Introducing LeFave Pharmacy’s BALANCE Wellness and Nutrition Program: Returning to yourself with the use of hormone replacement therapy and balancing your hormones.

Our mission is to improve your quality of life by helping you obtain and maintain health and wellness with our compounded natural hormone products. We promote a "whole health" environment where our specialized staff of health professionals are committed to personalizing your care to achieve symptom improvement and maintain balance.

We want to help our patients enjoy a better quality of life by compounding biologically identical hormones for use in natural hormone replacement therapy.

Because these hormones are identical in molecular structure to those made within the body, they do not cause unwanted side effects, nor are they associated with the long-term risks caused by synthetic hormones. We also specialize in over the counter (OTC) and non-drug recommendations and counseling to help achieve balance.

In addition to providing customized hormone replacement, we also take an overall wellness approach to your care, which focuses on sex steroid hormones, thyroid, and adrenal function. Nutritional supplementation, diet and exercise recommendations are also provided with every consultation. Achieving hormone balance and symptom management involves a comprehensive approach addressing all of these areas.

Our pharmacist, Dr. Kristine Spicer, specializes in hormone BALANCE and replacement and has been consulting women for many years. She is available as part of our BALANCE Wellness Program to provide you with the answers you are looking for as to why you are feeling out of balance.

Hormones play a crucial role in regulating various functions in the human body.

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What Is Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Natural (or bio-identical) hormone replacement therapy utilizes bio-identical hormones to mimic those produced by the human body. Bio-identical hormones are artificial hormones that are processed from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to what the human body produces. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is used to treat men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. It is most often used for symptoms of PCOS, perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.

Hormones are chemicals made by your endocrine glands. They tell other parts of your body how and when to function. Even the slightest imbalance can cause symptoms that disrupt your daily life. Holistic hormone replacement therapy is used as a treatment for these symptoms. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are the most commonly used bio-identical hormones.

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What Symptoms Does Natural Hormone Replacement Treat?

Hormone replacement therapy treats symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Those symptoms vary for each individual. However, menopause is one of the most common conditions that BHRT is used to treat. Symptoms of menopause include the following:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Decreased libido / sex drive
  • Insomnia / sleeping disruptions
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes
  • Memory loss / foggy thinking

Once hormone replacement therapy begins, most people see their symptoms reversed. The goal of BHRT is to replace hormones that are lost, thus bringing your hormones into balance.

How Long Does It Take for Natural Hormone Replacement to Work?

The amount of time it takes for natural hormone replacement therapy to work varies for each individual. For some, they experience relief within a few weeks, for others, it can take several months. Often, it takes a few months to feel the full effect of any type of hormone replacement therapy. It is very important that all hormones are evaluated and supported for overall success. We will also focus on nutrition, supplementation, and take a functional approach to maximizing your hormone response.

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What Are the Benefits of Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy?

There are numerous benefits of BHRT. In addition to helping with symptoms of menopause, hormone replacement therapy may also reduce your risk for diabetes, tooth loss, and cataracts. It may also help improve skin thickness, hydration, and elasticity, too.

Additionally, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is a more suitable treatment for many individuals because it can be custom-fit to each patient’s diagnostic results. This makes bio-identical hormones safer and more effective, as each patient receives the exact amount they need.

Here are a few of the benefits of BHRT:

  • Improved energy levels
  • Better levels of mood, concentration, and memory 
  • Reduced risk of depression
  • Improved libido
  • Reduced vaginal dryness and improvement of UTI’s 
  • Reduction of hot flashes and night sweats
  • Improved bone density
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Healthier cholesterol levels

How to Balance Your Hormones Naturally

If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of a hormone imbalance, there are some things you can do to improve your health and begin experiencing relief. The following ten tactics will help to rebalance your hormones and heal your body naturally.

  • Have an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Balance blood glucose levels
  • Use bio-identical hormone replacement therapy
  • Exercise
  • Promote gut health
  • Get good quality sleep
  • Employ stress relieving techniques
  • Take supplements

Hormone Imbalances We Specialize In

  • Pre, Peri, Menopause and Post Menopause
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Thyroid
  • Andropause
  • Hair Loss / Alopecia
  • Low Libido
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular Cycles /PMS
  • PCOS

Hormone Testing: Should I Have My Hormones Tested?

Hormone testing is one of the key components to achieving hormone BALANCE and symptom management. Hormone testing is often used to identify the cause of a person's symptoms. Testing may be helpful in diagnosing conditions such as infertility, menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and adrenal and thyroid function as well. Hormones play a critical role in regulating various functions in the human body, including metabolism, mood, and reproductive health. Hormonal imbalances can lead to a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain, and mood swings. In some cases, hormone replacement therapy may be necessary to restore balance.

