What Are the Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help men and women balance irregular hormones. Caused by natural fluctuations, thyroid issues, stress, diet and nutrition issues, or genetics, imbalanced hormones can cause various uncomfortable symptoms, such as fatigue, mood swings, loss of libido, hot flashes, painful sex, erectile dysfunction, and vaginal dryness. CosmeticGyn Center in Dallas, TX offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help you live more comfortably and to address these issues. If you experience problems caused by erratic hormone fluctuations, our board-certified gynecologist Dr. Otto Huertas provides hormone replacement therapy. This beneficial procedure helps with a variety of symptoms. In rare cases, some patients may have a few side effects, but Dr. Huertas will adjust your prescription amount to ensure it works best for your needs. Please read through our blog to learn more about hormone imbalance and schedule a consultation with Dr. Huertas.
What is bioidentical hormone therapy?
BHRT is an excellent treatment option for patients of all ages. This procedure places a small pellet underneath the skin near your upper buttocks. Approved by the FDA, these tiny pellets are made from plant estrogens or phytoestrogens that help regulate your hormones. Based on your needs, we can replicate estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone with this treatment. Dr. Huertas needs to complete a comprehensive exam to develop the best treatment plan for you. Each pellet has a personalized amount of hormone.
During your consultation, we discuss your medical and family history, allergies, and symptoms. Patients also need blood work, diagnostic imaging (if required), urinalysis, and a physical exam. For women, the physical exam will also include a pelvic exam. Following your consultation, Dr. Huertas will select the best hormone amount for you. Next, he inserts the pellet underneath the skin. Generally, Dr. Huertas recommends that you replace the pellet every 4 – 6 months.
What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy?
This treatment can offer relief from a variety of hormonal issues men and women experience. It can help with:
- Reducing depression
- Increasing energy
- Regulating periods
- Stabilizing mood swings
- Improving vaginal lubrication
- Reducing erectile dysfunction issues
- Addressing hair loss
- Preventing bone density loss (osteoporosis)
What are the hormone replacement therapy side effects?
While it offers various benefits, we still want to provide a holistic view of the treatment. Sometimes, patients’ bodies may not react well to the pellet or require a longer adjustment period. Side effects may include mood changes, spotting, depression, headaches, weight gain, swelling, queasiness, bloating, increased facial hair for women, and acne. As your body gets used to hormone adjustments, your symptoms should start to subside. However, if you continue to have issues, Dr. Huertas can make changes to the prescription amount. In some cases, it may also increase the risk of blood clots, stroke, gallbladder problems, heart disease, and breast cancer. During your consultation, we will discuss all of this information in detail to ensure you feel knowledgeable. Our team takes the time to answer all questions.
Find peace and balance with BHRT treatments.
Do you feel like your hormones cause havoc on your overall health? If so, you may benefit from bioidentical hormone therapy. It’s amazing how a slight adjustment in hormones can make a huge difference in how you feel. Please schedule an appointment at CosmeticGyn Center in Dallas, TX with Dr. Otto Huertas to learn more about this advanced treatment option.