Susan Merenstein, Pharmacist/Owner

(412) 586-4678

Healthy Testimonials


“For the last 12 years I have been a diabetic. A diabetic person has to take care of her/his body and be careful with the amount of sugar you eat on daily basis. Thanksgivings arrives and you say I can eat a piece of apple pie and some other stuff. Christmas come and you say the same because it is Christmas. When New Year comes your blood sugar is very high and you aren't feeling very good and you come with other complications. It is hard to walk and exercise. You keep drinking and eating food that is killing you because you are addicted and you cannot stop. One day in January I realize I have to do something I called and made an appt with Susan Merenstein. After 15 days from the first appt I am 60% better. The medicine and the instructions she gave have save my life. I am going to live and see my grandkids grow up because Mrs Susan has given me hope. Next time you going to buy your sweets, stop for a minute turn around and go and see Mrs Susan Merenstein she will help you.”

-Y. P.


Susan Merenstein has been helping me since before she opened MAA. I was fortunate enough back then to have an excellent Naturopathic Dr and she referred me to Susan. It was a life saver! I was a Hormone disaster in my mid to late 30's, was experiencing perimenopause (which I never heard of ) and was barely able to keep my life in order. I had every symptom of Hormone Imbalance and Adrenal Fatigue & Low Thyroid. I visited many doctors who could not figure out what was wrong with me and it made my health crisis worse. I was able to regain quality of life with the Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Adrenal Supplementation and eventually Thyroid medicine compounded at the MAA. I am now in my early 60's and am experiencing imbalances again and Adrenal Fatigue due to major stress, i.e. taking care of an aging parent, running my own business, taking care of a house, etc...
I did a saliva test and blood spot test and it proved most of my hormones and cortisol were out of the normal range. I am now on Adrenal Supplements for only a short time and feel better already. I will soon be on the Hormone Replacement Therapy and will re-test to make sure I can get back on my Thyroid medicine. Thanks to Susan Merenstein I can live my life again. I know that I will recover and live my life without extreme exhaustion, mood swings, weight gain, etc...
Susan is high attention to detail, educates you, and strives to help you understand how the body works. I am VERY Thankful that Susan took on the challenges of Compounding Medicine and she actually cares about her clients. This whole process may take extra efforts on your part and there is some out of pocket expenses but it is Totally worth it! Thanks Susan for all your help over the years! I am so Grateful for you and your business!"

-L. W.


“Good morning, Susan. Many thanks to you and your team for your assistance and services. Special thanks to Polina for having been so kind as well as helpful and assuring us that the shipment will be expedited today to meet our requirements. We look forward to the benefit of the DHEA suppositories. Ana's physician thinks highly of it, as several of his patients have had positive results.”

- Our deepest appreciation, A. & M.


“Susan has been maintaining - and improving - my overall health for over twenty years, as well as addressing and correcting specific issues: osteoporosis, arthritis, gastro problems. I trust her advice implicitly and with good - and proven - reason.”

- K. M.


“I wholeheartedly appreciate and recommend… As a long-standing and loyal customer of Murray Avenue Apothecary, I can say that Susan Merenstein is absolutely exceptional. Due to the overwhelming stress that we’re all undergoing, I am experiencing very uncomfortable symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Susan has been helping me understand the imbalances so they can be properly addressed and I can recapture quality of life.. Hormonal balancing is an art and science. I appreciate Susan‘s integrity, passion, intelligence and her unending dedication on the subject. What an asset! Thank you, Susan! Have a great day! I am so very appreciative of your encouragement and extended hand of healing while on my road to recovery.”

- A.T.


"I can tell you without a doubt you cannot achieve true health without achieving hormonal health and balance."

- Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD

"I have been taking bio identical hormones for a long time now and I have never had a hot has kept me from taking anything for my bones and I feel younger than I really am thanks to the doctor who ordered them."

- C.


"Thank you for saving my sanity from the post-menopausal nightmare hot flashes I used to endure! I recommend your products to every woman I encounter suffering with hot flashes."

- E.


Condition being treated: menstrual irregularities, suboptimal adrenal function
Medications: glutathione, vitamin c, magnesium, adrenal support drops currently, prior addition of DHEA and progesterone cream.

"As a traditionally trained physician, I was first introduced to functional medicine, and specifically the detrimental effects of hormonal imbalance approximately five years ago as a result of unmitigated stressors in my life. It started a journey that has benefited so many of my own patients.

I suffered from overwhelming fatigue, irritability, and profound menstrual irregularities. I was absolutely flabbergasted when I learned about adrenal distress…Diagnosed by Salivary Testing, NOT traditional blood am cortisol as I was trained.

Susan Merenstein is truly an expert in hormonal dysfunction and has a wealth of information to benefit her clients. I can only hope and pray awareness about hormonal, specifically adrenal dysfunction, continues to grow among traditionally trained physicians, and how treating these underlying stressors can improve a multitude of medical conditions."

