Women's Menopause Guide

A Woman’s “How To” Guide when the Inevitable Happens: Menopause

 
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As women get older there is an age related decline in the hormones that regulate the female body. When hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA quickly drop a condition known as menopause begins to develop.

While the definition of menopause is 1 full year without a menstrual cycle symptoms of menopause can begin anywhere from 2 to 10 years before that full year without a cycle occurs. While the average age of menopause is about 51 years old every woman is different.

Women may also experience surgical menopause, which is menopause due to a woman having a hysterectomy. While menopause causes the most problems during the female life cycle hormonal imbalance can cause symptoms earlier in life also. Symptoms such as PMS, dysmenorrhea (pain menstrual cycles), infertility, endometriosis, and other symptoms can also be linked to hormonal imbalances.


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How does Menopause affect my well being?


womens bodyNatural or surgical menopause results in a decrease in sex hormones, such as:

  • Estrogen: Hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, loss of hair, mental fogginess, bone loss
  • Progesterone: Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, fluid retention, insomnia, weight gain (hips and thighs), depression, bone loss, fibrocystic breast, PMS, breast tenderness
  • Testosterone: Fatigue, vaginal dryness, lack of concentration, bone loss, decreased sex drive

Besides estrogen, progesterone and testosterone what else is effecting me?


Balancing the sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) is just one aspect to looking better, feeling better, and being better. It is also necessary to evaluate cortisol (stress hormone) and DHEA. These two hormones give great insight into your adrenal function.

Low functioning adrenal glands can lead to Adrenal Fatigue, which can result in a wide variety of symptoms such as:

  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Belly Fat
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Decreased Metabolism
  • Carbohydrate Cravings

Why Are Customized (Bio – Identical) Hormones Helpful?


When the pharmacists at Scott’s Pharmacy customize your hormones, the hormones have the same chemical structure as those hormones found naturally in the human body. In other words, the hormones that we replace are IDENTICAL to the hormones that are found in your body. This is drastically different from many of the commercially available hormone replacement products on the market today.bio identical hormone therapy for women

Synthetic (patented, conventional, or artificial) hormones have been chemically altered and these alterations result in structural changes that cause differences in activity from those hormones that they are intended to replaced in the body. This may explain many of the unwanted side effects often seen with the use of synthetic hormones.

Customized hormones also are formulated specifically for you. Only the hormones that you need and the quantities that are required by you are replaced. These hormones are customized for you based on your lab results, symptoms, and physician’s instructions.


What types of dosage forms are available?


Customized hormones can be compounded in a variety of dosage forms depending on your preference and symptoms.

Customized hormone dosage forms includes: capsules, creams – Sublingual (under the tongue) dosage forms: drops, troches, tablets, and injections.

At Scott’s Pharmacy we do more than just compound hormones. We work closely with you as well as your physician to find the right dose specifically for customized for you. Our pharmacists have received extensive training in hormone replacement therapy and are extremely knowledgeable in this area.


Here are 4 steps to finding balance in during menopause

STEP 1

Talk to your physician – Customized hormones are prescription products and can only be dispensed with your doctors approval.

STEP 2

Download the assessment forms:

like painting a roomRemember feeling your best is like painting a room. The big roller brushes are the hormones, but to get in the cracks and crevices we often times need to use vitamins and minerals.
At Scott’s Pharmacy they have a certified clinical nutritionist that can help design a nutritional supplement regimen to help you
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STEP 3

Purchase the saliva test – This test is designed to evaluate estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, & cortisol.

STEP 4

Meet with the pharmacists at Scott’s to have a customized hormone prescription prepared specifically for you based on your lab results, symptoms, and physician’s instructions.

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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness.