Hormone Replacement Therapy

Are you feeling irritated and tired?
Your hormones may be to blame.

It is important that your hormones are in the proper ratio; only then you will enjoy good health. However, too little or too much of it can create a hormone imbalance in your body.

HRT can offset many of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Furthermore, it can also bring back your quality of life and improve your health.

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone Replacement Therapy is sometimes known as HRT or Estrogen Therapy.

Hormones are potent chemicals. They travel in the bloodstream and created by the endocrine glands.

Too little or too much of any hormone can affect the normal functioning of the body.

Research proves that HRT also prevents more crippling diseases such as bone loss, heart disease. There are a few risks associated with the long-term use of hormone therapy. However, the risks depend on the dose, type of therapy, duration, etc.

At QLMC, your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan. We review it every 3-6 months to eliminate the possibility of risks.

We use the following types of HRT to administer the medication.

  • Systemic hormone therapy – Systemic estrogen comes in pill, gel, cream, ring, spray, or a skin patch. This treats the common symptoms of hormone imbalance. This can contain a higher estrogen concentration.
  • Low-dose vaginal products. We use low-dose vaginal products in the form is a tablet, ring, or cream. This ensures minimal absorption of estrogen.

QLMC doctors may prescribe a combination of estrogen and progestin. This combination lessens the risk of endometrial cancer. However, if you’ve had a hysterectomy (uterus removal), you may not need progestin.

Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT treatments

Hormone Imbalance

Hormones are chemical messengers that influence the way your body functions. It is common for your levels to fluctuate now and then. Especially during your period, pregnancy, or menopause. This can also be due to some medications, etc. But, it can also be due to the malfunctioning of the endocrine gland.

Hormones are essential for the normal functioning of the body. An imbalance can cause a host of symptoms, including:

  • Mood swings
  • Heavy or painful periods
  • Insomnia
  • Low libido
  • Headaches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Decreased energy
  • Hot flashes
  • Weight gain
  • Metabolism
  • Infertility
  • Brain fog
  • Night sweats

Often, hormonal imbalance also leads to osteoporosis or weak bones, and heart disease.

You may not have all the symptoms mentioned above for a hormonal imbalance. It depends on the hormone involved.

Is hormone replacement therapy safe?

Yes! Hormone replacement therapy is safe for you. Especially when taken in the proper doses and at a suitable duration. For this reason, you may want to consult with a QLMC doctor. We can offer personalized treatment plans based on your health needs.

Who should not use hormone replacement therapy?

While hormone replacement therapy is safe, it poses a risk for certain people. It is not recommendedfor those who have a history of:

  • Blood clots
  • Breast cancer
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Liver disease
  • Vaginal bleeding

If you are pregnant, your doctor may suggest alternate therapies.

What are the side effects of hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy comes with a few side effects:

  • Bloating
  • Mood changes
  • Headaches
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Breast tenderness

Do not hesitate to contact your doctor at QLMC if you suffer from any of the above-mentioned side effects.