For even the healthiest women, peri-menopause and menopause can bring with them a variety of symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disruption, heart palpitations and other challenges. Should these or other symptoms begin to affect your enjoyment of daily living, Desert West OB/GYN encourages you to discuss options with your provider.
We are committed to providing a personalized treatment plan to help you through this time of transition. Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT, is successfully used by millions of women to replace the hormones that their ovaries no longer produce (typically estrogen and progesterone). Use of HRT can substantially reduce or eliminate symptoms and, in addition to other benefits, has been proven to protect against osteoporosis and improve mood.
Your provider will work with you to determine the proper level of hormones that’s right for you. We believe in using the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time.
There are several options when it comes to HRT. Conventional hormone replacement uses estrogens derived from the urine from pregnant mares and the progestin is a synthetic hormone. The FDA approved drugs, which can be taken orally or via a skin patch, can be purchased at any pharmacy with a prescription.
Bioidentical hormone replacement uses hormones that are chemically identical to human hormones. These are taken orally and are available with prescription through special compounding pharmacies.
BHRT Pellet Therapy — Desert West OB/GYN now offers a quick and easy way of delivering bioidentical hormones. Following lab work to test your hormone levels, BHRT pellets derived from soybean and Mexican yam plant sterols are painlessly inserted under the skin of the hip using a local anesthetic. A new pellet is re-inserted approximately every four months. Pellet therapy addresses symptoms without the inconvenience of daily pills. There is a $250 per insertion fee (cash only) as most insurance companies do not cover this therapy.