- L. Ledwich, MD

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"I came across Murray Apothecary online {VitalHealthPharmacist} and has been my go-to for my bio-identical hormone Rx for over 5 years now. I rarely write reviews but felt compelled to do so today. Yesterday, Polina from Murray Avenue Apothecary, called me to remind me that my I had another refill on my Rx and would I like to reorder. In less than 5 minutes, I had not only talked with a wonderful person, but had my Rx ordered and shipping in the next couple of days. Susan, the owner and pharmacist was also available to personally answer my questions. The review here is 5 stars just for customer service alone. Doing business only with online companies {We are brick and mortar too!} where I can speak directly with a person from start to finish, this is one of the best! The prices are much better than prescriptions from your mainstream pharmacy, but the best part is you know exactly what ingredients they are using. I'm so glad I found Murray Apothecary. Thank you, Susan"

- S.

Bioidentical Hormone Compounds are compounded at our sister company Murray Avenue Apothecary.


"I have a hormone deficiency that can kill me if not treated. It killed my grandmother as back then there was no treatment. The current "traditional" medication brings with it a risk for vaginal or ovarian cancer. I didn't want to take that chance when the hormone deficiency was discovered in 2008. Susan Merenstein had me do a test to determine my hormone levels and mixed a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for me. There is no risk for cancer with the treatment that Susan produced. She has kept me alive with minimal symptoms, and absolutely no side effects to the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, for 13 years now!!! I'm thrilled to be alive!! Thank you, Susan for giving me a long life that could have ended in 2008!!"

- S.N.


"Susan Merenstein is phenomenal. She takes the time to listen to her clients, seeks more information as necessary and provides her patients with data-driven options. I have had my supplement dosage re-calibrated, new supplements added and I feel better than I have in a long time. She is a powerful advocate for using food as medicine, as well as a lifestyle that includes exercise and stress management rather than swallowing a pill. She also walks her talk and it shows in her energy and vitality. The first time I met her I said, "I want to do what you're doing!" If you are seeking a way to improve your health and a path that addresses issues at a foundational level, you should partner with Susan."

- K.


Condition being treated: No libido, my emotions and body were a wreck • Medication: Testosterone
Testosterone 2.5mg/ml apply 0.5ml to wrist Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, rub in well.

"Medication returned my libido, body, and emotions to my life, my work, my mind...Murray Avenue Apothecary Pharmacist and staff listened and worked with me to solve my issues."

- M.M.

“I just wanted to let you know that this past week I noticed that my neck looks like a neck vs. a tree trunk.

I measured it on 4/26/21 and it was 15 1/2" - it looked like a big football player's neck! I measured it this week and it measures almost 14 3/4". It looks "normal". I had to go show it to my friend who had remarked a month ago about how big my neck looked. She was amazed at the change.

The overall bloating has reduced significantly and my body has some definition. And just to be clear - nothing else has changed, like I haven't started an exercise routine or changed my diet - except I did cheat a little with a piece or 2 of baguette last week... :)



- P.G.


"I am an extremely allergic individual and often require specialty compounded medicines in order to avoid allergens. In the case of my hormonal creams, I require a very low dose of estrogen, because of my extreme estrogen sensitivity (due to DES exposure in utero). The more typical estrogen creams make my breast become inflamed. Also, due to skin sensitivity I often need a special base used to make the cream. In the past, when I needed thyroid medication, I had to have it specially compounded out of beef-derived materials (rather than pork which was the standard product) including beef derived gelatin capsule."

- K.H. (Pittsburgh, PA)


"I met Susan about 9 years ago before the opening of Murray Avenue Apothecary in the recommendation of a satisfied customer. I had been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, going to several different endocrinologists, and my PCP's, but no one prescribed medications that alleviated my symptoms, weight gain, exhaustion, and brain fog. Susan recommended I change my thyroid replacement medication to NatureThyroid. My PCP agreed and the RX was changed. After about a week, the exhaustion and brain fog lifted and I was feeling human again. I still had a weight problem and a protruding abdomen. Susan recommended some blood work. After reviewing my blood work and a discussion with my PCP, they recommended adding a compounded "T3" to my medication regime. Couldn't believe it with this additional medication. I felt even better. How could this be? More energy, more brain awareness, and the weight started to drop! As of today, I have lost about 60 pounds now because I am finally getting the medicine I need to feel alive! I owe this all to Susan Merenstein. She has definitely provided me with the miracle that regular doctors and endocrinologists could not. She is great at putting the puzzle pieces together and making the appropriate recommendations for better health. Along with the traditional medical community, Susan works with them to enlighten and educate them to the benefits of holistic medicine. Thank you, Susan. Couldn't have done it without you."

- V.A.


"Desiccated Thyroid has been compounded and administered at 32.4 mg for 60 days and 48.6 mg for 30 days from which debilitating mid and lower back pain (of 22 years) as well as severe muscle tension (that tremendously restricted ability for physical exercise) has ceased. Sensitivity to odors and swelling of extremities has decreased greatly. Hair loss has tapered off and additional hair growth is seen above the ears and two temples over last two weeks. I anxiously await improvement in areas such as extreme food sensitivities, dry skin, hair and nails, very severe constipation, ringing in the ears at night and seasonal allergies and asthmatic tendencies. Conventional doctors and synthetic thyroid (or treating cholesterol instead of thyroid) are not solutions, and desiccated thyroid is clearly a working solution for hypothyroidism. Thank you for your time and I can't say enough for compounding pharmacies."

- M.


