Empowering Wellness: Women’s Hormone Replacement Therapy

At Galardi Bowen Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, we recognize the complexities women face during perimenopause, menopause, and beyond. Led by Dr. Erik Grossgold, our board-certified urologist, and Erin Conroy, our experienced family nurse practitioner, we offer advanced women’s hormone replacement therapy to alleviate symptoms and enhance your quality of life. Our treatments are tailored to each woman’s unique needs, ensuring a compassionate, understanding approach to hormone health.

Understanding Menopause and Its Stages

What is Menopause? Menopause marks a natural transition in a woman’s life, ending her reproductive years. Typically occurring between 45 and 55 years of age, menopause is confirmed when a woman has not experienced a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months.

Stages of Menopause:

  1. Perimenopause: This transitional phase, which involves changes in menstrual cycle frequency and intensity, can begin several years before menopause.
  2. Menopause: Officially reached after one year without menstruation.
  3. Postmenopause: The time following menopause, focusing on managing long-term health.

Symptoms of Menopause and How We Can Help

Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS) and Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM):

  • Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS) include hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and night sweats. VMS are among the most common issues women face during the menopausal transition years. It is estimated that approximately 75% to 80% of women experience these symptoms, and the severity can vary significantly from one individual to another.
  • Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) is a diverse collection of genital and urinary signs and symptoms, including vaginal dryness, irritation, painful intercourse, urinary urgency, and recurrent UTIs. Studies indicate that GSM affects about 50% to 75% of women during menopause.

Our hormone replacement options, including pellets, topical gels, creams, and injections, are expertly customized to combat these symptoms effectively. By addressing the root causes of discomfort, our treatments not only improve physical symptoms but also enhance overall well-being.

The Role of Testosterone in Women’s Health

Despite common misconceptions, testosterone is crucial for women, influencing everything from bone health to sexual desire. As women age, decreased levels of testosterone and other androgens can significantly impact their quality of life. At Galardi Bowen, we assess androgen levels and provide targeted treatments to restore hormonal balance, supporting both physical and mental health.

Identifying Your Needs: Symptom Checklist

To better understand your personal health needs, review the following symptoms and note any that apply. Bring this checklist to your consultation to help tailor your treatment plan effectively:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood changes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during sex
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Urinary urgency or frequency
  • Recurrent UTIs

Consultation and Personalized Care

Don’t navigate the challenges of hormonal changes alone! Consult with our specialists to explore how women’s hormone replacement therapy can restore your vitality and improve your life. Whether you’re dealing with the direct symptoms of menopause or the more subtle shifts in sexual function and mood, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Contact Us Today to Learn How Women’s Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help

Women’s health, especially during the transition phases of menopause, requires specialized care and attention. At Galardi Bowen Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to providing that care, ensuring that each patient achieves optimal hormonal balance and quality of life. Contact us today to learn how our personalized hormone replacement therapies can help you lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Additionally, we offer specialized HRT services for men. Learn more about how we can enhance men’s health here.