Hormone Replacement Therapy

J. Shan Young, MD LLC

Board Certified Gynecologists located in Anniston, AL

Menopause can cause symptoms like weight gain, mood swings, and painful sex, which can be highly disruptive to your health and quality of life. Johnny Young, MD, and his team at J. Shan Young, MD, in Anniston, Alabama, offer customized hormone replacement therapy services to restore your hormonal health and reduce your symptoms. If menopause is interfering with your well-being, call the office, or schedule a consultation online today to find out how hormone replacement therapy can help you.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy replenishes the hormones that your body isn’t producing. As you approach menopause, your estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate and eventually decline, which can trigger a variety of disruptive symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy addresses the imbalance this creates and reduces your symptoms. 

What are the signs that I might need hormone replacement therapy?

Every woman experiences menopause differently. You may or may not have disruptive symptoms. 

Some of the common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Disinterest in sex
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary problems
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Reduced concentration and memory
  • Osteoporosis

Some women sail through menopause with very little disruption, while others live with severe symptoms. Whatever your experience, the team at J. Shan Young, MD, offers compassionate, customized care, including hormone replacement therapy, to restore your health and wellness. 

What should I expect during hormone replacement therapy?

The team at J. Shan Young, MD, begins by performing a thorough exam and ordering blood tests. Your provider reviews your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle and evaluates your blood test results to identify menopause-related hormonal health issues. 

If it’s appropriate for you, they prescribe hormone replacement therapy. Depending on your needs, your provider might recommend hormone replacement therapy as oral medication, a topical gel or cream, a vaginal ring, or a long-term method such as a patch or implant.

Your provider at J. Shan Young, MD, monitors your hormone levels, symptoms, and overall health while you receive treatment. They might need to adjust your prescription to provide the best possible relief. 

In addition to hormone replacement therapy, your provider might recommend lifestyle adjustments to reduce your symptoms and improve your overall health. For example, they might suggest adding 30 minutes of moderate activity, like a walk around your neighborhood after dinner, to your daily routine or removing spicy foods from your diet, as they can trigger hot flashes.

You don’t need to use hormone replacement therapy forever. Eventually, your provider can help you taper off your hormone replacement therapy. 

Is hormone replacement therapy safe?

Hormone replacement therapy is safe. Rest assured that the team at J. Shan Young, MD, provides thorough exams to ensure that the treatment is appropriate for your needs. 

Hormone replacement therapy isn’t the best treatment for everyone. For example, your provider might suggest different treatments if you have a history of:

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Breast, ovarian, or endometrial cancer

Your provider also carefully monitors your health throughout treatment and adjusts or changes your menopause management plan if hormone replacement therapy causes unwanted side effects or health issues. 

Call J. Shan Young, MD, today, or make an appointment online for expert menopause management services including hormone replacement therapy.