Is Your Thyroid Slowing Things Down?
Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid disease, occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. The butterfly-shaped gland is at the front of the neck and releases hormones that affect nearly everybody. Thyroid hormones affect the heart, brain, skin, temperature, and particularly the body’s metabolism. As a result, people with hypothyroidism can suffer from chronic fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, weakness, and much more. If an underactive thyroid is slowing things down, compounding HRT can help.
How HRT can help
Any age group can have an underactive thyroid. Some cases are congenital, while others are due to comorbidities such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. However, the condition is widespread in older women as the drastic changes of menopause can cause a hormone imbalance. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a standard treatment to bring hormones into balance. The therapy brings synthetic yet bioidentical hormones into the body, reducing many symptoms. HRT can also lessen the likelihood of diseases like osteoporosis, bowel cancer, and heart disease. For the treatment to work, the patient must take the medication consistently.
Doctors prescribe a standard HRT medication that can be effective in most cases. However, some patients have special needs, making HRT ineffective or unusable. To solve this issue, compound pharmacies can create custom-made hormones called Compounding HRT. Compounding is the process of creating medication from raw ingredients for patients’ individual needs. Estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone are the most replicated and used in treatment. Compounding is one of the best ways to improve the symptoms of hypothyroidism and has several key benefits.
Safe & Effective
Because hormones aren’t delivered in customized dosages, synthetic hormones can often give the body more hormones than necessary. Too much of any hormone can cause a similar imbalance, making treatment ineffective. Compounding can provide the exact dosage of each hormone for each patient’s needs, and the pharmacist can also adjust future doses as necessary. This simple service makes HRT treatment much safer.
Customized to your needs
Compounding helps patients receive the medication in the form of choice. Some doctors prefer to avoid the slight possibility of liver damage with oral HRT. At the same time, some patients have difficulty taking oral pills. Compounding can make HRT in gels, patches, or injectable forms. This simple change improves medication adherence and improves the chances of success.