Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment for menopause, the cessation of menstrual bleeding that occurs on the average at age 51.4 years. However, a woman can go through menopause as early as age 35 or as late as age 57. Perimenopause precedes menopause and can occur anywhere from 8 to 15 years before the menopause. This life transition can include weight gain, mood fluctuations, fatigue, and decreased libido. It may be accompanied by sweating or hot flashes, and menstrual cycles become much more irregular. Many women require customized hormonal therapy to treat the many symptoms that accompanying perimenopause and menopause. It requires an assessment of the patient’s family history, general medical history, and physical condition as well as testing of hormone levels. Therapy can then be customized; therapeutic doses can be adjusted based on the clinical response of certain markers, which allows for the safe use of hormone replacement therapy. This type of hormone replacement therapy is useful in the maintenance of general health and well-being if applied early in life. However, it’s likely that no hormonal therapy will prevent chronic diseases if applied to older patients with less than healthy lifestyles multiple comorbidities.
UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive women’s health care in a private, personal environment, with physicians and nurses who are dedicated to delivering excellent care. Because our physicians are nationally recognized specialists in their fields, you can rest assured that you are receiving the most advanced care available. UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology is consistently ranked among the best programs of its kind in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
As part of the UAB Division of Women’s Reproductive Healthcare, UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology’s services range from complete obstetric care to the medical and surgical treatment of complicated gynecological concerns. We work closely with the UAB Medicine Interventional Radiology team to diagnose and treat your condition, using the latest and most accurate technology and imaging methods, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and CT scans. Because UAB Medicine is an academic health center, patients may be offered participation in clinical research trials, which can give you access to new techniques and treatments that are not available elsewhere in the area. Our physicians are here for you at all times, from your first routine gynecological exam, to delivering your baby, to guiding you through menopause. When you establish a relationship with our doctors, you can rely upon that relationship throughout your lifetime.
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