The natural aging process can lead to uncomfortable symptoms, including vaginal dryness and hot flashes, but hormonal therapy can bring you relief. At Mothers and Daughters Center in Santa Ana, California, Kathy Anderson, MD, offers hour-long hormonal therapy appointments tailored explicitly to identifying and managing your hormonal imbalance. Call Mothers and Daughters Center or schedule your hormonal therapy appointment online today.
Hormonal imbalances can have several causes, but of the most common is perimenopause and menopause. Estrogen and progesterone are female sex hormones that control your fertility and menstrual cycle. As their production declines during perimenopause -- the years leading up to menopause -- hormonal changes occur, and you can experience uncomfortable symptoms.
You’ve reached menopause when you haven’t menstruated for 12 consecutive months in a row. Menopause usually occurs between 45-55 years of age.
Hormonal imbalances can cause a variety of symptoms, including, but not limited to:
Many women also experience hair loss and reduced bone mass.
Dr. Anderson takes a personalized, patient-focused approach to manage your health. During your hour-long appointment, she performs a full physical examination that includes a complete medical history.
To identify your hormonal changes, Dr. Anderson conducts laboratory testing. In addition to checking your follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) to see if it’s elevated, she looks at your estrogen levels to see if they’ve declined.
Dr. Anderson may also review your thyroid hormones because imbalances can cause some of the same symptoms as menopause. Depending on your individual needs, she may suggest additional hormone testing.
Based on your examination and lab results, Dr. Anderson may make dietary and exercise recommendations in addition to prescribing hormonal therapy.
Dr. Anderson offers hormonal therapy to restore balance in your body and reduce the signs of aging. Hormone therapy not only reduces your symptoms, but it also helps reduce your risk of fractures and prevents bone loss.
There are two primary approaches to hormonal therapy: systemic and vaginal.
This approach to hormone therapy uses pills, patches, gels, sprays, or creams to deliver estrogen -- and sometimes progesterone -- to your entire body. Systemic hormone therapy offers relief for symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness and burning.
These therapies introduce low levels of estrogen into your body vaginally, either in tablet, ring, or cream forms. Vaginal hormone therapy is most useful for vaginal and urinary tract symptoms.
For help managing your hormones, call Mothers and Daughters Center or schedule an appointment online to learn more about hormonal therapy today.