Hormone Replacement Therapy for Your Hot Flashes

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Your Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are one of the most common and most frustrating symptoms of a hormone imbalance. If you can no longer tolerate hot flashes that affect your quality of life, it may be time to consider hormone replacement therapy.

At Dallas Family Medical & Aesthetics, Julie Reihsen, MD, and our medical team have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating hormone imbalances. We use BioTE® bioidentical hormones to replenish your hormones, so you can get fast and long-lasting relief from hot flashes and other symptoms.

Why you have hot flashes

Your hormones are chemical messengers that control many functions of your body, including the regulation of your body temperature. 

When you have an imbalance in your hormones, your body can’t function optimally. You can experience a wide variety of symptoms, including hot flashes, that impact your life physically, mentally, and emotionally. Hot flashes describe sudden, unexpected increases in your body temperature at random times throughout the day that leave you sweaty and uncomfortable.

Both men and women can develop a hormone imbalance as they age. In men, aging can cause a decrease in testosterone levels — a condition known as andropause.

In women, estrogen and progestin hormone levels dip during menopause, the time when periods stop for good. Hormone production can actually begin declining during perimenopause, the transitional years that lead up to menopause.

When to consider hormone replacement therapy

The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to restore balance in your natural hormone levels to relieve hot flashes and other persistent symptoms of andropause and menopause, like:

You can schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Dallas Family Medical & Aesthetics if any of these symptoms are negatively impacting your quality of life. We can find out if they relate to a hormone imbalance by doing a simple, in-office blood test and determine if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.

We use BioTE bioidentical hormones made from plant materials that are structurally similar to the hormones your body makes naturally. These hormones are available in several forms, including creams, pills, patches, and injections.

Candidates for hormone replacement therapy

Not everyone is a candidate for hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Reihsen can determine if this treatment is right for you after a comprehensive health evaluation and a review of your personal and family medical history.

Overall, hormone replacement therapy is safe, effective, and well-tolerated by men and women. However, if you have a history of smoking, a history of breast cancer, or underlying conditions that can increase your risk for blood clots or other health issues, you may need to explore other treatment options for your hot flashes.

If you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy, we can help you select the right delivery method. We also work closely with you to find the right dosage so you can find long-lasting relief of your symptoms.

It’s common to experience some mild side effects of hormone therapy, such as weight gain, acne, and bloating, when you start your treatment. However, these issues should resolve on their own within a week or two as your hormone levels adjust.

To find out if hormone replacement therapy is right for you, call Dallas Family Medical & Aesthetics in Addison, Texas, at 972-290-1495 to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today. 

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