For several decades now, hormone replacement therapy has been noted as one of the most important subjects in medical science. This form of treatment has always intrigued both the medical service practitioners and the general public. Researchers and physicians have made even great leaps and developments in this field. They have discovered and presented more information on this kind of treatment and they have gathered knowledge on various techniques of developing and administering this treatment. Oprah Winfrey has talked about HRT in her shows and even Suzane Summers has written about it. Our pharmacy has never been a step behind. We have worked on, developed and provided the hormonal replacement therapy to thousands of people as an effective means of helping them maintain a normal health status and getting them back on the right track to an improved health status and well-being.
Hormone replacement therapy is a method of treatment that is meant to suppress the symptoms of old age, menopause, and hormonal imbalance in both men and women. Most of the time, HRT is perceived as a female method of treatment and traditionally contrasted to TRT ( Testosterone replacement therapy) for men. Even though we will be discussing its benefits for women, you should clearly note that both TRT and HRT can be administered to either gender. Custom HRT is a process of developing and providing a combination of specific hormones in the exact quantity and dosage as required by an individual’s unique needs. These hormones are customized according to unique priorities using a method known as compounding.
Back in the early 1930s, James Bertram Collip, a famous Canadian researcher, an educator, a biochemist and the co-discoverer of insulin turned all his attention endocrinology, which is the study of the endocrine system. It was during this era that he introduced and developed the process of isolating and studying gonadotrophic hormones from a woman’s ovary. He did this by extracting estrogen from the urine of expectant mothers. Although this treatment was initially used to treat the symptoms of menopause, by 1960, James Collip’s findings had captured the attention and imagination of millions.
In 1962, Premarin, the first estrogen pill, was introduced. Ever since then, manufacturers and producers of these hormones have stirred a cultural suspicion that this treatment may be capable of doing more harm than good. Oestrogen was popularized in 1960 with a book entitled ‘Feminine Forever’ that was written for the masses by a Manhattan gynecologist, Robert Wilson. He had very strong financial ties to some hormone producers which clearly gave him a rather biased perspective. In his book, to the shock of many, he called women who were undergoing menopause ‘castrates’ especially if they were not making any efforts of taking or using these hormonal drugs. He made nationwide tours where he won many women’s trust and interest using scientifically reasoning and promises that this treatment will give them a more youthful appearance in spite of aging, enhanced beauty, and incredible sex. The FDA ( Food and Drugs Association) even banned him from undertaking any kind of research because of the unsubstantiated claims that he was laying out. After his book, millions of women on their postmenopausal stage started taking this medication which promised to suppress all the symptoms of old age. Articles, books, and magazines further praised and promoted this treatment as a salvation for older women and even claimed that it could cure cancer. Manufacturers even produced educational films that were meant to enlighten physicians on hormonal treatments, most forms of media contained pure misinformation, which sadly, exists up to date.
In the later periods of the 1990’s, a number of questions had started arising on the information and use of HRT. Some common questions were, ‘ Why were all women put on the same dosage?’ and ‘Did all women who were at their old age really need this medication?’. In 2002, the results from an extensive study on women by the Women’s Health Initiative looked into the long term effects of the HRT. Its findings were overwhelming. This study established that hormone replacement therapy did not actually decrease a woman’s chances of acquiring a heart condition but rather increased her risks of blood clotting within blood tubes and capillaries, breast cancer and strokes.
To this date, many advances have been made due to further intensive research by scientists using the latest technology to establish trends. We are now far more knowledgeable and informed on matters pertaining the HRT. We know who should receive the treatment and who will benefit from it at what quantity. Unlike the past HRT, modern HRT is administered according to an individual’s requirements and monitored continuously with repeated tweaking of the hormonal levels in order to provide all the necessary safety measures. This is an approach that is certain to maximize all the benefits of this treatment to an individual.
HRT can be used to treat the symptoms of old age and menopause. It can also be used to treat hormonal imbalance conditions. A hormone will only act as a part of your body if it integrates perfectly with your body. Its target site, i.e. a body tissue or a cell, has specifically shaped receptors which we will perceive as locks on the cell walls. If the hormones, which act as the keys, fit perfectly to the locks, its mode of action will make an impact on the target site then alter the functions of a targeted cell, tissue or organ.
The glands that are affected primarily by this treatment include;
Common Problems Of The Endocrine System Which Can Be Tackled By HRT Include; Diabetes, Pre-menstrual syndrome and Thyroid problems.
Before the endocrine glands perform any hormone secreting functions, they receive feedback from the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a small but a very important part of the brain which contains numerous nuclei with different functions. It is approximately the size of an almond and it is located just above the brain stem and below the thalamus. It plays a role in both the endocrine and the nervous system. The hypothalamus is linked to the pituitary glands and it regulates various metabolic processes and the activities of the autonomic nervous system. It synthesises and releases hypothalamic stimulating hormones which are neurohormones which regulate and control all other endocrine glands. Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, they travel to specific cells, tissues, and organs through the circulatory system where they induce or initiate a range of homeostatic and physiological processes which include;
During a woman’s lifetime, due to their ever static endocrine system, there are many and increasing chances that they can develop a hormonal related disorder. The best solution for this kind of condition is the Hormonal Replacement Therapy.
There are various types of hormonal related therapies but our pharmacy produces synthetic hormones that have the exact and identical chemical composition and structure that is similar to the naturally occurring hormones in the body. When these hormones get to your system, your body recognises them using the same mechanisms it uses on the natural hormones and allows them to perform similar functions as natural hormones. HRT is very effective and essential in relieving the symptoms of hormonally related conditions in women of all ages. Some main conditions that we treat include;
Menopause, irregular menstrual cycles, post-partum depression, gaining weight, fibrocystic breasts, pain during sexual intercourse, vaginal dryness, disturbed sleep, endometriosis, decreased libido and sex desire, moodiness and pre-menstrual syndrome(PMS).
Currently, in today’s markets, there are numerous hormone treatment drugs that are produced to cater for the majority of people. Even though they can have general makeups that can benefit many people, some facts should be considered. Every woman is unique in their own way. Women have different chemical make ups, different health conditions, and different medical needs. Using a general HRT method may not cater for all your medical needs. It is just logical that you might require a unique setting with different concentrations of hormones with extra or fewer factors than the general HRT medications. For this reason, many women are turning to custom compounded HRT which we expertly specialize in.
Our physicians have years of experience in this field and they will work with you to compound a specifically customized dosage that will work best for you and whatever condition you might be experiencing. This will enable you to solve only the unique problems that you have for a more improved health status.
If you are suffering from any abnormal conditions that may be related to hormonal problems, feel free to seek medical advice and supervision. In case you require a hormone replacement therapy, do not hesitate to contact us and we will hapilly deliver with the highest quality of standards. Contact us today for more information pertaining this treatment.