While many women may find menopause liberating, for others this new stage of life brings on unwanted physical and emotional changes. Practicing in Portland, Oregon, Amy Bruner, MD, helps countless women combat the side effects of menopause with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Supplementing the hormones you lose over time can relieve hot flashes and other symptoms that impact your quality of life. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about HRT.
Menopause is the stage of life when women begin to produce less estrogen and progesterone. For most women, this transition usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55. The period of time leading up to “the change” is called perimenopause. It’s a gradual process that’s complete when a woman has stopped menstruating for at least 12 months.
Menopausal symptoms can significantly impact your emotional and physical well-being. By replacing the hormones your body has stopped producing, you can relieve these symptoms and restore your energy, vitality, and sexual pleasure.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) comes in many forms: creams, gels, pellets, patches, and pills. After evaluating your overall health and menopausal symptoms, Dr. Bruner creates a personal HRT regimen uniquely tailored to your needs.
In menopausal women, HRT has been shown to relieve:
Your symptoms can change in severity and frequency, so your treatment plan evolves over time. Dr. Bruner generally recommends the lowest dose proving to be effective for your symptoms. She’ll follow up every three to six months to see how you’re feeling and if your regimen needs to be adjusted.
Dr. Bruner takes a holistic approach to treating your menopause symptoms. She supplements your HRT regimen with easy lifestyle changes to help manage symptoms naturally.
The choice to begin HRT is a personal one. Dr. Bruner explains the benefits, risks, and alternatives to HRT so you can make an informed decision.
You may be a good candidate for HRT if you:
HRT is not for women with certain underlying conditions, including heart disease, liver disease, osteoporosis, and risk of blood clots. Your wellness visit and a gynecological exam help Dr. Bruner confirm if HRT is an option for you.
You don’t have to live with unpleasant menopausal changes. Life after the change can be full of passion and vitality. If you’re in the Portland, Oregon, area, call Dr. Bruner or click to find out how HRT can benefit you.