Types of Hormone Replacement Therapy

If you have heard that hormone replacement therapy may be a good option for you, learn more about the different types of hormone replacement therapies before speaking with your physician. 

Hormone replacement therapy can be used to treat several different conditions in both men and women. But you may not know that there are a couple of different kinds of hormone replacement therapy. 

There are risks and benefits to both traditional hormone replacement therapy and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Your physician will prescribe them only if they believe the benefits of the treatment outweigh the risks.

When you need a compounding pharmacy to formulate your hormone replacement therapy treatment, contact The Healthy Choice compounding pharmacy. Below, we go into further detail about the different types of hormone replacement therapy and how our compounding pharmacy can help you. 

Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy

Often, traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is used to treat the symptoms of menopause in women. When an estrogen imbalance is being treated, there are four hormone replacement therapy options, including:

  • Continuous
  • Cyclical
  • Local estrogen 
  • Estrogen only

However, the reason for your hormone replacement therapy will determine which option is likely most suited for you. Your physician and pharmacist can advise you accordingly based on the individual circumstances of your case. 

Hormone replacement therapy isn’t just for women suffering from menopause. Men can also benefit from the different types of hormone replacement therapy. 

If a man is suffering from abnormally low levels of testosterone, for example, hormone replacement therapy could be used to help increase his levels of testosterone. This could alleviate the symptoms associated with low testosterone levels including:

  • Fatigue
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Obesity
  • Body hair loss
  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The other type of hormone replacement therapy is known as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy or BHRT. In many cases, people are under the impression that BHRT is a better option because the hormones used in therapy are created using plant estrogens that are naturally produced in your body. Traditional hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic hormones. 

Although BHRT is often touted as being a more natural option, research has previously shown that there is very little difference between the two and that one is not necessarily more effective than the other. 

You can discuss your questions and concerns regarding HRT and BHRT with your pharmacist at The Healthy Choice compounding pharmacy. 

Contact a Compounding Pharmacy in New York

If you are interested in pursuing hormone replacement therapy but aren’t sure which type of hormone replacement therapy is the best option for you, reach out to qualified New York compounding pharmacy, The Healthy Choice, to get your prescription filled. You can reach us through the convenient contact form included at the bottom of this page or by phone at 914-238-1700.