Compounding pharmacies can create several different high-quality medications for women, and one major use of compounding pharmacies is to create Hormones to treat Menopause symptoms, however, there is a wide range of women’s health medications that can be customized for each individual at a compounding pharmacy. Women have different health needs at different stages in their lives, and a compounding pharmacy can take into account the health requirements of each person as well as the health of each individual. For instance, pre-existing hormone levels are measured before hormones are created at a compounding pharmacy, and other health factors may be taken into consideration. An endocrinologist can adjust hormone levels in the compound as needed and ensure the proper dosage is set as well.
With the large range of women’s health conditions that can be treated at a compounding pharmacy, having a good pharmacy available is important for physicians so that they can create customized compounded treatments for their patients as needed. More conditions are being treated with compounded medications because physicians are finding that many women’s health issues need the customized and specialized attention that compounding pharmacies can provide with their treatments.
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Hormone Treatments for Women
Hormone treatments are probably the most widely known and recognized use of compounding medications for treating women’s health issues. some examples of hormone treatments that are regularly created at compounding pharmacies include Estrogen, Progesterone, DHEA, Testosterone, and Pregnenolone. Women make these hormones their entire life and the levels start to decline during peri-menopause or the years that lead up to menopause, causing a wide range of symptoms. All of these symptoms can be treated by compounded hormone replacement.
Before women are treated for hormone loss at a compounding pharmacy, their hormone levels are measured with a saliva test or a blood test. This ensures that accurate doses are selected for the treatment, and each dose is customized based on the patient’s needs. The patient’s physician supervises and administers the prescription for the hormone treatment, and the treatment can be customized based on the preferences of the patient. For instance, topical creams or gels can be created for the delivery of the compound rather than injections or another method, and this can make the hormone treatments much more convenient. Any ingredient can be customized, and multiple hormone treatments can be combined into one for additional convenience and to save time on having to administer multiple treatments.
Hormones used for Hormone Treatments
As mentioned above, every major hormone that begins to decline can be treated with hormone replacement therapy. Hormones are created by endocrine glands and each hormone has many significant functions for both men and women including digestion, sexual reproduction, repair, growth, homeostasis and more. Declines in hormones can cause several different symptoms that involve these functions and other functions.
- Estrogen is one of the most commonly compounded hormones and estradiol, estrone and estriol are the three estrogens that women naturally produce. Usually, estradiol is produced for hormone replacement, but a combination of the other estrogens may be used as well. Estrogen declines can cause several menopause symptoms, and treatment with estrogen has side effects but the dosages can be controlled to reduce side effects.
- Progesterone – this is the other major female hormone that is produced from natural sources, and it also begins to decline during menopause. Treatment of progesterone declines can be very beneficial to women and reduce several symptoms.
- Testosterone – like men, women produce testosterone in smaller quantities, and this hormone is important for maintaining lean muscle, libido, and many other important purposes. Testosterone levels may decline for several reasons and reduced levels can be treated with a customized preparation that can be delivered as a gel, cream, lozenge or other methods.
Purposes of Women’s Health Compounding
Women can benefit from compounded medications in many ways. Commercial medications simply do not take into account individual differences from one woman to another, and they fall short in being able to effectively treat a huge range of conditions. This “treatment gap” is where compounding medications have begun to serve an important role in women’s health. For illnesses that cannot be treated effectively with standard medications, compounding medications may be more effective because they are individualised for each patient. For instance, one particular delivery method such as a topical hormone cream may be far more effective than the commercial variation of that treatment, and so a compounded version of that treatment may be preferable instead of the standard version.
Physicians get to pick several different delivery options and they get to carefully monitor and control every single ingredient that goes into a compounded medication. That is incredibly important for many conditions that are affected by the potency and the ingredients of the medication. Many female patients have different difficulties with commercial medications such as allergies, the inability to use the standard method of administration or other requirements for their medications that compounding pharmacies can help them with. The wide range of different delivery methods including gels, capsules, lozenges, suppositories, lotions, creams, troches and other delivery methods can be controlled at a compounding pharmacy, and this is beneficial when one method of delivery has been proven to be more effective than another for a women’s health treatment. Click here for more information about our compounding pharmacy and how it can be used to treat women’s health conditions.