Hormone Replacement Therapy

Green Valley Primary Care

Seema B Sood, MD

Internal Medicine Physician & Integrated Medical Practice located in Las Vegas, NV

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a key treatment option for women experiencing distressing menopausal symptoms. Seema Sood, MD, of Green Valley Primary Care in Las Vegas is an experienced clinician who understands the effect menopause can have and provides therapies that genuinely relieve your symptoms. For caring and compassionate support during your menopausal years, call Green Valley Primary Care today or book an appointment online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment option for women who are experiencing unwanted side effects caused by menopause. When a woman enters her middle years, the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone start to decline, producing a range of symptoms such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin

Not all women encounter side effects from menopause to an extent that affects their well-being, but for those that do, menopause can be a challenging experience. HRT replaces the hormones lost as a woman enters menopause, reversing the effects of lowered estrogen and progesterone levels and minimizing many symptoms.

Is hormone replacement therapy safe?

HRT is a therapy that’s been in use for many years, and it provides effective relief for many women who find they’re severely affected by menopausal symptoms. However, not all women can take HRT; for example, those who’ve had breast cancer or deep vein thrombosis.

Dr. Sood prescribes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for her patients, as she believes it is a safer and more effective choice than conventional HRT.

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones derived from plants such as yams and soy. The hormones sourced from these plants are precisely the same as your body’s hormones, right down to the molecular level. In addition to reducing the symptoms of menopause, BHRT has been shown to lower the risk of osteoporosis.

As it uses hormones that are identical to your body’s hormones, BHRT provides a better biological match, so the molecules act and react in the same way as those produced by your body.

Conventional HRT is comprised mainly of synthetic hormones that may not be able to replicate the function of your body’s hormones, so they’re more likely to cause side effects, and they may be less effective than BHRT.

In addition, BHRT can be tailored to suit an individual patient and match their exact hormonal needs, whereas conventional HRT is a standard preparation. Using BHRT, Dr. Sood can create a formula designed to optimize the effectiveness of your treatment, and reduce the risk of side effects. She can also assess your needs for vitamin supplementation to complement your treatment.

To find out more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and how it could help relieve your menopausal symptoms, call Green Valley Primary Care today or book an appointment online.