HRT can make drastic improvements
to quality of life. You may have heard
of risks associated with HRT such
as breast cancer and cardiovascular
events; these can be minimized when
dosages are customized by a physician and pharmacist experienced in
the field of HRT.
A distinction in hormone replacement therapy is non-bio-identical hormones, such as medroxyprogesterone
and conjugated equine estrogens, versus bio-identical hormones like progesterone and estrogens, such as estriol
and estradiol. A bio-identical hormone’s chemical structure match-es the hormones already circulating
in your blood; in other words, giving
your body a bio-identical hormone is
giving it something it expects to have.
Conversely, non-bio-identical hormones vary in structure and function
from natural hormones, and the body
does not have receptors designed to
receive them. As you might expect,
medical literature and data has demonstrated that bio-identical hormones tend to be more effective and
have a better safety profile than non-bio-identical hormones.
While perimenopausal and menopausal issues are significant as women age, younger women experience
trouble with premenstrual syndrome
(PMS). While prescription drugs,
such as birth control, can help, over-the-counter supplements containing herbs like chaste tree berry, wild
yam root, and passionflower serve to
combat PMS naturally.
Pregnant women often have concerns about what constitutes a good
prenatal vitamin. Look for one that is
comprehensive and provides an adequate amount of folate, preferably as
methlyfolate, a readily active and utilized form in the body, as compared
to folic acid, which must be converted to the active form in the body,
and is done so poorly in some women who have certain genetic mutations. Additionally, a good amount
of DHA, an omega- 3 that supports
healthy brain development in your
baby, is a good feature. Shoot for at
least 400 to 500mg of DHA per day
while pregnant or nursing.
Finding the right healthcare professional is essential, particularly for
issues that affect your quality of life.
Compounding pharmacies such as
Pine Pharmacy in Williamsville are
great resources for both hormone
replacement and vitamin supplemen-tation to support women’s health
from youth through the golden years.
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