As you approach menopause, hormones fluctuate and decline, which can cause a variety of distressing symptoms. At his private practice, with offices in Napa, St. Helena, and Hidden Valley Lake, California, John H. Kirk, MD, and his team offer hormone therapy and other natural treatment options. Dr. Kirk is a certified menopause specialist with over 22 years of experience in helping women maintain their health and vitality as they age. Call Dr. Kirk today or schedule a consultation online if menopause symptoms are interfering with daily life.
What is hormone therapy?
Hormone therapy is an innovative treatment to optimize hormone levels while you approach and reach menopause. Dr. Kirk and his team combine bioidentical hormone therapy and other natural treatment options to enhance health and vitality in the second half of your life.
Bioidentical hormones are synthetic hormones, usually derived from plant sources that are identical to the hormones a woman’s body produces. They’re available in several forms, including pills, creams, patches, injections, and subdermal pellets.
Why would I need hormone therapy?
While estrogen and progesterone are associated with the reproductive system, they also contribute to other body functions. As hormone levels decline, you might develop distressing symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Depression and anxiety
- Vaginal atrophy
- Libido loss
- Urinary incontinence
Every woman experiences menopause differently. Some women have disruptive symptoms, while others sail through. If you have menopause symptoms, you don’t have to suffer through them. Dr. Kirk and his team provide personalized care to help you stay the best version of yourself throughout your life.
What should I expect during hormone therapy?
Dr. Kirk begins with an extensive consultation and blood tests to measure the woman’s current hormone levels. Then, he creates a customized treatment program to restore her health and vitality.
When you have hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Kirk prescribes bioidentical hormones. You have follow-up appointments so he can monitor hormone levels and symptoms. Depending on how you respond to treatment, Dr. Kirk might adjust the prescription. As hormonal balance returns, you have less frequent appointments, but Dr. Kirk and his team are always available to answer questions and provide expert care.
At the same time, Dr. Kirk and his team might recommend other natural treatments and lifestyle modifications to enhance your wellness. For example, they might recommend herbal therapies, psychotherapy, or alternative therapies like acupuncture. You might also benefit from adjusting your diet, adding moderate physical activity to your daily routine, and making time to socialize with friends and loved ones.
If menopause symptoms are getting you down, call Dr. Kirk today or make an appointment online for compassionate, customized care.