If you’re reading this post, I’m going to assume you’re a female, and it’s likely you’re a mom, a sister, or a wife. One of my favorite things about women is how different we all are – we are not one size fits all – we are a unique, beautiful and strong tribe with individual needs, cares and wants. Yet, we often treat our health the exact same – but our bodies, our chemical makeup, our hormones are one of a kind – and deserve to be treated on a personalized level → enter the secret to women’s health that I just discovered…Pharmacy Compounding.
Growing up the daughter of a Nurse Practitioner, I have always been hyper aware of my health, and now that I’m a mom of two young girls, I value our well-being more than ever. Today I’m sharing a guest post by the Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group, located on Eastlake Ave in Seattle. It’s a quick read with a ton of info that I promise you will appreciate.
Side note: One of my best friends experienced severe pregnancy complications and a compounded prescription provided her the ability to have two successful pregnancies resulting in beautiful, healthy babies.
COMPOUNDING FOR THE COMPLEXITIES OF WOMEN’S HEALTH
By: Roland Lopez, PharmD Pharmacy Manager Kelley-Ross Compounding Pharmacy
Women’s health needs are often just as unique as women themselves. Thanks to the complexities of the female hormonal and reproductive systems, these needs change throughout a lifetime and resist a one-size-fits-all approach to care.
For many women experiencing obstetric and gynecologic issues ranging from hot flashes to vaginal pain to difficulty breastfeeding, the search for relief can feel elusive. And trying to decipher all the conflicting, inconclusive, and occasionally frightening information can take an emotional toll on women and their relationships.
Fortunately, there is no need for women to suffer in silence. There are safe and effective solutions out there that can be tailored to women’s individual needs. With the help of an in-the-know OB/GYN and highly trained compounding pharmacist, relief may be only a customized prescription away.
What is pharmacy compounding?
Compounding is the preparation of personalized medications, and it’s increasingly popular to meet women’s very specific needs. Based on a doctor’s prescription, raw ingredients are precisely blended together in the exact strength and dosage form required. It allows doctors to go far beyond manufacturers’ available products, and find creative and insightful solutions to difficult medical challenges.
How can compounding help?
When off-the-shelf medications and conventional treatments fail, compounding pharmacies can be a valuable resource for OB/GYN’s and patients. Compounded pharmaceuticals can be formulated for many things, including the following common, yet confounding, health issues women may face over the course of their lives.
Breastfeeding has so many proven benefits for babies, but nursing isn’t always easy for new moms. Compounded prescriptions can provide relief for both sore nipples and moms who are struggling with milk flow. Working with a compounding pharmacist, an OB/GYN can devise an ointment with the right strength of anti-inflammatories and antibiotics that make it possible for mothers to comfortably breast-feed and bond with their babies. For women who are struggling to produce enough milk to properly nourish their children, pharmacists can create nasal sprays that may stimulate the let-down reflex.
Menopausal symptoms—hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and mood swings, just to name a few—can wreak havoc on women’s emotional and physical well-being. Traditionally, doctors prescribed synthetic hormone replacement therapy. But the strength, sources, and overall safety of these medications have been debated within the medical community, and the unwanted side effects have long been a frustration to patients. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapies created at compounding pharmacy give OB/GYN’s and menopausal women a new way to alleviate troubling symptoms. Not only do these hormones more closely mimic what’s naturally found in women’s bodies, but they also can be combined to achieve a hormonal balance that works for each person, delivered in a variety of forms from gels to capsules to creams.
This chronic pain syndrome affects the vulvar area, and because it occurs without an identifiable cause, it can be notoriously hard to treat. Compounding gives vulvodynia sufferers relief with a number of pharmaceutical options, and makes sure the non-active ingredients don’t get in the way of relief. Because vulvar and vaginal skin can be very sensitive, doctors can request compounding pharmacies make specialized versions of medications with no preservatives, no dyes, no lactose or corn, and they can even formulate gluten-free formulas.
Chronic Yeast Infections
Some women suffer from chronic vaginal yeast infections that are not responsive to the typical courses of treatment. In these cases, customized vaginal capsules created at a compounding pharmacy may be an excellent treatment option. They’re inexpensive, well tolerated by most patients, and allow women to proactively control their symptoms and comfort.
The bottom line is, when it comes to women’s health issues, there are no easy answers, but there are solutions within reach. If your symptoms are bothersome and keep you from enjoying each new phase of life, discuss your personalized compounding options with your doctor today.
It should also be noted that “women now make up the majority of pharmacists in the country, and they’ve been graduating from pharmacy schools and entering the workforce at a higher rate than men for more than twenty years. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor reported 59.9 percent of pharmacists were women, a major shift from 40 years ago when they made up a mere 15 percent of the profession. Women, overall, bring more “soft skills” to their work as pharmacists. They’re great at listening, communicating, problem-solving, leading, training, exercising common sense, and more. And in a field where automation and technology have taken over some of the “hard skills,” it’s the “soft skills” that are changing the profession.”
I hope this post enlightened your awareness for your own health and allows you to consider the benefits of pharmacy compounding – I know it did for me. If you’d like to learn more or schedule an appointment with the Kelley-Ross Pharmacy, go HERE!
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