Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

James A. Watson, MD -  - OBGYN

James A. Watson, MD

OBGYN located in Gilroy, CA

Hormone imbalance can take a toll on your energy and overall quality of life. If you’re tired of fatigue, weight gain, vaginal dryness, and other symptoms of menopause, simple solutions are available at the office of James A. Watson, MD, in Gilroy, California. Dr. Watson and his experienced OB/GYN team offer hormone replacement therapy to diminish unpleasant symptoms of hormone imbalance. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Watson over the phone or online to learn more.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone imbalance can happen in women before, during, or after menopause. The unpleasant symptoms occur because of fluctuating estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment Dr. Watson offers to restore low hormone levels, reduce symptoms of menopause, and optimize your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of low estrogen?

If estrogen or other hormones aren’t balanced within your body, you might experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Sleeping problems
  • Thinning hair 
  • Mood changes
  • Dry skin
  • Loss of breast fullness

If you’re tired of living with symptoms of hormone imbalance and they’re intruding on your day-to-day life, see Dr. Watson and his team to find out if HRT is right for you. 

What are the different types of hormone replacement therapy?

Numerous types of HRT are available. To find one that’s right for you, Dr. Watson reviews your medical history, discusses your symptoms, and completes a physical exam. He also uses blood tests to evaluate your hormone levels. HRT options include:

Systemic HRT

Systemic hormone replacement therapy is available as a skin patch, pill, gel, spray, or cream. It combines estrogen with progesterone to offer symptom relief and reduce your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.

Vaginal HRT

Low-dose vaginal HRT is available as a ring, tablet, or cream. It can treat vaginal and urinary symptoms of menopause while minimizing hormone absorption into your body. Vaginal preparations aren’t effective for relieving night sweats or hot flashes, however.

Is HRT right for me?

Dr. Watson discusses the pros and cons of each type of HRT as he develops a personalized treatment that’s right for you.

Hormone replacement therapy offers numerous benefits for women with hormone imbalance, but it’s not right for everyone. HRT isn’t a good option if you might become pregnant, experience abnormal vaginal bleeding, or have a history of blood clots, certain cancers, heart attack, stroke, or liver disease.

If you’re tired of fatigue, weight gain, vaginal dryness, and other symptoms of low estrogen, schedule an HRT consultation with Dr. Watson at the office of James A. Watson, MD, over the phone or online today.