Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment that may be recommended when the natural production of your hormones, namely estrogen, and progesterone, have reduced due to age or a hysterectomy.
While hormones naturally decrease with age, that doesn’t make the process comfortable. Estrogen, along with progesterone, assists your body in metabolizing calcium, which is essential for bone health. This hormone also supports vaginal health and helps you manage your cholesterol levels. When the levels of these hormones drop in the years leading up to menopause, the cessation of your period, you’re vulnerable to uncomfortable symptoms, including:
The sharp drop in your hormones also puts you at greater risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. Hormone replacement therapy isn’t permanent. It’s designed to help guide your body ease into lower levels of estrogen and progesterone, as opposed to the drastic drop that often occurs.
Women who’ve undergone a hysterectomy prior to natural menopause benefit from estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy.
Women who are in perimenopause -- the three to four years prior to menopause -- with uncomfortable symptoms are candidates for estrogen with progesterone therapy. Estrogen naturally causes the lining of the uterus (or endometrium) to thicken and prepare for an egg implantation; this is the lining that’s sloughed off monthly during your menstrual cycle. Progesterone is the hormone that encourages this sloughing, thus reducing your risk of endometrial cancer.
Women who have a heightened risk of breast cancer or heart and liver disease, along with those who have a history of blood clots, should discuss the risks of hormone replacement therapy in their particular circumstances with the staff at Green Valley OB/GYN. If you’re in perimenopause with few to no symptoms, hormone replacement therapy is most likely unnecessary.
The method of hormone delivery depend on your preferences, and what the doctors think will provide you with the most benefit. Pills, patches, injections, and time-released pellets implanted under your skin are all options.
We accept most major insurances. If you have any questions about regarding your eligibility, coverage, co-pay/co-insurance or need to verify that we are a contracted in-network provider, please contact your insurance company. Our Tax ID # is 88-034150. Please note: It is your responsibility to know your benefits.
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