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Womens Health (Hormone) (FSD)

  1. December 27, 2023

    Pairing statins with hormones

    When women take hormones treatment after menopause, there’s a risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE)— dangerous blood clots that can occur with certain hormones.

    Good news: Statins, it seems, can help reduce that risk, based on data from 224,000 women crunched by University of Texas Medical Branch researchers.

    That not only means the obvious (women taking hormone therapy can reduce their risk), but that women who have avoided hormone treatment because of the clotting risk might be able to use hormones after all, as long as they also take a statin.

    Side note: These same researchers found that the risk of VTE was greater with oral estrogen than with other delivery mechanisms — good to know.

    If you’re taking hormones or thinking about it, this is a great time to talk to your compounding pharmacist. Not only are they experts

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  2. November 10, 2023

    Start hormone replacement early

    Hormone replacement therapy, often taken by women who are experiencing the downsides of post-menopausal hormone change, has another effect: It seem to protect against dementia.

    The important kicker, though, is that to get the most of that benefit it needs to be started early, according to a new study out of Weill Cornell Medicine. And by “early” they mean as soon as menopausal symptoms start, i.e., in perimenopause.

    If that happens — if she starts taking them early and keeps going for 10 or more years — “there was a 26% reduced risk of dementia.”

    Quoth the lead researcher:

    “[I]n the right woman, at the right dose, and for the right duration of time, I believe that hormone replacement therapy can be one of our most powerful tools to reduce a woman’s risk for cognitive decline.”

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  3. October 26, 2023

    ‘Hormone Therapy” or “Hormone Replacement Therapy”: What’s the Difference?

    By Ashley Berthlot, Director of Marketing, Business Development Specialist, Professional Arts Pharmacy

    The term “Hormone Therapy” garners various negative and positive connotations, depending on your background and perspective. A simple google search of “hormone therapy” can bring up various results depending on your unique search history ranging from hormone replacement therapy for menopause to hormone therapy for cancer treatment. Having some definitions and clarity of its uses can be helpful when discussing any type of hormone therapy.

    Hormone therapy is usually in reference to what we call the sex steroid hormones, including estrogens (estradiol, estriol, estrone), progestins (progesterone, progestogen), and androgens (testosterone, DHEA). They have traditionally been defined by their role in normal reproductive function. However, hormone therapy can also be used to block the above-mentioned hormones as well as many other uses.

    Let’s divide hormone use into

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  4. October 21, 2023

    A more-natural hormone delivery system?

    The body doesn't secrete hydrocortisone the same way a pill, injection, IV, or other 'external' delivery system does. That, thought University of Bristol researchers, doesn't make sense.

    So they did what health scientists do: They took 10 years and developed a new type of hydrocortisone-replacement therapy called "Pulsatility."

    It's "designed to deliver standard hydrocortisone replacement to patients via a pump that replicates more closely cortisol’s natural rhythmic secretion pattern."

    It's not just in the lab — they've started trials on the subcutaneous pump and so far it's "revealed promising results."

    If you're familiar with British understatement, that probably means patients were cured of everything that ails them, grew taller and better looking, and gained 12 IQ points. But we'll settle for "This could be in the real world in a few years."

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