Are you experiencing the challenging symptoms of menopause? Hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances can make this natural transition in your life nothing short of misery.
Dr. Essam Taymour and the team at Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy with Biote® to help restore balance to your hormones and stop menopausal symptoms. Here’s how it works and what it can do for you.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), is a medical treatment that involves supplementing your body with hormones, such as estrogen and progestin (a synthetic form of progesterone), to balance out the hormonal fluctuations that occur during menopause.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy 一 which is what we offer at Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group 一 uses hormones that are structurally identical to those your body produces. BHRT is derived from plant sources such as soy or yams and is customized to match your hormone needs.
How does hormone replacement therapy work?
During menopause, your ovaries produce fewer hormones, and that directly leads to the various symptoms associated with this life stage. BHRT helps address these symptoms by replenishing the declining hormones in your body.
With the Biote method, Dr. Taymour inserts a small pellet about the size of a grain of rice under your skin. The pellet slowly releases hormones in a just-right-for-you dose. There are no pills, creams, or patches to mess with.
The benefits of hormone replacement therapy
As your hormones rebalance, you can enjoy these benefits:
Relief from hot flashes
Hot flashes are perhaps the best-known menopause symptom. Hormone replacement therapy, particularly all types of estrogen, has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
Did you know that estrogen increases serotonin? This helps (in part) to explain why hormonal fluctuations can cause mood swings. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help stabilize your mood, make you feel more emotionally balanced, and support your overall mental wellness by addressing declining estrogen.
Sleep disturbances are a hallmark of menopause. Menopause can contribute to:
- Restlessness sleep (especially issues caused by restless leg syndrome)
- Night sweats
By balancing your hormones, you can reduce the intensity of these symptoms and boost the quality of your sleep.
Estrogen also plays a big role in your bone health. It regulates your bone metabolism. As you age, your estrogen levels decline. This is why many menopausal women start to struggle with bone loss. BHRT can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures associated with menopause-related bone density issues.
Vaginal atrophy is a common but unpleasant side effect of declining hormone levels. This can lead to vaginal dryness, incontinence, pain during sex, and increased risk of urinary tract infections. The good news is that hormone therapy can stop vaginal dryness and discomfort.
Is hormone replacement therapy right for you?
While hormone replacement therapy offers many benefits for managing menopausal symptoms, it’s not right for everyone. Factors such as your medical history, family history, and personal preferences influence whether hormone replacement therapy is a good choice for you.
Dr. Taymour evaluates your individual situation, discusses the potential risks and benefits, and helps you make an informed decision. If hormone therapy isn’t for you, Dr. Taymour can recommend other solutions such as lifestyle changes and MonaLisa Touch®, a laser-based treatment designed to boost collagen production and address thinning vaginal tissue.
Take control of your menopausal symptoms
Menopause doesn't have to mean suffering through discomfort. Hormone replacement therapy with Biote can be a valuable tool in helping to stop menopausal symptoms.
To learn more about Biote and to find out if it's right for you, schedule your appointment online or by calling our office in Long Beach, California, at 562-595-5331.