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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Sarasota OB/GYN Associates

OB/GYNs & Urogynecology located in Sarasota, Venice & Port Charlotte, FL

As you age, your hormones decline, which can lead to some uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms like weight gain and libido loss. At Sarasota OB/GYN Associates in Sarasota, Venice and Port Charlotte, Florida, Katrina Davis, MD, FACOG, and Lyvie-Sara Sylvestre, MS, MD, offer hormone replacement therapy to protect your health and restore your vitality. Call or schedule a consultation online today to find out if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy is a highly personalized treatment to restore hormonal balance and relieve uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms. Estrogen and progesterone are common types of hormone replacement therapy for women. 

There are several types of hormone replacement therapy, including:

  • Oral medicines
  • Subdermal pellets
  • Topical creams
  • Patches
  • Vaginal creams

Sarasota OB/GYN Associates provides a comprehensive exam and thorough lab tests to evaluate your hormonal needs and identify the best type of hormone replacement therapy to restore your health. 

Why would I need hormone replacement therapy?

The most common reason for hormone replacement therapy is to relieve menopause symptoms. Your estrogen levels fluctuate and decline as you approach menopause, which can cause symptoms like:

  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Insomnia 
  • Fatigue
  • Libido loss
  • Vaginal dryness and atrophy
  • Painful sex
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin
  • Irritability
  • Depression and anxiety

If you have menopause symptoms that interfere with your health and quality of life, talk to Sarasota OB/GYN Associates. You don't have to accept these symptoms as a normal part of aging. 

Hormone replacement therapy might help relieve your symptoms and restore your health and vitality. In addition to hormone replacement therapy, your provider might suggest changes to your diet and exercise habits, counseling, and other therapies to enhance your overall health. 

What should I expect during hormone replacement therapy?

You begin with a thorough exam and lab tests to confirm that your symptoms are due to a hormonal imbalance. Sarasota OB/GYN Associates prescribes the type of hormone replacement therapy that will most likely rebalance your hormones. 

You’ll have frequent follow-up appointments in the beginning stages of your treatment. Your provider needs to monitor your hormone levels, symptoms, and overall health to make sure your treatment works.

Depending on your response to treatment, your provider might adjust your prescription. As your hormonal stability and health return, you’ll have fewer follow-up appointments. Most patients have blood work and follow-up appointments every six months once their hormones stabilize. 

If you're curious about hormone replacement therapy and want to find out if it's right for you, call Sarasota OB/GYN Associates or make an appointment online today.