"After having my thyroid irradiated, my endocrinologist placed me on Synthroid. For approximately a year we were constantly adjusting the dosage - and I still had symptoms of being either hyper or hypo - sometimes to the degree that would occur with no treatment at all. Heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, tremors, blurred vision - plagued me as we "experimented" with finding the correct dosage of Synthroid. Finally, my numbers were within the "normal" range - the problem was I was feeling worse than ever and I had also developed skin rash that was agonizing - plus my skin had thinned to the point where it would "spontaneously" split and bleed. A friend of mine, taking pity on my condition and truly concerned for my mental health told me of a compounding pharmacist and how she had helped others. That referral brought me to Sue Merenstein at the Murray Avenue Apothecary. Susan ordered blood tests and saliva tests, and while working with my PCP (who, by the way also felt that despite my numbers being "normal" - my physical condition was far from normal) saved the day in a matter of weeks. Sue and my Dr. took me off the synthroid completely and replaced it with a natural compounded substance. After years of wasting time and my quality of life with the "drug of choice" to manage my condition - I finally found the "non drug of total effectiveness". Without my compounded formulas - made specifically for me, I would have been domed to try to make the one size fits all medications fit me. There is no doubt in my mind that this would have made me vulnerable to other diseases, which would have required other expensive procedures and that my health insurance carrier would have spent a lot of money on treating symptoms - whereby Sue Merenstein was able to correct the underlying cause of those symptoms."

- S.F.B. (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hot Flashes

"I am a 61 year old female who had no problems with hormones that I could not handle with herbs until 2 years ago. I started to have hot flashes that would start inside my body and end up on my skin as excessive sweat. These would last about 2 to 3 minutes and happened every 2 to 3 hours. I was awake most of the night and my personality even changed due to lack of continuous sleep. I dreaded going to sleep. I dreaded facing another day of being miserable. I never went anywhere unless there was air conditioning. My husband was complaining it was too cold in the house. I also have rheumatoid arthritis so cold is not good for my joints. I did not want to use prescription hormones that cause blood clots and other horrible side effects. I am not a young person and am more prone to these side effects. I tolerated the hot flashes and emotional problems for over a year and thought about ending it all. I was prescribed bio identical compounded hormones and what a relief! They do not have the side effects that artificial hormones have and are not oral so they do not cause any stress on my liver. Within a few days of starting the hormones I slept all night. I do not have to stay in the house in the summer. I do not have to wear summer clothes all year. I don’t have to change my clothes and wash 3 times a day or more. But the best part is that I am now free from all those hormonal ups and downs. I don’t dread being alive. I would have to go back to being miserable if you take the bio identical hormones and other compounded medicines away from the people who need them. It would be a shame if the drug companies blinded you to see the reasons they want these meds off the market which is MONEY. Stop and think about women like me who need this medicine to live my life in harmony."

- E.S.

Topical Hormones

"I have been using compounded bio-identical hormone replacement in topical cream form for the past several years. It's been a wonderfully simple and effective way to replace hormones lost through both a hysterectomy and the natural aging process! I used to experience hot flashes, slight insomnia and a few other minor conditions that have ALL disappeared when using my compounded hormone prescription, and the best part - with absolutely NO side effects or worries about taking something 'unnatural' or synthetic!"

- K.S.

Bioidentical Hormones

"My life has been changed dramatically since I began taking bioidentical hormones about 4 years ago. After researching the pros and cons of hormone replacement, I made the decision that I would take bioidentical HRT or nothing at all. My research convinced me of this decision even though my health insurance does not cover the bioidenticals. I have to wonder why the FDA would want to force me to take synthetic hormones that are harmful to my body verses natural hormones that match my own hormones. The side effects of the synthetic and the benefits of the bioidentical should be reason enough to allow women to make their own choice. I know what is best for my body and my body has reacted so favorably to the bioidentical hormones. Prior to using them, my life was miserable--I had extreme hot flashes that kept me from sleeping at night and made it hard to function during the day. My skin was itchy, my libido was gone, my weight went up, and I was weepy for no reason. I do not experience any of those things today. Thank you so much for all your help in my journey to understanding my body better and for helping me along the way to regulate my hormone levels. Everyone I know that is taking bioidentical HRT is very involved with the process and has their levels tested yearly (something that is not normally done with synthetic hormones). I share my story with women wherever I go. Even my primary doctor knew nothing about bioidentical HRT and wanted more information from me about it. Needless to say, she is no longer my physician. Women today are becoming increasingly more informed about their health and many of us are realizing that the medical community (nor the FDA) does not always have our best interest in mind."

- S.C.

Weight Loss

"When I came to Susan, I was at my highest weight ever (over 75 Overweight) and feeling terrible. I was post-menopausal, had put major weight on right in the middle, as woman do. I wasn’t sleeping well, I was stressed due to my employment and personal life, with high blood pressure. My skin was looking old and ruddy, my bowels fully not functioning regularly, my liver not functioning fully and just feeling awful. I had done a lot of research and reading and suspected I need my hormones balanced. I looked into those medical solutions that cost upwards to thousands of dollars and then I thought of Susan. I had used Susan’s recommendation earlier in my life as I was suffering thru menopause and she was a savior then, so I thought why not at least make an appointment and talk to Susan about hormone balancing...Well here I am 4 months later and I am feeling fabulous! I have lost 22 pounds without too much physical effort, but lots of lifestyle changes. Susan prescribed an entire regimen and a new diet with more natural foods that was not difficult to follow and giving great results. Not only is my weight down, but I am sleeping for at least 7 hours without interruption, my bowels are moving better, my skin is brighter and feels softer, my nails and hair are have even improved! And in a recent series of blood tests, my medical Doctor said my liver is functioning at regular levels. I would recommend at least talking to Susan before pursuing any expensive medical solutions and if you have and have not had wonderful results, see Susan. Thank you so much for helping me feel better than myself!"

