Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas can answer your questions about menopause treatment and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). All women will experience menopause at some point in their lives. The symptoms, and the appropriate menopause treatment, are unique to each patient. Our experienced OB/GYN physicians will explain how these changes can affect your physical and mental well-being, and how menopause treatment and hormone replacement therapy can help.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural condition that occurs after your periods stop. Most women will experience menopause in their late 40s or early to mid 50s. The transition period is highly variable – some patients have menopause symptoms for a few months, some for many years. Menopausal women can no longer become pregnant, but can otherwise enjoy a normal, fulfilling sex life. Physical symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and fatigue. Mental symptoms can include irritability, sleeplessness, or moodiness.
Sometimes these symptoms are mild and don’t require treatment at all. Sometimes they are severe and can be treated by our gynecologic physicians in Dallas or Rockwall.
Menopause Treatment and Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormones regulate your body’s activity. With menopause, the levels of certain hormones in your body begin to decline, affecting how you feel. The gynecologic doctors at Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas can evaluate symptoms of menopause with a thorough history and physical, laboratory testing if appropriate and discuss several treatment options.
There are two important female sex hormones: estrogen and progesterone. Low estrogen levels can lead to skin changes, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, sleeplessness and a variety of other symptoms. Progesterone regulates the amount of estrogen in your body, and also determines your menstrual cycle. A progesterone imbalance can result in estrogen dominance, which can increase a woman’s chances of fibrocystic breast disease, breast or uterine cancer, irregular or heavy periods, bloating and a variety of other symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy can help balance your naturally-occurring estrogen and progesterone levels, so you look and feel healthier, more active, and youthful. Hormone replacement therapies do however have risks. These risks include higher incidence of vascular complications such as blood clots in your lungs and legs, heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Hormone replacement therapy can also cause uterine cancer and breast cancer. Hormone replacement therapy is not right for everyone. Talk to your doctor about whether HRT is right for you.
Non-Hormonal Treatments for Menopause
Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas also offers a variety of non-hormonal therapies including medications to treat mood, sleeplessness, hot flushes or vaginal dryness. Ask your physician about non-hormonal treatments for menopause.