Hormone Therapy

JeanAnn Schwark, MS, FNP-C -  - Gynecology

Serenity Women's Care

JeanAnn Schwark, MS, FNP-C

Gynecology, Women's Primary Care, Aesthetics and Hormone Therapy located in Scottsdale, AZ

Hormone imbalances are common among women. Fatigue and other side effects associated with hormone fluctuations can make you feel lousy. At Serenity Women's Care in Scottsdale, Arizona, JeanAnn Schwark, MS, FNP-C, and her experienced team offer hormone therapy to reduce symptoms and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Serenity Women's Care by phone or online today.

Hormone Therapy Q & A

What is hormone therapy?

Hormone therapy, or hormone replacement therapy, balances hormones within your body that are off because of perimenopause, menopause, thyroid disorders, aging, or other women’s health conditions. 

Treatment helps reduce symptoms associated with your condition, so you can look and feel your best.

What are the benefits of hormone therapy?

Hormone therapy helps reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with unbalanced hormone levels, such as:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Mental fogginess
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Decreased sexual desire

You don’t have to be menopausal to experience these or other symptoms related to hormone imbalance, as diminished hormone levels can appear up to 10 years before you reach menopause. Fortunately, hormone therapy is a simple treatment option for most women.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones‍ are synthetic hormones with natural ingredients, made at a compound pharmacy. These hormones are like the hormones your body naturally produces. Common bioidentical hormones include estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, and testosterone.

In addition to bioidentical hormones, the specialists at Serenity Women's Care also offer conventional hormone therapy. Your personalized hormone therapy treatment plan is based on your preferences, lifestyle, and unique needs.

What should I expect during treatment?

During hormone therapy treatment, the specialists at Serenity Women's Care review your medical history and symptoms, complete an exam, and utilize blood or imaging tests. 

They also discuss your treatment goals and develop a personalized plan that best matches your needs. Your practitioner might recommend:

  • Dietary supplements
  • Hormone pellet therapy
  • Creams, patches, or gels
  • Lozenges
  • Pills or capsules

During hormone pellet therapy, your provider places tiny pellets in fatty tissue just beneath your skin. They first numb the treatment area, so you don’t feel any pain. 

Pellets have time-released delivery, allowing your body to slowly absorb hormones over time. Women’s hormone pellets are usually dosed every three to four months.

Is hormone therapy right for me?

Talk with your women’s health specialist to find out if hormone therapy is right for you. You might not be a good candidate if you’ve previously had certain cancers, stroke, liver disease, blood clots, or unexplained vaginal bleeding. 

To learn more, schedule an appointment with Serenity Women's Care by phone or online today.