Are your menopausal symptoms affecting your ability to do the things you love? The team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology in Bradenton, Florida, has more than 25 years of experience helping women manage their menopausal symptoms using a number of methods, including hormone therapy. If you have questions or concerns about hormone therapy for menopause, the expert team can help you decide on the best treatment for you. Call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Hormone therapy refers to medication that replaces hormones your body no longer makes enough of to relieve the symptoms menopause causes. It’s also referred to as hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
During perimenopause and menopause, your ovaries begin to produce less estrogen and progesterone, which creates an imbalance of hormones in your body and causes a number of symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
Hormone therapy isn’t a necessary treatment for menopause. You can’t stop menopause from happening, but treatment with hormone replacement therapy may alleviate some of the symptoms the fluctuations in your hormone levels cause.
Symptoms hormone therapy may help include:
The team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology may recommend hormone therapy if your menopausal symptoms are so bad it’s disrupting your life.
Hormone therapy is available in two primary types: estrogen only and estrogen with progesterone. The women’s health experts at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology decide the best type for you based on your health needs.
Hormone therapy comes in a variety of forms, including:
Hormone therapy not only relieves your menopausal symptoms but also offers health benefits. As your estrogen levels decrease, your risk of osteoporosis increases. Supplementing with hormone therapy may help prevent bone loss and help keep your bones strong.
Hormone replacement therapy may also improve your sleep, enjoyment of sexual intercourse, and overall quality of life.
If you’re like many women, you may wonder about the safety of hormone replacement for menopause. When prescribed appropriately, hormone therapy is safe. The team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology conducts a thorough examination and review of your medical and family history before prescribing hormone therapy. The team also prescribes the lowest dose possible for the shortest period of time to minimize any risk.
For answers to your questions about hormone therapy, call the menopause experts at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology or schedule an appointment online.