— H.M. (Wexford, PA)

Bioidentical Hormones

"I have decreased migraines, stabilized mood, anxiety reduced, hot flashes reduced, increased quality of life and decreased fatigue."

— M.L.

Estriol/Urinary Issues

"I was on synthetic hormones for a number of years including the estradiol vaginal tablets. While using those tablets I was having urinary tract infections every few months. After searching the internet I discovered a compound product Estriol. After reading about how this could benefit my body with no side effects I searched for someone in our area that did compounding. That is when I found Susan Merenstein. I found I could get this ONLY by prescription which my gynecologist would not give me. My P.C.P. agreed for me to try it and I am so thankful I did. I have been using the cream for almost 2 years. My hot flashes were gone in two weeks and my abdominal pain went away. I haven't had any urinary problems and I feel so much better. My gynecologist knows I am using this product and he says I am doing great. I am so thankful I found Estriol and only wish I had heard of it years ago. Thanks Susan for this chance."

- J.S.

Vaginal Dryness + Libido

"This compounded medication has made all the difference in my well-being and marriage. I had a severe case of vaginal dryness and low libido. Within one week of using the vaginal cream, I could feel a difference! I felt naturally lubricated and my sexual desire was back. Another benefit is the testosterone has helped me to maintain muscle definition as I try to exercise to stay strong and healthy."

- T.L.


"To research alternate methods for symptom relief and decided to try compounded hormone therapy. I called my soon to be compounding pharmacist and was referred to a physician who is educated in compounding drugs. I am happy to say my menopause symptoms have been relieved by the use of these compounds. I recommend to any woman who is suffering from menopausal symptoms to try the compounding route. It has certainly changed my life. I also wanted to add that after my success with compounding, my husband decided to try testosterone therapy. It has relieved him from many symptoms middle age men experience; mood changes, lack of energy and decreased libido."

- M.L.

Sexual Intimacy

"Within 9 days of beginning estriol and 2-3 weeks of progesterone and DHEA I was able to enjoy sexual intimacy after seven years of no ability in that area. 3 weeks later my ability to enjoy sex jumped to what I had experienced in my 30's and 40's. In addition, my hot flashes, which had been up to 30 a day, and which ruled my life to a certain degree, have almost totally disappeared. Gone! I do have a few "warm flashes" but they are NOTHING in comparison to 5 minutes of sweating. These compounded meds have changed the quality of my life completely. AND NO SIDE EFFECTS! (which I had with synthetic hormones in the past)."

- A.O.


"I feel so fortunate that I discovered you and your compounding pharmacy... I dreaded going through menopause as I had heard such horror stories of hot flashes, decreased libido and worse, dryness in parts of my body that aren't supposed to be dry... I definitely knew that when the time came, I did not want to go on hormone replacement therapy. A friend of mine from my yoga class recommended you to me...what a godsend you have been! My energy level and general well being are exactly what I had hopes they would be as I travel through this part of my life. My husband is thrilled, our personal life has been so enhanced by the bio-identical hormones. Thank fact, he is going to make an appointment with you, he is so impressed!"

- C.E.


"I don't know what I would do without my topical progesterone hormone therapy. It has changed my life and the life of the people around me. I can't say enough, what a blessing it is to know that my health and well being are being taken care of by people like you who have my best interest in mind. I tell everyone I know who is suffering from just about any symptom to please, please, please come and see you so that you can "balance" them. I know many people that have come to see you and you have helped them more than they could have ever imagined. They were amazed that they were finally better and enjoying their life and their new health and that they can finally come off of all the conventional medicine their doctor's had them on. I have seen people come out of deep depression and start to enjoy their life. I watched a girlfriend of mine who was suffering from hair loss finally feel like a woman again."

- J.A.


"I have been taking the bio-identical hormones (Progesterone and DHEA) for approximately 2 years. It definitely has made a difference for me. I noticed a difference within 2 weeks of using the DHEA especially being 52 and working in a detailed field (stock market) I need to be sharp at all times. I have found an increased ability to think more clearly and quickly. I tried once to stop(save money) but within a week or so, noticed a regression. I immediately went back on it. Even my OB/GYN who isn't big on bio-identical, had nothing to say bad about the DHEA."

- V.O.


"For the past 4 years I have been using the compounding replacement hormones BIEST and Progesterone to relieve symptoms associated with menopause. In my late forties I began to experience the life disrupting symptoms typically associated with menopause: hot flashes and night sweats, insomnia and depression. My family physician was extremely reluctant to prescribe pharmaceutical hormone replacement drugs. I began to research alternate methods for symptom relief and decided to try compounding hormone therapy. I called my soon to be compounding pharmacist and was referred to a physician who is educated in compounding drugs. I am happy to say my menopause symptoms have been relieved by the use of these drugs. I recommend to any woman who is suffering from menopausal symptoms to try the compounding route. It has certainly changed my life. I also want to add that after my success with compounding my husband decided to try testosterone therapy. It has relieved him from many symptoms middle age men experience: mood changes, lack of energy and decreased libido."

