By Ashley Berthlot, Director of Marketing, Business Development Specialist, Professional Arts Pharmacy
The term “Hormone Therapy” garners various negative and positive connotations, depending on your background and perspective. A simple google search of “hormone therapy” can bring up various results depending on your unique search history ranging from hormone replacement therapy for menopause to hormone therapy for cancer treatment. Having some definitions and clarity of its uses can be helpful when discussing any type of hormone therapy.
Hormone therapy is usually in reference to what we call the sex steroid hormones, including estrogens (estradiol, estriol, estrone), progestins (progesterone, progestogen), and androgens (testosterone, DHEA). They have traditionally been defined by their role in normal reproductive function. However, hormone therapy can also be used to block the above-mentioned hormones as well as many other uses.
Let’s divide hormone use into