Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is used to treat a wide range of symptoms that stem from many different kinds of hormonal imbalances. While Dr. Edward Jacobson may prescribe hormone replacement therapy for a variety of reasons, the most prominent reason women seek out HRT in Texas is to treat symptoms of menopause.

Understanding Menopause and How it Works

Menopause is the process by which a woman’s body stops having menstrual cycles and stops producing reproductive hormones, such as estrogen. Most women experience menopause after reaching age 40, though this may vary depending on the individual.

Menopause only occurs in women with ovaries and a uterus, as these organs are responsible for the menstrual cycle. However, some women who need to have these organs removed in an oophorectomy or hysterectomy may experience similar symptoms related to changes in reproductive hormones.

How Does HRT Treat Menopause?

While the transition into menopause does not usually require hormone treatment, some women may experience uncomfortable or harmful symptoms from the hormonal imbalances associated with this bodily process. As your hormones change, so too does your body, potentially resulting in the following unwanted menopausal symptoms:

  • Hot flashes – a sudden feeling of warmth that spreads throughout the body and which can be accompanied by flushed skin tone or sweating
  • Mood changes – can include increased irritability, depression, anxiety, or sudden crying episodes
  • Difficulty sleeping – can include sleep disturbances such as insomnia, night terrors, and more
  • Urinary problems – can include stress incontinence or recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Vaginal dryness – may be accompanied by soreness and painful sex
  • Thinning hair – including hair falling out in large clumps while showering or brushing your hair
  • Difficulty with concentration and memory during daily tasks
  • Osteoporosis – a condition in which bones become weaker and prone to breaking

By re-balancing the hormones in your body and boosting estrogen or progesterone levels, menopause treatment in Texas can help relieve some of these symptoms.

Options for Treating Menopause in Texas

Dr. Jacobson may combine hormone therapies to achieve the best menopause treatment for you. In general, a combination of progesterone and estrogen can be used to manage symptoms of menopause, regardless of whether you still have a uterus. Progesterone may be administered to keep the uterus lining thin and reduce the risk of cancer.

The most commonly recommended menopausal hormone therapies include cyclical, continuous, or local treatments. Cyclical hormone replacement therapy may be a good fit for women who still have their period but are experiencing other symptoms of menopause. These treatments use a combination of estrogen and progesterone for a 28-day treatment regimen aligned with the 28-day menstrual cycle.

Conversely, continuous menopause treatment may be best for women who are no longer experiencing menstrual cycles. Lastly, localized treatments can target vaginal dryness and irritation. Hormones can be administered in tablet, cream, or ring form to effectively address the symptoms caused by menopausal hormone changes.

Ask Dr. Jacobson about Menopause Treatment in Texas

Since there are many different types of hormone replacement therapy available through our clinic, it is best to ask a qualified physician about which one may be best suited to treat your menopausal symptoms. You may also choose between treatment in the form of a tablet, cream, or ring.

Generally, hormone replacement therapy may be best for women under the age of 60 who have been post-menopausal for less than 10 years. If you believe that you or a loved one could benefit from Texas menopause treatment, talk to Dr. Jacobson about your options for hormone replacement therapy.