Hormone Replacement Specialist

Dominique J. Smith, MD -  - Gynecologist

Premier Health & Wellness

Dominique J. Smith, MD

Gynecologist & Integrative Medicine located in Lithonia, GA

Menopause may be a natural phase of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept uncomfortable and disruptive menopause symptoms as inevitable. Women in and around Lithonia, Georgia, can rely on the care of Dominique J. Smith, MD, and the Premier Health & Wellness team for comprehensive menopause treatment. This is a time in your life when you should be focusing on your own goals and interests, so schedule an appointment online or by phone today to explore menopause treatment options.

Hormone Replacement Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the transition out of your reproductive years. The process begins when your ovaries no longer release eggs. Your natural hormone production falls, which can cause a wide range of symptoms.

Most women enter menopause around the age of 50, but some begin to notice symptoms in their 40s, a period called perimenopause. If you’ve had a hysterectomy or ovarian surgery, you may experience a form of medically-induced menopause at any age. 

Menopause is not a single event, but a word used to describe the changes that occur as you move beyond your childbearing years. Some women have very little trouble with this time of transition, while others feel absolutely miserable as their hormones fluctuate. 

What are some symptoms of menopause?

Menopause can bring about a wide range of symptoms. Fortunately, you aren’t likely to encounter all of these challenges, but many women do suffer from several symptoms at once. 

Some signs that you may be in menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Cognitive issues (brain fog)
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Loss of sex drive

Don’t accept these changes as an unavoidable part of growing older. There are treatments available from Premier Health & Wellness that can help restore hormonal balance and lessen symptoms. 

How can hormone replacement therapy help treat menopause?

The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to supplement the hormones your body produces naturally to create a better balance. Because hormonal changes are the cause of most menopause symptoms, supplementation can relieve symptoms and help you feel more like yourself.  

Premier Health & Wellness offers a number of choices when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. One popular approach is called bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. This approach uses hormones created from plant sources. 

Bioidentical hormones share the same chemical structure as the hormones you produce naturally. Many women prefer these options over replacement hormones formulated from horse urine or other sources. 

How is hormone replacement therapy administered?

Premier Health & Wellness offers a number of options to deliver hormone replacement therapy. One of the most popular choices is called pellet therapy. 

This approach works by inserting small pellets about the size of a grain of rice beneath your skin. The pellets slowly release hormones over time, ensuring a steady stream of supplemental hormones. 

Additional dosing options include:

  • Topical creams
  • Oral medications
  • Vaginal inserts
  • Patches worn on your skin

To explore these treatment options in greater detail, come in for a one-on-one consultation at Premier Health & Wellness. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you can always call to speak with a member of the administrative staff regarding scheduling.