Menopause is not a medical disorder, so you should not worry about it leading to life-threatening complications. Your doctor can help you manage your treatments by offering several treatment options. Dr. Barbieri and his team often recommend New York hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopause symptoms and help you lead a quality life.
An overview of hormone replacement therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is vital in managing your menopause and perimenopause symptoms. Medical experts believe that women don’t have to tolerate uncomfortable menopause symptoms when there are simple management techniques. Doctors often recommend hormone replacement therapy to relieve night sweats and hot flashes and improve your sexual function, mood and sleep. This treatment has long-term benefits, including metabolic, heart, and bone health. Dr. Barbieri uses a personalized approach to hormonal balancing while focusing on your family history, particular symptoms, and goals. She selects the most effective hormones to restore optimal health.
Symptoms associated with menopause
Menopause does not fall under medical conditions as it is a natural transition to another phase of life. Many women undergo menopause without requiring medical intervention. However, if the change results in uncomfortable symptoms or affects the quality of your life, it may be time to seek medical care. Symptoms associated with menopause include thinning hair, night sweats and hot flashes, irregular periods, sleep problems, urinary problems, and mood swings. Hormone replacement therapy can relieve some of these symptoms, making your transition more manageable.
Additionally, medical experts assert the treatment can improve muscle function, delay skin aging, and minimize your risk of heart attacks and heart failure. Dr. Barbieri may also prescribe different sex hormones for prostate cancer combinations, birth control, low blood testosterone levels, and transitioning from one sex to the other. A woman’s hormone estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate throughout the month, leading to the menstrual cycle.
During perimenopause, which usually occurs at age 40, the progesterone and estrogen levels decrease, stopping the menstrual cycle, although some women may continue menstruating for some time. Menopause kicks in a year after you experienced the last period. After menopause, you are less likely to conceive without fertility treatments.
Side effects associated with hormone replacement therapy
Although HRT helps manage hot flashes and night sweats, it can lead to side effects such as bloating and indigestion. Back or abdominal pain, breast tenderness, and swelling in different parts of your body. These side effects often improve over time, but your doctor may recommend an alternative or adjust the dosage if they persist. In the past, most people would turn to HRT for relief, but it is not a safe option for everyone.
Most medical experts recommend the treatment for vaginal dryness and mild to hot flashes for people below 59 years, and the lowest possible dosage. Your preferences and overall health also determine whether you should receive the treatment or not. HRT may not be a suitable treatment if you have a history of thrombosis, stroke, uncontrolled hypertension, or high levels of triglycerides in the blood.
Call Dr. Barbieri or book an appointment online to learn more about hormone replacement therapy.