Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialists
Hormone replacement therapy can be a positive treatment option when the hormones are lacking or out of balance in the body. Women in Oakland and Alameda, California can visit East Bay Women’s Health for hormone replacement therapy or alternatives.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

As the body ages, it can stop producing  hormones causing deficiencies and other problems to develop. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves the use of medications containing female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes. HRT is generally used as an option for women suffering from menopause symptoms such as hot flashes.

What are the benefits of hormone therapy?

Although hormone therapy is generally used for treating menopausal symptoms it can also be beneficial in many other areas such as:

  • Reduction of hot flashes
  • Improve sleep, muscle aches, and pains
  • Improvement in mood changes
  • Relieve the symptoms of urinary frequency
  • Reduction in osteoporosis
  • Reduction in cardiovascular disease
  • Significantly improve vaginal dryness and sexual function

Who should consider hormone therapy?

The decision to use hormone replacement therapy must be based on individual assessment and needs. This includes the duration of use for HRT. To determine if hormone therapy is a good treatment option, the patient should take the steps to speak with their doctor about their individual symptoms and health risks. Hormone therapy can have a variety of benefits and should be considered if:

  • There is a loss of collagen
  • There has been a hysterectomy before menopause
  • The ovaries do not function as they should, resulting in an inability to produce hormones the body needs.
  • There is a family history of osteoporosis
  • There are symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, or lack of libido
  • There are signs of postnatal depression or premenstrual depression
  • There are experiences of moderate to severe hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms

HRT is not recommended for disease prevention, except for women under 60 years who have a substantially increased risk of bone fractures. For questions about hormone replacement therapy, and whether it is the right option, patients can contact the office or stop by today.

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