As estrogen drops to low levels in your body, you may respond in several ways:
• You may experience hot flashes, which can make your face red and cause a sudden sensation of body warmth and then coldness as perspiration cools off;
• Your sleep may be interrupted, or you can experience insomnia;
• Your vaginal tissues may become thinner, which can cause dryness, itching, and pain during sexual intercourse;
• Your bones often become thinner and lose calcium;
• Your brain may respond to a lack of estrogen with mood swings, some memory loss, irritability, a lack of well-being, or even depression
The great news is that there are numerous benefits to hormone and estrogen therapy. Hormone supplementation is effective for relieving hot flashes and vaginal symptoms of menopause, it can help with moods and irritability, it can help with skin issues and insomnia, and even helps protect against post menopausal bone loss, which decreases the risk of hip and spine fractures.
While hormone supplementation might not be right for every woman, it could be right for you!
Hormone therapy (HT) is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms.
Hormone supplementation treatment options:
For women with a uterus experiencing natural menopause, therapy consists of two hormones:
• Progestin: helps protect against uterine cancer;
• Estrogen: to replace what the body no longer makes
Estrogen therapy is for women without a uterus, experiencing surgical menopause, and consists of the hormone estrogen only.
Hormone therapies come in a wide variety of combinations, dosages, and forms. Many women take a pill form of estrogen combined with a natural or synthetic progesterone added to protect the uterus. Estrogen-only therapy is also prescribed for certain patients. Forms of estrogen in low doses, such as vaginal rings, creams or tablets, can help thicken vaginal tissues and relieve vaginal symptoms, with only small amounts absorbed into the bloodstream.
Hormone patches, gels, intrauterine devices, and slow-release capsules are some of the other forms in which hormones are available.
Talk with one of our providers about the severity of your symptoms and the best approach to treatment.