Hormone Replacement Specialist

Richard Lorenzo, DO -  - OB-GYN

Complete Healthcare for Women

Richard Lorenzo, DO

OB-GYN located in Richland, WA

During perimenopause and menopause, your production of estrogen and progesterone slow down. This causes the tell-tale symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. Dr. Richard Lorenzo, DO, can help ease these symptoms with hormone replacement therapy. If you live around Richland, Washington, make an appointment at his practice, Complete Healthcare for Women, to learn more.

Hormone Replacement Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy corrects imbalances of estrogen and progesterone that occur later in life when your cycle changes and ultimately ceases. You take synthetic or natural hormones to replace the hormones you no longer produce.

Why would a woman need hormone replacement therapy?

When your hormones fluctuate in the years just before your period ceases, hormone replacement therapy may help level them out so you don’t experience as many mood swings and hot flashes, or mental fog and vaginal dryness. Correcting hormone imbalances can improve your energy levels and make you feel better overall.

Women who have a hysterectomy prior to menopause experience “surgical menopause,” and may also benefit from hormone therapy. Whether used after a hysterectomy or natural menopause, hormone replacement offers a possible protection against heart disease, unexplained weight gain, and osteoporosis.

Who is a candidate?

Women who benefit from hormone therapy are those with severe menopausal symptoms. You may also consider the therapy of you have a family history of osteoporosis.

Women who’ve undergone surgical menopause after a hysterectomy usually benefit from estrogen-only hormone therapy.

When you undergo natural menopause, a combination of estrogen and progesterone is appropriate. Just taking estrogen increases your risk of cancer of the uterine lining. Adding progesterone encourages you to still shed this lining, so the risk of developing cancerous cells diminishes.

When should a woman start hormone therapy?

The average age of menopause is 51, but many women begin sooner or later. Consider therapy when you start to have symptoms that interfere with your life, not before. You can safely continue therapy for four or five years.  

How do you take hormones?

Hormone replacement is available in a variety of forms. Talk to Dr. Lorenzo about the one that is best for your lifestyle and symptoms. Pills, a patch, time-released pellets, vaginal rings, creams, and gels are all options.

Are there risks with hormone therapy?

Women with a heightened risk of breast cancer or with a history of blood clots should not use hormone therapy. If you don’t experience menopausal symptoms, the therapy is unnecessary, too. Hormone therapy can increase some women’s risk of developing breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Discuss your concerns and your health history with Dr. Lorenzo. In many cases, the benefits of hormone therapy outweighs any risks.

 

Most Insurance Plans Accepted

At Complete Healthcare for Women, we participate with most insurance carriers. Here is a short list of plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance plan. If determined, we do not participate with your insurance company, we will submit claims for you as a courtesy. If the insurance company does not pay within 45-days, you will be responsible for payment of all charges.

Aetna
Assurant Health
Asuris Northwest Health
Cigna
Coventry
First Choice Health
Medicare
Molina Healthcare
Premera Blue Cross
Tricare
United Healthcare