To begin exploring your treatment options at our Oklahoma City office, preliminary blood work is done, a follow-up visit is scheduled, and written information regarding BHRT is provided for your review prior to the follow-up. At the follow-up visit, lab values are reviewed and treatment recommendations are made with instructions for the proper administration of BHRT. Any questions you have regarding therapy can be answered at this time. Prescriptions are provided for local or mail-in pharmacies or a compounding pharmacy. Another visit is scheduled to monitor your response to therapy and will involve repeat lab testing to assure close monitoring.
Requirements & Other Considerations
Women wishing to undergo hormone therapy involving estrogen and other medications are required to have a current mammogram (within the past 12 months). This is important because two out of three instances of breast cancer test positive for estrogen or progesterone receptors. Under these circumstances, these hormones can actually accelerate the development of breast cancer. Your safety matters to us, and we want to take every measure to ensure that your treatment is as beneficial as possible. If you have not undergone a breast cancer screening in the last year, please do so prior to your consultation.
We feel it is important to note that the National Institutes of Health concluded that taking estrogen alone does not increase the risk of breast cancer among those who have no family history of breast cancer and no benign breast diseases. However, it has also been found that the risk of breast cancer increases when taking estrogen in combination with progesterone. Dr. Jayne welcomes you to ask any questions you may have about the risk of breast cancer and other topics relating to hormone therapy during your consultation at our Edmond office.
Men are required to have a current PSA blood test as well as a recent rectal exam completed within the last 12 months.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
BHRT is most commonly recommended after menopause and involves balancing estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormone, DHEA, and vitamin D. Balancing these factors can significantly improve several types of symptoms:
- Hot Flashes
- Mood Swings
- Vaginal Dryness
- Painful Intercourse
- Sleep Disturbances
- Night Sweats
- Memory Problems
- Weight Gain
- Decreased Libido
- Skin and Hair Problems
- Irregular Periods
- Premenstrual Symptoms
Hormone therapy may also help to decrease blood pressure and reduce plaque formation on the arterial walls, reduce the risk or the severity of type 2 diabetes (or both), reduce bone loss, reduce the risk of colorectal cancer and increase HDL (good cholesterol) while lowering LDL (bad cholesterol), and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia by raising estrogen levels.
During a consultation at his Edmond office, Dr. Jayne can determine the right amount of estrogen and other hormones, as well as vitamin supplements, to help you achieve your goals.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Reduced hormone levels in men may be associated with:
- Disturbed Sleep
- Heart Disease
- Low Testosterone
- Decreased Libido
- Slow Wound Healing
- Prostate problems
- Low Sperm Count
- Reduced Muscle Mass
- Memory Impairment
- Impaired Blood Cell Formation
- Reduced Cognitive Function
These effects are the result of a gradual drop in testosterone, DHEA, thyroid hormone, and vitamin D levels that start to substantially decline around age 40. Low testosterone can cause impotence, or erectile dysfunction. Balancing these hormones and vitamins will help significantly and may be associated with beneficial changes in fatigue, impotence, blood pressure, cholesterol, muscle mass, and bone density as well as helping to protect against heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.