Hormone Replacement Therapy

Anthony G. Avitabile, DO -  - Family Medicine

RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC

Anthony G. Avitabile, DO

Family Medicine located in Chattanooga, TN

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is designed to replenish your hormone levels and help both men and women revitalize their health. If you’re experiencing sexual dysfunction issues, unexplained weight gain, mood swings, or other signs of low hormone levels, contact Dr. Anthony Avitabile at RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for an evaluation. Call the office or use the online booking tool to learn more about HRT.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy, better known as “HRT,” is a way to restore your hormone levels if your hormones are low or imbalanced. Women most commonly struggle with decreased estrogen and progesterone hormone levels surrounding menopause, although men sometimes battle with low hormones, specifically testosterone, often because of older age. 

Dr. Avitabile designs your hormone replacement therapy plan based on your current hormone levels and the symptoms you’re experiencing. HRT is beneficial because it can minimize:

  • Hot flashes
  • Low libido 
  • Bone loss 
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Erectile dysfunction 

Hormone replacement therapy is also beneficial for helping you put on muscle. Men, in particular, have a harder time building up lean muscle mass if their testosterone is low.

Which type of hormone replacement therapy do I need?

Dr. Avitabile is dedicated to helping you find just the right hormone replacement therapy solution for your unique needs. Your HRT plan may include any of the following therapies:

  • Skin patches
  • Topical gels or creams
  • Intramuscular injections 
  • Vaginal suppositories 
  • Oral medications 

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is sometimes recommended, too. This type of hormone therapy involves using compounded creams or pellets that are derived from natural sources — like yams — to balance your hormone levels. BHRT formularies are nearly identical to the hormones produced by your body. 

Dr. Avitabile at RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC, may combine two or more types of hormone replacement formularies to maximize your results. Dr. Avitabile is diligent about finding just the right HRT for your unique needs. 

When does hormone replacement therapy start working?

It’s common for hormone replacement therapy to start helping with symptoms within a few weeks as your hormones begin to stabilize. You should continue noticing ongoing benefits with HRT with each passing week.

Once you begin hormone replacement therapy at RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC, you check in regularly, generally every few months, for laboratory testing. Dr. Avitabile evaluates your hormone levels and talks with you about the efficacy of your treatment. He can adjust your HRT as needed.

Book your hormone replacement therapy at RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC, today. You can conveniently schedule an appointment with Dr. Avitabile either online or over the phone. 

Featured

Services