About Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
MedSave Pharmacist, Kim Zietlow specializes in women’s health and specifically compounded hormone therapy. Women of all ages could benefit from HRT and we would encourage those with hormone imbalances to ask Kim if this is a suitable form of therapy for them. Kim can help explain the difference in the available treatments and then along with their doctor, help coordinate the treatment.
Hormones work to regulate the activity of cells, tissues and various organs in the body. The balance of hormones is essential to good health and well-being. In women, especially just prior to or during the menopause transition the symptoms of hormone imbalance are often associated with excess or insufficient levels of sex steroid hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone). DHEA and cortisol are also steroid hormones that can play a role.
Male HRT is coming soon! Call for more information.
Compounded Hormone Replacement Therapy (FAQ’s)
Estrogen is produced by the ovary and the adrenal gland and stimulates the development of breasts and reproductive organs in women. But estrogen has many other functions in the body as well. To name a few, estrogen affects synthesis and functions of neurotransmitters in the brain that influence sleep, mood, memory, and libido. Estrogen also preserves bone mass and increases the level of high density lipoprotein (HDL) - good cholesterol.
Progesterone is produced by the ovary and to a lesser extent by the adrenal glands and other tissues. It balances estrogen and is an important part of the female reproductive system. However progesterone also has many functions in other parts of the body as well. In the brain progesterone binds to receptors to produce a calming sedating effect. It enhances the body’s sensitivity to insulin and thyroid hormone.
Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands in women. This hormone enhances libido and sexual response, but it is also necessary for maintaining bone and muscle strength and stamina. It has a protective effect against cardiovascular disease in both men and women.
In women, prior to menopause the ovaries are responsible for the majority of estrogen and progesterone production. During menopause (either naturally or by surgical procedure) the body shifts production of hormones to the adrenal glands. Ovaries still continue to produce hormones but in lower amounts. The extent of how quickly this happens and how the body adjusts to the change varies among women. The extent of severity and length of symptoms also varies.
The goal is to restore hormone balance within the body as close to natural as possible. For most women this includes the reduction/elimination of symptoms. In addition many women are seeking an alternative to the commercially available products for various reasons and compounding provides that alternative.
The term bio-identical means the chemical structure (of hormone) is identical to the hormone that exists naturally in the human body. This may be better described as human-identical hormone.
Yes! Bio-identical hormones are from natural sources (ex: yam or soy plant) However, it is important to note not all natural products are bio-identical.
Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, and DHEA are the most common hormones used to prepare bio-identical hormone prescriptions.
Our goal is to help patients work with their practitioner to obtain treatment that meets the individual’s needs. Call us today at (218) 759-1222 to schedule an appointment and one of our pharmacists can help you understand what may be best for you.
Yes! We believe there are advantages to having hormone levels tested. We offer this through saliva testing. While working with one of our pharmacists, test kits can be purchased at MedSave and then sent to the lab once the test has been completed by the customer.