- M.L.


"I have struggled for 16 years with thyroid disease. I had a tumor which had to be removed which left me without a left side thyroid and my right side has Hashimotos disease. After being on synthroid for this amount of years, I have never been relieved of "EXHAUSTION". I cannot sleep, I suffer from depression and I simply wasn't functioning. There were days I did not get out of bed. I have ALWAYS had an endocrinologist (several) and they would always tell me my TSH and T4 were fine. It's ridiculous even with my husbands corporate insurance, that I had to buy an over the counter test that let me know that my T3 was practically diminished. I have lost count of how many times they changed the amount of my synthroid, but nobody even mentioned my T3. It is also ridiculous that despite my complaints about hormonal issues that I had to purchase an over the counter saliva test which indicated that my entire hormonal system was out of balance. Within a week of taking Susan's recommendations, I felt alive for the first time in years. Women DO NOT HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH THIS just because our doctors seem uninformed and the insurance companies don't want to pay for our care. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO TAKE "SYNTHETIC DRUGS" which have at times been knows to cause more side effects than benefits. The FDA needs to recognize we want a SAFE, NATURAL alternative"

- A.P. (Pittsburgh, PA)

Menstrual Migraines

"I suffered from hormonal (menstrual) migraines for approximately 8 years. It was getting to the point where I was not able to function normally for 10-12 days a month and not only that, I would get very sick with other symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, blurry vision, etc. and had to miss a few days of work. No one should have to go through this month after month is there is a remedy! I began doing my own research on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Then, Susan Merenstein's name came up through several different conversations I had with both acquaintances and health care professionals. Long story short, I called her, decided to have the saliva and blood spot test done and sure enough, everything I read confirmed what I was lacking. The result of the test showed that I was low in progesterone, testosterone, and T3. Within 6 weeks of taking these bio-identical hormones along with other suggested supplements, I began to feel much better. In fact, since then, my migraines are about 90% gone and I'm starting to get some energy back. I feel great and I feel like I've gotten my 'self' and my life back!

I would like to thank Susan Merenstein along with her very accommodating staff. This was life-changing for me."

- K.C. (Pittsburgh, PA)

Physician Testimonial Bioidentical Hormones

"I can say that it is my opinion as a physician that natural hormone therapy can be an extremely important component that is essential in the treatment of many illnesses. In fact, it can have life-saving implications. It can have dramatic effects in the recovery from severe illness. Not only have I seen this as a physician taking care of patients but also have personal experience with this. Many patients would suffer and could die without natural hormone therapy."

- E.B. (Pittsburgh, PA)


"Hi Susan,

I hear you are going to Washington. I wanted to let you know that your testing and feedback started me on a path to my health. I had been struggling with Hypothyroid for at least 6 years prior, not knowing much about it. You got me on the right path with the testing Lab Kit and your consult and 2 books to read. Prior to seeing you, my old doctor saw my neck bulge, but after blood work, using the old guidelines, determined I didn't have Hypothyroid and went on to say I might be depressed. He could not otherwise explain my exhaustion beside blame it on me being a mother. I knew it was not normal exhaustion. After having your feedback, I was able to return to Boston and find an excellent endocrinologists who started to treat me. He has Hypothyroid himself and has a book out. His experience is still way beyond most common doctors knowledge about hormones. My endocrinologist treated me because I have all the symptoms, beside the blood results. I have had great results- I gained my energy back and my life. I feel the whole medical establishment knows little about treating hormones. With Hypothyroid, these drugs are not patentable anymore, so no one is studying what is happening to millions of women! I am amazed how many I know are treated for their thyroid, and many more are tired beyond belief and are NOT treated just because of blood results. They are NOT all depressed- which is all doctors respond with if the blood work is normal. Mine did the same. My blood work is now also in normal range while ON medication. I recently started menopause treatment at age 48, and feel this is an added element that most doctors do not treat properly, much less combined with other hormone issues. My kids are 9 and 12, so I had kids late (but naturally). That could have added to my hormone instability. All I see is how much we need better education of doctors about this issue. Education should not come only from sponsored drug companies. I wouldn't be surprised that some day we will have common knowledge how our chemical dependence in our food process are killing our hormones- us women show it in our health, as do the frogs in nature. Why are we the tested guinea pigs of all this? How can our government subsidize some foods, when the expense on the other side is our health and healthcare bills.

Thank you for starting me in the right direction."

- A.S. (Lexington, MA)


"It's hard to believe that in this day and time there really is someone out there who actually cares and takes the time to listen and come up with a plan of action for female issues related to menopause/atrophic vaginitis. I really had given up hope, having dealt with these issues for several years. Now that I'm using the DHEA, I actually am seeing things improve. It's really hard to believe that something natural, used the right way, can make such an improvement to delicate tissue! I appreciate the true concern I have felt when discussing these issues, and just wanted to thank you for being willing to find a solution to a very long-term problem!"

- D.A.

