Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

M. Mercedes Sayago, MD -  - Gynecologist

Newport Beach Women's Wellness Center

M. Mercedes Sayago, MD

Gynecologist & Medical Spa located in Orange County, Newport Beach, CA

Around the age of 50, every woman begins going through perimenopause. At this point, their estrogen levels decline, and that causes hot flashes, sleep issues, and vaginal dryness. To deal with these problems, some women turn to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If you’re at this stage in your life and looking for a way to manage these symptoms, call or go online today to make an appointment with Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago at Newport Beach Women’s Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

What is hormone replacement therapy?

HRT combats the side effects associated with perimenopause and menopause. This therapy combines estrogen and progesterone, the two hormones your body stops making because your menstrual cycle is either ending or has ended.

There are two methods of orally administering HRT. You and Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago decide which of the two is best for you. The first option is taking estrogen daily and progestin for several days each month or several days every three to four months. The second option is taking both hormones every day.

However, after a hysterectomy -- which induces menopause, regardless of age -- Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago only prescribes estrogen.

What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?

Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago may prescribe hormone replacement therapy to reduce the following:

  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Osteoporosis symptoms, including and hip and spine fractures
  • Colon cancer risk

If you suffer from vaginal symptoms that include dryness, itching, burning, and discomfort during sex then she will prescribe “local” therapy that’s applied and absorbed directly through the vagina.

“Local” therapy comes in the form of a ring, tablet, or cream. Patients should note that “local” therapy isn’t designed to relieve hot flashes or night sweats and doesn’t provide protection against osteoporosis.

Is hormone replacement therapy right for me?

If you’re going through perimenopause or menopause, Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago can evaluate you to determine if HRT is a viable option for you. If you lack specific medical conditions and don’t take certain medications, it can effectively alleviate the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause.

Honestly discussing your medical conditions and pharmaceutical regimen with Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago is crucial, since such factors can interact with the hormones and cause symptoms like:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach cramps or bloating  
  • Nausea and vomiting

Also, remember that your need for HRT changes over time and should be evaluated annually to ensure proper dosage.

If you suffer from the side effects associated with perimenopause or menopause and would like relief, call or click today to make an appointment with Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago.