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Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Stop My Menopausal Symptoms?

Apr 04, 2024

Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Stop My Menopausal Symptoms?

More than 1 million women transition to menopause each year, and many of them experience bothersome symptoms related to hormonal changes. In fact, the most bothersome symptoms of declining hormones typically begin before you officially reach menopause, during a transition period called perimenopause. 

Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective way to treat the symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause. At Cornforth Gynecology and Med Spa, board-certified OBGYN Katherine Cornforth, MD, is dedicated to supporting women through all life phases, including perimenopause and menopause. Our team offers personalized hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease symptoms and help you feel more like yourself again. 

Relieves common menopause symptoms

HRT places the hormones your body produces less during menopause (estrogen and progesterone). By restoring these hormone levels, HRT relieves many common menopause symptoms, including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Memory issues
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low libido

Many women notice improvements in their symptoms within a few weeks of starting HRT. 

Stabilizes mood and cognitive function

The hormonal fluctuations of menopause can take a toll on your mood and mental clarity. Mood swings are common, especially during perimenopause. HRT can stabilize these fluctuations so that you feel more balanced and in control of how you feel. If you've been feeling like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster, HRT can be a welcome relief by restoring balance to your emotions.  

Is HRT right for me?

Deciding if HRT is right for you involves assessing the severity of your symptoms, your health history, and your lifestyle. Age and the timing since menopause onset also play crucial roles. The benefits of HRT tend to be greater, and risks lower for women who start treatment closer to the onset of menopause. It's about finding the right balance for your individual circumstances.

Ultimately, choosing HRT is a personal decision that should be made after a thorough discussion with a skilled women’s health provider. Dr. Cornforth can help you weigh the risks and benefits, taking into account your health history, current symptoms, and lifestyle preferences.

A tailored approach

HRT isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. It comes in various forms, including pills, patches, gels, and creams, allowing for a tailored approach to treatment. Dr. Cornforth can help determine the best form and dosage to address your symptoms.

If you're considering HRT, the next step is to schedule a consultation. To learn more and to schedule your consultation, contact our San Antonio, Texas office today and get on the path to feeling like yourself again.