Feel Like Yourself Again with Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women Get your life back on track with hormone therapy at Gynecology Partners. Home About Doctors Team Services Gynecology Face & Body Aesthetics Family Planning & Contraception Annual Well Women Exams Menopause & Hormone Therapy Vaginal Health/ThermiVa Patient Info Health Resources Contact Request Appointment Have you been experiencing symptoms and wondering if they are a sign of a hormonal imbalance? Regardless of a woman's age, hormones fit together like pieces of a puzzle to produce a masterpiece. One missing piece can throw off the entire scene. Talk to us at Gynecology Partners to learn how hormone replacement can get your hormone levels back on track and enhance the quality of your life! What Is Hormonal Imbalance? Hormones are chemicals produced within the glands of your body. Hormones travel through the bloodstream to different organs and tissues. They are essential for many functions including a woman’s metabolism, growth, immunity, and sexual reproduction. With time, hormone production naturally tends to change, often resulting in imbalances that may have adverse effects on health. In premenopausal women, hormonal imbalance can occur due to elevated levels of estrogen and decreased levels of progesterone. This occurs from irregular ovulation which leads to progesterone deficiency. Menopausal women usually experience estrogen deficiency from decreased production in the ovaries. This can create many unpleasant symptoms. Symptoms of Hormonal Abnormalities Hormonal imbalances or abnormalities may cause common symptoms including insomnia, anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, hair loss, adult acne, vaginal dryness and rapid weight gain. Women suffering from hormonal imbalances may also experience mood swings, headaches, depression, memory lapses, and irritability. Evaluation of Hormonal Abnormalities While we can diagnose some cases of hormonal abnormalities or imbalances by evaluating symptoms, we can also test hormone levels in the blood. What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)? HRT is a treatment we use to augment the body’s natural hormone levels. We either use estrogen-alone therapy (ET) for women who have had a hysterectomy, or estrogen with progesterone therapy (EPT) for women experiencing menopause naturally. These synthetic forms of hormones are available in the form of pills, patches or creams. Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) There are numerous benefits to HRT in post-menopausal women including the increased elasticity of the blood vessels allowing blood to flow more freely, alleviating the symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, sleeplessness, and irritable bladder symptoms, along with decreasing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. HRT has also been shown to reduce the incidence of colon cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, and improve glucose control in diabetes. Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe? Short-term HRT is safe for most menopausal women using it for symptom control. Before we prescribe HRT, we will review your medical history, and together we will determine if you have any conditions or inherited health risks that would make HRT unsafe for you. Are You Ready for Balance? Schedule your consultation with Gynecology Partners in the Weston, MA area to learn more about hormone replacement and how it can help you regain your hormonal balance and enjoy a better quality of life. We are here for you every step of the way!