Hormone Therapy Specialist

Newport Center Women's Health

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Wellness located in Newport Beach, CA

Hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings are difficult to deal with when you’re going through menopause. Hormone therapy is offered by Dr. Gigi Kroll & Dr. Zhanna Pinkus with their team at Newport Center Women’s Health, in Newport Beach, California, to combat these menopause symptoms and help you get back to your normal routine. To learn more about hormone therapy, call or book an appointment online with Newport Center Women’s Health.

Hormone Therapy Q & A

Newport Center Women's Health

What is hormone therapy?

Hormone therapy, also called hormone replacement therapy, refers to an estrogen treatment that helps reduce the effects of menopause.

Some of the menopause symptoms that hormone therapy may reduce or eliminate include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep disturbances or insomnia
  • Vagnial dryness
  • Bone loss
  • Low libido
  • Osteoporosis

At this time, estrogen therapy, in the form of pills, patches, gels, and even sprays, is the most effective prescription medication for treating common menopause symptoms.

Is hormone therapy right for me?

There are two basic types of hormone therapy: estrogen therapy and estrogen plus progesterone therapy.

The former is generally offered to women who no longer have a uterus due to hysterectomy, while the latter is given to women with a uterus to protect them from developing uterine cancer from the estrogen alone.

Depending on your age and other risk factors, your OB/GYN can help craft the perfect individualized hormone therapy plan for you.

If you’re struggling to deal with the symptoms of menopause, hormone therapy may improve your quality of life and get you back on track.

Are there risks of starting hormone therapy?

In general, your OB/GYN suggests the lowest dose of hormone therapy possible, for the shortest amount of time, to reduce the risks associated with the treatment, which include:

  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Slightly increased risk of breast cancer
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Breast pain

Many recent studies suggest that most of these risk factors depend heavily on age, and those who start hormone therapy after age 60 are at a greater risk of developing these negative side effects.

Dr. Kroll works with you to develop a safe and effective hormone replacement treatment plan.  

Do I have other options?

While hormone therapy is still considered the most effective treatment for reducing the symptoms of menopause, you do have other options, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Dietary modifications
  • Botanical herbs and supplements
  • Yoga
  • Aerobic exercise

Alternative therapies are not regulated by the FDA, so it’s important to talk to your doctor before opting for a natural remedy.

To learn more about traditional or alternative hormone therapies for menopause, call Newport Center Women’s Health today or book an appointment online.