With hormone replacement therapy, the practitioner’s OB/GYN supplements your body’s natural hormone production to restore balance.
What is hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
Hormone replacement therapy may consist of just estrogen or a blend of estrogen and progesterone. Some options even contain small amounts of testosterone. Although testosterone is primarily a male hormone, women need a small amount for normal function.
HRT is most often used to treat the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal discomfort. Hormone replacement therapy can help women whose hormones are out of balance due to recent childbirth or cancer treatment, too.
Hormone replacement therapy offers a path to relief and can help you feel more at home in your body. It can take a period of trial and error to find the right HRT balance.
What symptoms indicate I could benefit from hormone replacement therapy?
Women approaching menopause, going through menopause or experiencing other hormonal changes often experience uncomfortable symptoms.
The following symptoms may be resolved or eased with HRT:
- Night sweats and hot flashes
- Excessive weight gain
- Vaginal dryness and itching
- Painful sexual intercourse and low libido
- Brain fog and poor memory
- Sleep disturbances
- Mild urinary incontinence