You don’t need to suffer through hot flashes, mood swings, sleepless nights, and other symptoms caused by menopause. The doctors at Hill Country OB/GYN provide safe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in the form of BioTE®, which delivers consistent hormone therapy for up to six months. Hormone therapy is the best way to relieve your symptoms and prevent health problems caused by low hormones. Get back to optimal health by calling one of our offices in Austin and Dripping Springs, Texas.
Hormone Therapy Q&A
+ When Will I Reach Menopause?
The timing for each woman is different, but 51 is the average age for reaching menopause. In the 3-5 years before menopause, a time called perimenopause, your hormone levels begin to fluctuate.
These changes often affect women’s menstrual cycles, causing periods that may be heavier, lighter, shorter, or longer than normal. You’re officially in menopause when you haven’t had a period for 12 straight months.
+ What Symptoms Develop During Menopause?
The symptoms associated with menopause can begin during perimenopause and continue for years after you reach menopause. You may experience:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mood changes
- Vaginal dryness
- Discomfort during intercourse
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain
Estrogen helps regulate many parts of your body. As a result, the loss of estrogen at menopause increases your risk for health conditions such as heart disease, urinary incontinence, osteoporosis, and vaginal atrophy.
About half of all women develop vaginal atrophy, which occurs when tissues lining your vagina become thin, dry, and fragile. Vaginal atrophy causes symptoms such as painful sexual intercourse and vaginal burning and itching.
+ What is Hormone Therapy?
Hormone therapy restores your hormones back to their normal levels. With the appropriate amount of estrogen, you’ll get relief from menopause-related symptoms. You’ll also prevent future problems caused by low estrogen levels, like osteoporosis.
When you decide to use hormone replacement therapy, the doctors at Hill Country OB/GYN prescribe BioTE®.
+ What are the Benefits of BioTE Hormone Therapy?
BioTE therapy utilizes bioidentical hormones, which have the same structure as the hormones normally produced in your body. The hormones in BioTE are also derived from natural plants rather than animals or synthetics, so they’re less likely to cause side effects.
Your BioTE therapy is custom made to contain the precise dose you need to bring hormones back to healthy levels. It’s also delivered in the form of a pellet that’s about the size of a grain of rice. Your doctor inserts the BioTE pellet under the skin on your hip. The pellet lasts 3-6 months, and during that time its hormones are metabolized by your body as needed. As a result, you don’t have hormone fluctuations; your body maintains a normal and stable level of hormones.
If you suffer from hot flashes, fatigue, memory loss, or a low sex drive, call Hill Country OB/GYN or book an appointment online to see if you’ll regain better health with hormone therapy.