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Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy
Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy
Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy

Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy

Women’s health - BHRT

Hormones have a powerful effect on your body and affect many areas of your health including your mood, metabolism, sexual function and reproductive function.  When unbalanced, hormones can make you feel like a stranger in your own skin.

Some common hormonal imbalance indicators include:-


        Hot flashes

        Night sweats

        PMS

        Post-partum depression

        Weight gain

        Infertility

        Irregular menstrual cycle

        Fibrocystic breasts

        Decreased libido

        Painful intercourse

        Vaginal dryness



These conditions affect millions of women. As the number of women seeking hormone related treatment grows, so does the related drug industry.  However, each woman’s body is different and has its own unique needs. Sometimes commercially manufactured products are inappropriate or not suitable to specific patients hence the need for a more individualised treatment option.

Working closely with a woman and her healthcare provider, a compounding pharmacist can help a woman start and maintain a hormone replacement regimen that brings her hormones back into balance and closely mimics what her body has been doing naturally for years. With a healthcare provider’s prescription, the pharmacist can prepare Bio-Identical hormones in a variety of strengths and dosage forms to suite the individual patient’s needs and preferences.

Bio-Identical Hormones such as Progesterone, Estriol, Estradiol, Estrone, Pregnenolone, DHEA and Testosterone can be formulated into creams, troches, pessaries, suppositories and capsules.  Various other medications can be utilised to help with symptoms related to hormonal imbalance such as:-

        Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, Baclofen and Lidocaine used to manage/treat Vulvodynia (pain in the area around the opening of the vagina)

        Nifedipine, Silldenafil and Arginine for the treatment/management of female Sexual dysfunction.

        Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E to help with Vaginal dryness and Atrophic Vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina due to thinning and shrinking of the tissues, as well as decreased lubrication)

        Tinidazole, Paromomycin, Metronidazole and Nystatin for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis and trichomonas.

        Boric Acid and Amphotericin to treat yeast infections.

References –

        article “The Vulvodynia Guideline” by Haefner, HK et al. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2005 an;9(1):40-51.

        PCCA – patient education material - https://members.pccarx.com

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