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Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

New Beginnings OB/GYN

Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG

Obstetrics & Gynecology & Robotic Gynecological Surgeon located in Memorial, Houston, TX

If you’re suffering from hormonal imbalance, Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG, of New Beginnings OB/GYN in Houston, Texas, can offer assistance. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an excellent way to achieve optimal balance and reduce the severity of symptoms, especially for women who are going through menopause. Setting up a consultation is the first step and is possible by phone or using the online booking page.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q&A

What is hormonal imbalance?

Your body produces a wide range of hormones, which work to trigger virtually all of the systems and functions within your body. Many of these hormones are part of your reproductive health. 

As the years pass, your natural hormone production can decline, which can leave you with an imbalance that can create disruptive symptoms. While some women only notice mild and manageable changes during menopause, others experience incredibly severe symptoms that disrupt normal daily activities. 

Women who need certain gynecologic surgeries that remove the uterus or ovaries might also benefit from hormone replacement surgery, even if they’re in their 20s or 30s.  

Are there natural treatments for hormonal imbalance?

A number of natural remedies are marketed as treatments for hormonal imbalance. Some women find a degree of relief through natural treatments, but it’s important to work closely with a gynecologist to ensure your chosen treatment approach is safe and effective. Consult with your provider at New Beginnings OB/GYN before adding supplements or herbal remedies. 

For women who are trying to address specific symptoms, lifestyle modifications can go a long way toward improving daily quality of life. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a great place to begin, and improving your nutrition is also important. 

If you’re a smoker or engage in other unhealthy habits, finding ways to embrace a more natural, healthy lifestyle can do wonders to lessen the effects of hormonal imbalance. There are many ways to improve sleep quality, lessen headaches, boost your mood, or improve cognitive function.

How can hormone replacement therapy help with hormonal imbalance?

Hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic hormones to supplement your natural hormone production. The first step in the process is having blood testing done to determine your current hormone levels. 

Next, your provider prescribes a customized supplementation plan to balance your levels. Hormone replacement therapy can come in the form of pills, creams, vaginal rings, sprays, or patches. Some systems even use small pellets inserted just beneath the surface of your skin to release a steady stream of hormones. 

Hormone replacement therapy isn’t the right approach for all women. Certain medical conditions can increase your risk of serious side effects. During your consultation, you’ll explore your options and work toward a solution that fits your specific needs.   

Learn more during your next visit to New Beginnings OB/GYN. You can book online or by phone today, so don’t delay.