Portage Pharmacy has a history of working closely with prescribing physicians in the Grand Rapids area to assist women who are experiencing the period of life know as menopause or perimenopause. A deficiency of sex hormones, called menopause or hypogonadism, causes the entire body to experience poorer health because every organ system in the body uses sex hormones to maintain good health. Women with hypogonadism experience disrupted sleep, loss of sexual function, fatigue, loss of cognitive function, vaginal dryness, and increased risk of osteoporosis in addition to the classic symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats.
What treatments exist for Menopause?
Traditionally, physicians in the United States have treated menopause with synthetic estrogens and progestins. These hormones are not identical in chemical structure to those human hormones they are intended to replace. The exact chemical structure of human sex hormones are known and can be synthesized or reproduced using plants such as yams or soy as a starting point. The end product has the exact chemical structure of human estradiol, estriol, progesterone, testosterone or DHEA. Formerly known by the marketing term Compounded Hormone Replacement Therapy (CHRT), most of these hormones are available in FDA approved commercial products in certain dosage forms such as patches, vaginal creams, vaginal tablets, topical gels, oral tablets and oral capsules. If your physician would like a different dosage strength, dosage form or combination than those available commercially, he can write a prescription and a compounding pharmacist can mix those ingredients together for you in the desired form. A consulting pharmacist can assist with the dosage considerations in this process.
Why should I see a Consultant at Portage Pharmacy?
Since each woman has individual symptoms and concerns, an in depth consultation service has been developed to assist with the complicated issues involved with hormone replacement therapy.
Our consultants are uniquely qualified to work with you and your physician to ensure the optimal dose and dosage form for your hormone therapy. Purvi Peake, PharmD, FAARFM, has completed a fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine and receives periodic advanced training in clinical aspects of women’s health. Click here for information on our consultations.
Be Your Own Advocate!
We encourage education. There are many books and websites with more detailed information on compounded hormones. One place to start is http://www.zrtlab.com/Page.aspx?hid=349.
List of suggested references
- HRT-The Answers, By Dr. Pamela W. Smith
- The Miracle of Natural Hormones by Dr. David Brownstein
- What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by Dr. John R. Lee
- The Hormone Survival Guide for Perimenopause by Nisha Jackson
- Are Your Hormones Making You Sick? By Dr. Eldred Taylor
- Natural Hormone Replacement for Women Over 45 by Dr. Jonathan Wright
- You’ve Hit Menopause. Now What? By George Gillson