For many women in Lafayette, hormone replacement therapy offers a way to maintain wellness through menopause, yet it is not without its risks. At Nouriche, we work with patients to educate them so they clearly understand all of their options and can weight the benefits of each.
Hormones are the chemical messengers of your body. They travel through the bloodstream to your tissues and your organs. Over time they can affect many of the body’s processes including metabolism, mood, fertility and sexual function.
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy right for you?
If you struggle with symptoms like skin issues, weight, insomnia, PMS fatigue, or a variety of other issues, you may have hormone imbalance! Getting to the bottom of these and other systematic issues of generally just not feeling good is our specialty.
If you are interested in hormone replacement therapy or think that your hotmones may be off balanced, the first step is to set up an appointment with Dr. Cobb and our medical staff team. Visit our becoming a patient page or call 266-9985 to get your new patient packet and your first appointment. At your first visit, we’ll discuss your needs, lifestyle and history and order any tests that are necessary for getting to the bottom of your hormone balance issues.
Estrogen and Progesterone
Hormone replacement therapy supplements the body with either estrogen alone or a combination of estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen and progesterone are hormones that the ovaries produce. During menopause, however, the body does not produce adequate amounts of these hormones.
When estrogen levels fluctuate or lower, symptoms like hot flashes can arise. Women who still have their uteruses must take a combination of estrogen and progesterone because taking estrogen alone could increase their risk of developing endometrial cancer. Progesterone makes the endometrium shed each month and thus reduces the risk of endometrial cancer.
To understand estrogen dominance which is one of the many hormone issues we treat, you can watch the following presentation by Dr. Cobb given at many women’s conferences around Acadiana:
Hormone replacement therapy can be prescribed as a pill, patch, or cream. Hormone replacement therapy was widely prescribed in the past, but in 2002, after a large clinical trial revealed that it posed more health risks than benefits, doctors began to prescribe it less often and many women who were undergoing the therapy decided to discontinue it. Nevertheless, hormone replacement therapy remains the most effective treatment for the symptoms associated with menopause. To weigh the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy and determine if it’s right for you, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Contact us today to learn more about Lafayette hormone replacement therapy and how it may be able to an help you.