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A Lifetime of Progesterone

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Progesterone is an essential element of a long and healthy life. The body's need for progesterone spans an entire lifetime, from being essential for conception to offering disease prevention and other significant health benefits throughout all life stages.


In Women, progesterone is secreted in the second half of the menstrual cycle (after ovulation) by the ovaries and, in much greater quantity, by the placenta during pregnancy. In both sexes, progesterone is also synthesized from cholesterol in the cortex of the adrenal gland, where it is a necessary precursor for the production of other hormones including testosterone, and it is also produced by cells in the nervous system.


Progesterone's effects on a woman's body are far-reaching and affect her entire lifetime. The role of progesterone spans all life stages, from the most basic prenatal needs, to menarche in puberty, during pregnancy and postpartum in the reproductive years, and throughout the transitional years of menopause. Read more 

8 Weeks to Women's Wellness

By Dr. Marianne Marchese

Book Review - Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP


8 Weeks to Women's Wellness

As I write this, the whole country is wondering about the long-term environmental impacts of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. A blog by Dr. David Brownstein, a Board-Certified family physician and one of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine, recommends precautions to minimize the health effects that may arise from the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors. Supplies of iodine are being bought up quickly with the intention of protecting ourselves from the radioactive fallout. We are becoming more environmentally aware, and asking questions.


We are finding it is no longer blissful to be ignorant, and we are worried about what we don't know about what we don't know.


Dr. Marchese's book, 8 Weeks to Women's Wellness, organizes some of those questions for us and puts answers into our hands. As more and more of us seem to have health issues associated with hormone disruptions (such as breast cancer, endometriosis and infertility), it's time to consider the "why" this is happening. Read more

Infertility: Exploring the "Why?"


Infertility is a complex and emotional topic. However, the vital premise is that if you want to have healthy children, you have to be a healthy mom, and the father has to provide healthy sperm. We know that the rate of infertility is climbing, and that more people are seeking professional help to try to have a family. The fundamental question most of us ask is "Why?"


In her book, 8 weeks to Women's Wellness, Dr. Marianne Marchese cites some environmental exposures as potential contributors to rising infertility rates: Read more  



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Environmental Stewardship


While the predominant focus of Women's International Pharmacy is to facilitate hormone balance, we also strive to do our part to maintain balance with the environment. With Earth Day approaching, we wanted to let you know about some of the ways we conduct our business in an eco-friendly manner:


  • We are in compliance with our local recycling laws and are able to recycle cardboard, bottles, paper, cans, plastic bags, other recyclable materials. 
  • Our in-house cleaning products are eco-friendly and we purchase and use recycled paper products whenever possible.
  • We actively seek out recycling opportunities, such as donating our used printer cartridges and browsing website services that help find new homes for our old equipment and supplies.
  • Destruction of our prescription waste is carefully handled by licensed disposal facilities.

And, with more of our vendors offering eco-conscious products and services, we can pass more recycling opportunities on to you. For example, many of our prescription containers are now classified as recyclable. (Check your local recycling rules.)


 Although we maintain vigilance about our commitment to the environment every day, the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd reminds us to continually look for more and better ways to be good stewards of our precious Mother Earth.


We will continue to be mindful of the environment in our future decisions, and hope you will too.


Information provided by Cherie Richter, RPh;

Christine Coopman, RPh; Chris Mulcahy, Purchasing Manager

Written by Cherie Richter, RPh




Staff at Women's International Pharmacy 



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In This Issue
A Lifetime of Progesterone
Book Review
Infertility: Exploring the "Why?"
Environmental Stewardship

Coming Events:

Women's International Pharmacy will be exhibiting at the following conferences:


Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

on April 2-3, 2011, in Tempe, AZ.


Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association

on April 5-6, 2011, in Scottsdale, AZ.


iMosaic Joint Conference 

on April 6-10, 2011, in Minneapolis, MN.


19th Annual World Congress, American Academy of Anti-Aging

on April 7-9, 2011, in Orlando, FL.


Hormone Testing Labs

National Infertility Association 

 Pharmacist Corner
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Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate in the News


Provided by
Kathy Lynch,RPh -
Women's International Pharmacy

KV Pharmaceutical®  Company has made Makena® (injectable hydroxyprogesterone caproate) available.


This newly-approved version of the earlier drug Delalutin®, is indicated to reduce the risk of preterm (less than 37 weeks) delivery in women carrying a single baby who have previsously had a preterm delivery of a single baby.


Mackena, the manufactured medication, originally set a hefty price tag of approximately $1500 per dose. The FDA publicly announced that compounding pharmacies can continue to make and sell a version of this drug (hydroxy-progesterone caproate). Once that decision was made by the FDA, KV Pharma-ceuticals made an announcement on Friday, April 1st, to reduce the cost by more than half ($690.00).

Some pharmacies do provide compounded injectable hydroxy-progesterone caproate per practitioner order.