Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

My OB/GYN

Dana N. Snell-Hargrove, D.O.

OB/GYN & Wellness Center located in Fort Worth, TX

Hormones work as part of your body’s regulatory system and act as messengers that provoke change through their interaction with specific cells and organs. Your hormone production changes as you age, often resulting in a hormonal imbalance and various side effects. Hormone therapy offers relief for the symptoms associated with a hormonal imbalance. For more information, call or make an appointment online at My OB/GYN: Dana Snell-Hargrove D.O. in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone therapy?

Hormone therapy is a medical treatment that supplements your body’s natural production of hormones. Dr. Snell-Hargrove may prescribe hormone therapy when your hormone production is inadequate or suboptimal.

Hormones function in different ways within the body. To name a few, they aid in immunity, sleep, digestion and sex. Sex hormones include testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.

How is hormone therapy administered?

Hormones are available in several forms (pills, patches, rings, creams and pellets). Your symptoms and history help guide the treatment options available to you.

Dr. Snell-Hargrove offers BioTE™pellets to help deal with imbalanced hormones. BioTE pellets contain bio-identical, plant-based hormones that a pharmacist uses to create custom compounds for your needs.

Dr. Snell-Hargrove places the pellet under the skin and it releases a small physiologic dose of hormones that provide optimal therapy into the tissues.

BioTE pellets mimic your hormones so that your body tolerates the medication better than it would most mass-produced hormone therapy products.

What are the benefits of hormone therapy?

The benefits of taking hormone therapy include:

  • Relieving hot flashes and night sweats
  • Alleviating vaginal dryness or atrophy
  • Control sleep disturbance (when related to hot flashes)

BioTe pellets are made with all natural ingredients. And because they get administered in pellet form, the product consistently provides the dosage your body requires.

Other hormone therapy, including pills and creams, administer hormones in spurts, which may lead to hormone levels fluctuations.

What are the drawbacks of hormone therapy?

Some of the side effects related to the use of hormone therapy include:

  • Headaches
  • Painful, tender breasts
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • Fluid retention
  • Vaginal irritation

Because hormone therapy isn’t for everyone, Dr. Snell-Hargrove reviews your medical history and weighs both the benefits and the hazards before prescribing this treatment. Some preparations have a slightly increased risk of developing:

  • Uterine cancer
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Gallbladder disease

However, it's important to point out that these risks depend on the type of hormone therapy prescribed, your current age, and your age at the onset of menopause. Dr. Snell-Hargrove also considers your other health risks as well as your family medical history.

To find out if hormone therapy is the right way to eliminate your symptoms, call or make an appointment online with Dr. Dana N. Snell-Hargrove in Fort Worth, Texas.