Perimenopause or menopause is a physically stressful period, with symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and sleep irregularities. This decline occurs because women receive hormonal support from their ovaries and adrenal glands, while men rely on their testicles.
Women grow to produce enough hormones to regulate monthly cycles and support growing a growing fetus. Eventually, the menstrual cycle stops, and hormone production declines with irreversible processes. Luckily, you do not have to succumb to nature in painful ways when we have scientifically proven ways to ease your discomforts. Hormone therapy consists of main hormones like progestin and estrogen.
How safe is hormone therapy?
There was speculation that HRT fell out of favor with the WHI because of the alleged health risks to users. The pendulum swung in the opposite direction when researchers established better ways to administer and manage HRT. Today, the replacement of hormones for women treats more than menopausal signs by rectifying hot flashes, thinning vaginal lining, dryness, painful sex, itching, and age management therapy. Turner Medical Arts practices safe hormone replacement therapy administration with various measures, including what we will detail below.
Safe hormone therapy in Santa Barbara
Qualifying your health
The perfect candidate for HRT is younger than 60 years old or going through perimenopause or menopause. These women shouldn’t have a history of heart illness, breast cancer, blood clots, liver disease, or stroke. Qualified candidates have a higher chance of tolerating the hormones well.
Female hormone replacement should only be a short-term drug that offers quick relief from all kinds of symptoms. How short is short? Experts generally recommend not taking it for longer than five years or above age 60. Most women can tolerate the drugs well within a year of beginning treatment, and more than 75% can safely discontinue therapy in a total of two years. We prefer to taper off the treatment instead of ending it cold turkey, so your body has a softer biological adjustment.
Our hormone therapy in Santa Barbara is careful during and after the HRT. We must educate you on possible warning signs for you to stop the treatment:
- Chest pain
- Blurred vision
- Shortness of breath
Forms of HRT
The most common HRT form is the oral pill. Other options include rings, skin patches, and vaginal tablets. The skin patch directly affects the blood because it bypasses the digestive system and liver. The vaginal ring and tablet are good options if you have a dry vagina because they stimulate the regrowth of vaginal cells and quickly stimulate receptors to prevent dryness.
Women undergoing HRT should follow up with the healthcare provider every year. You must learn all the factors that come into play when you begin HRT and have a precise treatment duration. Turner Medical has a whole medical team to diagnose, administer and monitor your progress for the longest or shortest period necessary. Book an appointment online or call (805) 962-1957 for further information and the pellet hormone therapy cost details.