Menopause and other hormone deficiencies can cause severe symptoms that can be debilitating. Our providers in both Rock Hill and Fort Mill, SC, offers hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to alleviate these symptoms and enable you to lead a full and vibrant life. HRT is not for everyone, so you should talk to your doctor about whether or not you should consider this option.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
As your estrogen levels fall due to menopause, uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and abnormal bleeding can ensue. You are also at a greater risk to develop osteoporosis. Hormone replacement therapy makes use of certain medications to deliver synthetic versions of estrogen to the body to combat these symptoms and enable you to move through this transitional period with more ease.
What Type of HRT is Right for Me?
When it comes to hormone replacement therapy, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. In order to achieve the best results, we customize the hormone therapy approach to each individual. Additionally, we reevaluate every so often to ensure that you are receiving the benefit of the hormone therapy without putting your body at unnecessary risk.
Systemic hormone therapy can be used to treat any of the common symptoms of menopause. Usually, this approach contains a higher dose of estrogen that is absorbed throughout the body. It is available as a:
- Skin Patch
Low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen decreases the amount of estrogen the body absorbs. These are typically used to treat vaginal and urinary symptoms. It comes as a:
Your health care provider will work closely with you to understand your symptoms and recommend the form and dosage of HRT that works for your body.
Side Effects of HRT
Hormone replacement therapy can cause certain side effects. If you experience any of the following let us know. It may be necessary to adjust until the right approach for you is settled upon.
- Breast swelling or tenderness
- Mood changes
- Vaginal bleeding
Risks Associated with HRT
Hormone replacement therapy is not recommended for those who have any of the following medical conditions:
- Blood clots
- Heart or liver disease
- Heart attack
- Known or suspected pregnancy
Schedule Your Appointment
Take the first step towards feeling your best self today. Contact us to discover if hormone replacement therapy is right for you. We are here to help and offer the guidance you need.