Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Glow Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Rockwall, TX

Many women are prepared for menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, but there’s another common menopause problem no one anticipates: painful intercourse due to vaginal atrophy. Hormone deficiencies generally take a toll on your energy and may lead to serious health problems, which is why Theresa Conyac, MD, FACOG, at Glow Obstetrics & Gynecology in Rockwall, Texas, offers bioidentical hormone therapy. With bioidentical hormone therapy, you can safely restore normal hormone levels and protect your health. If you need help with menopause symptoms, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone therapy?

Dr. Conyac prescribes bioidentical hormones to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike typical synthetic pharmaceutical products, bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones naturally produced by your body. As a result, your body has a normal response to bioidentical hormones that may lower your risk of side effects.

When might I need bioidentical hormone therapy?

Women can develop many hormone deficiencies during their lifetime. Hormone levels may drop due to an endocrine gland problem, stress, illness, intensive athletic training, nutrient deficiencies, and certain medications. The levels of some hormones normally decline as you get older.

But the primary reason most women need bioidentical hormone therapy is to relieve the symptoms of menopause and to treat a common problem that develops during menopause: vaginal atrophy.

What symptoms develop due to menopause?

The classic symptoms of menopause, hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings, can develop in the years before and during menopause. These symptoms can last for years and range from mild to severe.

Estrogen also has many roles in your body. For example, estrogen helps regulate bone metabolism, promotes collagen synthesis, and maintains elasticity in your blood vessels. When estrogen production drops at menopause, you’re at a high risk for chronic diseases such as osteoporosis and heart disease.

Bioidentical hormone therapy eliminates menopause symptoms and prevents hormone-related diseases by restoring normal levels of estrogen.

What symptoms develop due to vaginal atrophy?

When your estrogen levels decline at menopause, the tissues lining your vagina become thin, dry, and fragile. These changes lead to problems such as:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal burning
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Less lubrication during intercourse

Nearly half of all women develop vaginal atrophy, but you can get relief from your symptoms with bioidentical hormone therapy.

What should I expect during bioidentical hormone therapy?

Before you receive bioidentical hormone therapy, Dr. Conyac performs a blood test to determine the exact dose you need to restore normal hormone levels. Bioidentical hormones are available in a variety of forms, including pills, patches, creams, and injections.

One of the best forms is a tiny pellet that’s inserted under your skin. The pellet continuously releases hormones so you maintain steady levels. The pellet stays in place 3-6 months before it runs out of bioidentical hormones and you need a new pellet.

To learn more about bioidentical hormone therapy and if it’s a good option for you, call Glow Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online today.