Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Total Woman Care

OB/GYNs & Pelvic Health Specialists located in Elkin, NC

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a supplemental treatment that’s used to counteract the hormonal shifts of menopause. In addition to helping relieve common symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, HRT can also help alleviate mood swings, sleep problems, and low energy. The experienced team at Total Woman Care in Elkin, North Carolina provide advanced HRT services, using bioidentical hormone pellets. If you’re tired of living with the bothersome effects of menopause, call or book your appointment online today.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

HRT is simply a way to give your body a supplement of the reproductive hormones that it’s no longer making at the same levels. The physician at Total Woman Care can use a simple saliva test to assess your current hormone levels.  

For women, HRT involves a customized prescription for estrogen and progesterone to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause and reduce some of the associate health risks. HRT is commonly available in the form of a pill, skin patch, gel, cream, spray, or implantation pellet.

What are the benefits of hormone therapy?

Menopausal women who take a personalized HRT prescription can find substantial relief from most of their hormone-related symptoms, including:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Mood changes and sleep problems
  • Vaginal dryness and painful sex
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Dry skin and thinning hair

Because osteoporosis is associated with reduced estrogen levels, HRT may also help preserve bone density and protect against fractures.

What are hormone pellets?

The team at Total Woman Care offers hormone pellet implants, an advanced form of HRT that involves surgically placing a tiny cylinder of bioidentical hormones underneath your skin.

Hormone pellets consistently deliver small doses of hormones to keep your blood levels stable, which can boost your energy, improve your mood, and help you sleep better.

Bioidentical hormones, which are derived from plant sources, are identical in molecular structure to the hormones that your body makes. Because your body can’t distinguish them from its own hormones, they function in the exact same way as your natural hormones.

Conventional HRT, on the other hand, uses synthetic hormones, which are structurally different than your natural hormones. This could be why conventional HRT is sometimes associated with adverse side effects.

Is hormone therapy right for me?

HRT is generally recommended as a short-term treatment, and shouldn’t be considered as a preventive measure for either heart disease or osteoporosis.

You should avoid taking hormone supplements if any of the following apply:

  • You may be pregnant
  • You’ve ever had abnormal uterine bleeding
  • You have a history of blood clots
  • You’ve ever had a heart attack or stroke
  • You’ve ever had breast or uterine cancer
  • You’ve ever had gallbladder disease

For some women, HRT increases the risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, or gallbladder disease.

After a comprehensive physical exam and medical history, the team at Total Woman Care can tell you if you’re a suitable candidate for HRT.