Menopausal Hormone Therapy
Menopausal hormone therapy is a treatment used to relieve the symptoms associated with menopause.
What is menopausal hormone therapy?
Menopausal hormone therapy is a treatment used to relieve the symptoms associated with menopause. Women who experience hot flashes, vaginal atrophy symptoms and sleep disturbances can benefit from this therapy. It can also be used in the prevention of osteoporosis.
The two types of hormone therapy are: ET (estrogen only) and EPT (estrogen plus progestrogen). If your uterus was removed due to a hysterectomy, ET will be the prescribed course of action. Progestogen (a class of steroid hormone) is added with EPT to protect women with a uterus against uterine cancer.
How is this hormone therapy conducted?
Menopausal hormone therapy can involve the use of oral tablets, patches, gels, sprays or injections in order to circulate these products throughout the bloodstream. Other products, such as creams, rings or tablets can used more specifically and localized to a particular area of the body. Regardless of the approach, these products work to treat menopausal symptoms.
What are the benefits and risks?
Hundreds of clinical studies have shown menopausal hormone therapy to be very effective, and it can lead to improved sexual health, sleep and overall quality of life. Hormone therapy isn’t without its risks, though. Low doses for shorter periods of time are recommended in order to minimize health risks. An OB/GYN, like Dr. Taaly Silberstein, can help patients weigh the potential risks and benefits.
Hormone therapy in the greater Los Angeles area
To request an appointment at our Tarzana office, give us a phone call at (818) 996-3200. Dr. Silberstein will discuss hormone therapy with you and can let you know if menopausal hormone therapy is right for you.