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Vitamin D is a hormone-like substance that is produced in the skin during exposure to sunlight. It has many important functions in the body, including strengthening bones, promoting a healthy immune system and protecting against a wide range of diseases. Vitamin D helps to regulate cellular replication in a very important way. Specifically vitamin D helps cells to differentiate (become specialised), and inhibits cells from proliferating, or growing in an out of control way. It is thought that these are the reasons why vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of various types of cancer, including breast cancer, as well as cancer of the colon and prostate. An Australian study conducted in 2001, detected mild or moderate vitamin D deficiency in more than one in three women during summer, and one in two women during winter. This is quite shocking, as we live in the sunburnt country! Those most at risk of vitamin D deficiency include people with dark skin, women who practise veiling, people taking certain medications (such as anti-epileptic drugs), and people who spend most of their time indoors. Sunscreen inhibits the manufacture of vitamin D in the skin. It’s healthy to get some regular exposure to the sun’s rays on uncovered skin. However prolonged sun exposure can be hazardous and inconvenient, and vitamin D is found in very few foods therefore supplementing with vitamin D may be the best option. Your body’s level of vitamin D can be accurately tested with a simple blood test.
West Lindfield Pharmacy and compoundingchemist.com can make any strength Vitamin D required by Physicians for patients.
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Hormones are chemical messengers in the body, produced in various glands such as the ovaries, thyroid, pancreas and adrenals. There are many types of hormones, with each having their own specific effect and all coming together to control every function in our body. A well-balanced hormonal environment is necessary for optimal health.
Our reproductive hormones are:
• estrogen (estrone, estradiol, estriol)
What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are, as the name implies, identical to the hormones produced in the body. They are produced from precursors found in plants such as soy and wild yam. The body recognises, absorbs and utilises these hormones because they are identical to that which it would naturally produce on its own. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can, therefore, be used effectively and safely.
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What is estrogen?
There is no one hormone called estrogen. Estrogen is actually the name of a class of hormones. The three major estrogens produced by women are estriol, estradiol and estrone. Estradiol is the most potent of the three and is the most stimulating to the breast tissue.
What is natural progesterone?
Progesterone, a naturally occurring hormone in both men and women, is essential for many vital functions in the human body. The ovaries produce the majority of progesterone, but only if ovulation occurs. As women approach menopause, less progesterone is produced. Progesterone deficiency is responsible for many of the symptoms associated with menopause. Progesterone’s many functions include improving sleep, naturally calming, balancing body fluids, improving fat metabolism, promoting bone formation, possible protection against breast cancer and protecting the uterus against cell proliferation. Progesterone also balances the effects of estrogen and should always be taken in conjunction with estrogen therapy even after hysterectomy.
Why do I need testosterone?
Women’s ovaries and adrenal glands do produce testosterone. Every woman will experience a drop in estrogen and testosterone production during menopause. Testosterone is important in maintaining sexual desire, as well as strength and integrity of skin, muscle and bone. Low levels of testosterone will result in a decreased sex drive, fatigue and decreased sense of well being.
Where do these hormones come from?
Natural hormones are obtained from sterol analogues found in many varieties of plants, primarily soybean and wild yam. These estrogen and progesterone like compounds are then transformed in the laboratory to the human bio-identical natural hormones.
Can Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) cause side effects?
HRT’s goal is to restore and maintain a physiological status. If hormone levels were normal from age 20 to 40, replacing them to restore the same level that was well tolerated for 20 years is unlikely to cause any serious side effects in later life. The risk is further reduced if only natural hormones are used. However, any type of medication can have side effects if not administered properly. The scientific studies show that the potential benefits of HRT are great, whereas, overdosing to excessive level causes most problems reported from HRT. To insure safety, hormone levels should not be raised above a normal youthful range, and side effects can often be relieved with a dosage adjustment.
How Are Natural Hormones Available?
Natural hormones can be prepared in a dosage form convenient to each individual patient. Women and men are no longer limited by the “one size fits all” medications that pharmaceutical manufacturers sell. Natural hormones can be made as capsules, topical creams, vaginal suppositories, injectables and sublingual liquids or tablets.
Can I get these from my local pharmacy?
Most pharmacies will not compound medications because they do not have the training, time, equipment or staff to manage the special demands of the patients and physicians. West Lindfield Pharmacy has highly trained staff and state of the art equipment to provide quality-compounding services.
How long should I take hormones?
The best answer is “as long as it is needed”. The length of time will be different for each woman, depending upon her current health and the chances of developing other serious diseases later on in life. That’s one reason why it’s so important to have regular health check-ups.
How do I get started on Natural Hormone Therapy?
Natural hormone replacement therapy must be customized for men and women individually. Only after a thorough review of their symptoms and history can an effective regimen be designed. You may contact one of our Doctors by clicking below.
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To Compound or not to Compound
We can prepare medicines in a variety of dosage forms and flavours. With instructions from the physician, we can easily alter the strength of medications to make it more convenient for patients, thereby improving medication compliance. We bring our skills, knowledge and experience to improve therapeutic outcome.
Benefits of compounded medications includes:
• Avoidance of dyes, preservative, fillers
• Palatable liquid medications
• Administrable dosage forms
• Avoidance of side effects
• Dose, dosage form, or medication not commercially available
• Combination or sustained release therapy to improve compliance
• Cost effective therapy
As you can see, compounding means that you are no longer limited in the choice of treatment. At West Lindfield Pharmacy we work with you and your physician to create medications that suit you best.
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Did you know that adults have about 10,000 taste buds, and children have even more?
Flavouring is designed to meet each individual preference. A choice from a variety of different flavours can help to increase the palatability of your medication.
We currently have the following flavours:
- Cherry Brandy
- Choc Mint
- Creme De Cafe
- Cream De Menthe
- Lemon Lime
- Orange Brandy
- Pralines & Cream
- Tutti Frutti
- Vanilla Butternut
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In order to understand what happens to a woman’s body as she ages, it is necessary to review the normal menstrual cycle. The purpose of the menstrual cycle is to prepare a woman for pregnancy through the following hormonal steps:
The pituitary gland near the brain releases a chemical called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH causes an egg to mature in the ovary and signals the production of estrogen.
• Estrogen stimulates the lining the uterus to thicken, creating an acceptable environment for a potential fertilised egg.
• The pituitary gland releases another chemical called luteinizing hormone (LH). LH causes the egg to be released from the ovary and travel to the uterus (in anticipation of being fertilized).
• Meanwhile, the part of the ovary from which the egg was released (the corpus luteum) begins to produce progesterone.
• Progesterone continues to stabilise the lining of the uterus and readies it for implantation of a fertilised egg.
• If the egg is not fertilised, it will not implant and progesterone is no longer produced. Without progesterone, the lining of the thickened uterus begins to shed and leads to menses. Thus, one cycle ends and another begins.
Menstrual cycles change vastly over a woman’s life because of varying estrogen and progesterone production. Menopausal women reach a point where estrogen levels are so low that the uterine lining is not thick enough to shed. This is why periods no longer occur.