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Sheila (46 yrs old) - Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

I noticed a change in my monthly cycle when I was in my early 40’s and was diagnosed with “peri-menopause”. I stopped getting my period when I was just 44. I thought I was way too young to be going through “the change of life” so I ignored my symptoms which included hot flashes, irritability, anxiety, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, low back pain, racing heart and trouble staying asleep. In fact, it wasn’t until Pharmacist Steve Mareck had me fill out a questionnaire that I realized that most, if not all, of my symptoms were hormone related. The symptom that occurred most frequently and gave me the most frustration were the hot flashes. I was waking up at least 6 times a night drenched in sweat. It felt like I had a furnace on inside my body…then 5 minutes later I was chilled. I had to put a fan on my desk at work so that I could quickly turn it on when I felt a hot flash coming on…3 or 4 times a day! I felt embarrassed in front of my co-workers and patients who I had to meet with at my desk.

At a visit with my primary medical doctor this past fall, I asked her about Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. She ordered some blood work and I was found to be in menopause and she felt I could benefit from BHRT. I then met with Pharmacist Steve Anderson at The Apothecary who reviewed my lab results and ordered the proper formulation for my body. Within 2 days of starting the therapy, the hot flashes were completely gone…I was shocked and thrilled! I had forgotten what a good nights sleep felt like until I wasn’t waking up 6 times! My other symptoms have either gone away entirely or decreased dramatically…I couldn’t be happier!

My message to other women who are going through peri-menopause or menopause is that you do not have to suffer through it. There is help available and it can be found at The Apothecary.


I have enjoyed the effects of The Apothecary’s compounded bioidentical hormones since 1998. Coupled with the entire staff’s expertise in health concerns and natural therapies, The Apothecary has contributed greatly to the quality of my life. Thank you!

Carol Troje Brinkman

The Apothecary is amazing! The pharmacists and staff take meticulous care of my patients, family and friends. Their attention to detail is unparalleled. Their customer service to clients and providers far outshines any pharmacy I've ever worked with in more than 30 years of healthcare.

Jennifer McCarney

The Apothecary has a service that can't be found at any other pharmacy! Steve Anderson and his staff have knowledge exceeds my expectations. I appreciate their 5-Star Customer Service and wouldn't go anywhere else.

Lynn Tieman Gottwalt

I love The Apothecary! The two Steves and their staff take the time to talk to you - the patient - and help you come up with a solution to your issues! No one-size fits all over here! And their dedication to safer and more natural ways to treat our ailments is 2nd to none! Carry on guys - you are a blessing to us all!

Terri Tieman Melton

It's about time people start realizing that everyone is different. What works for one person may not work for another. Bio-identical is really the way to go ;)

Terry Haider

Steve is an awesome guy!

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