Women have been dealing with menopause for a couple of hundred thousand years, and yet there’s still a bit of a stigma talking about it, the effects it can have on a woman’s body, and ways to help alleviate some of those negative issues.

Worse, as this article in the Atlantic explains, many gynecologists will try to solve everything with estrogen (or, if they’re British, oestrogen). Since the 1960s it’s been the go-to magic bullet for women in and after menopause.

Reality, though, is more complex — and we’ve learned a lot since the ’60s. Still, though, the lack of a “frank approach to sexuality” for both people born female and those who have transitioned there has kept many from realizing the benefits of other hormones. (Ironically, trans women often get better care when it comes to hormones.)

The point of all this, and of the Atlantic article, is that it’s important for women to think beyond estrogen. If your OB/GYN isn’t well-versed in the latest research, there’s someone you can turn to: your compounding pharmacist. They’re the experts when it comes not only to the latest research on hormones, but on tailoring the dosage and delivery system to your particular needs.

If you’re stuck in an estrogen rut and think there might be an answer, you’re right — and now you know who to ask about it!