Hormone Replacement Therapy in Cincinnati, OH
Crescent Women’s Medical Group, serving patients in Cincinnati, Blue Ash, and the surrounding communities of Ohio, is a specialty center offering the latest in the management of menopause via bioidentical hormone therapy. The practice is led by Chandra Gravely, MD and Cindy Hansel, MD, both of whom are board-certified gynecologists (OB-GYN) and credentialed by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) as menopausal specialists.
In today’s busy medical climate, most OB/GYN specialists don’t have adequate time during an annual office visit to really evaluate a woman’s specific problems. Many OB/GYN doctors are not sufficiently trained in or particularly interested in exploring hormonal imbalances and possible hormone therapy with their patients.
At Crescent Women’s Medical Group, we are experts in treating symptoms of menopause, and we take the necessary time to listen carefully to each patient’s complaints and concerns in order to formulate an individualized treatment program to help each patient comfortably transition into this new phase of life. Our trained specialists are experts in hormone replacement therapy and bioidentical hormonal therapy. Our team works closely with every patient to develop a customized plan based on each individual’s specific deficiencies and symptom complex.
At Crescent Women’s Medical Group, we strongly believe that hormonal replacement therapy, in any form, should be administered by an experienced gynecologist who can both diagnose and treat any side effects that may occur, such as abnormal bleeding. Our team of experts has specialized in women’s health care for many years and is fully familiar with the intricacies of gynecological care and the nuances of hormone therapy. We offer treatment for women exclusively and we take pride in being the very best facility in the area for management of menopause and perimenopausal symptoms.
Our compassionate and experienced staff closely supports each of our patients through a period in her life when a yearly office visit just isn’t enough, as health needs may be changing and several visits are recommended during the first few months. The initial visit consists of a comprehensive breast and gynecological exam, as well as an evaluation and blood work. During the second visit, our team will discuss the results of the initial evaluation and assess potential treatment options for you. Once you begin taking a medication monthly visits are required until menopausal symptoms are totally under control, then the frequency of follow-up visits will be diminished. If you are diligent with your program and return visits, our treatment options can provide real relief.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Menopause
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is designed to restore hormonal balance. Our bodies age because our hormones decline, not the other way around. By the time we reach the age of 50, our natural function for producing estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, DHEA, melatonin and growth hormones has declined by approximately 50 percent.
In women, starting at around age 35, progesterone begins to decline, leading to symptoms, such as anxiety, lighter sleep, PMS, mood swings, irregular or heavier periods and weight gain.
At around age 45, estrogen levels begin to decline in women and eventually wane at around age 51 during menopause. Fluctuating estrogen levels may produce such symptoms as hot flashes, skin and vaginal dryness, urinary tract symptoms, bone loss and cognitive decline.
From the late 30s onward, in both men and women, testosterone begins to decline, producing a reduction in sexual desire, as well as joint and bone pain, muscle weakness, moodiness, anxiety, muscle loss and fat gain.
Although bothersome symptoms during mid-life are the primary reason that women seek hormone balancing, the more compelling reason is actually the potential to prevent degenerative disease. Because every brain cell, bone cell, vascular cell, heart cell, nerve cell and every skin cell in the body has a receptor for thyroid, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, as hormone levels decline so will stimulation to those cells. This decline in stimulation causes cells to degenerate, leading to conditions such as heart disease, cognitive decline, and osteoporosis; hence, restoration and maintenance of natural hormone balance is a key element in the prevention of many degenerative diseases.
If you are approaching menopause and are curious about bioidentical hormone therapy to alleviate menopausal symptoms and help prevent degenerative disease, consider Crescent Women’s Medical Group where we provide treatment options for women in the Cincinnati, Blue Ash and surrounding communities of Ohio. Contact us for an evaluation of your particular condition so we may assist you in choosing the best treatment option.