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 What do I need to know about hormones in injection form?What do I need to know about hormones in injection form?

If you are experiencing menopause symptoms, you may be searching for a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that will provide you with symptom relief. Hormone injections are one of the options you can consider.

With so many different hormone therapy options available, it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you. Not all delivery systems are as effective for everyone, so you must decide which hormones and which delivery system will offer you the most symptom relief. Here are some things you need to know if you are considering hormone injections.

Where do the hormones in injections come from?

Bio-identical, non-bioidentical, and synthetic hormones can be put into hormone injections. Bio-identical hormones can be derived from soy or yams. The estrogen in Premarin IV is conjugated equine estrogens and thus not bio-identical. Though the source of the hormones may be a natural one, modifications to the molecules may be made to help with things like functionability or solubility, thus making them non-bioidentical.

Hormone injections can contain estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone. There are injections which are available through pharmaceutical companies, or you can have some hormone injections created specifically for you in a compounding pharmacy.

What are the benefits of hormones in injection form?

If you use hormones in injection form, you don’t have to remember them on a daily basis. This can provide a convenient choice for busy lifestyles.

Injections do not have to make a first pass through the digestive system, allowing for a lower dose.

Hormone injections can provide systemic relief for menopause symptoms and health issues.

What are the disadvantages of using hormone in injection form?

Once injected, the hormones in injections cannot be adjusted. Thus, if the hormone level was too high in your injection, you will have to cope with side effects for the duration of the injection.

Hormone injections can cause an initial spike in hormones and may not provide steady hormone levels.

As with any injection, a hormone injection does have a risk of infection, scarring, and damage to the area.

What's best for me?

Hormone injections are a hormone therapy option you can consider if you are having systemic menopause symptoms. Because the dose of hormones in hormone injections cannot be altered once it is injected, this choice may not be best if you have not already found a level of hormones that work well for you. You and your physician can discuss your symptoms and wishes to determine if hormone injections may be right for you.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-29-2014 - 03:00 PM


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