Hormone therapy or endocrine therapy is a treatment that adds, blocks, or removes hormones when there is a lack of hormones or hormones are too weak to function properly. The therapy has been in use for a long time to deal with certain conditions like diabetes or menopause, in such cases, a patient is given hormones to adjust and strengthen low hormone levels present in the body. In recent years, it has been well documented that hormones can cause certain cancers like prostate and breast cancer to grow in the body. In order to slow down or stop the growth of cancer cells, synthetic hormones or other drugs at times are given to block the body’s natural hormonal process through hormone therapy.
At times, surgery may be required to remove the gland that secretes certain hormones. Hormones are natural chemicals released inside the body that helps in the regulation of human physiological activities. Hormones are created and released by endocrine glands specifically designed for hormones and other products directly in the blood to control mood, emotions, complex system like reproduction and basic needs like hunger.
There are mainly two types of hormones used during the hormone therapy namely synthetic and bioidentical. In hormone therapy, continuous treatment is provided to the patient by replacing or revitalizing the weak hormones as the body grows old either through synthetic hormones or through bioidentical hormones.
How is Hormone therapy administered?
The hormone therapy is administered in various ways depending on the unique requirement of every patient. These are:
- Gel or Cream that is applied externally
- Oral medication wherein the dosage is prescribed by the consulting doctor
- Patches are applied externally on the areas of the body being monitored by the doctors
- Injections are mainly used to inject the hormones into the main bloodstream directly for faster effect.
Can Hormone Replacement Therapy lead to weight gain?
According to a study released by the International Menopause Society in 2012, in light of the World Menopause Day suggests that menopause does not lead to weight gain among women, however, there is a slight difference in the distribution of fat due to hormonal adjustments, which increases the fat.
By balancing hormones, a woman can lose weight. Imbalances in hormones slow down the metabolism and in turn, increases the fat storage. Through optimizing hormone and vitamin levels it leads to increase energy, improve your fat-to-muscle ratio and athletic performance.
Is hormone therapy covered by insurance?
AB Hormone therapy is a self-pay private practice not covered by any insurance. However, a patient can use their insurance policy for lab work and tests, and their prescriptions depending upon an individual’s insurance coverage.
Why use a compounding pharmacy for bioidentical hormone therapy?
Bioidentical hormones are available at both local pharmacy and compounding pharmacy. Usually, a patient can buy them from any of the pharmacies, however, a compounding pharmacy is generally used when a specific dosage or a form is unavailable at the regular local pharmacy.