Hormone replacement therapy may be prescribed to replace female hormones the body no longer produces. A lack in production of female hormones might be the result of menopause – the permanent end of menstruation for women typically in their 40s or 50s. Severe symptoms of menopause may include:
- Severe hot flashes
- Loss of bone mass
- Premature menopause (before age 40)
A lack in production of female hormones also might be a result of a total hysterectomy, in which the ovaries that produce hormones have been removed. The gynecologists at The Institute for Gynecologic Care will evaluate the risk factors, your medical history and a thorough examination to help determine whether hormone replacement therapy is a suitable option.