Compounded Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
What is Menopause?
Menopause is the normal transition in a woman’s life when her menstrual periods end, typically in her late 40s to early 50s. The ovaries are no longer releasing eggs and have also dramatically slowed hormone production. Perimenopause is the stage leading up to full menopause, as the ovaries gradually make less and less estrogen. Perimenopause usually starts in a woman’s 40s but can start as early as her 30s. A woman will still get periods during this time and can still get pregnant. While the average length of perimenopause is four years, it can actually vary from a few months to as long as ten years.
Surgery or damage to the ovaries can bring on menopause suddenly in younger women.
Hormone replacement can be effective in treating uncomfortable symptoms of menopause and perimenopause.
Some hormones that may be prescribed for you include estradiol (the strongest of the three forms of estrogen), estriol (another estrogen hormone), progesterone, testosterone, Biest and Triest (estrogen combos), and Pregnenolone and DHEA (precursors to hormones such as estrogen and testosterone).
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormones are involved in most of the body’s basic functions like digestion, appetite, immune function, brain function, libido, and mood. Low or imbalanced hormone levels can have widespread effects on your health and feeling of well-being. For many people, the solution is hormone replacement therapy, which just as it sounds, is the use of medications to replace the hormones your body isn’t producing.
Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure and act the same as natural human hormones. Many doctors and patients today are choosing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) as the preferred treatment for declining or imbalanced hormones.