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Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?

As you get older, it’s only natural to wonder how you could possibly rid yourself of the signs and symptoms of aging. This is especially true for women who experience intense perimenopausal side effects, which can include weight gain, hair loss, mood swings, disturbed sleep, and more. 

You could always try to treat your symptoms individually — diet for weight loss, biotin for hair health, melatonin for sleep — or you could attack the root cause of all these symptoms at once. 

The experts at North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates are proud to offer hormone pellet therapy, a type of hormone replacement therapy that helps women combat symptoms of age-related hormone imbalances. 

What is hormone replacement therapy? 

You can probably infer from the name that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) replaces lost hormones. Typically, HRT involves replacement of sex hormones, which are important for numerous bodily functions, including your metabolism and libido. For women, HRT targets estrogen levels, because your estrogen production declines as you get older.

There are two main types of HRT: systemic (whole body) and low-dose vaginal (local). At North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates, our experts use systemic HRT in the form of pellets. These pellets are placed under your skin, where they slowly release minimal doses of estrogen.

What does hormone replacement therapy treat?

HRT for women treats many of the stereotypical menopause symptoms: weight gain, slowed metabolism, hot flashes, mood changes, sleep deprivation, night sweats, thinning hair, dry skin, vaginal dryness, and discomfort during sex. 

In post-menopausal women, HRT can also prevent bone degeneration and reduce fracture risk, two important indicators of osteoporosis.

Who should get hormone replacement therapy? 

Any woman who suffers from severe menopause symptoms might benefit from HRT. If you’re healthy and you experience intense hot flashes, mood swings, or poor sleep, it’s worth consulting with a doctor about HRT. This is especially true for women at an increased risk of osteoporosis. 

There are some caveats, and you should take care to discuss your individual risks and benefits with your provider. For example, women who start HRT 10 years or more from the onset of menopausal symptoms are at a greater risk for complications from HRT, including heart disease and blood clots. 

For most women who are generally healthy and under the age of 60, HRT benefits outweigh the risks. 

To learn more about hormone replacement therapy or schedule a visit, call North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates at our Plano, Texas, office at 469-240-1866. You can also send a message to the team here on our website.

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