Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s aging process. Unfortunately, the drastic change in hormone levels brought on by menopause may cause a range of symptoms that affect your daily life. Mina Sinacori, MD, MPH, FACOG, and M. Bruce Christopherson, MD, FACOG, the OB/GYN highly experienced at Memorial Women’s Specialists in Houston, Texas, offer hormone replacement therapy to alleviate menopausal symptoms. To learn more about hormone replacement therapy and how it may benefit you, call or book an appointment online today.

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What is menopause?

Menopause marks the time in a woman’s life when she’s no longer able to have a baby. You reach menopause when you go 12 months in a row without your period.

During menopause, your ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, which are female sex hormones. In addition to affecting your reproductive health, changes in these hormones also affect other systems in your body that may impact your:

  • Mood
  • Libido
  • Memory
  • Vaginal health
  • Sleep cycle
  • Bones

These hormonal changes also cause physical symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Though menopause symptoms vary from woman to woman, in some cases, these symptoms decrease quality of life.

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy is a medical treatment for menopausal women. The treatment can’t stop menopause, but it may alleviate symptoms.

Estrogen therapy is the most common type of hormone replacement therapy. Your treatment may also include progesterone or progestin if your uterus wasn’t removed.

In addition to alleviating your menopause symptoms, hormone replacement therapy can help prevent bone loss and reduce your risk of post-menopausal fractures.

Am I a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?

When you visit Memorial Women’s Specialists for a menopause consultation to discuss hormone replacement therapy, they conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the best treatment for you.

If your menopause symptoms are severe and affect your quality of life, then you may be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy.

Memorial Women’s Specialists creates a customized hormone replacement therapy plan that matches your hormonal needs so you get the best results with the fewest side effects.

You may not be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy if you have a history of heart disease or blood clots.

What are the types of hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy comes in many forms. Memorial Women’s Specialists reviews the various delivery systems and works closely with you to design a treatment plan that fits your hormonal needs and lifestyle.

Your hormone replacement therapy may be given as a:

  • Pill
  • Cream or lotion
  • Patch
  • Vaginal cream
  • Vaginal suppository
  • Pellet
  • Injection

Memorial Women’s Specialists schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor you, your symptoms, and your hormone levels and adjusts your treatment plan as needed.

To learn more about hormone replacement therapy and how it may help you get through menopause, call Memorial Women’s Specialists or request an appointment online today.