Hormone Replacement Therapy in women is an opportunity to alleviate symptoms associated with peri-menopause, menopause, or surgical menopause through the rebalancing of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

These include: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormone.

Menopause occurs when the ovaries officially “shut down” and no longer perform their normal functions within the body (such as producing testosterone or the estrogen called “estradiol”).

Most women experience menopause at an average age of 51 years old, but others can experience menopause as early as 35 years old or as late as 55 years old. “Premature menopause” is menopause that occurs prior to the age of 40. It can be caused by the surgical removal of both ovaries, chemotherapy, or cancers/tumors.

Women who have had a hysterectomy may be candidates for HRT as they may become hormone deficient earlier in life:

  • If one ovary is removed along with the uterus– both estrogen and testosterone production may be reduced by 50%.
  • If both ovaries are left in place, but the uterus is removed – there is an increased risk of early estrogen/testosterone deficiency, due to a disrupted blood supply to the ovaries from surgery.

Perimenopause is the stage prior to menopause, where ovarian function slowly begins to decline. The ovaries produce lower and lower amounts of testosterone and estrogen from year to  year, which may result in symptoms of hormone deficiency.

Many women begin to experience symptoms 5 to 10 years prior to being diagnosed with “menopause”.  As many as 80% of women experience physical or psychological symptoms associated with perimenopause or menopause.

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Loss of sexual interest, low libido
  • Weight gain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Hair growth on face
  • Painful intercourse
  • Panic attacks, palpitations
  • Indigestion
  • Hair loss
  • Frequent urination, urinary leakage
  • Varicose veins
  • Memory lapses, forgetfulness
  • Hormone therapy  remains the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms (ie. hot flashes, night sweats) and the genitourinary syndrome of menopause (ie. vaginal dryness, urinary leakage). Hormone therapy has also been shown to prevent bone loss and fracture, reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis.
  • Other benefits may include:
    • Improvements in mood, sleep, and heart health.
    • Preservation of memory and cognitive function.
    • Promotion of growth and repair processes in the body, leading to improved wellness and longevity

Hormone therapy is approved by FDA for four indications:

  1. Bothersome vasomotor symptoms (ie. hot flashes, night sweats)
  2. Prevention of bone loss (ie. osteoporosis)
  3. Low estrogen caused by hypogonadism or primary ovarian insufficiency
  4. Genitourinary symptoms (ie. vaginal dryness, urinary leakage)

For more information about our Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Program, our licensed practitioner would be happy to answer your questions about our approach to hormone balancing and its potential benefits. Please call 813-345-4044 or submit a consultation request to schedule a one-on-one appointment with our Wellness Specialist.