Hormone therapy can relieve perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweat, mood changes, vaginal dryness, and painful sex.
Types of Hormone Therapy
There are two main types of hormone therapy:
- Systemic hormone therapy — Supplemental estrogen can be given though various approaches (e.g. pills, patches, vaginal inserts, or even bioidentical pellets to treat common symptoms of menopause. If you still have a uterus, you would also be given a progesterone as well.
- Vaginal Hormone Therapy — This is the use of low-dose vaginal estrogens to treat only the vaginal/urinary symptoms of menopause. Hormone therapy has been shown to be the best treatment for the relief of hot flashes and night sweats, to relieve vaginal dryness and to protect against bone loss.
Risks of Hormone Therapy
Hormone therapy may increase the risk of certain types of cancers, heart attacks, stroke, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Are There Alternatives to Hormone Therapy?
Yes! There are other options to help with the symptoms of menopause that are not hormonal.
Schedule an appointment with one of our gynecologists at 865-331-1122 to see if hormone therapy or one of the alternatives might be right for you.