Hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, weight gain, insomnia, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness are things that every woman dreads as menopause approaches. As a board certified gynecologist, Dr. Shawn Tassone of RejuvaWell in Austin, Texas, is nationally known as an expert in hormone replacement therapy. His caring staff is available to help you with your hormone replacement needs, so you can live without the uncomfortable side effects of menopause.
Why do I need hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
As you get closer to menopause, or if you’ve already reached that point, your estrogen level plummets. This can cause you to experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, brittle bones, and weight fluctuations. Hormone replacement therapy replenishes hormones in your body — particularly estrogen and progesterone — that your body stops making. For most women, stabilizing your hormones minimizes your menopausal symptoms, or gets rid of them all together.
How do I know if I need progesterone?
You should only need to take progesterone if you still have your uterus. When you have a monthly period, the progesterone thickens your uterine lining and builds up. Your uterine lining simply sheds away when your body doesn’t need it, during your period. But when your period stops with menopause, all that progesterone just builds up. This can be dangerous and elevate your risk of cancer.
Which estrogen formularies are available?
You don’t necessarily have to take a daily pill to get the estrogen you need. Estrogen comes in many different formularies, including:
- Vaginal creams
- Vaginal suppositories
- Skin patches
- Topical gels and sprays
- Vaginal rings
Is hormone replacement therapy safe?
Yes. You may have heard about dangerous side effects, such as an increased risk of osteoporosis or blood clots, from hormone replacements. But usually this is an issue only if you’re not being carefully monitored. Despite any risks, hormone replacement therapy is the best treatment for unpleasant symptoms of menopause. In general, benefits of hormone replacement therapy typically outweigh any risks if you:
- Are experiencing frequent hot flashes
- Have already lost bone mass
- Went through premature menopause before age 40
- Lost ovarian function before age 40
Having an integrative medicine practitioner such as Dr. Tassone is so beneficial. He can carefully monitor your hormone levels by checking your blood, then adjust your hormone treatment if needed. In addition, he can pair you with supplements, such as vitamin D and calcium, that can help combat issues related to weak bones, which is a side effect of hormone replacement. Having a doctor who monitors everything that’s going on in your body while you’re receiving hormone replacements, is essential for your overall well-being.
The thyroid gland affects almost all body functions and regulates the metabolism, which turns food into energy. If the thyroid gland is malfunctioning and not producing enough hormones, our whole body slows down causing symptoms such as lethargy, fatigue, constipation, and intolerance to cold. An overactive thyroid, on the other hand, can cause symptoms of an increased metabolism such as anxiety, agitation, heart palpitations, and intolerance to heat. The main function of the thyroid is converting calories and oxygen into energy. It helps to regulate blood pressure, metabolism, body temperature, growth, and heart rate. Your local hormone specialist or best rated and internationally recognized hormone imbalance expert Dr. Tassone can provide a safe and an effective hormone imbalance treatment.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition of hormonal imbalance in which a woman’s ovaries grow small non-cancerous fluid-filled cysts.
This condition causes increased production of male sex hormones-androgens, which might cause menstrual cycle irregularity and insulin resistance. This condition is often accompanied by Insulin resistance and excess insulin production.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a condition involving a variety of symptoms (emotional, physical and behavioral) that are directly related to a woman’s menstrual cycle and develop 7–10 days prior to your period. It is considered the luteal or progesterone phase of the menstrual cycle during which time there is a shift of hormones from estrogen to progesterone and might be linked to an insufficient production of progesterone.
Some of the PMS symptoms might result from an interaction between progesterone and brain neurotransmitters called serotonin (which is responsible for our mood stability).
Research shows that serotonin levels are much lower during the luteal phase in women with PMS.
This fact might explain the PMS symptoms of:
Impact of progesterone and estrogen on kidney function
Other symptoms of PMS, such as:
- Fluid retention
According to Dr. Tassone, a hormone specialist, it may be caused by the impact of progesterone and estrogen on kidney function, affecting the balance of salt and fluid retention in the body.
Another common hormonal imbalance seen today is estrogen dominance, which is caused by an imbalance involving estrogen and progesterone; specifically, a relatively low or deficient amount of progesterone in relation to estrogen.
Most symptoms experienced by women during the premenopausal and menopausal years are caused by an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone levels.
Due to this fact, estrogen becomes a predominant hormone in the body, and without proper counterbalancing of progesterone may cause a list of symptoms, including:
- Swollen, tender breasts
- Impatience and irritability
- Irregular periods
- Decreased libido and sex drive
- Fluid retention
- Stomach cramps before the onset of menses
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
Dr. Tassone, at RejuvaWell, strives to provide holistic and individualized care to help you to balance your hormones and your journey to better health and vibrancy.
Do you have questions for hormone specialist in Austin, TX? To receive more information and to learn if you are a candidate for bio-identical hormonal balancing, please contact RejuvaWell. Would you like to schedule an appointment with the top Integrative Life Cycle and Integrated Women’s Health specialist in Austin, Dr. Tassone? Please take our quiz here and contact our office.