Estrogen Replacement Therapy in Nashville, TN
Estrogen deficiency causes a wide array of symptoms in women, including mood swings, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bone loss, reduction in skin elasticity and even dental problems. As a regenerative and restorative medicine specialist in estrogen replacement therapy, Dr. Morgan Moor provides women in Nashville, Franklin and surrounding areas in Tennessee treatments that address symptoms and conditions related to estrogen deficiency at her Brentwood office.
How Estrogen Replacement Therapy Works
Estrogen replacement therapy elevates the estrogen levels in your body. Estrogen may be delivered by several means, including subcutaneous pellets, a vaginal ring, estrogen patch, gel or a dermal cream, whereby estrogen may enter directly into the bloodstream without being broken down by the liver. Taken in pill form, estrogen must first be processed by the liver before entering the bloodstream, putting stress on the liver. Low-dose vaginal estrogen may be administered to treat specific genital and urinary conditions.
Why Estrogen Replacement Therapy is Used
Estrogen replacement therapy increases estrogen levels in postmenopausal women, as well as women who have undergone a hysterectomy. Estrogen replacement therapy may prevent colon cancer, osteoporosis, and perimenopausal symptoms.
Women between the ages of 20 and 49 may enter early menopause if their ovaries or uterus have been removed, or due to other medical reasons. Estrogen replacement therapy may be administered to decrease their chances of developing osteoporosis and early onset bone loss. These women have traditionally continued estrogen therapy after reaching the normal age for menopause, but a growing number are now continuing estrogen therapy at the onset of natural menopause to reduce or stop unwanted symptoms.
Women who still have their uterus and use estrogen replacement therapy require a hormone called progesterone for the prevention of endometrial or uterine cancer and estrogen dominance. This balanced hormone treatment keeps estrogen from adversely affecting the lining of the uterus.
Estrogen Therapy is not recommended for women who:
- Are currently pregnant
- Have been diagnosed with a chronically impaired liver or active liver disease
- Suffer from vaginal bleeding that is unexplained
- Have a history of endometrial, breast or ovarian cancer
- Have a history of blood clots or strokes
Dr. Moor can help you determine whether the benefits of estrogen therapy outweigh the risks if you have a history of stroke, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer or blood clots.
How Well Estrogen Replacement Therapy Works
Estrogen therapy affects the entire body, reversing symptoms caused by estrogen deficiency, including:
- Improved moods and sleep patterns
- Reduced severity and frequency of “hot flashes”
- Restored vaginal moisture, easing irritation
- Decreased bone loss and increased bone density, helping to prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis
- Increased quantities of skin collagen that normally declines with age,which restores firmness and elasticity to skin tissue
- Decreased risk of developing dental problems, such as periodontitis and tooth loss
Low-dose estrogen therapy is now being widely studied. This therapy may ease hot flashes and maintain bone density, however, its long-term side effects are still unknown.
Estrogen replacement therapy relieves a variety of symptoms caused by estrogen deficiency. As a specialist in estrogen replacement therapy, Dr. Moor understands how to safely and effectively treat hormone deficiencies to restore a natural balance in your body. If you live in Nashville, Franklin or the surrounding areas of Tennessee, contact our Brentwood office today to schedule your personal consultation.