Hormone Replacement Therapy
Women go through several hormonal fluctuations during their lifetime which can leave you feeling helpless in your own body.
You have probably heard about adverse side effects from using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) so we would like to educate you on the differences and benefits of using specially compounded bio-identical HRT which can help you take back control of your body.
Although conventional HRT has been controversial as to its benefits vs. risks, this almost always compares synthetic hormones which were not prepared in a patient specific manner. The concerning side effects of HRT which have been reported are typically comparing synthetic HRT which is much different than the bio-identical HRT provided from Meta Pharmacy Services.
Large drug companies use synthetic hormone replacement in order to patent the compound drug which makes it much more profitable for them. Bio-identical hormones are the same molecular structure as what your body produces so this is not able to be patented therefore large pharmaceutical companies are unable to make large profits from these structures. Of course it is reasonable to infer that supplementing the body with the identical hormone it produces is safer than administering a synthetic unnatural compound to the body. Research comparing natural and synthetic HRT is becoming more and more abundant helping guide the correct formulation for each patient.
We will be glad to answer any questions you may have on potential formulations and dosage forms which would be most comfortable and convenient for you.
General Information on HRT
HRT (also known as hormone therapy, menopausal hormone therapy, and estrogen replacement therapy) uses female hormones — estrogen and progesterone — to treat common symptoms of menopause and aging. Doctors can prescribe it during or after menopause.
After your period stops, your hormone levels fall, causing uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness, and sometimes conditions like osteoporosis. HRT replaces hormones your body no longer makes. It’s the most effective treatment for menopause symptoms.
Why Does Your Body Need Estrogen?
You might think of pregnancy when you think of estrogen. In women of childbearing age, it gets the uterus ready to receive a fertilized egg. It has other roles, too — it controls how your body uses calcium, which strengthens bones, and raises good cholesterol in the blood.
When Should You Take Progesterone?
If you still have your uterus, taking estrogen without progesterone, another pregnancy-related hormone, raises your risk for cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. Since the cells from the endometrium aren’t leaving your body during your period any more, they may build up in your uterus and lead to cancer. Progesterone lowers that risk by thinning the lining.
Combinations of HRT for You
Hormones produced in a women’s body include estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), progesterone, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and pregnenolone. At Meta Pharmacy Services our specialists work together with patients and physicians to provide customized bio-identical HRT for women. Our goal is to provide the needed hormones in the most appropriate strength and dosage form to meet each woman’s specific needs.
How Do I Know If Hormone Replacement Therapy Is Right for Me?
Female hormone replacement therapy should be initiated carefully after a woman’s medical and family history has been reviewed. Every woman is unique and will respond to therapy in her own way. Close monitoring and medication adjustments are essential as with all medication therapy.