One of the functions of your ovaries is the production of estrogen and progesterone, the hormones responsible for your reproductive system and female characteristics. When the level of these hormones drops, which is caused by menopause or removal of the ovaries, you may find this transition difficult and experience:
Every woman is different and some may transition into menopause with very few side effects, while others may suffer these symptoms for years.
If your quality of life is greatly affected by menopause, Dr. Tate will discuss hormone replacement therapy with you as a potential solution.
If you’ve had your ovaries removed, and you are under 45, hormone replacement therapy is a standard treatment that will stem the effects menopause can have on your body, such as decreased bone density.
In traditional hormone replacement therapy, estrogen, sometimes combined with progesterone, is administered through:
These delivery methods typically send surges of the hormones through your body, creating a roller coaster effect.
With pellet hormone replacement, small pellets containing the hormones levels you need are placed in the fatty tissue beneath your skin. These pellets provide a steady and continual release of hormones into your bloodstream that closely mimics your body’s natural hormone production.
The pellets provide 3-5 months of bio-identical hormone delivery to give you optimal therapy.
There are a few risks with hormone replacement therapy that largely depend on your medical history. Hormone replacement therapy has been linked to an increased chance of the following in some women:
These risks can be managed by finding the right balance of hormones for your body -- one that will alleviate the symptoms of menopause without putting you at risk of complications. Dr. Tate will assess your case, symptoms, and medical history to come up with the best plan for you.
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