Aging causes the body’s hormone production levels to decline. When your body is producing low amounts of essential hormones, you become vulnerable to conditions like sleep apnea, osteoporosis, and fatigue. The solution to a low production of hormones for residents of Sugar Land, TX is undergoing hormone replacement therapy by board-certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent at Northwest EndoSurgical.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is also referred to as estrogen replacement therapy or menopausal hormone therapy. HRT is the use of the female hormones to treat the symptoms of menopause. The female hormones used in HRT are estrogen and progesterone.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
The most relied upon treatment for dealing with menopausal night sweats, hot flashes, and other symptoms is systemic estrogen. Systemic estrogen also eases vaginal dryness, burning, itching and discomfort during intercourse. Systemic estrogen is administered in the form of spray, cream, gel, skin patch and pill.
Estrogen can be given in low doses through vaginal products that are available in tablet, ring and cream form. Low-dose vaginal treatments are effective for treating vaginal and urinary symptoms.
How is Hormone Replacement Therapy Provided?
The three main kinds of HRT provided to patients are estrogen-only therapy, cyclical hormone therapy, and combined therapy.
- Estrogen-only HRT is given to patients who have undergone a hysterectomy or removal of the womb. A patient who has no womb cannot get uterus cancer; therefore, progestogen is not necessary.
- Cyclical HRT is given to patients who are experiencing menopausal symptoms, but also have their menstrual periods. The two main kinds of cyclical HRT provided are monthly and three-monthly. With monthly cyclical HRT, a patient takes estrogen on a daily basis and progestogen after 14 days when their menstrual cycle is over. With three monthly HRT, a patient is given estrogen daily and progestogen for a period of 12-14 days every 3 months.
- Monthly cyclical HRT is given to women with regular periods whereas three monthly HRT is given to women with irregular periods.
Continuous combined HRT is provided to patients who are past menopause. A post-menopausal woman experiences her period after a year.
About Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent is a native of Houston, TX. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Texas A&M University College of Medicine. Dr. St. Laurent has also studied several laparoscopic techniques. He has dedicated his career to bariatric medicine and currently serves at the North Cypress Medical Center as the Bariatric Medical Director.
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