Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Decatur Health and Wellness

Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR

Family Medicine & Obesity Medicine located in Tucker, GA

Reaching middle age can be the start of an exciting new chapter, but many women find their quality of life suffers at this time because of menopause. If menopausal symptoms are affecting you, Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR, of Decatur Health and Wellness in Tucker, Georgia, can help by prescribing hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Find out more by calling Decatur Health and Wellness today, or book an appointment online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective treatment for many of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.

Menopause is the stage in life when a woman’s ability to reproduce ends. The time leading up to menopause is called perimenopause, and typically starts when you’re in your mid to late forties.

Perimenopause starts when your body’s production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone begins to decline. These hormones regulate menstruation and ovulation during your childbearing years. As you get older, your body generates less estrogen and progesterone, resulting in your periods coming to an end and entry into menopause.

HRT is a treatment that replaces the declining levels of progesterone and/or estrogen to alleviate the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Perimenopause and then menopause can cause some women to experience unpleasant side effects from the lack of estrogen and progesterone. These symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats 
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Problems sleeping 
  • Fatigue
  • Thinning hair 
  • Dry skin

Some women may have very few or no issues, while others experience severe challenges in coping with menopause.  

Hormone replacement therapy can alleviate many of these symptoms by reversing the effects of declining hormone levels. Before prescribing HRT, Dr. Harrington needs to ensure you’re suitable for the treatment, as you may have risk factors that increase the chance of you developing blood clots.

If hormone replacement therapy is right for you, Dr. Harrington helps you select how to receive the hormones you need to replenish.

What are the available types of hormone replacement therapy?

You have many choices when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. You can choose to receive your hormones as a patch, in pill form, a vaginal ring, or as a cream or gel, to name a few examples. Dr. Harrington can explain how each option works and how often you would need it to maintain your hormone levels.

You may also want to consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which commonly involves the insertion of pellets under your skin that release a steady stream of hormones for months at a time.

BHRT comes from plant sources such as soy and yams. The reason scientists use these plants is that the molecular structure of the hormones is a match for your human biology, which isn’t always true of conventional HRT.

BHRT may link with the hormone receptors in your body more efficiently than conventional HRT, so your body can make better use of the hormones.

To find out more about hormone replacement therapy and what it can do for your menopausal symptoms, call Decatur Health and Wellness today, or book an appointment online.