However, before starting hormone replacement therapy, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of one's hormone levels. This is where hormone testing comes in. Hormone testing helps determine the root cause of hormonal imbalances and provides valuable information that can be used to develop an effective hormone replacement therapy plan.

There are several types of hormone tests, including blood tests, saliva tests, and urine tests. Blood tests are the most commonly used form of hormone testing and are used to measure the levels of hormones in the bloodstream. Saliva tests are used to measure the levels of hormones in the saliva, while urine tests are used to measure the levels of hormones in the urine.

In conclusion, hormone testing is a critical step in determining the most effective hormone replacement therapy. By understanding one's hormone levels, pharmacists can develop a personalized plan to restore balance and improve overall health and wellness.

If you suspect that you may have a hormonal imbalance, speak with your pharmacists today.

Thyroid Function and Testing for Thyroid Imbalance

The thyroid gland, located in the neck, is responsible for producing hormones that regulate metabolism and energy levels. The two main hormones produced by the thyroid gland are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). When the thyroid gland is functioning properly, it produces the right amount of these hormones to meet the body's needs.

However, when the thyroid gland is not functioning properly, it can lead to a thyroid imbalance, either hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) or hyperthyroidism (high thyroid function). Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, and cold intolerance. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much hormone, resulting in symptoms such as weight loss, heat intolerance, and rapid heartbeat.

To determine if a thyroid imbalance is present, it is important to undergo thyroid function testing. The most commonly used tests to diagnose a thyroid imbalance are the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test and the Free T4 Test. The TSH Test measures the amount of TSH in the blood, while the Free T4 Test measures the amount of free T4 in the blood.

In conclusion, the thyroid gland plays a critical role in regulating metabolism and energy levels. When the thyroid gland is not functioning properly, it can lead to a thyroid imbalance. Testing for thyroid imbalances, such as the TSH and Free T4 tests, is important in determining if a thyroid imbalance is present. Pharmacists can assist in managing thyroid function and reducing the risk of thyroid imbalances.

Stress and Adrenal Function

The adrenal glands, located above the kidneys, play a crucial role in regulating the body's response to stress. The adrenal glands produce hormones, such as cortisol, that are involved in the stress response.

Cortisol helps the body respond to stress by increasing blood sugar levels, suppressing the immune system, and promoting inflammation.

Chronic stress can have a negative impact on adrenal function, leading to adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands become overworked and can no longer produce enough hormones to meet the body's demands. This can result in a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, low blood pressure, and difficulty sleeping.

Adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison's Disease, occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough hormones to meet the body's needs. This can result in a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, weakness, and low blood sugar levels. Pharmacists can play a crucial role in managing adrenal function and adrenal fatigue. They can assist in testing for adrenal insufficiency, recommend natural hormone replacement therapy, and monitor its effectiveness. In addition, pharmacists can provide guidance on lifestyle changes, such as stress management, that can help improve adrenal function and reduce the risk of adrenal fatigue.

In conclusion, the adrenal glands play a critical role in the body's response to stress.

Chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency, which can result in a variety of symptoms.

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For women of any age, staying healthy isn’t easy, so LeFave Pharmacy tries to help however we can.

Besides simple “diet and exercise,” women have to be diligent with everything from their skin and teeth to their heart health and reproductive well-being. That’s why, more and more, they’re visiting pharmacies like ours for the things we provide beyond prescriptions.

  • Bio-identical hormone replacement for both women and men
  • Cold and flu remedies
  • Treatment for aches and pains
  • Support for stress and anxiety issues
  • Care during pregnancy and for newborns
  • Advice and women’s health information
  • Vitamin levels and allergies
  • Normal sleep patterns

LeFave Pharmacy also provides compounding services, a safe and effective way to prepare customized medications for women.

Our pharmacist, Kristine Spicer, Pharm.D., who has extensive training and experience in women's health with a special interest in hormone replacement, is available by appointment for one-on-one patient consultations, saliva hormone testing, formal recommendations to your physician, and a complete follow-up program for all of your hormonal needs.

We have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in providing compounded drugs to our customers. These are prescriptions where our certified pharmacists create medications tailored to your needs — based on your physician’s prescription — which can be delivered in creams, ointments, capsules, suppositories, topical or nasal sprays, lozenges, or insufflators.

Call us or stop on by to find out more about how we can personalize your medications or help with any of your women’s health concerns.

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