Hormone Therapy services offered in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Menopause is an unavoidable process for women that marks the end of their reproductive years. If you’re experiencing unpleasant side effects like hot flashes and vaginal dryness, low libido, weight gain, mood swings, talk to Jason Chiriano, DO, FACS, and his team at VivaLife Healing Centers in Rancho Cucamonga, California. They offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to replenish the lost hormones causing menopause symptoms. Call VivaLife Healing Centers to learn more about hormone therapy, or book an evaluation online today.
Hormone Therapy Q & A
What is hormone therapy?
Hormone therapy or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) restores your hormone levels when they’re too low.
Hormones are potent substances that you use for multiple system functions, including:
- Metabolism (how you burn energy)
- Heart rate
- Blood pressure
- Bone strength
- Blood sugar levels
- Sex drive
- Hunger and fullness
- Muscle growth
You must have specific levels of each hormone in your blood to keep your body functioning correctly. Many things can disrupt this balance, resulting in symptoms like chronic fatigue, weight gain, and low libido. You could also develop potentially life-threatening diseases like diabetes and thyroid disorders.
When might I need hormone therapy?
You might need certain forms of hormone therapy to manage conditions like diabetes (where your body lacks the hormone insulin) and hypothyroidism (where you produce too little thyroid hormone). VivaLife Healing Centers focuses on using hormone therapy to support women through menopause.
Menopause is a natural life stage that occurs because your body’s production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone slows down. These hormones regulate reproduction from puberty to middle age, triggering egg release each month, followed by periods if you don’t conceive and pregnancy if you do.
As women age, female sex hormone levels fall, causing perimenopause. This may last for several years or longer until you reach menopause after a year of having no periods. Perimenopause can cause various unpleasant symptoms, some of which persist into menopause. Common problems include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Irregular menstruation
- Loss of sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Memory problems
- Painful intercourse
- Urinary incontinence
Some women have few problems, but many endure years of disruptive and distressing issues. Hormone therapy reduces many of these symptoms, enabling you to transition into menopause feeling well and happy.
How do I use hormone therapy?
VivaLife Healing Centers uses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). BHRT is available as tiny pellets your provider injects under your skin, releasing estrogen steadily into your body for several months. This increases your hormone levels and reverses perimenopause symptoms.
Hormone therapy is also available as an estrogen cream that directly combats vaginal dryness.
BHRT contains hormones made from plant sources rather than the artificial or animal-derived products used in traditional hormone therapy. BHRT hormones exactly match your body’s hormone composition, so they’re easier to absorb, and there’s less risk of adverse reactions.