Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Susan Biegel, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Susan Biegel, MD

Internal Medicine & Laser Aesthetic Specialist located in Upland, CA

If you’re going through menopause, you know the drain it puts on your body and mind. As if hot flashes and mood swings aren’t enough, you can’t sleep and have lost your libido. But don’t fret. Dr. Susan Biegel, located in Upland, California, has a proven history of using hormone replacement therapy to help women like you manage their menopause symptoms.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves using certain hormones to help middle aged women manage their menopause symptoms. Depending on your needs, Dr. Biegel may recommend:

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • A blend of the two

 

These hormones help to stabilize and even increase hormone levels in the body, reducing the severity of menopause symptoms.

There are multiple ways to use HRT, and during your initial consultation with Dr. Biegel, she may discuss the different options that are appropriate for your condition. Recommendations may include hormone injections or a compounding cream that’s tailored to your hormone needs.

What symptoms does hormone replacement therapy treat?

Hormone replacement therapy can help with a range of menopausal symptoms, including: 

  • Hot flashes
  • Low libido
  • Mood swings
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness

Is hormone replacement therapy right for everybody?

Hormone replacement therapy is not the right option for everybody. For some people, the symptoms of menopause are not overly bothersome. Yet for others, these symptoms can interfere with their daily functioning. 

There are also certain risks involved in HRT, and for some individuals, these risks are increased. For instance, HRT increases the risk of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Stroke
  • Blood clots

Depending on your age, health, and family history, HRT may be too risky. If you’ve had a hysterectomy or have a family history of breast cancer or clotting disorders, talk to Dr. Biegel before considering HRT.

Although it does have its risks, HRT also has health benefits beyond reducing the symptoms of menopause. This includes protecting bone strength -- which is especially important for those women with a family history of osteoporosis -- and reducing the risk of both colon cancer and macular degeneration.

If HRT is not the right option for you, Dr. Biegel can discuss other options to help reduce your menopausal symptoms. This may include:

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Stress reduction
  • Quitting smoking

She may also recommend treating specific symptoms, such as using an SSRI antidepressant to help with mood swings or personal lubricant to help with vaginal dryness. If you’re tired of dealing with the symptoms of menopause, schedule an appointment with Dr. Biegel today and start feeling like your old self again.

Insurance Providers

We accept major PPO and HMO insurance plans. If you have additional questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to answer them.

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