Are you going through the stages of perimenopause or menopause and thinking to yourself: There has to be a better way to go through this. You’re not alone. Menopause takes a huge toll on the body. We are happy to offer estrogen replacement therapy to help ease you through the process. Today, we wanted to answer all of your questions about estrogen replacement therapy and how it can help you get through your menopausal period.
What is Estrogen Replacement Therapy?
As we get older, our estrogen levels begin to decrease. You may not realize it, but estrogen plays a critical role in a woman’s overall physical, mental and emotional well-being. When women start to go through menopause, their estrogen levels decrease and they start to experience a range of symptoms that affect their physical and emotional health. Estrogen replacement therapy simply replenishes estrogen levels in the body to stabilize your systems and relieve the symptoms associated with menopause.
How Do I Know If I Need Estrogen Replacement Therapy?
You may need estrogen replacement therapy if you are going through menopause and are experiencing a combination of the following symptoms:
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased libido
- Reduced bone density
- Changes in mood
- Reduced mental clarity
- Menstrual migraine headaches
- Hot flashes
How Does Estrogen Replacement Therapy Work?
During your consultation with Dr. Imtiaz, she’ll assess your symptoms, run some testing, and develop a fully personalized treatment plan for you based on your lifestyle and ultimate wellness goals. One of our most popular types of hormone replacement therapy is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, in which plant-based hormones that are chemically identical to the ones in your body are supplemented via a skin patch, topical cream, oral pill or injection.
What’s the Difference between Estrogen Replacement Therapy and Birth Control?
Estrogen replacement therapy and birth control work in similar ways as they both are used to boost your current hormone levels. However, estrogen replacement therapy only supplements the hormones your body is already producing, whereas birth control completely suppresses the production of hormones and replaces them with new ones. Estrogen replacement therapy does not prevent ovulation or pregnancy, rather it helps to stabilize your body’s natural production of estrogen.
Do you still have questions about estrogen replacement therapy we didn’t talk about today? Call our office to schedule your one-on-one estrogen replacement therapy consultation with Dr. Imtiaz today.