Estrogen Replacement Therapy in Brentwood, TN
Mood swings, hot flashes, vaginal problems and even dental problems are just some of the issues related to estrogen imbalance in your body. As a board-certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology who specializes in estrogen replacement therapy, Dr. Jeffrey Lodge has helped women in Brentwood, Nashville and surrounding areas in Tennessee gain control of hormone-related symptoms by treating the underlying cause.
How Estrogen Replacement Therapy Works
Estrogen Therapy raises the levels of estrogen in your body. This important hormone has numerous effects on the body.
Estrogen can be delivered into the body in several ways, including a vaginal ring, estrogen patch, gel, or a skin cream. Estrogen can enter directly into the bloodstream without being broken down by the liver. Estrogen in pill form is broken down by the liver prior to moving into the bloodstream, putting a weakened liver into stress.
Vaginal estrogen in the low-dose form only impacts the genital and urinary area.
Why Estrogen Replacement Therapy is Used
The reason Estrogen Therapy is used is that it helps boost estrogen levels for women with no uterus and postmenopausal women. The therapy can prevent colon cancer, osteoporosis, and perimenopausal symptoms.
Women who are 20 to 49 years old and go through early menopause due to their ovaries being removed or due to other reasons will normally take Estrogen Therapy to lower their chances of developing osteoporosis and early onset bone loss. Women have traditionally kept taking Estrogen Therapy years after menopause, but a growing number are discontinuing Estrogen Therapy at the time of menopause.
Women who still have a uterus and use estrogen also require a hormone called progestin for the prevention of endometrial or uterine cancer. This Hormone Therapy keeps estrogen from affecting the lining of the uterus.
Estrogen Therapy is not recommended for women who
- Are currently pregnant
- Have a chronically impaired liver or active liver disease
- Have vaginal bleeding that is unexplained
- Have a history of endometrial, breast, or ovarian cancer
- Are currently smoke
- Have a history of strokes
- Have a blood clot history
You should discuss with Dr. Lodge if the benefits of Estrogen Therapy outweigh the risks if you have had a history of stroke, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, or blood clots.
How Well Estrogen Replacement Therapy Works
Estrogen Therapy has an impact on the whole body, reversing low estrogen effects:
- Improves mood imbalances and insomnia caused by hormonal changes.
- Reduces the severity and frequency of so-called “hot flashes”.
- Maintains the vagina’s lining, easing irritation.
- Slows bone loss and increase bone density, which helps prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis.
- Increases levels of skin collagen that normally decline with age. Collagen is a skin component that helps skin and muscle stretch.
- Lowers the chances of developing dental problems, such as gum disease and tooth loss.
Research is ongoing to study the impacts of low-dose Estrogen Therapy. The therapy may ease hot flashes and maintain bone strength. However, the long-term side effects of low-dose Estrogen Therapy are unknown at the present time.
When administered incorrectly, estrogen therapy causes a range of symptoms and may even worsen the symptoms that you are trying to alleviate. As a specialist in estrogen replacement therapy, Dr. Jeffrey Lodge, a board-certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology, understands how to safely and effectively treat the underlying cause of your symptoms. Contact our office today at 615-283-7291 to schedule your personal consultation.