BHRT FOR WOMEN
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Compounding:
If indicated by your physician or practitioner, hormones can be compounded to meet your individual needs. The term "Bio-Identical” means that the hormone has the same molecular structure as the hormone made by your body (ovaries or adrenal gland), and is chemically and functionally the same. Pharmacists prepare the compounded prescriptions from scratch using plant-derived natural ingredients from FDA approved sources. Testosterone for women is only available through compounding pharmacies. Hormones can be combined together for your convenience, in your unique dose, in tablets or cream for treatment of menopause or hormone imbalance.
Symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Decreased memory
- Low libido
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- Fatigue / Loss of energy
Women and Low Libido:
Women need testosterone too! Testosterone levels can decrease by half in menopausal women or women who have undergone a hysterectomy. These low levels can cause low libido or lack of sex drive. Menopausal symptoms like night sweats, insomnia, and vaginal dryness can also affect libido. Your doctor or practitioner can check your hormone levels for imbalance or deficiency. Other reasons for a low sex drive include hypothyroidism, depression, medication side effects, and stress. Proper hormone balancing, including testosterone, can help women reclaim their passion and zest for life.
Definitions:MENOPAUSE – One year with no periods, elevated FSH & LH lab tests. Low hormone levels and symptoms. Average age of onset is 52 (anytime between the ages of 45 and 55).
SURGICAL MENOPAUSE – Low hormone levels and symptoms of menopause caused by ovary removal or total hysterectomy.
PERIMENOPAUSE – The time just prior to menopause made up of irregular menstrual cycles and fluctuating hormone levels (increased levels of estrogen relative to progesterone). This transition time may last for 2-7 years before menstruation ends completely or even longer in some women. Cyclical menopausal symptoms or low grade symptoms often occur during this time.
PREMENOPAUSAL – Still menstruating and having regular cycles.
POSTMENOPAUSAL – The time that follows menopause.
ESTROGEN – Estradiol (E2), Estriol (E3), and Estrone (E1) are types of bio-identical estrogen. Estriol is the weakest of the three estrogens and is shown to have protectant qualities and help with menopausal symptoms. Estriol or estradiol is sometimes used vaginally for vaginal dryness. Estradiol is the primary estrogen involved in the relief of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, decreased energy, depression, osteoporosis and heart disease. Estrone is a potent estrogen that increases after menopause.
PROGESTERONE – Protects the uterine lining and is believed to be protective of the breasts. Progesterone serves in bone protection, joint health, feelings of general well-being and is a weak diuretic. Progesterone needs to be in balance with estrogen.
TESTOSTERONE – A hormone very important for sex drive, energy, strong bones, and muscles.
PREGNENOLONE – A precursor hormone to many hormones. Plays a role in brain function and memory.
DHEA – A hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is involved in immune function, memory, libido, and prevention of heart disease and bone loss.
Nutritional Support:Calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D are essential for healthy bones. Latest research suggests many women are Vitamin D deficient. B-Complex, including B12 is important for estrogen response. DIM (3,3’-Diindolylmethane), which can be found in cruciferous vegetables or taken as a supplement, is valuable in estrogen metabolism. Omega 3 Fatty Acids can be beneficial to menopausal women for heart, breast, and bone health.
Menopausal Health and Lifestyle:
- Eliminate excess sugar and refined sugars from your diet.
- Control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other risk factors for heart disease.
- Do NOT smoke.
- Eat a low-fat diet and avoid trans fatty acids.
- Get regular exercise. Resistance exercises help strengthen your bones.