The Women's Group
OBGYNs located in Pensacola, FL
Hormonal declines that accompany menopause can cause a host of challenging symptoms for women. At The Women’s Group, located in Pensacola, Florida, our team of leading health providers offer safe and effective hormone replacement therapy to ease the transition through menopause.
Hormone Replacement Q & A
What is a hormone imbalance?
In the years leading up to menopause, which is medically defined as 12 consecutive months of not having a period, many women experience a long list of unwanted and unpleasant symptoms. These are directly a result of fluctuations in the female reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. The same symptoms can also occur due to a decrease of hormones following a hysterectomy.
What are the most common symptoms caused by a decrease in female reproductive hormones?
As a woman’s production of estrogen and progesterone, she can experience any number of a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Bladder control issues
- Vaginal dryness
- Diminished libido
- Joint and muscle pain
- Foggy brain, headaches
- Weight gain
- Frequent urinary tract infections
What is the purpose of hormone replacement therapy?
Lifestyle changes are the first-line treatment option for symptoms related to hormone fluctuations that The Women’s Group team recommends. In most cases these provide relief. However, in cases where they don’t, and symptoms are severe, hormone replacement therapy may be prescribed, and is almost always effective. Hormone replacement therapy is a replenishment of the decreased hormones in the body. They must be carefully measured to be returned to each woman’s healthy, pre-symptomatic levels.
How are hormones administered?
Hormone therapy is available in a variety of forms. Replacement can be delivered orally, or vaginally, through estrogen-based creams. Creams are typically used to treat symptoms that involve vaginal dryness, painful intercourse. Creams can also provide some relief from urinary incontinence.
Who isn’t a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is not recommended for women who have already been using hormone therapy for more than ten years, who smoke, have blood clots, undiagnosed breast masses or cancer.
Is hormone replacement therapy monitored?
Yes. Because a woman’s hormones and symptoms can change over time, anyone undergoing hormone replacement therapy will have her hormone levels evaluated via a blood on a regular basis.
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