Hormone Therapy Specialist

Linda Sodoma, DO, FACOG -  - Gynecologist

Life Care for Women

Linda Sodoma, DO, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Gilbert, AZ

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a supplemental treatment that aims to counteract the hormonal shifts of menopause. Besides helping with bothersome symptoms like hot flashes, HRT may also help slow cellular degeneration, improve declining immunity, and protect against osteoporosis. At Life Care for Women in Gilbert, Arizona, Dr. Linda Sodoma provides advanced HRT services using bioidentical hormone pellets. If you live in the Phoenix area and you’re tired of living with hot flashes, night sweats, and low energy, call or book your appointment online today.

Hormone Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

HRT gives your body a supplement of the reproductive hormones that it no longer produces at the same levels.

For women, HRT involves a customized prescription for estrogen and progesterone to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause and minimize some of the health risks associated with it. HRT is available in the form of a pill, skin patch, gel, cream, spray, or implantation pellet.

What are the benefits of hormone therapy?

Menopausal women who take a personalized HRT prescription can find relief from a wide variety of symptoms, including:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and sexual pain
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Mood changes and sleep problems
  • Dry skin and thinning hair

Because osteoporosis is associated with lower estrogen levels, HRT may also help preserve bone density and help protect against fractures.

What are hormone pellets?

At Life Care for Women, Dr. Sodoma offers hormone pellet implants, an advanced form of HRT that involves inserting a tiny cylinder of bioidentical hormones under your skin. Hormone pellets consistently deliver small doses of hormones to keep your blood levels stable, which can boost your energy, improve your mood, and help you sleep better.

Bioidentical hormones, which are derived from plant sources, are identical in molecular structure to the hormones that your body makes. Because your body can’t distinguish them from its own hormones, they function in the same way as your natural hormones. 

Conventional HRT, on the other hand, uses synthetic hormones, which are structurally different than your natural hormones. This may be why conventional HRT is often associated with unwanted side effects.

Who should avoid hormone therapy?

HRT is typically recommended as a short-term treatment, and shouldn’t be considered a primary preventive measure for either heart disease or osteoporosis. You shouldn’t take hormone supplements if any of the following apply:

  • You may be pregnant
  • You’ve ever had abnormal uterine bleeding
  • You have a history of blood clots
  • You’ve ever had a heart attack or stroke
  • You’ve ever had breast or uterine cancer
  • You’ve ever had gallbladder disease

For some women, HRT may increase the risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, or gallbladder disease. After a comprehensive physical exam and medical history, Dr. Sodoma can tell you if HRT is right for you.