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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Most of us have heard of the term Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT but have never really stopped to think about it or tried to understand it better. The only time people try to understand this form of treatment is when it is being administered to them or to someone they know. However, it would not hurt you to become an exception by learning about HRT, after all information is power.

HRT simply refers to any form of hormone therapy where a patient is given hormonal supplements either to supplement lack of naturally occurring hormones or to substitute other hormones for naturally occurring ones. Hormonal imbalance occurs due to a variety of reasons and has no age limit. In addition, the body naturally produces fewer hormones as we get older. Hormonal imbalance is a condition that needs to be treated as soon as possible. This is because it causes health issues that reduce the quality of life of the affected person. The form of hormone therapy to be administered varies from one patient to another and requires a consensus between your doctor and the compounding pharmacist to ensure its success.

When to Consider HRT

Hormone Replacement Therapy has always been used to treat menopause symptoms in women. Also known as Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT), this form of treatment still remains to be the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms despite there being the claim of this therapy leading to some health risks. Most therapists believe that the benefits of hormone therapy far outweigh any possible risks. Women should consider HRT when they experience various hormonal symptoms such as hot flashes, and are not benefiting from other treatments. It is also wise to consider HRT in the case of premature menopause.

People suffering from under or over active thyroids should consider HRT as the condition can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Normally the adrenal glands secrete hormones such as testosterone, coristol, and estrogen which are essential to health and vitality. Therefore, when the adrenal glands fail to function properly, a person is said to be suffering from Thyroid Imbalance or Adrenal Dysfunction as it’s commonly referred to. Intense and continuous physical or emotional stress and acute or chronic infections leads to Adrenal Fatigue, which in turn leads to Adrenal Dysfunction. This condition affects the overall function of the body because proper adrenal support is very important as it completes the hormonal pathway that is essential for optimum health. Most patients suffering from thyroid imbalance find Thyroid Compounding more effective and tolerable than traditional hormone replacement therapy medications. This however is not to say that the medications are not effective. The Thyroid Compounding treatment to be administered depends on whether a patient is suffering from hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormone) or hyperthyroidism (high levels of thyroid hormone).

Men suffering from hypogonadism should consider HRT. Male hypogonadism is a condition where the body does not produce enough testosterone, a hormone responsible for masculine growth and development. This condition can be treated by the Androgen Replacement Therapy (ARP), often referred to as Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).

HRT For Women

HRT for women is a treatment used to relive symptoms of menopause. The treatment replaces estrogen and progesterone female hormones that are no longer produced after menopause. Progesterone and estrogen plays an important role in a woman’s body such that when the levels fall, a range of physical and emotional symptoms occur. These symptoms can include vaginal dryness, hot flushes, night sweats, thinning of the bones, and mood swings. In such cases, HRT comes in handy as it restores the female hormones to normal levels thus allowing the body to function normally again. HRT can be taken in the following ways:

  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Restoration Therapy: DHEA is the raw ingredient that the body uses to makes its own hormones. Restoring DHEA levels in the body is viewed as an integral part of a comprehensive hormone restoration regimen. Therefore, this therapy is usually administered alongside other HRT treatments. HRT and DHEA therapy is commonly used to treat unbalanced hormones as well as fertility problems.
  • Creams or gels: Either taken by mouth or applied on the vagina to treat dryness.
  • Patches: A patch is normally stuck onto your skin.
  • Tablets: These can either be taken by mouth or placed directly into the vagina for women experiencing vaginal dryness.
  • Implants: The implant option involves the insertion of small pellets of estrogen while one is under local anesthesia. These pellets are inserted under the skin of the stomach, buttock, or thigh.

Though HRT significantly helps women alleviate menopause symptoms, the treatment does not apply to all women. That is why it is advisable to go for a complete health checkup and submit a full medical history to determine whether the treatment is the right way to go. Doctors usually advice against HRT if there is a family history of cancer, blood clots, heart disease, high blood pressure or liver disease.

HRT For Men

As age increases amongst men, so does the need of HRT. According to recent studies in the US, the average age of men is expected to significantly rise over the next 25 years with the greatest increase occurring in men over 65 years. On the other hand, Australian statistics indicate that baby boys born between 2009 and 2011 will live up to the age of 79 while men who were 65 at that time can expect to live for another 19 years. While these statistics are good news, they also mean that there will be an increase in age-related illnesses such as lowered levels of essential hormones. Fortunately, medical research has enabled hormone replacement therapy Australia as well as US specialists to be prepared for such scenarios.

As men age, the level of testosterone production gradually decreases. The rate at which the decrease occurs varies greatly from one man to another. However, testosterone levels naturally decrease about 1 percent annually after the age of 50. A decrease in the production of this hormone in men is much like menopause to women. This condition is scientifically known as hypogonadism or androgen deficiency.

