As you approach menopause, you might experience frequent fatigue, headaches, night sweats, and hot flashes. The process also puts you at a higher risk for osteoporosis, a condition affecting your bone density that can lead to fractures. At Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas, the team of board-certified OB-GYNS and advanced nurse practitioners treat the complications of menopause using hormone therapy including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. For more information, call the Corpus Christi, Texas, office or request an appointment online today.
Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment that you can use to rebalance your hormones and alleviate the symptoms that come with the imbalance or deficit.
You have many hormones in your body that control and regulate natural processes. Your cells use them to communicate. Over time with age, you tend to produce smaller amounts of certain hormones, like your sex hormones.
As you approach menopause, the time in your life when your menstrual cycle stops, sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone fluctuate before a major drop in their production.
The most common use for hormone replacement therapy is replacing the estrogen that your body no longer produces. This can relieve symptoms associated with menopause, which can be severe enough to affect your wellbeing.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a bit different from regular hormone therapy and certainly has the advantage.
Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones you naturally produce and may cause fewer potential side effects and complications. They come from plant estrogens that scientists harvest in a lab.
By taking bioidentical estrogen or a combination of estrogen and progesterone, you can reduce common perimenopause symptoms like:
One common complication of menopause is a reduction in bone density. For many women, this leads to osteoporosis. Hormone replacement therapy can help you prevent bone loss and bone fractures.
At Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic, the team helps you decide whether or not hormone replacement is necessary or beneficial for you. They may recommend the treatment to you if you:
The team discusses the risks and side effects with you in detail so that you can make a confident, informed decision for your care. Then, they help you decide how to take your hormones. Hormones are available in the form of pills, patches, injections, creams, and implanted pellets.
Book your evaluation for hormone replacement therapy by phone or online at Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic today.