Learn more about how hormone replacement therapy could help you.
Hormone replacement therapy
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) normalizes a female’s hormone levels by adding hormones that match those that are naturally occurring in the body. These hormones have a molecular structure identical to those that are produced at a younger age. HRT can benefit women who are experiencing hormone imbalance as a result of menopause.
When to use HRT
The balance of women’s hormones is affected as they age and this is especially true during menopause. HRT can be used to treat those imbalances before, during, or after menopause.
Women can experience an array of conditions or symptoms because of menopause:
- Changes in memory, especially memory loss
- Joint pain
- Anxiety and fatigue
- Increase in weight
- Adult acne
- Hot flashes, night sweats
- Decreased sex drive
HRT may not be appropriate for individuals with the following conditions:
- Blood clots
- Breast, endometrial, or uterine cancer
- Heart disease or heart attack
- Liver disease
Benefits and side effects of HRT
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can reduce the severity and frequency of the conditions or symptoms associated with menopause. Some conditions or symptoms can be stopped through the use of HRT. The hormone level adjustments offered through HRT can increase energy levels and/or improve sex drive. Our specialists will determine the best HRT plan for you based on your combination of conditions and/or symptoms.
Patients using HRT can experience some side effects, including:
- Mood changes
- Vaginal bleeding
- Swelling or tenderness of the breast
Planning to use HRT
Blood tests are used to identify hormone imbalances, which are critical insights for your customized therapy plan. Our specialists will utilize those insights in conjunction with your medical history to develop the best plan for your HRT.
To learn more about hormone replacement therapy and how it could help you, contact your neighborhood Texas Health Care Obstetrics & Gynecology clinic in DFW.