The ideal TRT or ARP Therapy for men entirely depends on the precise drop of testosterone levels and as such varies from one patient to the next. The treatment aims at maintaining the right concentration of the hormone without causing severe side effects to the patient. HRT for men can be taken in several ways including, orally, intramuscular injections, pills, gels, implants, and patches. DHEA Replacement Therapy can also be used to treat hypogonadism. Just like in the case of women, this therapy is applied together with other hormone replacement therapies.

Benefits Of HRT

HRT is a long term therapy in which patients require to be monitored regularly. Monitoring is very important as it allows for implementation of adjustments, which either lower health risks or make the treatment more effective. Benefits of this treatment vary from women to men. Below are the benefits that women experience from this therapy:

  • Systemic hormone therapy: The systemic administration of the estrogen hormone in a variety of forms is very effective in relieving problematic menopausal symptoms. All symptoms ranging from night sweats, to moodiness, to forgetfulness are treated through ERT. However, the most beneficial aspect of this therapy is arguably the treatment of Osteoporosis. Estrogen halts or slows down bone loss for as long as it is present in a woman’s body, so a cessation of this hormone leads to accelerated bone loss a condition known as Osteoporosis. Some conducted studies have also revealed that the production of estrogen reduce the risks of hip and vertebral fractures though this study is yet to be expounded on. Aside from treating Osteoporosis, ERT also helps reduce risk of heart failure when taken early in postmenopausal years according to some studies. When administered properly, HRT significantly reduces mortality risk without any apparent risk in cancer and stroke.
  • Low dose vaginal products: The low dose vaginal preparations of estrogen can come in ring, tablet, or cream form and are specifically used to treat vaginal symptoms of menopause and not the other symptoms. These products treat urinary and vaginal symptoms while ensuring that the medication does not get absorbed into the body.

HRT offers men the following benefits:

  • Stronger bones: Just like women suffer from Osteoporosis after the body stops producing estrogen men also suffer from thinning of the bones due to low levels of testosterone. Research shows that the fatality rate of weak bones is 2 to 3 times higher in men than in women. Old men with hip fractures can die within the first year of injury. TRT is very beneficial to men with low testosterone levels as it helps to improve bone mineral density thus significantly reducing bone fractures.
  • Stronger body: TRT increases lean body mass, decreases fat mass, and increases strength in men. This treatment reverses one of the most common symptoms of low testosterone levels which is loss of strength. The therapy is also effective in treating prostrate problems and erectile dysfunctions.

What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

The human body is complex and interesting and has fascinated medical scientists worldwide. The study of the human body has led scientists to discover several amazing and important components one of which is the hormones. In scientific terms, hormones are chemical messengers produced by various body glands and directed into the bloodstream where they make their way to various body organs to facilitate specific body functions. Therefore, it goes without saying that hormones are very important to the proper functioning of the body. So what happens when there is a lack of production, over production, or deficiency of hormones? Well, that leads to body malfunctions, thus leading to health problems and body discomforts. Thanks to the dedication of scientists, hormonal imbalances are treatable through either HRT or Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

HRT and BHRT are similar in the sense that the treatments were formulated under a common goal and are both used to treat hormonal imbalances. The only difference lies in the fact that BHRT supplemental hormones have the same molecular structure as those naturally produced by the body while HRT supplemental hormones do not.

To ensure the effectiveness of the therapy, a compounding pharmacist mixes up a blend of bioidentical hormones based on the patient’s individual needs, which are indicated by blood and saliva tests done by a doctor. You can either purchase bioidentical hormones from a compounding pharmacy where a blend of hormones is created uniquely tailored for you or from a conventional pharmacist where these hormones are available in a wide range of set doses. Either way, the prescriptions are based on a series of tests therefore results will most likely be the same. BHRT is a customized treatment. This simply means that the dose and the way in which the treatment is administered will only address the needs of the patient.

Why Choose Extempia Compounding Specialists

If you are looking for the best hormone replacement therapy Australia has to offer, then look no further than Extempia Compounding Specialists. The main aim of this compounding pharmacy is to improve the quality of your life. Every patient that seeks the help of this firm’s highly qualified specialists receives quality treatment. The treatment is administered with a high level of professionalism and no problem is too small or too complicated at Extempia Compounding.

Extempia Compounding Specialists offers a variety of effective HRT treatments. Whether you are looking for Thyroid Compounding, BHRT, HRT for women, or hormone replacement therapy for men, Extempia Compounding will cater to your specific need. With the effectiveness of the various treatments offered, you will be able to get back to your normal life in no time.

The best thing about Extempia Compounding is that the treatments offered are highly personalized. Improving the health of patients is the first priority of this compounding pharmacy. As such, different strategies about ingredients, formulation, and strength of medications are employed based on the medical conditions of every patient that seeks hormonal imbalance treatments.

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  • The Pharmacy Guild of Australia
  • Quality Care Pharmacy Program