No Two Women Are Alike and Their Hormone Therapy Shouldn’t Be Either
Need your hormone levels checked? Have questions about hormone replacement therapy? Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation appointment with our HRT Specialist.
Upon completion of Comprehensive Core Concepts in Compounding, a rigorous program of study offered by PCCA, compounding pharmacist and owner of Rivergate Pharmacy, Lori Kearney, RPh, has achieved the professional rating of Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist. The course includes specialized study of ovarian anatomy, physiology and endogenous hormone function, laboratory tests and uses, clinical compounded treatment therapies, dosing guidelines and patient counseling.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a growing practice in pharmacy compounding, in which specialized pharmacists prepare customized medications for patients, by prescription order, when a practitioner determines that an off-the-shelf medication is not appropriate for the patient. HRT is most often prescribed to ease the symptoms of menopause, but it also can be used to treat a variety of conditions that women of all ages may experience, including:
- Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Post-partum depression
- Sleep disturbances
- Night sweats
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Weight gain
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Hot flashes
- Decreased libido
- Vaginal dryness
These conditions affect millions of women. As the number of women seeking hormone-related treatment has grown, so has the mass production of pills, patches and creams by the drug industry. However, each woman’s body is different and has its own unique needs, but commercially manufactured products tend to be “one-size-fits-all,” and do not always account for the differences between individuals.
Working closely with a woman and her healthcare provider, a compounding pharmacist can help a woman start and maintain a hormone replacement regimen that brings her hormones back into balance and closely mimics what her body has been doing naturally for years. With a healthcare provider’s prescription, the pharmacist can prepare hormones in a variety of strengths and dosage forms, including:
- Topical or vaginal creams, gels, and foams
- Sublingual drops or troches
Once the therapy is begun, the pharmacist will continue to work with the woman and her prescriber to make sure the HRT is working correctly, adjusting the dosage if necessary, ensuring that the medication is just right for her body.