Menstrual Cycle

"In July, 2008 I had an appointment with my gynecologist to address the problems of irregular and lengthy periods, I had an endometrial biopsy 2 times and a sonogram. I was given Megace and a RX for birth control pills (which I had never taken in my life) to control my cycle. I began a period in October and was still bleeding in November- nearly 6 weeks straight. I spoke with Susan at Murray Avenue Apothecary and explained my situation. I was basically having periods lasting for 6 weeks at a time. Susan advised a regimen that included progesterone drops, magnesium glycinate and probiotics. I followed this regimen and am happy to say I have not since January 2009 experienced the problem of irregular bleeding. I am able to sleep better and have returned to a normal life- thanks to these simple and effective products. I have enjoyed peace of mind knowing that I have been able to avoid the dangerous side effects of birth control pills and synthetic hormones. Thank you so much Susan for your patient and very effective advice!"

- E.H.


"I just recently started going to Dr. Schreckengost for fibromyalgia and well he found many more things wrong with me! I am taking the T4/T3 from your apothecary and felt better only after 2 days! I'm a registered nurse in Martins Ferry, Ohio and have been telling everybody including the Doc's what the T4/T3 has done for me! Thanks so much for getting back to me so promptly! I love my new Dr. and between you and him you saved my life!!!!"

- S.K.

DHEA Vaginal Suppository

One suppository vaginally at bed time for twelve weeks; the 2 – 5 times a week.

"Before stating this compound, I was experiencing the symptoms of vaginal atrophy. Dryness, low libido, tissue atrophy, and having to void frequently. Since using these suppositories all of those symptoms have improved! I feel that things are so much better and I’m so much more comfortable than before the suppositories. The dryness has improved enough that a day pad is necessary. I have my libido back and my vagina is actually so improved (tighter) that my husband noticed the difference. It’s so nice to be able to walk past a restroom and not have to constantly stop. I had considered getting vaginal laser treatment done for these symptoms before I found out about these suppositories. DHEA has been cheaper and I think very effective! It’s too bad more women don’t know about DHEA suppositories."

- S.S.

"I have had an amazing effect to my level of energy which has made me feel as I did 10-15 years ago. I had blamed my sluggish feeling on "getting older" which is not the case! With a simple saliva test, consultation and proper cream/ vitamins, I feel GREAT once again. Thanks Susan my R.PH!"

- M.R. (Pittsburgh, PA)

Breast Cancer

"In November of 2002, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My best friend introduced me to Susan Merenstein and the day before my surgery in mid December, Susan telephoned me to wish me well. I was to start chemotherapy in mid January and contacted Susan regarding supplements to protect my organs. Susan placed me on a protocol to help my body heal following my surgery and to ensure my body would not be harmed by the effects of the chemo . Needless to say, I am now cancer free and have continued with the supplements recommended by Susan to maintain my health and immune system. Susan has also remained a friend for life."

- A.R.

"We landed early on a beautiful gulf coast morning. Had a great breakfast at a local restaurant. Checked into a beautiful waterfront hotel, and took a terrific walk along the water. Had a light lunch,was feeling like " a million bucks"and if out of nowhere my enemy showed up...Crohn's, with a vengeance. This particular attack left out no symptom and each of them were 9's on a pain scale of one to ten. Almost every severe Crohn's attack that I ever experienced ran the gamut on pain as a result of inflammation. Start with severe headache. Migraine like symptoms where I needed to keep a towel over my eyes so as not to expose my brain to the pain of light. The headache always leads to nausea severe gut pains and a painful vibration running through my arms and legs as the painful symptoms make their way through my body over and over again. Last attack was very similar. I called my doctor, and was hospitalized, given mega dose of steroids IV, and kept in the hospital for extended days, liquid diet etc. I was discharged from the hospital on 60 mg prednisone. Took nearly a year to feel like myself again from the steroids! Steroid psychosis leads to mild mannered happy go lucky guy, family man, partner, lover, to steroid rage embarrassing behavior. During my last hospital stay, I got an added whammy ( a hospital induced staff infection on my face and dangerously close to my ear and brain ). Anyway, back to my recent flare up...I am not sure if it's because I'm 56 and I didn't feel like I was strong enough to fight this one off, but I was lying there, thinking I could die here on a hotel bathroom floor and the pain was so bad I honestly felt that might be my best option. My wife called Dr. Morton who suggested we call an ambulance to the hotel and go to Sarasota memorial hospital. Keeping in mind my last hospital stay led to a staph infection, I refused to go to the hospital. I told her prednisone usually works, and even though I knew I was about to face a six months recovery from steroid side effects, I didn't have much choice. My wife and pharmacist talked the doctor to allowing me to try just 10 mg of prednisone as opposed to the usual dangerous 60mg. She reasoned that my recent blood work was excellent, I was eating a healthy diet, and took a steady dose of supplements, and used topical testosterone daily. Testosterone fights inflammation! After one dose of 10 mg prednisone I was able to fall asleep. I woke up the next morning with amazing energy. It was if one of the most severe flares never happened . Oh but it did. The previous day...I spent about five hours on the bathroom floor, vomiting and small amounts of blood in stool. Just the night before I was grabbing at my arms and legs praying for the pain to stop. This morning was 100 degrees the opposite. I had an appetite, we took a very long walk on beach, had a couples spa massage, sex drive, pain free...unbelievable! Did not get admitted to the hospital. Given low dose steroids as opposed to mega dose and mega side effects. Switching to a safer compounded steroid hydrocortisone as a preventive low dose safe for long term. My wife said this will help prevent my adrenal glands from nearly shutting down as they did just last week."

- B.M.


