Hormone therapy, or hormone replacement therapy, is a treatment that restores the circulating levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone if a woman’s body no longer produces them.
If you are considering hormone replacement therapy in Sacramento or a surrounding area, the expert gynecologists at Dignity Health would be glad to answer your questions. To receive the care you need with humankindness, Find a Doctor near you today.
Why Hormone Therapy is Used
The goal of hormone therapy is to regulate the estrogen and progesterone levels in your body. In the past, women most commonly received hormone therapy after menopause, whether natural or caused by surgical removal of the ovaries.
Now, your doctor at Dignity Health may also recommend hormone therapy if you:
- Underwent early menopause, before the age of 40
- Are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness
- Have lost bone mass and other available treatments for osteoporosis are not an option
For many years, experts believed hormone therapy would prevent heart disease in postmenopausal women. Although it may still be prescribed for this reason, it is now an individual choice rather than a blanket recommendation.
What to Expect From Hormone Therapy at Dignity Health
Hormone therapy can be administered in a variety of ways, depending on the goal of the therapy:
- Oral (pills)
- Creams and ointments
- Vaginal ring
Hormone therapies delivered through pills or patches may help manage symptoms of menopause like hot flashes. Creams and the vaginal ring can specifically help ease vaginal dryness, urinary leakage, or vaginal or urinary tract infections. Our team provides the latest methods of hormone therapy, so you can be sure you are receiving the best possible care.
As with all medications, there are some risks for some women who use hormone therapy. These may include:
Hormone therapy is not for all women. Talk with one of our experienced doctors, weighing the risks and benefits, to determine if it is the right treatment for you. As part of our women’s health services, Dignity Health offers hormone therapy in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas.