Systemic hormone therapy sends hormones into the bloodstream so that they can travel through the whole body. This therapy can take the form of an injection, pill, patch, gel, cream, pellet, or spray that delivers hormones through the skin. At Tideline Center for Health & Aesthetics, we offer a variety of systemic hormone therapies to meet the individual needs of our patients:
Estrogen is a hormone that plays various roles in the body. In females, it helps develop and maintain both the reproductive system and female characteristics, such as breasts and pubic hair. It also contributes to bone health, cognitive health, the function of the cardiovascular system, and more.
Systemic hormone therapy offers many benefits for women entering menopause, specifically in the form of systemic estrogen. This treatment can help alleviate night sweats and hot flashes, as well as vaginal symptoms such as soreness, burning, irritation, and discomfort during intercourse. It can also be prescribed for women without a uterus due to a hysterectomy. Women are recommended to take the lowest dose of estrogen necessary to relieve symptoms.
Testosterone is a hormone that is created in the ovaries in women. It is often associated with sex drive, bone and muscle mass, and some red blood cell production.
For women who are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone such as reduced sex drive, depression or fatigue after surgically induced menopause, systemic testosterone therapy can be effective. This treatment may also be appropriate if you are postmenopausal, taking estrogen therapy, and have a decreased sex drive with no other identifiable causes.
Progesterone is a hormone released by the ovaries. Changing progesterone levels can contribute to abnormal menstrual periods and menopausal symptoms.
A popular systemic progesterone therapy is called combination therapy, which combines doses of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are combined because, while estrogens can relieve the symptoms of menopause, progestins help to regulate the effects of estrogens. Progesterone is also added to estrogen therapy to protect women with a uterus from uterine cancer from estrogen alone.
Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) refers to the use of hormones that are similar to hormones produced by the body. These hormones can help individuals who are experiencing symptoms of unbalanced or low hormones, especially those experiencing the symptoms of menopause or perimenopause. These hormones can be administered in many forms, including pills, patches, gels, shots, creams, and implanted pellets.
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MICHELE J. POWERS,
After more than 17 years as an obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Powers developed a special interest in providing treatments for the hormonal issues endured by many women. She addresses the needs of women in all stages of their mature life whether during their reproductive years, or from their peri- to post-menopausal years.LEARN MORE
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