Hormone replacement therapy balances your estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels. Since your hormone production slows during menopause, hormone replacement therapy often helps reverse the effects. Hormone replacement therapy relieves symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, sweating, irregular sleep, and mood swings.
We offer a variety of options for hormone replacement therapy. If one treatment method doesn’t suit you, we will talk about another option.
The History of Hormone Replacement Therapy Options
Natural estrogen replacements have been around since the 1970s. These plant-based, bioidentical treatments each include 17 beta-estradiol units. Your options for this kind of hormone replacement include estrogen pills, patches, gels, creams, and sprays. Transdermal therapy (patches, gels, spray) is our recommended treatment method for hormone replacement because they are natural and effective. Transdermal therapy easily passes into your bloodstream, bypassing your stomach and liver. This gives you a quick and effective treatment method.
Another option for hormone replacement is Premarin, an animal-based treatment derived from a pregnant mare’s urine. Developed in the 1950s, this option comes in cream or pill format.
In the 1960s, synthetic estrogen was created, which is a manufactured type of estrogen. Though animal-based and synthetic estrogen are readily available, we recommend natural plant-based estrogen. The slight differences in compounds cause the types of estrogen to be broken down differently in the body. Through many patients, we have found that natural estrogen is the most effective.
Which Hormone Replacement Method Should You Choose?
The effect estrogen has on your body depends on how it is consumed. Ideally, estrogen should be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. This is why your ovaries play such a huge role in producing and distributing your hormones. The patch is absorbed by your skin then passes the estrogen directly through to your bloodstream. Alternatively, when you take hormone replacement pills, they get processed by your liver via your stomach. Your liver then delivers the hormones to your bloodstream.
Another important factor in deciding your hormone replacement method is your lifestyle. If you have small children or animals, gels, creams, and sprays have a much higher transfer rate. This means that if you have kids or animals, we would recommend the patch. On the other hand, the patch, though small, may cause a local rash or mild discomfort. It’s important to weigh your options before you make a decision about your hormone replacement therapy.
Let’s Talk About Hormone Replacement
When you come into our office with a hormone imbalance, we will talk you through your options and help you pick the best choice for you. If you have any questions about your hormones or hormone replacement therapy, please give us a call at (530) 345-0064, extension 281.