HORMONE REPLACEMENT FOR WOMEN
Most people associate BHRT with the treatment of women going through menopause; however, BHRT may also be used to treat a variety of conditions affecting millions of women of all ages. These conditions include:
- Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Post-partum depression
- Weight gain
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Sleep disturbances
- Decreased libido
- Painful sexual intercourse
As the number of women seeking hormone-related treatment grows, so has the mass production of hormone therapies made by the drug industry. As health care providers, we know that every woman’s body is different and has its unique needs. Commercial manufactured products tend to fall into the limitation of the “one size fits all” theory. The expertise and experience of a compounding pharmacist and a well-trained medical practitioner will, through selecting the best BHRT, individualize the treatment to fit the patient’s unique needs.
At Allen Family Drug, we provide a hormone evaluation form that will assist in gathering information about your symptoms. Our consulting pharmacist, experienced in BHRT, may assist the medical provider in interpreting the results of serum or saliva tests that measure a patient’s hormone levels. The results of these tests, together with the patient’s symptoms, will provide the healthcare practitioner with enough information to help determine the course of treatment that will provide the patient with the exact amount of hormones her body needs. Additionally, we prepare these hormones in a variety of strengths and dosage forms, including:
- Topical or vaginal creams, gels, and foams
- Sublingual drops or troches
- Rapid dissolving tablets
Once the therapy has begun, the pharmacist will continue working with the patient and her prescriber to ensure the therapy works optimally and may adjust the dosage if necessary.
“It’s your body…why not give yourself the option of a customized, bio-identical hormone therapy?” PCCA- Professional Compounding Center of America
“For the women who struggle with finding the right hormone replacement: Over many years, I tried many forms of hormone replacement, none of which were successful in diminishing my menopause symptoms. Many years ago, when I first visited Allen Family Drug, they were in their infancy of hormone replacement therapy, and unfortunately, at that time, I did not have much success regulating my hormones. After that failed attempt, I tried birth control pills, a D & C, and endometrial ablation. Only the latter had any success in stopping my frequent cycles. I still suffered for years afterward with unpredictable cycles, sleepless nights, headaches, and inexplicable fatigue. When my cycles finally did stop, I thought I had toughed it out and was home-free, but I still couldn’t get the insistent night sweats and headaches to stop. I mistakenly believed that once my cycles stopped, that was it, and I had won the race. Unfortunately, that was just not the case. I came full circle and went back to my friends at Allen Family Drug. They still did hormone replacement and now had it down to a fine art. I was very excited and immediately took home a saliva test kit, got the results, got my prescription, and, within two days, was feeling like my old self again. The night sweats diminished completely for a few months, and my energy increased almost immediately. I felt like I was 30 again. The beauty of Bio-Identical Hormone replacement is that since no two women are alike, it is specific to your needs. I have to admit that I was a little reluctant at the cost initially, but I was willing to pay because the doctors were unable to help me, and I was at the end of my rope. Now I tell people it was the best money I have ever spent and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you all at Allen Family Drug for giving me my life back.”
Want to make an appointment? Or perhaps, you have questions? Call us now at 972-390-9888.