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- Genital warts
- Precancerous changes to the vagina, vulva, or cervix
- Vulvar, cervical, or vaginal cancer
Hormone replacement therapy or HRT entails managing your hormones by taking medications that contain female hormones to substitute the ones your body stops producing following menopause. In general, it’s used for treating common symptoms of menopause such as vaginal discomfort and hot flashes. HRT has likewise been proven to minimize fractures and prevent bone loss in postmenopausal females.
While immensely beneficial, HRT also comes with risks that will mainly depend on certain factors such as the dose, the exact kind of hormone therapy, and the duration of the therapy. With this in mind, the management of HRT should be a partnership with your gynecologist. Dr. Miriam Torres, your women’s healthcare specialist here at Serenity Gynecology & Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX, can customize an HRT plan for you to ensure that you benefit from it with no to little risk.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Benefits
The benefits of HRT would depend on which type of therapy you’ll be undergoing, whether vaginal estrogen products or systemic hormone therapy.
Low-Dose Estrogen Vaginal Preparations
These estrogen preparations, which are available in ring, tablet, or cream forms could treat vaginal and urinary symptoms effectively while reducing absorption into your body. However, these don’t work to combat night sweat, hot flashes, and they also can’t protect against osteoporosis.
If your uterus is still intact, your gynecologist and women’s healthcare professional in Grapevine, TX, may prescribe estrogen with progestin or progesterone. The reason for this is that estrogen, if not balanced with adequate levels of progesterone, could trigger the uterus lining’s growth and raise your risk for cancer of the uterus. On the other hand, if you’ve already had a hysterectomy, you won’t need to take progesterone.
Systemic Hormone Therapy
This entails taking systemic estrogen products, which are available in pill, spray, cream, gel, or patch forms. These are very effective in treating annoying symptoms of menopause like night sweats and hot flashes. Likewise, estrogen could help relieve vaginal dryness, discomfort, itching, or burning during sexual intercourse. Additionally, combined progesterone and estrogen therapy may lower your risk of developing colon cancer.
Studies have also found that systemic estrogen could help reduce your risk for heart disease when you take it as early as possible in your postmenopausal years. It can also help safeguard against osteoporosis but doctors typically recommend bisphosphonates for treating this bone-thinning condition.
To figure out whether you can benefit from hormone replacement therapy, speak to your gynecologist about your specific symptoms and issues.
If You Have Concerns, Questions, or Need Information on Women’s Healthcare Issues and Hormone Management, Call Us
Dial (817) 280-9616 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miriam Torres here at Serenity Gynecology & Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX.
How your gynecologist in Grapevine, TX, can help you feel better
Are you struggling with pain below the belly button in the lower abdomen? If you experience this pelvic pain infrequently, it could be a completely normal sign of ovulation or menstruation. However, if you are experiencing chronic pelvic pain, it could be a sign of a more serious condition.
Fortunately, your gynecologist is an expert at diagnosing and treating pelvic pain. Dr. Miriam Torres of Serenity Gynecology & Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX, can help you feel better.
More about pelvic pain
There are many different types of pelvic pain. Pain can be sharp and occur suddenly, or you may experience a dull ache that starts out gradually, becoming worse over time. Pelvic pain can be a symptom of:
- Menstruation or ovulation
- Bladder conditions including interstitial cystitis
- Cystitis or a urinary tract infection
- Gonorrhea, chlamydia, or other STD
- Pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis
- Ectopic pregnancy or appendicitis
- Pelvic adhesions or uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts, tumors, or cancer
If you are experiencing severe pelvic pain or pain that has changed in severity, you should seek out help from your gynecologist. You should also visit your gynecologist if you are experiencing pelvic pain along with:
- Unexpected vaginal bleeding
Your gynecologist will record your medical history, your symptoms, and perform a comprehensive medical examination, including a pelvic exam. Your gynecologist may also recommend imaging including a pelvic ultrasound to help determine what is causing your pelvic pain. Laboratory testing including blood and urine tests may be recommended, as well.
Concerned? Give us a call
To learn more about the causes and treatment of pelvic pain, call Dr. Miriam Torres of Serenity Gynecology & Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX, at (817) 280-9616. Call now, and feel better!
Did you know that cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women worldwide? While this statistic can be startling the good news is that it is one of the most preventable cancers. A cervical cancer screening is one of the best and most reliable tools our OBGYN has to detect cancerous and precancerous cells within the cervix. This screening is most often referred to as a Pap test.
What is a Pap test?
Women as young as 21 years old should start getting routine cervical cancer screenings from their OBGYN. If results from the first Pap smear are normal then women between the ages of 21 to 29 will only need to get a Pap test every three years. Women with an abnormal Pap will require a repeat Pap test to look for the presence of precancerous cells.
Women between the ages of 30 to 65 should get a cervical cancer screening every 5 years. Once a woman reaches 65 years old, she usually won’t need to undergo cervical cancer screenings any longer. Women at high risk for cervical cancer may need to come in more often for screenings. This is something that you can discuss with your gynecologist during your first screening or next annual wellness exam.
Are there other ways to prevent cervical cancer?
Along with getting routine cervical cancer screenings your OBGYN can also provide a way to protect young women from contracting HPV, a common STI that is also the leading cause of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is often recommended for young women around the age of 11 or 12.
This vaccine can be administered to women between the ages of 13 and 26 who have not contracted HPV. The vaccine comes in three doses and it protects against the strains of HPV that are most likely to cause cervical cancer. Even if women have received the HPV vaccine they should still come in for routine screenings and checkups.
Whether you want to learn more about the HPV vaccine or you need to schedule your annual checkup and Pap smear, turn to your OBGYN today to take an active interest in your reproductive health.