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How Hormone Replacement Therapy Helps with Menopausal Symptoms

Jun 17, 2021
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Are you struggling with hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, or other signs of perimenopause and menopause? Learn how hormone replacement therapy can alleviate these unpleasant symptoms.

Are you struggling with the signs of menopause or perimenopause? Many of the emotional and physical symptoms women battle during this turbulent time are caused by imbalances and shifts in hormone levels.  

If you’re struggling with symptoms related to shifting hormones and want to reclaim your life, board-certified OB/GYN Asia Mohsin, MD, and our team at Progressive Women’s Health in Friendswood, Texas, can help. We offer hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which can bring your hormone levels back into balance and ease your symptoms.

In this blog, we explain how HRT works and how it may be able to help you.

Understanding hormones

Your hormones play an essential role in regulating the way your body functions. From your metabolism and digestion to your sex drive and mood, hormones are front and center in your everyday life. 

When you head toward menopause, however, production of your reproductive hormones can decline. The resulting hormonal imbalances can wreak havoc on your life and cause a variety of symptoms, including: 

  • Hot flashes
  • Decreased libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Night sweats
  • Brain fog, confusion, or forgetfulness
  • Insomnia
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 

Hormone replacement therapy can restore balance to your hormone levels and help put a stop to unwanted symptoms. 

Understanding hormone replacement therapy

Perimenopausal and menopausal women often seek HRT to help navigate the symptoms associated with this time in life. For example, two of the most problematic symptoms for women are night flashes and hot flashes. Without intervention, these troublesome signs of menopause can last for up to 11 years.

The good news is hormone replacement therapy can eliminate or reduce these frustrating symptoms. With hormone replacement therapy, you’re given hormones identical to the ones your body naturally produces. As a result, your levels can come into balance safely and effectively, resulting in an elimination or reduction of your symptoms.

After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Mohsin diagnoses what will be needed to balance your hormone levels and designs a treatment plan. Depending on your needs, Dr. Mohsin may recommend any of the following:

  • Tablets: Usually taken once a day
  • Skin patches: Replaced every few days and convenient for women who find it difficult to take oral medications
  • Topical gels: Rubbed into your skin once a day
  • Pellets: Small implants inserted under the skin for a slow release over several months 
  • Vaginal creams or rings: Used to specifically treat vaginal dryness

If you’re struggling with symptoms due to menopause or perimenopause, HRT may help you get your life back. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Progressive Women’s Health today. We also offer telehealth visits.