Over 75% of North American menopausal women suffer from hot flashes. Hot flashes are characterized by a sudden feeling of heat, a flushed face, and sweating. The cause for hot flashes is unknown and the symptoms can persist for a short period or many years.
Hormone replacement therapy for hot flashes
When hot flashes start to become unbearable and lower a person’s quality of life, the person can talk to a doctor about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Traditional HRT replaces low hormone levels with synthetic hormones to create a hormonal balance.
A compound pharmacy creates a unique hot flash prescription
A compound pharmacy can go the extra mile when developing hormone treatments. A team of pharmacists uses results from saliva and blood tests to create a custom hormone prescription of hormones like estrone, estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone. Most compound pharmacies will use bioidentical ingredients that are chemically and molecularly similar to natural hormones. Bioidentical hormones come from plants like yams or soy that need to be chemically altered to become bioidentical.
Compound pharmacies may be beneficial for patients that are sensitive to ingredients or additives used in standard HRT options. A compound prescription may also be beneficial in making a dose that relieves symptoms without the side effects.
Compound prescriptions are not like synthetic hormones that come in a pre-packaged dose and formula. Instead, a compound pharmacist can work with a physician to create a formulation in capsule, topical cream, patch, suppository, or vaginal cream form.
Benefits of bioidentical HRT
Compound pharmacies can formulate bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) based on a person’s unique needs, risk factors, and symptoms, unlike the one-size-fits-all approach of some prescriptions. HRT can not only prevent hot flashes, but can also reduce other menopausal symptoms like night sweats, mood changes, vaginal dryness, reduced libido, insomnia, and weight gain.
Broad relief from the symptoms of aging
In a 12-month study, researchers tested the effects of custom-compounded hormone creams on perimenopausal and postmenopausal women between 30-70 years old. The hormone creams contained a customized mix of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone.
The women who took the compound hormones experienced fewer symptoms of menopause including pain, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, the women had fewer night sweats and hot flashes. Researchers also found that the women who took the creams had lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels, as well as C-reactive protein (CRP) that can lead to blood clots.
Compound prescriptions are a complementary treatment option
While a compound pharmacy may not be for everyone, the BHRT options can help those who want specialized care and plant-based ingredients. Along with reducing triggers to hot flashes like alcohol and caffeine, compound prescriptions can prevent hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.