If night sweats, hot flashes, and other symptoms of menopause disrupt your daily life, you may want to consider hormone replacement therapy. The compassionate women’s health care team at Coeur OBGYN provides hormone replacement therapy for women living in and around Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. To learn more about hormone replacement therapy, call or book an appointment online today.
As you age, your body naturally produces fewer hormones. This is especially true after menopause and in the years leading up to it, known as perimenopause. Hormone replacement therapy uses medications containing the female hormones estrogen and progesterone to replace what your body no longer makes.
Estrogen and progesterone affect more than just your ovulation and menstrual cycles. When these hormone levels drop, you may experience vaginal discomfort and other common symptoms that occur during menopause.
Hormone replacement therapy relieves symptoms that result from hormone imbalances, such as:
Additionally, hormone replacement therapy may reduce your risk of osteoporosis, a bone disease that becomes more common after menopause.
Your provider at Coeur OBGYN may recommend hormone replacement therapy if you struggle with troublesome symptoms of menopause or perimenopause. This therapy may also be helpful for women who had their ovaries removed during a surgical procedure, such as a hysterectomy.
This treatment may not be right for you if you have a history of one or more of the following conditions:
Additionally, women who are or may become pregnant or have a history of endometrial, breast, or ovarian cancers shouldn’t use hormone replacement therapy.
Your physician at Coeur OBGYN performs a physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history to make sure you’re a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy. They may take blood tests to check your hormone levels. Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Various types of hormonal medications deliver different hormones, such as estrogen-only or combined estrogen/progesterone therapy. You can receive hormone replacement therapy in different ways, including:
Your knowledgeable provider helps you decide what form of hormone replacement therapy is right for you. To learn more, call Coeur OBGYN or book an appointment online today.