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Hormone replacement therapy

Hormone replacement therapy is the therapeutic use of hormones in order to correct a hormonal imbalance in the human body. Although it is most commonly seen in women (menopause), it is a condition that can also affect men (andropause). A variety of symptoms can be associated with this imbalance.

Here are a few examples:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Loss of libido
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Decrease of muscle mass

The goal of treatment is to reestablish the natural hormonal balance. As each individual is unique, compounding allows the tailoring of a preparation to the specific needs of each individual. The customization of the treatment insures optimal effectiveness and tolerance.

Hormones most commonly used in hormone replacement therapy are estriol, estradiol, estrone, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. They can be administered topically (cream or gel), orally (capsule, tablet or orally dissolving wafer), or vaginally (cream, suppository or vaginal capsule). The hormones used for compounding are often bio- identical, meaning that their chemical structure is identical to that of hormones naturally produced by the human body.

Evidently, a professional assessment by your physician is essential in order to determine if such a treatment is appropriate for you.