Saving Money on Common Hormone Therapies
The word hormones is usually connected to teenagers and rapidly advancing feelings of amorousness towards the opposite gender. It’s usually paired with ‘raging’ to describe the strength of the feelings, and we can all remember going through puberty and feeling the same way. There are some hormones in play there for sure, but not nearly all of them. There are nearly 50 hormones produced by the human body and less than a handful of them make for frisky young people. Hormone therapies are helpful when people have hormone imbalances, and Estrogel is one such medication for menopause relief.
Hormone therapy for menopause is only one of many examples of hormone therapies, but it’s a good one to discuss because every woman is going to go through menopause and that means a LOT of people who will be interested to know of anything that can make menopause symptoms less severe. Hormone therapy will be something people with thyroid disorders will also be very familiar with. An underactive thyroid is very common for people as they get older, as evidenced by how many people in North America take Synthroid.
If you’re not producing enough thyroid hormone then the entirety of cellular function in the body is thrown out of whack, and so this is another example of when hormone therapies are needed and fortunately pharmacology has made that possible. This entry will have a look at how they work and what makes them effective, along with what can be done on the patients’ end to improve the effectiveness of hormone replacement therapies.
Hormone therapies may also be advised by doctors seeing patients with breast or prostate cancer, and the focus these days is very much on bioidentical hormone therapy. These hormones are entirely synthetic (man made), but they have the same constituent quality as the organic hormones that the body is failing to make enough of now. They are making their way into elective medication treatments too, and bioidentical testosterone is the one that’s getting the most fanfare.
Among hormone therapies for men this one is the most popular for older men who want to continue to maintain lean muscle mass and musculature and turn ‘back the hands of time’ as it were so that they can continue to enjoy life to the fullest. However, we need to mention that bioidentical testosterone therapy for women is also a possibility and in some cases it can be part of treatment for menopause as testosterone is one of the first hormones to decline in a big way as women approach menopause.
No hormone is more essential to hormone replacement therapy for menopause than Estrogen. It’s the flagship for femininity for sure, but it’s not provided to women in their early 50s or around that time with the hopes of restoring female youthfulness or anything of the sort. Instead, it is much more about preventing loss of bone strength because unfortunately that’s very common and bones may fracture more easily due to low estrogen levels as women age that aren’t being replenished with hormone therapies.
You Have Options
Women who are approaching the age where menopause begins are likely going to be very proactive about treatment in advance of starting to experience menopause symptoms, and some will have family and friends that have already gone through it. Knowledge certainly is power and if you believe that taking some menopause drugs isn’t going to be agreeable with you then you have options with hormone therapy for menopause.
We were lauding the advances in pharmacology earlier and it’s the same situation with how transdermal patch medications are now available for people who have difficulty with oral medications for whatever reason. For menopause hormone therapies there is the CombiPatch that offers women the same menopause symptom relief while requiring nothing more of them than placing the patch on their arm and letting it do its thing. The Estraderm patch is the same type of patch for menopause, but it is even better for women who have vaginal issues most prominently with their menopause symptoms.
We’ll conclude here today by mentioning one very promising new use for this - hormone therapies for alcoholism treatment. Research has indicated that a hormone that regulates metabolism, appetite, and reduced sugar consumption can also work to curb an alcoholic’s cravings for booze. As medicine has an ever-growing understanding of human physiology it is quite likely we will see more advances with using hormone therapy to treat different types of ailments.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.