"I have 2 cases in my life where compounding has helped me when Western medicine could not:

My husband had Parkinson's Disease and couldn't swallow due to the rigidity of his swallowing muscles. He had a feeding tube in his stomach. Most of his medications could be crushed and dissolved and put down the tube. The Saw Palmetto which he took for enlarged prostate (which kept the prostate small enough in size for us to enjoy intimacy) could not be crushed, melted, or dissolved. Susan M. was able to compound the Saw Palmetto into a liquid to be put down his tube. It was the only way!

When I was having hot flashes due to menopause I didn't want to take estrogen. I tried different over the counter progesterone creams. Some gave body odor; some were extremely expensive and difficult to obtain. Most worked only minimally. Since I have been using the progesterone cream that Susan M. compounds for me individually each month, my hot flashes have been totally under control and I have no side effects or worries about using synthetic estrogen."

- S.B.

“When I came to Susan, I was at my highest weight ever and feeling terrible. I was post-menopausal, had put major weight on right in the middle, as women do. I wasn’t sleeping well, I was stressed, and had high blood pressure. My skin was looking old, my bowels not fully functioning, and just feeling awful. I had done research and suspected I needed my hormones balanced. I looked into solutions that cost thousands of dollars and then I thought of Susan. I used Susan earlier in my life as I was suffering through menopause and she was a savior then, so I thought I'd contact her about hormone balancing… Here I am, 4 months later and feeling fabulous! I have lost 22 pounds. Susan prescribed a regimen and a diet with more natural foods that was not difficult to follow with giving great results. My weight down, and I'm sleeping at least 7 hours without interruption, my bowels are better, my skin is brighter and softer, and my nails and hair have improved! In a recent series of blood tests, my medical Doctor said my liver is functioning at regular levels. Thank you so much for helping me feel better!”*

“During the holidays I was struggling with SAD and hormone imbalances. I reached out to Susan and she immediately
had a solution for me. Working with Susan and my doctor, I made the personal decision to discontinue anti-depressants, after being on them for 10 years. It is almost spring and my body is free of prescription anti-depressants and the natural supplements and hormones I receive from Murray Avenue Apothecary must be working because I have never felt better! My experience with Susan and Murray Avenue Apothecary has made me re-think conventional medicine as the only solution for my health issues. I recommend her to my friends and customers all the time. Thank you!”

A Healthy Outlook

"I want to extend my deepest gratitude to you for our recent conversations. It is both comforting and refreshing to be able to talk openly and candidly to someone who has a healthy outlook on sexuality and intimacy. It really means a lot to me! Thanks so much for your patience and understanding."

Being There

"I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for "being there" to give some encouragement to a very lengthy problem I have struggled with. Your website addresses so many issues that women in menopause deal with, and is so full of information. Great job! You were so kind and positive about being able to come up with a solution--it was quite refreshing. There aren't many who take the time to help others, and it's nice to see! It's also nice to hear a heartfelt "thank-you" when it is well deserved. Many thanks!"

1 Month Later:
"It's hard to believe that in this day and time there really is someone out there who actually cares and takes the time to listen and come up with a plan of action for female issues related to menopause/atrophic vaginitis. I really had given up hope, having dealt with these issues for several years. Now that I'm using the DHEA, I actually am seeing things improve. It's really hard to believe that something natural, used the right way, can make such an improvement to delicate tissue! I appreciate the true concern I have felt when discussing these issues, and just wanted to thank you for being willing to find a solution to a very long-term problem!"

...Out of Testosterone...

"I have been on Testostorone for quite some time. Recently I ran out of the daily dose of my topical RX Testostorone.

I failed to mention my wife is also my compounding pharmacist. A few hectic days had gone by at the office and I forgot to re-order my Testostorone.

Then my wife and pharmacist went to visit her folks in DC. I was up to 5 days off my testosrone and subtle differences in the way I was feeling without testosrone became way too obvious. My wife spends endless hours patiently researching effects of every compound. Many of her clients call her a genius. I just call her Suz (or sweetie).

I decided to help my wife's research by listing the way I felt without Testostorone. Remember, only 5 days and these changes occurred:

Lethargy as opposed to good energy and youthful outlook on life.

Increased appetite craving for sweets and harmful fried food, as opposed to eating a lower calorie, lo carb, lean organic proteins fruits vegetables and nuts.

Caffeine craving as opposed to one caffeine drink in AM and 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day.

Naps and sleeping late as opposed to my normal daily exercise routine.

Waking up in the middle of the night for no reason as opposed to my normal restful 7 hours of great sleep.

Lack of morning erection as opposed to (I heard men at 56 normally don't have those regularly) but I still do.

Lack of interest in sex as opposed to my usual being turned on by my wife the same way she did for me in college.

This report has a happy ending; I have been back on Testostorone for 4.5 days.

I feel young again.

Had 3 healthy organic meals

Skipped caffeine today did have organic diet ginger ale... no caffeine withdrawal.

Great night sleep, and awesome sex dream.

Same as 4.

Morning erection (starting off the day feeling manly)

Sex drive is back.

..... sorry, gotta go! date night!"

Oxytocin Orgasm

"I have good news--you weren't sure if the oxytocin would stay effective for more than 2 weeks, and I'm happy to report that after nearly a month, it's still working... and still at maximum fireworks strength I'm pretty sure! My guy has been enjoying it too since it apparently rubs off on your guy (sorry couldn't resist the pun).

