Hormone Replacement Specialist

Jennifer C. Brooks, M.D.

Gynecologist located in Fort Worth, TX

For women struggling with shifting hormone production, hormone replacement therapy makes a world of difference in daily quality of life. Many women in Fort Worth, Texas, turn to Jennifer C. Brooks, MD, for customized hormone replacement therapy. If you’ve noticed troubling changes as you near or enter menopause, book an appointment with Dr. Brooks to learn more about hormone replacement therapy and other treatment options. Setting up a visit is as easy as a simple phone call or a visit to the online scheduling tool.

Hormone Replacement Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy involves using supplemental hormones to restore optimal hormonal balance and ease symptoms. It’s the preferred treatment option for women suffering from troublesome menopause or premenstrual symptoms.

Some of the issues that hormone replacement therapy improves include:

 

  • Vaginal dryness and uncomfortable sex
  • Hot flashes during the day or night
  • Mood swings, including anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Cognitive challenges

 

Studies show that hormone replacement therapy also lessens your chance of bone loss and fracture in the years following menopause.

 

Is hormone replacement therapy safe?

There are numerous studies on the safety and efficacy of hormone replacement therapy. While the treatment is not right for everyone, it remains a great treatment option for many women.

If any of the following conditions apply, hormone replacement therapy might not be the best way to address your symptoms:

 

  • History of cancer of the breast, ovaries, or endometrial lining
  • Blood clots in your lungs or legs
  • Previous stroke or liver disease
  • Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding

 

There’s also no need to try hormone replacement therapy if your menopause symptoms are mild or controllable using lifestyle modifications or other measures.

 

What are bioidentical hormones?

Dr. Brooks offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, an approach that’s gaining in popularity. Bioidentical hormones have the exact same molecular structure as your natural hormones. They are created from plant chemicals and formulated for use in the human body.

Bioidentical hormone options include estriol, estrone, and 17 beta-estradiol. There is also a bioidentical formulation of progesterone. There are multiple FDA-approved options available in prescription forms, and others you can purchase without a prescription in the form of pills, creams, patches, and vaginal preparations.

Dr. Brooks uses a pellet form of bioidentical hormones. The pellets are injected under the surface of your skin, where they slowly augment your natural hormone levels over a period of 3-6 months. This approach yields more gradual results, avoiding the roller-coaster effect that sometimes comes with patches or pills.

One benefit of bioidentical hormones is the ability to precisely monitor your levels, allowing your treatment to be adjusted if needed. Research proves these products are safe and effective, although ongoing projects seek to further understand how bioidentical hormones compare to other hormone replacement therapy options.

 

If you’re searching for relief from menopause symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooks today by calling the office or using the online tool.