Hormone Replacement Therapy
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If you feel out of balance when you are going through menopause, it's because you are.
A recognized expert in hormone replacement therapy for women, H. Kyle Rhodes, MD, FACOG, has three decades of experience in the field. A board-certified OB/GYN, he trained in hormone replacement therapy during his residency and keeps up with the many advancements and studies in the field. His expertise and experience maximize safety and effectiveness for his patients, and his exceptional patient satisfaction rating speaks highly of his compassionate care.
Dr. Rhodes has additional expertise in robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and in-office surgery to treat abnormal menstrual bleeding and abnormal pap smears.
Going Through "The Change" Has Changed
During the years leading up to menopause, known as perimenopause, your ovaries gradually produce less estrogen. When estrogen levels become very low, menopause symptoms happen.
Prior to the arrival of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the 1960s, women had little choice but to suffer through the common, unpleasant symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and sexual issues.
In the decades since its inception, hormone replacement therapy has evolved considerably, most significantly with bioidentical hormones replacing synthetic ones. Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as those produced in the human body and have been shown to be safe and effective.
Types of HRT
Traditional Oral Therapy
The most common types of HRT is oral medication. Should you choose this option, Dr. Rhodes will determine which type of medication you need - whether estrogen alone, or combined with progesterone - as well as the amount and schedule of dosage.
Transdermal Patches and Creams
Skin patches and creams deliver hormones through the skin directly into the bloodstream. They may be prescribed for specific symptoms related to menopause.
Sub-Dermal Treatment (Pellet Therapy)
The relatively new choice of sub-dermal pellet therapy is proving to be extremely effective, with about 98% of patients responding favorably and enjoying benefits that may include:
- Increased sex drive and sexual sensation
- Relief from vaginal dryness
- Control over hot flashes and night sweats
- Increased energy levels
- Relief from joint pain
- Bone density and cardiac protection
Because not all options are appropriate for all women, Dr. Rhodes takes time to talk with each patient, thoroughly evaluating your overall health, menopause symptoms and lifestyle considerations, as well as insurance and financial issues. Once a choice is made, progress is evaluated at intervals and, if needed, adjustments are made to ensure each patient experiences the best results possible.