Women’s and Men’s Health

Hormone Replacement Therapy

It’s a fact of life, that as we age, our hormone levels decrease, often resulting in health problems. Traditional therapy includes the use of synthetic hormones, which unfortunately can cause undesirable side effects that, for some patients, may outweigh their benefits.

There is an alternative that both men and women can benefit from – bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

Replacing hormone levels, essential to your well being, also provides some protection against hardening of the arteries and muscle and bone wasting.

What are bio-identical hormones?

Technically, bio-identical hormones – derived from natural sources like soybean or yam – have the same chemical structure as hormones that occur naturally in our bodies. Synthetic hormones do not. In order for a replacement hormone to fully replicate the function of naturally occurring hormones, the chemical structure must be identical to the original.

Goals of BHRT

The ultimate goal of any BHRT is to provide an adequate supply of the deficient hormone in a form as close as possible to the original hormones, resulting in normal physiologic effects. BHRT can:

  • Alleviate the symptoms caused by the natural decrease in hormone production
  • Give the protective benefits originally provided by naturally occurring hormones
  • Re-establish a hormonal balance

Since each person is unique, each patient’s BHRT should be customized for optimal results. Buffalo Pharmacies Compounding – working closely with your physician – can compound BHRT in the needed strength and dosage form that best meets your needs.

Women’s Health

Did you know that more than 30 million American women are menopausal and that an additional 20 million more are within a few years of this life transition? This has resulted in more and more women seeking hormone replacement therapy. But not all women are the same and commercially manufactured or synthetic hormones do not always account for the differences between individuals. That’s where a compounded bio-identical hormone replacement therapy from Buffalo Pharmacies Compounding can help.

While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is typically used to treat the symptoms of menopause (hot flashes, vaginal dryness, low libido, weight gain, irritability, moodiness and sleep disturbances), it can also benefit women who experience other problems like endometriosis, PMS, weight gain, low libido, or fibrocystic breasts.

Using natural hormones instead of synthetic hormones may be more desirable for women needing hormone therapy. In fact, a recent study showed that 83% of women aged 40 and over would prefer to use hormones similar to their own body’s hormones. Buffalo Pharmacies Compounding can help you and your healthcare team meet your needs for natural hormone therapy.

Determining the need for BHRT to treat menopause

Symptoms of menopause often affect a woman’s quality of life. You may wish to consider BHRT if you experience hormone related symptoms or problems such as:

  • Depression
  • Dysmenorrhea (cramps)
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Heart disease, arteriosclerosis
  • Hot flashes
  • Infertility/endometriosis
  • Insomnia or disturbed sleep
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Mood swings
  • Night sweats
  • Osteoporosis
  • Painful intercourse
  • Poor concentration or memory lapses
  • Premenopausal symptoms
  • Reduced libido
  • Vaginal thinning/dryness
  • Weight gain

Individualized dosage

The three types of hormones for menopause BHRT are estrogens, progesterone and androgens. An important benefit to using compounded BHRT is that dosage strength can be modified to meet each individual patient’s needs. Plus, we’ll create your BHRT in a dosage form that best suits you and your lifestyle. Some typical delivery types include:

  • Transdermal cream, gel or ointment
  • Regular or sustained release capsules
  • Flavored lozenges or sublingual drops
  • Suppositories

Your menopause treatment plan

The pharmacists at Buffalo Pharmacies suggest that you consult with your physician about using a compound bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Our pharmacists and your health care provider will then work closely together to determine the most effective course of treatment for you. Since our compounding pharmacy is prescription-driven, your physician will have to provide you with a prescription.

To contact Buffalo Pharmacies Compounding directly, please call us at 716-568-1370 or contact us.

Men’s Health

As men age, their bodies experience a variety of changes, many of which are expected and attributed to the process of growing older. And while the aging process cannot be stopped, some of its effects can be treated. Recognized as male menopause, andropause occurs when men’s hormone levels decrease and men experience both physical and emotional symptoms.

The good news is that men can receive treatment to help restore balance in their systems and thus impact their strength, vitality and quality of life. Typically this treatment has included supplemental testosterone injections. Pharmacy compounding, however, offers other options.

Determining the need for BHRT to treat andropause

Your physician can help you determine if you should consider BHRT to treat your andropause symptoms, which may include:

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Decreased muscle mass and strength
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia or disturbed sleep
  • Low sperm count
  • Memory impairment
  • Mood changes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Prostate problems
  • Reduced libido
  • Reduced cognitive function
  • Weakness

Individualized dosage

An important benefit to using compounded BHRT is that dosage strength can be modified to meet each individual patient’s needs. The amount of testosterone needed to address a 250-pound man’s symptoms will differ from what a 150-pound man would require.

Not only can dosage strength vary, so can the dosage form. Through compounding, the pharmacists at Buffalo Pharmacies Compounding will create your BHRT in a dosage form that best suits you and your lifestyle. While injection has traditionally been the most common form of testosterone treatment, it’s not always the best solution for everyone. Some alternative delivery types include:

  • Transdermal cream, gel or ointment
  • Flavored lozenges

Your andropause treatment plan

The pharmacists at Buffalo Pharmacies suggest that you consult with your physician about using a compound bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Our pharmacists and your health care provider will then work closely together to determine the most effective course of treatment for you. Since our compounding pharmacy is prescription-driven, your physician will have to provide you with a prescription.

To contact Buffalo Pharmacies directly, please call us at 716-568-1370 or contact us.