For many women, menopause brings a raft of unpleasant and distressing symptoms that has a significant effect on their quality of life. Peter L. Stevenson, MD, of Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC in Dearborn, Michigan, understands how disruptive menopausal symptoms can be and offers hormone therapy to patients who are finding this time of their life a challenge. Find out how hormone therapy can help you manage your menopause by calling Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC today, or book an appointment online.
Hormone therapy, or hormone replacement therapy (HRT), is an effective treatment solution for some women who are having difficulties with severe symptoms of menopause.
All women who reach middle age go through menopause, which starts with a perimenopausal phase around the mid-forties, when your body’s production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone undergoes fluctuations before finally tailing off.
Hormone replacement helps to rebalance hormone levels, reducing the severity of menopausal symptoms.
There are several options you can discuss with Dr. Stevenson when considering hormone therapy for treating menopausal symptoms.
The first option is hormone therapy pills. Estrogen pills are best for women who’ve undergone a hysterectomy, as there is a slight increase in the risk of developing endometrial cancer if you’re taking estrogen on its own.
Combined estrogen and progestin pills are usually the better choice if you haven’t had a hysterectomy, as the progestin, which is a synthetic form of progesterone, helps to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.
The hormones in hormone therapy medications may be synthetic, or they could come from animal or plant sources. You may have heard of a form of hormone therapy called BHRT, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, which some say is superior to conventional hormone therapy because it uses plant hormones.
The theory is that because plant-derived forms of hormones are an identical biological match for natural human hormones, your body’s more likely to be able to absorb them efficiently and less likely to reject them. Dr. Stevenson is happy to share his expertise with you about BHRT and other forms of hormone therapy, and he can answer any questions you might have.
There are several methods to administer hormone therapy, including:
Your symptoms help you determine which strategy for delivery is best. If your main problem is vaginal dryness or atrophy, irritation, or uncomfortable intercourse, then a vaginal ring, cream, or pill could be a good choice.
There is the possibility of experiencing side effects when taking hormone therapy, such as:
Hormone therapy isn’t likely to be a safe choice if you have a history of deep vein thrombosis, cancer, heart disease, liver disease, or stroke, and there is a slightly increased chance that you could develop a blood clot. Dr. Stevenson ensures you have all the information you need to make an informed choice when deciding whether hormone therapy is right for you.
There are alternatives to hormone therapy; for example, if you have problems with vaginal atrophy, then laser treatment could be helpful. Find out more about hormone replacement and the best ways to manage unpleasant menopausal symptoms by calling Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC today, or book an appointment online.