Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) reduces or stops hot flashes and other distressing menopause symptoms. If you’re struggling through menopause or have a hormonal condition, the team at Mesbah OB/GYN in Garden City, New York, has years of experience in using HRT to make the transition easier. To see how you could benefit from hormone replacement therapy, call Mesbah OB/GYN today, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.
Hormone replacement therapy effectively restores balance to your hormone levels.
Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that control the activity of your body’s cells and organs. Normal hormone levels are vital for your well-being, so if they’re out of balance, you can experience distressing, unpleasant, and potentially life-threatening health problems.
Conditions that can cause hormone imbalances in women include:
PCOS can cause higher-than-normal levels of androgen (male sex hormones). Symptoms include weight gain, developing body hair and acne, and irregular periods.
Hypothyroidism results from a problem with the thyroid gland in your neck that stops it from releasing enough thyroid hormones. Symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, memory problems, thinning hair, and dry skin.
Menopause is a natural event that signifies the end of a woman’s reproductive years. It occurs when you haven’t had a period for at least 12 consecutive months. Before this, you go through perimenopause.
This is the time around your mid-40s when levels of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone start to fall. Your periods become irregular, and you may experience problems like hot flashes; night sweats; dry, thinning hair and skin; vaginal dryness; and depression.
Hormone replacement therapy works by raising levels of specific hormones to restore balance.
With a condition like hypothyroidism, your provider gives you synthetic thyroid hormones, which you need to take for life. PCOS hormone therapy involves using estrogen and progesterone birth control pills to counteract the high androgen levels.
If you’re perimenopausal or going through menopause, increasing your estrogen levels through HRT can reverse many of the problems you might experience.
You can take HRT pills every day, or there are alternative options for estrogen hormone therapy. These include skin patches, gels, and implants.
HRT implants are one of the most convenient methods. You simply visit Mesbah OB/GYN about every three months for an injection that places the implant under your skin. It then releases hormones in the required amount without you having to remember to take a pill.
Before you start hormone replacement therapy, your Mesbah OB/GYN provider reviews your health and medical history to make sure HRT is suitable for you. A small number of women have a higher risk of developing blood clots, but your gynecologist can advise you on the safety of HRT in your case.
For most women who take it, hormone replacement therapy offers significant relief from their symptoms. To find out how you could benefit from HRT, call Mesbah OB/GYN today, or book an appointment online.