Hormones regulate many important functions of your body and can have a significant impact on your moods as well. A hormone imbalance can disrupt your body’s normal processes, causing you physical and mental discomfort and distress. Menopause is a common time when hormone shifts happen, but other reproductive health conditions can also cause hormone levels to fluctuate. Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment option that can restore your body’s processes, allowing you to feel normal again.
What are the symptoms of a hormone imbalance?
A hormone imbalance can cause a number of symptoms that can range from bothersome to severe. These symptoms can include irregular periods, irritability, fatigue, weight gain, and loss of libido. Irregular menstrual cycles can also be an indication of hormone imbalances. These imbalances can also make it difficult for you to become pregnant.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment that is recommended when hormonal fluctuations are causing significant disruptions in your body’s functions and causing you distress. Dr. Macey develops a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. There are a number of methods for administering the hormones, and Dr. Macey will work to find the one that works best for your needs.
Am I a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?
If you have been experiencing some of the symptoms listed above, but you don’t have any medical conditions that could be the cause of the symptoms, you may be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Macey can work with you to determine if you are experiencing hormonal fluctuations and discuss whether hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
If you have had, or currently have, breast, endometrial, or ovarian cancer, you would likely not be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy. Those who have had liver disease, stroke, or blood clots in the lungs or legs should also not undergo hormone replacement therapy.
What types of hormone replacement therapy are available?
Dr. John Macey will work with you to develop a unique treatment plan that addresses the symptoms you are experiencing. There are a number of different methods for administering hormone replacement therapy. The most familiar one is birth control pills, which are taken orally on a daily basis. Another option is a birth control implant which is a small pellet that is placed under the skin that releases hormones gradually. During fertility treatments, hormone injections are sometimes used to stimulate egg release.
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