Estrogen and Progesterone are the most effective treatments for moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats) that may occur in menopausal women.
Testosterone therapy is used to treat low libido in postmenopausal women. Although not FDA approved for women, it has been endorsed by many leading medical societies for this treatment.
Hormone therapies are available in the form of gels, creams, patches, oral capsules, injectables and pellets. There are systemic treatments for the whole body and local vaginal treatments only depending upon your symptoms and needs.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones ?
Bioidentical Hormones is a term which refers to hormones similar to or identical to what your body was producing. They are the safest and most commonly prescribed hormones. Many FDA approved Bioidentical hormone products are now available at conventional pharmacies and covered by insurance plans. Alternatively, some patients prefer to use the custom compounded ones made at a Compounding Pharmacy. There are some advantages and disadvantages to the custom compounded products and we recommend a more detailed discussion with your health care provider about this.