It absolutely helps you have a faster and more intense but completely natural-feeling orgasm. It's great to feel something start working not with the feeling of a drug or aid, but feeling like it's all you at your most responsive. Another nice effect that I don't think you had mentioned was that it gives me more feeling in areas that are usually kind of neutral for me, like the lower labia. Really nice stuff! If I can stand to hang onto a couple of doses for awhile, I'll give you a followup on how long it stays effective... I think it would be a great selling point for you to have a couple of reviews that mentioned that it will be fine beyond the two weeks."


"Sky and Brad have been together for over 3 decades. The have raised two beautiful children. The children are not part of this story. Sky and Brad love sex. They think about it almost every waking minute. Sky and Brad lead busy lives, still, when it it comes to sex, Sky and Brad love to experiment. Tonight their local apothecary supplied them with topical oxytocin. That sounds too pharmaceutical. They re- named it...."sex-cream". After a dinner at their favorite local restaurant, Sky and Brad were ready to return home and enjoy a sexy experiment. In their candle-lit bedroom Brad began to lift up Sky's leopard print nightie. Brad thought, " I am lucky, my wife not only loves sex, but her balanced hormones keep her vagina youthful". Sky stopped Brad and said" put some of this cream on your penis, and rub it on me. Brad obliged and the sensation of the sex cream mixed with Sky's natural juices was intense. They made love like two teenagers, yet they had so much more know how and experience. The sex cream revved up their sex drive, and Brad, Sky, and the sex cream shared multiple orgasms.
Do Lovers Brad and Sky recommend this new product? That's like asking them if they recommend air for breathing."

Wednesday Wildness

"My husband and I just had passionate sex on a Wednesday night. Right in the middle of the week! I came home in an aggravated mood. My computer quit on me, my printer broke down and our son just called us to tell us he wants to move out of the dorms next semester and into a house with his" buddies". Still we planned “a date night" and that's what we had. You might think of a date night as dinner and a movie. For us date night means, white wine and hot sex by the fireplace. You all know the feeling. It's easier to just say" to heck with sex tonight “let’s just watch TV and order in a Pizza. The pizza pleasure is only good while you are eating it. However, we both know that while sex takes an effort it is so rewarding . The rush from a passionate 45 minutes of hot sex can last for 24 hours. Sure it takes energy to perform but it gives us so much more energy in return. When you have been together for many, many years and you still have sweaty, screaming, juicy, passionate sex you have it all. Kissing and face sucking like we were college freshmen, was interrupted by a spilled glass of Pino Grigio. Had this been a first date or sex in a movie, the spilled wine would have stayed right there. In this case my hubby waited patiently with his testosterone enhanced penis of a 21 year old grudgingly accepting the time out to clean up the spilled wine.

Men orgasm from one area of their body, women orgasm from the top of their head to the tip of their toes.

Tonight I used, a MAA product called Personal Lubricant and Moisturizer (AND IT'S ORGANIC!), and my hubby used a small dose of MAA testosterone. Those “helpers" lead to passionate sex and four full body orgasms for me, and two orgasms for my hubby. Sure it took a little effort. Sure we had to work at it a little, but the results included passionate sex, a physical primal connection and bliss. Ok, we need to work at it a little more, but having similar sex to the sex we had with each other freshmen year in college, is well worth the effort!"

More Than Flowers

"More Than Flowers-
While flowers, dark chocolate and frilly cards sometimes can reach your sig other’s heart,
good male hormone balance leads to way better gifts!

Start with a good workout, a hot shower, and a small dose of compounded testosterone applied to your “Netherlands” (lower base of the shaft and even the scrotum-you know the balls!) and I was raring to begin our Valentine’s Day tryst.

I bought my wife a pair of very sexy PJ’s, silky to the touch….as I began to kiss her I thought to myself “what a foolish gift, you are going to be removing the pajamas in seconds…lol!”

Keep in mind….you might think you are reading the post of an 18-25 year old but I am actually well into my 50’s…my wife is too and we still experience sensual passionate sex with explosive climaxes reminiscent of our early college years together!!

Thanks to VHP and our pleasure toys, we had a Valentine’s Day similar to July 4th…lots of fireworks!!!"

You guys are the best!"

More OMG

"My husband and I just finished our vacation with some of our best OMG experiences.
I sat on the balcony drinking a glass of wine and decided to apply a little dab of OMG stim to my "privates". My husband walked by the balcony door and after glimpsing at the show he excused himself and began applying his RX Testosterone...

Perfect! Sex began on the balcony and ended on a luxurious lounge chair in our room with the oceans sounds in the background...I gave my hubby a hickey but I can't show it to you if you know what I I know it's possible to be balanced at any age! I love it!"

Threesome Anyone...?

"I am a 59 year old female and I opened up to my husband about a fantasy of mine....I requested a threesome with him and another man. Of course, he was not thrilled about sharing me but we found an awesome stand-in!!!

Can you guess? It's the WE-VIBE and we all enjoyed the ride. It stimulates the penis and vagina and clitoris all at the same time...WOW!!! Our orgasms were incredible! Thanks...I found a safe place to explore AND improve my sexual experiences even though I am close to 60 years old!

I couldn't be happier (my husband too!)"

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