FAQs about Women Hormone Replacement Therapy
Welcome to the SynergenX FAQs page about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women.
Here you will find expert answers to HRT questions and links to learn more about a particular topic.
- What is hormone replacement therapy for women?
Hormone replacement therapy for women is treatment that contains female hormones to replace deficiencies. If you’re feeling signs and symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, HRT is an excellent way to restore levels and feel healthy again. You can take hormone replacement therapy for estrogen, progestin, testosterone, human growth hormone, and thyroid, to name a few. SynergenX provides a unique HRT approach that includes regular monitoring to minimize risks and provide the best results.
HRT for women is available in the form of creams and pellets.
For women, hormone therapy treats symptoms associated with menopause. However, a growing number of women are using hormone replacement therapy to resolve hormone imbalances and feel healthy again.
According to the Mayo Clinic, HRT is ideal for women who have moderate to severe hot flashes, have symptoms of menopause, want to prevent bone loss, or have estrogen deficiency.
- Is hormone replacement therapy safe for women?
As with any medication, there are risks involved in hormone therapy. The specific risks depend on the type of hormone therapy, age, and health history. However, it’s also important to note that there are risks involved with hormonal imbalances left untreated.
At SynergenX, we help our female patients understand the risks involved with HRT. Our goal is to help you make a well-informed decision on whether it’s the right option for you.
- Can you have a period while on hormone replacement therapy?
Depending on the HRT you receive, you can still have your period while on the treatment. This option is called cyclical HRT and allows women who are still ovulating to continue to have a period while receiving the treatment.
- Does hormone replacement therapy cause weight gain?
It depends on the type of hormone replacement therapy. Some hormone therapies do cause temporary weight gain, while others have shown to help with weight loss in women.
- Are birth control pills the same as hormone replacement therapy?
No, birth control pills are not the same as hormone replacement therapy. Although some birth control pills increase your hormone levels, HRT helps balance deficiencies.
- Why can’t I take birth control and be on hormones if it suppresses my hormones?
Synthetic hormones are not the same molecular makeup as what your body naturally produces; therefore, they bind to the receptor sites but work on negative feedback to shut off the production of your natural hormones. It is not safe to take bioidenticals while on synthetics as it can put you at additional risk for an adverse event. Also, hormone levels can build up in the blood to unsafe levels and cause a worse hormone imbalance.
- What side effects am I likely to experience on estrogen replacement therapy?
Weight gain (temporary) and bloating are typical in the first several weeks of treatment. As your body gets used to hormone changes and balancing, it is common to initially experience water retention and bloating. But don’t be discouraged—you’ll start to lean out over time. Other side effects can include mood changes and nipple sensitivity. Remember, too, that we run blood tests at specific treatment intervals to evaluate levels and minimize side effects.
- Will I get facial hair?
Testosterone can cause male characteristics in females. However, proper dosing and close follow-up significantly reduces your risk.
- Can hormone replacement therapy cause hair loss in women?
No. HRT is often a solution to hair loss in women caused by hormonal imbalances. If you have low progesterone and estrogen, you might be experiencing thinning of your hair already. To prevent further hair loss and feel like yourself again, consider HRT treatment as a solution.
- Do women need to take hormone replacement therapy after menopause?
A woman doesn’t have to take HRT after menopause. If you decide that you can’t take hormone therapy, you can make many healthy lifestyle choices to relieve minor symptoms associated with menopause.
But many women experience lasting menopausal symptoms that interfere with their quality of life. When this is the case, HRT is a great way to receive long-term treatment tailored to your needs. To decide whether this treatment option is right for you, contact us today.
Helping women achieve hormonal balance with HRT
SynergenX provides HRT for women who want to look and feel their best. If you’re dealing with signs and symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, HRT might be the solution you need to feel normal and healthy again. With regular monitoring, and other lifestyle management services, SynergenX helps women achieve hormonal balance.
To learn more, please use the form on this page or give us a call: 888.219.7259.