Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Pacifica Health

OBGYNs & Primary Care Practice located in East Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA & Monterey Park, CA

Are you having a hard time managing life because of your menopause symptoms? Then you may want to consider scheduling a consultation at Pacifica Health to discuss hormone replacement therapy. With locations in the East Hollywood and Chinatown neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Monterey Park, California, the board-certified physicians specialize in hormone replacement therapy and can help you get relief from your symptoms. Call one of the offices or book an appointment online today.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy helps to relieve symptoms caused by the hormonal changes related to menopause. 

Menopause marks a time in a woman’s life when she can no longer get pregnant. This occurs because the ovaries no longer release eggs and the production of estrogen dramatically decreases. 

Although menopause is a part of life, the changes in your estrogen levels may lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain

The type of symptoms you have and their severity can vary from woman to woman. If your menopause symptoms disrupt your daily life, Pacifica Health can help. 

Who benefits from hormone replacement therapy?

If a hormonal imbalance causes you to struggle with uncomfortable symptoms that disrupt your life, then you may benefit from hormone replacement therapy. 

When you visit Pacifica Health for a hormone replacement therapy consultation, your provider performs a thorough exam to see if you would benefit from treatment. During your visit, they review your symptoms, medical and family history, and conducts a physical.

Then, they run blood work to check your hormone levels. You may benefit from hormone replacement therapy if you have severe symptoms and low hormone levels.

Hormone replacement therapy might not be the best choice if you have a personal history of heart disease or breast cancer. You and your doctor can weigh the pros and cons to make a decision that’s best for your health.

Men also experience a decrease in testosterone levels as they age and may benefit from hormone replacement therapy. 

What are the types of hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy comes in many forms. The types include:

  • Pills
  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Patches
  • Shots
  • Pellets

Your hormone replacement therapy may contain estrogen, progestin, and/or testosterone. The specifics of your hormone therapy depend on your personal hormone needs. 

What can I expect from hormone replacement therapy?

You can expect to get relief from your symptoms after you start your hormone replacement therapy. Depending on the type of hormone replacement therapy you use, it may take a few weeks for you to feel more like your usual self. 

In addition to symptom relief, hormone replacement therapy may also improve your bone health. 

Once you start hormone replacement therapy, your provider schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your symptoms and your hormone levels. Your provider adjusts your plan as needed.

To learn more about hormone replacement therapy at Pacifica Health, call the closest office or book an appointment online today.