Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Melinda M. Martin, M.D.

OB-GYN located in Prescott, AZ & Prescott Valley, AZ

As women age, their bodies stop making some hormones, and this can cause uncomfortable side effects. Dr. Melinda Martin of Melinda M. Martin, MD in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona knows that hormone therapy can be a beneficial way for women to replace essential hormones and minimize the unpleasant effects that arise during and after menopause. To find out if hormone therapy can help you through menopause, call to schedule an appointment today.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

by Melinda M. Martin, M.D.

What is hormone therapy?

Hormone therapy (HT), or hormone replacement therapy (HRT), treats women during and after menopause. Because the female body decreases the production of hormones such as estrogen during and after menopause, HT is often prescribed as a means of replacing necessary hormones and relieving uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Hormone therapy can help women get relief from hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness — typical symptoms of menopause.

Women often take hormone therapies orally or transdermally (a patch on your skin). 

What symptoms does hormone therapy address?

There are two primary types of hormone therapies: systemic and low-dose vaginal products. The systemic hormone therapy is estrogen in a pill, skin patch, gel, or cream form. It is effective at minimizing hot flashes and night sweats, as well as combating vaginal dryness, itching, burning, and painful intercourse. It may also help prevent osteoporosis.

Low-dose vaginal products are estrogen in a cream, tablet, or ring form, and they may effectively treat vaginal and urinary symptoms caused by menopausal changes in your body. However, they are not very effective at minimizing hot flashes or night sweats, and they do not help prevent osteoporosis.