Perimenopause and menopause can bring on a variety of symptoms including hot flashes, sleep disruption, heart palpitations, and other challenges. If your symptoms affect your quality of life, make an appointment with your Desert West physician to discuss your options and create a personalized treatment plan.

Millions of women use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to replace the hormones that their ovaries no longer produce, typically estrogen and progesterone. HRT can substantially reduce or eliminate symptoms and has also been proven to protect against osteoporosis and improve moods.

Your Desert West doctor will work with you to determine the proper level of hormones you need. We believe in using the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time.

Options include synthetic and bioidentical hormone treatments. Available at any pharmacy with a prescription, synthetic hormones can be taken orally or topically. Bioidentical hormone replacement uses hormones that are chemically identical to human hormones. These are available with a prescription at special compounding pharmacies.

Desert West Obstetrics & Gynecology also provides bioidentical hormone injections through pellet therapy. Following lab work to test your hormone levels, 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 reinserted approximately every four months. Pellet therapy addresses symptoms without the hassle of daily pills. Pellet therapy is offered on a cash pay basis only because most insurance companies do not cover it. Talk to your Desert West doctor for more information.