Hormone therapy, or hormone replacement, is a way to restore female hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone in women who have gone through menopause or early menopause, or who may be experiencing bone loss caused by osteoporosis.
If you would like to learn more about hormone therapy in Arizona, speak with a women’s health provider at Dignity Health. For the services you need, Find a Doctor at a location near you.
Reasons for Hormone Therapy
Traditionally, hormone therapy has been prescribed to women to help control decreasing hormone levels after menopause.
Recently, doctors have started recommending hormonal therapies for women who:
- Went through early menopause, before the age of 40
- Have bone loss from osteoporosis, and other available treatments are not an option
- Are having menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness
For quite some time, experts believed that hormone therapy could prevent heart disease in women that were postmenopausal. This is a personal choice, rather than a medical recommendation. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.
What to Expect With Hormone Therapy at Dignity Health
If your health care provider has recommended hormone therapy, you may have many options to choose from. Hormone therapy may be given through pills, patches, creams, ointments, or a vaginal ring.
Pills or patches are often used to treat menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. For urinary leakage, vaginal or urinary tract infections (UTI), or vaginal dryness, your doctor may prescribe creams or a vaginal ring.
You should understand that hormone therapy is not for all women. Be sure to discuss the risks and benefits of each type of therapy with your doctor. Together with your doctor, you can decide if this treatment is suitable for your specific needs.
At Dignity Health, we are here to help you make the most informed decision, with the goal of improving your overall health with hormone therapy in Arizona.