Parisa Pourzand, M.D.
OB/GYN located in Glendale, CA, Burbank, CA, & Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA
Hormone therapy is a powerful treatment option for women who are living with difficult menopause symptoms, and is an area of specialty for OB/GYN Dr. Parisa Pourzand. She’s helped many women from in and around Glendale, Burbank, and Beverly Hills, California, find relief from hormonal changes and feel more like themselves as they move through menopause and beyond. To explore what hormone therapy can do for you, schedule an appointment at Parisa Pourzand, M.D. Inc. today online or over the phone.
Hormone Therapy Q & A
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone therapy is a course of treatment that aims to restore an optimal balance of hormones. Menopause alters your hormone levels, which causes numerous troublesome symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy works to replace those missing hormones and help you feel more like yourself.
What are some symptoms of menopause?
No two women share the exact same set of menopause symptoms, but some of the more common symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Sleep disruptions
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Reduced sex drive
Menopause is a natural time of transition in a woman’s life, but that doesn’t mean you have to deal with the side effects on your own.
What kind of hormone replacement therapy is available?
Dr. Pourzand creates an HRT plan specifically designed to meet your needs. One approach is low-dose vaginal treatments that deliver lesser concentrations of estrogen directly to your vagina. This approach can help with vaginal dryness and certain urinary problems.
Systemic hormone therapy is a more aggressive treatment option, and works by delivering estrogen and/or progesterone through a pill, gel, cream, patch, or spray. This option can help relieve hot flashes, sleep issues, and painful intercourse.
Is hormone replacement therapy safe?
Hormone replacement therapy carries certain risks, including an increased chance of:
- Heart disease
- Breast cancer
- Blood clots
Risk levels vary according to your age, the dose and type of estrogen needed, and your overall health. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of complications during hormone replacement therapy, including:
- Take the lowest effective dose of hormones
- Schedule routine follow-up visits
- Try a new type of estrogen or delivery type if needed
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Dr. Pourzand offers bio-identical hormones, which are formulated to closely match your the hormones your body produces naturally.
Is hormone replacement therapy right for me?
Hormone therapy can be a great treatment option for many women, but there are certain indicators that a different treatment approach might be right for you. If you experience the following conditions, HRT may not be the best option:
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Blood clots in your legs or lungs
- Endometrial cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Breast cancer
- Liver disease
Book your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Pourzand today, and be sure to share the full details of your medical history with her to ensure you receive the best possible treatment path.