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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in San Diego, California

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offers several potential benefits, primarily for managing menopausal symptoms in women. It has been found to relieve symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness, improving overall quality of life. HRT has also shown to help maintain or improve bone density, reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures, and may have a protective effect on the cardiovascular system. Additionally, it may contribute to healthier skin, hair, and sexual health, alleviating vaginal discomfort and improving overall well-being. For healthy aging, HRT may play a role in maintaining cognitive function and reducing the risk of cognitive decline in postmenopausal women, although research in this area is ongoing.

What is the Best Method of Hormone Replacement Therapy?

What to Expect During Treatment

The answer to that question depends on your unique needs. Considerations include your health objectives, your current health condition, and other factors. After getting a full naturopath consult from one of our board-certified naturopathic doctors, together, we can determine the best method of Hormone Replacement Therapy for you. Options include pills, patches, creams, injections, and more.

How Do You Know If You Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?

HRT is typically considered for individuals experiencing hormonal imbalances or deficiencies, particularly as they relate to menopause or andropause (male menopause). Here are some signs that may indicate a need for HRT:

  • Menopause symptoms
  • Andropause symptoms
  • Blood tests
  • Bone density loss
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Mood changes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Heart health 

Frequently Asked Questions

Hormone replacement therapy supplements the body with hormones (like estrogen and progesterone) to alleviate symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances or declines in hormone levels. 

HRT can be safe for many, but it carries risks and possible side effects. These include potential increased risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular issues, depending on individual health factors.

Some individuals may experience weight gain due to water retention or changes in body composition, but this effect varies and is usually managed by adjusting dosages.

By balancing hormones, HRT may indirectly help with weight management, especially if hormonal imbalances are contributing to weight gain. It is important to note that HRT is not a stand-alone weight loss treatment.

HRT may improve skin elasticity, thickness, and hydration, potentially reducing some signs of aging and making the skin appear younger to some extent.

The duration of Hormone Replacement Therapy is individualized.  Longevity is based on symptom management and risk assessment under medical supervision.  An average time frame could range from a few years to longer periods, depending on your unique situation.