Hormone replacement therapy is a medical treatment that helps your body replace hormones that it lacks. As you enter menopause, your body stops producing some key hormones. This hormone deficit often brings along with it difficult symptoms like mood swings and hot flashes. For women in Montclair, California and the surrounding communities, Thomas T. Lee, MD, FACOG, Corazon Navarro, MD, and the team at Grand Medical Group OB-GYN offer solutions to unmanaged menopausal symptoms. With hormone replacement therapy, you can successfully manage the symptoms of menopause. Call the office for your first appointment today and start seeing relief.
Estrogen is the female hormone that is responsible for the female characteristics of the body. When a women ages and enters perimenopause and menopause, her body stops producing the same amount of estrogen that it did when she was younger.
Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, involves synthetic estrogen to help boost estrogen levels and treat symptoms of low estrogen and menopause. Two common methods of HRT are estrogen-only and combined estrogen and progesterone.
For women that no longer have a uterus due to hysterectomy, estrogen-only therapy is common. If you still have your uterus, a combined therapy with progesterone can help protect you from developing uterine cancer.
HRT can be taken in a variety of ways, making it flexible for your lifestyle. It comes in a pill, skin patch, gel, or cream. For symptoms associated with vaginal dryness alone, HRT comes in cream, tablet, or ring form.
When you enter menopause between the ages of 40 and 55, your body stops producing the estrogen that it once did. This change in hormone levels often leads to some unpleasant symptoms that make it difficult to enjoy your life.
Common symptoms of menopause include:
These changes can often be improved by hormone therapy. Because HRT replaces the estrogen that your body lacks, many of these symptoms lessen or even disappear. When properly administered, hormone replacement therapy helps make menopause more bearable.
In general, hormone replacement therapy offers benefits to help reduce and treat the negative symptoms of menopause. However, as with all medical treatment plans, it comes with some risk. It’s recommended to start hormone replacement at the lowest dosage possible, for the shortest amount of time to reduce your risk of developing cancer or other complications.
While you are on a hormone replacement plan, you’ll meet with Dr. Lee and Dr. Navarro regularly to evaluate your condition, symptom management, and dosage. Be sure to talk to the team about your complete medical history when discussing HRT.
HRT isn’t for everyone, and women with a history of high blood pressure, migraines, blood clots, heart disease, and certain types of cancer may not be good candidates for this treatment. It’s important to understand your medical history to determine if hormone therapy is a safe choice for you.
Ready to learn if hormone replacement therapy could help you manage menopause? For many women, it can provide much-needed relief. Call the office to learn more, and schedule your first appointment.