Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology, PC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Allentown, PA

If you suffer from hot flashes, night sweats, or other symptoms of menopause, you may want to consider hormone replacement therapy. The all-female team of highly trained OB/GYNs at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology in Allentown, Pennsylvania can help identify and treat any hormone imbalances that may be affecting you. To learn how hormone replacement can help you, call or book an appointment online today.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormones regulate most of your body’s functions, from digestion to sex drive. A hormone imbalance, such as what happens during menopause, can have a major effect on your entire life.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) restores normal levels of hormones in your body to relieve troublesome symptoms of menopause, such as night sweats. HRT may also help reduce symptoms of cancer treatment or prevent health problems that result from declining hormones, such as osteoporosis.

Drs. Greiss-Coult, Eckert, and Cisek are all experienced in identifying and providing treatment plans for hormone replacement therapy.

What are bioidentical hormones?

At Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology, in addition to traditional replacement medications, Dr. Cisek prescribes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Bioidentical hormones are man-made hormones that have an identical molecular structure to the hormones your body naturally produces.

Since they are bioidentical, your body responds to the replacement hormones the same way it would to natural estrogen or progesterone.

What does hormone replacement therapy treat?

Dr. Cisek most commonly prescribes BHRT to help ease symptoms of menopause that result from a drop in hormone levels. BHRT may reduce bothersome symptoms of low hormones, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Decreased sex drive

In addition to helping women going through menopause, BHRT may effectively reduce side effects of cancer treatments that decrease estrogen levels.

Am I a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?

First, your dedicated Seasons of Life doctor thoroughly reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical and pelvic exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for BHRT.

She also discusses the potential risks of BHRT, such as blood clots and stroke. If hormone replacement isn’t right for you, she may recommend another treatment, such as MonaLisa Touch® for vaginal dryness and discomfort.

Before developing your BHRT treatment plan, your doctor takes an in-office blood test to check your hormone levels. Then, she recommends the best form of BHRT treatment for your unique needs. BHRT comes in a variety of forms, and she most commonly prescribes a combination of topical creams/gels and capsules to be taken by mouth.

After you start BHRT, you will need to return to Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology for periodic monitoring of your hormone levels.

To find out if BHRT is right for you, call Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online today.