Pharmacy Services

Menopausal Hormone Therapy

As you age, significant internal changes take place that affect your production of the two female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. During the years just before menopause, known as perimenopause, your ovaries begin to shrink. Levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate as your ovaries try to keep up hormone production. You can have irregular menstrual cycles, along with unpredictable episodes of heavy bleeding during a period. Perimenopause usually lasts several years.

Eventually, your periods stop. Menopause marks the time of your last menstrual period. It is not considered the last until you have been period-free for 1 year without being ill, pregnant, breast-feeding, or using certain medicines, all of which also can cause menstrual cycles to cease. There should be no bleeding, even spotting, during that year. Natural menopause usually happens sometime between the ages of 45 and 54.

Peoples Pharmacy can help you transition through menopause comfortably. During your private consultation, we will guide you through an educational process. We will discuss various lifestyle choices to benefit you in the areas of diet, exercise, heart health, bone health, mental health and hormonal health. We will educate you on the risks and benefits of hormone therapy. We will also educate you on other available treatment options, both prescription and non-prescription, as well as non-medicinal and alternative options.

What are bio-identical hormones?

Bio-identical hormones have the exact same molecular shape and structure as the hormones made in the human body. These hormones generate the same physiologic responses in the human body as hormones already produced by the body. Plant Sources (sterols) provide the starting material which can be converted in the laboratory to specific bio-identical hormones.

Why a prescription is required for compounded bio-identical hormones? Compounding or formulating a customized dosage for an individual is a function pharmacists may legally perform if a practitioner requests it. The individual ingredients may or may not be restricted to prescription items. In short, anything that is compounded must be prescribed. Talk to a Peoples Pharmacist for a referral list of Doctors who prescribe bio-identical hormone therapy.

The decision to use Menopausal Hormone Therapy should be based on your particular needs and health, and made after a careful medical evaluation. If you are taking or considering Menopausal Hormone Therapy, you should discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of the various forms and dosage levels of HRT in light of your medical history.