Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist
Dr. Aaron Campbell is a board certified OB/GYN who serves residents of the Brenham, Texas area and many of the surrounding communities. At Brenham Women’s Health, the doctor provides hormone replacement therapy for women who are experiencing hormone related health concerns, like menopause.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A
by Aaron Campbell, MD, FACOG
Is hormone replacement therapy always needed after a hysterectomy or menopause?
Contrary to what many women believe, hormone replacement therapy isn’t always needed after a hysterectomy or menopause. Women who are in generally good health may not need replacement hormones due to their bodies being in balance hormonally. Women who have partial hysterectomies or where a portion of an ovary is left behind may also be able to avoid the therapy because the portion of the ovary that has been left behind may be able to produce enough estrogen and other hormones to keep the body in its natural balance. Hormone replacement therapy is a way for the body to retain its natural balance if all of the natural sources of female hormones have been depleted or taken away.
What are common symptoms of menopause?
The signs of menopause can begin to appear as early as the mid-30s, depending on a woman’s overall, general health. For many women, the signs are so subtle, they may not even associate them with menopause until other signs begin to appear. As a woman passes from perimenopause to full menopause, the symptoms will become more prominent and begin to appear together. Headaches, night sweats, hot flashes, abdominal cramps, irregular periods, abnormal spotting between periods, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse are the most common signs women report in the earliest stages of menopause.
Is hormone replacement therapy known to have side effects?
Hormone replacement therapy is designed to help restore balance within the body and reduce the severity of menopause signs and symptoms. The medications used in hormone replacement therapy can be made from natural or synthetic sources, both of which have the potential to cause some degree of side effects. Bloating, vaginal bleeding, constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, mood swings, headaches, and tenderness in the breasts are all possible. Each woman will experience these symptoms at different times and intensities, depending on how well their body is able to utilize and metabolize the medication.