Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Douglas Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Castle Rock, CO

While some women find they make the transition into menopause without experiencing too much disruption to their lives, for many others, menopause can be a distressing and debilitating process. The expert team at Douglas Family Medicine in Castle Rock, Colorado, provides help and support for women who are struggling with symptoms of menopause and offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to ease unpleasant symptoms. Call Douglas Family Medicine today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to combat many of the symptoms of menopause. While some women have few if any problems through this midlife transition, many more experience distressing and disruptive effects on their health and well-being.

HRT boosts the levels of hormones in your body whose decline is responsible for the symptoms of menopause, which may include:

  • Irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin

It’s a reduction in the production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone that triggers the onset of perimenopause, with symptoms typically starting when a woman is in her mid to late forties. The average age at which American women enter menopause, which means they haven’t had a menstrual period for at least 12 months, is 51.

How do I take hormone replacement therapy?

Before starting on a course of HRT, the team at Douglas Family Medicine needs to make sure you’re a suitable candidate. Some women are at higher risk of experiencing harmful side effects from taking replacement hormones. For example, HRT may not be the best option for those who’ve had breast cancer or who have a history of deep vein thrombosis.

If you are a suitable candidate for HRT, there are several options:

Estrogen pills

Estrogen pills are the most commonly used form of HRT. Unless you’ve had a hysterectomy, it’s advisable to take estrogen in combination with progestin to reduce the risk of developing endometrial cancer.

Estrogen patch

An estrogen patch sticks onto your abdomen, where it gradually releases estrogen into your bloodstream.

Estrogen pellets

Your provider injects the pellet under your skin, where it lasts for between three and six months. The team at Douglas Family Medicine offers SottoPelle® bioidentical hormone pellets.

Topical estrogen

Topical estrogen comes in gel, cream, or spray form, being absorbed directly into your bloodstream like estrogen patches.

Vaginal estrogen

Available as a cream, vaginal ring, or vaginal pill, vaginal estrogen is helpful for women whose primary symptoms are vaginal dryness, itchiness, or painful intercourse.

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an alternative to the synthetic hormones used in conventional HRT. BHRT uses plant-derived hormones that are a perfect match for your body’s own hormones.

The theory is that BHRT is less likely to cause adverse effects, and more likely to be fully absorbed by your bloodstream. BHRT is also customizable to each patient’s individual needs, unlike conventional HRT. At Douglas Family Medicine, the team uses SottoPelle BHRT pellets that they inject under your skin.

To find out more about hormone replacement therapy and how it could ease troublesome menopausal symptoms, call Douglas Family Medicine today, or book an appointment online.

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