Indicate the Need for Hormone Replacement?

Hormone changes are a natural part of aging. Men and women will present different symptoms when experiencing a hormonal imbalance often caused by menopause (in women) and andropause (in men). Andropause, commonly referred to as “male menopause” is different compared to menopause experienced in females. Symptoms of andropause include:

  • Low libido
  • Joint pain
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Loss of Energy
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain

In women hormone imbalance is most common during menopause and perimenopause. Symptoms that indicate need for hormone replacement, may include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Breast swelling
  • Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain and more

Why Should I Consider Hormones?

As we age, we experience many physiological changes in our body. Most of these changes can be attributed to changes in hormones. When discussing hormone replacement therapy, usually menopause and andropause are the reasons for considering such therapy. Hormones are used to replace the loss of hormones of aged bodies.

The majority of women experience menopause after the age of 50, although early onset menopause can occur. These women will experience the effects of unbalanced hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. By replacing the deficient hormones, women can achieve a better quality of life when they combine proper nutrition and physical activity to their lifestyle as they age.

In men, testosterone levels decrease and they experience lower levels of mental focus and energy as they age. Hormone replacement therapy can restore their natural lifestyle and reduce signs of andropause. Integrating an active lifestyle and healthy diet along with balanced hormones will improve overall health and life as they age.

Will I Need Hormone Replacement for a Lifetime?

No, depending on how the body responds to therapy will indicate the need for hormone replacement. Over time patients experience fewer symptoms of menopause and andropause, they are able to restore hormonal balance and no longer need therapy.

According to Harvard Health, compounding pharmacies use the same ingredients used in approved FDA products. There is no single prescription to fulfill every case, they will be compounded according to the doctor’s prescription for the patients specific needs.

Visit your physician if you are experiencing signs of hormone imbalance and discover if hormone replacement is right for your body. Unless your clinic or healthcare provider is experienced with generating hormone prescriptions, a compounding pharmacy will responsibly fulfill proper dosage of hormones.

  • It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know.

    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA