Hormone Replacement Therapy

Natural hormones include estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and natural thyroid hormones. Hormone replacement therapy has been prescribed in Europe since the 1950s and has been widely used in North America since the 1990s. Our compounding pharmacists work with patients and practitioners to provide customized hormone therapy with the prescribed hormone in the appropriate strength and dosage form to meet each patient’s specific needs. HRT should be initiated carefully after the patient’s medical and family histories have been reviewed. Every patient is unique and will respond to therapy in his or her own way. Close monitoring and adjustments are essential.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men

Beginning at about 40 years of age, a man’s testosterone levels slowly decline. Approximately 30% of men aged 60-70 years and 70% of men aged 70-80 have low levels of testosterone, a condition often called “andropause” because testosterone is in a class of hormones known as androgens.

Symptoms of testosterone deficiency may include:

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced libido
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of energy
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Aches and pains
  • and other symptoms

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

During menopause, women experience a drop in estrogen levels. HRT for women can help curb symptoms of menopause, including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Discomfort during intercourse
  • Osteoporosis
  • Night sweats
  • Changes in mood
  • and other symptoms