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HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

Select Family Practice and Urgent Care

Family Medicine located in Raleigh, NC

If you’re 50 or older and experiencing uncomfortable symptoms, like hot flashes, mood swings, low libido, or pain during intercourse, you may want to consider HRT. At Select Family Practice and Urgent Care in Raleigh, North Carolina, Reza Hatefi, PA-C, may consider the use of HRT (hormone replacement therapy) or other treatments to help you cope with the side effects of hormone imbalances. Call Select Family Practice today, or schedule a consultation online if you’re interested in HRT.


What is HRT?

HRT, or hormone replacement therapy, uses synthetic hormones to restore your body to proper balance and help relieve uncomfortable symptoms associated with low hormone levels. 

Many people experience low hormone levels due to the natural aging process. Without treatment, hormone fluctuations can negatively affect your energy levels, mood, and quality of daily life. Fortunately, hormone replacement can help prevent these issues before they occur. 

Who should consider HRT?

Consider HRT or other non-hormonal agents at Select Family Practice and Urgent Care if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Low libido
  • Hair loss 
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue

After a physical exam and a discussion of your symptoms, Mr. Hatefi can make treatment recommendations.

How is HRT administered?

Mr. Hatefi may administer HRT in several ways. Depending on your age and the severity of your symptoms, he might recommend pellets, pills, patches, creams, or gels.

Is HRT a safe treatment?

HRT is safe and typically well-tolerated, but it can present side effects. For example, during the first few weeks of treatment, you might experience bloating, acne, or fatigue. As your body gradually adjusts to the new hormone levels, these symptoms should subside.

At Select Family Practice and Urgent Care, Mr. Hatefi offers acne treatment, wellness care, and other treatments if you experience symptoms. 

When will I experience benefits from HRT?

The time it takes to experience benefits from HRT depends on various factors, including your age and the severity of your hormone imbalance. 

Most people notice a significant improvement in their symptoms within a week*, but it may take several months to achieve a lasting balance. Be patient, attend each of your checkups at Select Family Practice and Urgent Care, and follow Mr. Hatefi’s instructions carefully.

Does HRT reduce my risk of other medical issues?

Studies suggest that HRT may help slow the natural aging process. In fact, it may even reduce your risk of certain medical issues, including tooth loss, cataracts, and Type 2 diabetes*.

If you’re ready to learn more about HRT, call Select Family Practice, or make an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary