Hormone Counseling and Therapy
The term "bio-identical hormone replacement therapy" or BHRT refers to hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone used to stabilize and normalize hormonal deficiencies in women experiencing the symptoms of menopause.
As part of our hormone counseling and therapy, we will guide you through the complex issues surrounding menopause including Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), bone health, changes in mental clarity, mood swings and irritability, weight gain, and sexuality. We will explain all the options available from topical creams to pills to patches to bio-identical hormone replacement pellet therapy along with diet and natural remedies for the various issues of menopause. We will also explore the emotional aspects of menopause.
Dr. Thaxton will help you understand the pros and cons of different hormone replacement therapies. He will thoroughly assess your health history and provide you with a custom-tailored, personalized treatment program.
Your options may include:
- The latest FDA-approved hormone therapies
- Natural hormones
- Bio-identical hormones
- Local hormone therapies for those who have only vaginal symptoms
- Choices for administering hormones, including pills, patches, vaginal, topical, and pellet preparations
- Non-hormonal treatments
Menopause is the permanent cessation of a woman’s monthly cycle in association with the loss of ovarian function. It is part of the normal life cycle for all women and usually affects women between the ages of 45 and 55 with the peak being ages 50- 51 although the symptoms may begin as much is 10-15 years prior to that. In addition to the problems often associated with menopause, this “change of life” usually brings a newfound freedom from monthly periods and the worry of pregnancy
The transition to menopause varies from woman to woman; sometimes it can be as brief as a few months to as lengthy as 10 years, the average is approximately seven-eight years. Symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman, but are usually defined as hot flashes, night sweats, irregular menstrual cycles, insomnia, mood changes, fatigue, forgetfulness, weight gain and slowed metabolism, vaginal dryness, and decreased libido.
We have the knowledge, training, and treatment options to help assist and navigate you through the unchartered waters of your personal transition through menopause.