Belmar Pharma Solutions Answers 8 Commonly Asked Questions About Hormones
February 8, 2022
Life during menopause can be tough.
Between the hot flashes, mood swings, and sleepless nights, hormones can be your best friend — or your worst enemy.
You see, hormones are a delicate balancing act. They regulate many of the functions in your body and control how you feel, look, sleep and think. When hormones get out of balance, they can have a negative effect on your health. Thankfully, there are ways to get your hormones back on track, and one of them is hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Now, you may be thinking, “This sounds all fine and good, but what exactly is HRT, and how can it help me?” Well, you’ve come to the right place because we’re going to answer 10 of the most frequently asked questions our pharmacists receive about HRT.
1. What is HRT?
Did you know hormones are involved in most of your body’s essential functions? These functions include:
- Brain function
- Immune function
When your hormones are out of balance, they can wreak havoc on your body and lead to a variety of symptoms you are probably all too familiar with if you’re going through perimenopause or menopause. These symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
2. What are the different types of HRT?
- Estrogen is responsible for a woman’s reproductive and sexual development.
- Progesterone plays an important role in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.
- Testosterone contributes to bone density, muscle strength and sex drive.
HRT can be administered in the following forms:
Talk to your doctor to determine which type of HRT is right for you. Now let’s get to the third most frequently asked question.
3. How long do I need to take hormones, and when will I notice an improvement in my symptoms?
The best way to determine how long you need to stay on hormones is to — wait for it — talk to your doctor (you probably already knew we were going to stay that). There isn’t an exact answer because everyone’s response varies.
4. Can I stop taking hormones once my symptoms improve?
First things first: You should not attempt to stop HRT without consulting with your doctor because stopping suddenly increases the risk of menopausal symptoms returning.
5. Will taking hormones interfere with other medications I’m taking?
An increase in estrogen in your body may interfere with other prescription medications you’re taking. If you are concerned about any drug interactions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
6. What’s bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)?
BHRT uses bioidentical hormones made from plant estrogens with the same molecular structure as hormones naturally occurring in the body. In recent years, more women have been choosing compounded BHRT to rebalance their hormones. With compounding, pharmacies like Belmar Pharma Solutions prepare a prescription specifically tailored to address your specific needs — based on a prescription from your doctor.
The most common hormones found within bioidentical hormone medications include:
- DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
- Estradiol (E2)
- Estriol (E3)
- Pregnenolone acetate
8. Is HRT safe?
One common misconception about HRT that the media has repeated over the years is that it can cause breast cancer. The good news is that studies suggest it does not affect breast cancer risk. However, if you have a family history or genetic predisposition to breast cancer, hormones may play a factor in your risk, so consult with your doctor.
Don’t forget hormones replacement therapy is not a one size fits all kind of treatment! If you have questions, speak with your doctor and get the answers you need from an expert!
We hope our questions and answers have been informative and answered many unknowns you might have had about HRT. If you’re feeling the effects of hormonal imbalance, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Your doctor can provide guidance on which type of HRT medication might be right for you and your lifestyle.
Hormonal balance is within your reach, especially when you’re proactive about your health and wellness.