Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Symptoms of menopause
You’ve undoubtedly heard about menopause your entire adult life. Perhaps you remember watching your mother endure the night sweats, mood changes, and insomnia that accompany this hormonal shift. Menopause can happen any time in your 40s or 50s, but 51 is the average age that women go through menopause. During this time, the body slowly produces less of estrogen and progesterone, the female hormones that regulate menstruation.
While normal, this hormonal shift can produce unpleasant symptoms including hot flashes, sleep problems, and irritability. Many women also have a lower sex drive after menopause and experience vaginal dryness, which can make intercourse painful. Others notice a decline in their skin elasticity, as well as thinning hair. The decline in estrogen and progesterone also affects bone density. While most symptoms of menopause eventually fade, the increased risk for osteoporosis continues. Hormone replacement therapy can help.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is a medically supervised treatment plan designed to replace the hormones the female body no longer makes after menopause. There are several ways to introduce estrogen and progesterone to the body and elevate these hormones to healthy levels, including oral medications, skin patches, topical creams, gels and sprays, injections, and vaginal suppositories, rings and creams. The best type of estrogen therapy depends on your health, symptoms, personal preference, and what you hope to achieve from treatment.
What are the benefits of hormone therapy?
Hundreds of clinical studies have shown that female hormone replacement is effective at treating menopause symptoms including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and night sweats. Hormone replacement therapy also helps to decrease the rate of bone loss brought on by menopause, and aid in the prevention of osteoporosis. These benefits can lead to better sleep, more energy, improved sex drive, and a better quality of life.
Is hormone replacement therapy safe?
Yes, hormone replacement therapy is safe. While not entirely risk-free, it is the most effective solution for relieving the symptoms of menopause and preventing osteoporosis. Hormone replacement therapy is safest when taken at the lowest effective dose for only as long as necessary.
Risks associated with hormone replacement therapy include heart disease, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer. The risks for these conditions are minimal when women start hormone replacement therapy at the onset of menopause and become riskier with age.
Who should consider hormone therapy?
If you suffer from symptoms of menopause and have not found relief with other modalities, hormone therapy may be right for you. Women who identify with the following symptoms should consider hormone therapy as a viable treatment option:
Moderate to severe hot flashes
Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse
Decrease in bone density
Loss in skin elasticity
Loss of period before the age of 40
Lost normal ovary function before the age of 40
Female Hormone Replacement Therapy Program
When it comes to hormones, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. At Viva Wellness, we take an individualized approach to hormone replacement therapy to relieve the symptoms of menopause and help you achieve optimal health and balance.
To begin, you will undergo advanced lab testing to determine your current hormone levels and pinpoint any hormonal imbalances. Then, you will meet with Dr. Tachuk to discuss your lab results and review your medical history. Dr. Tachuk will explain the different hormone replacement therapy options and help you select the best one to address your symptoms and achieve your goals. Throughout the program, he will continue to monitor your hormone levels and adjust your doses to help you feel your best.