Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Donald A. Balder, MD, FACS -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery

Donald A. Balder, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon located in Gulfport, MS & Slidell, LA

If you’ve entered menopause and find that its symptoms noticeably diminish your quality of life, hormone replacement therapy from Dr. Donald Balder may provide the relief you seek. Delivered with care for each of his patients, hormone replacement therapy can help shake those menopausal symptoms of aging. Call the Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery -- located in Gulfport and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Slidell, Louisiana -- to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online.

Hormone Replacement Q & A

How does hormone replacement therapy work?

During hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Balder will supply medications containing the hormones your body no longer makes following menopause. These hormones help regulate your body and alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause.

Who is a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?

You might be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy if you’ve experienced some of the following:

  • Hot flashes, night sweats, or other menopausal symptoms that are diminishing your quality of life.
  • Other forms of treatment for your menopausal symptoms are ineffective.
  • You’ve stopped having your period before the age of 40.

 
Women who go through menopause earlier than usual and don't take hormone therapy until the age of 45 are at higher risk for certain conditions, such as osteoporosis, depression, and coronary heart disease. If you think you’re going through menopause earlier than expected, hormone replacement therapy can reduce the risks of those conditions.

What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?

Dr. Balder typically prescribes hormone replacement therapy in one of two ways, each with distinct benefits:

Systemic hormone therapy

Systemic hormone therapy comes in several forms, including pills, sprays, and creams, and helps provide relief for night sweats and hot flashes. This kind of hormone therapy can also help with vaginal symptoms of menopause, such as itchiness and dryness.

Low-dose vaginal therapy

Dr. Balder will prescribe vaginal hormone products if you suffer from vaginal symptoms associated with menopause. Unlike systemic hormone therapy, these products do not relieve hot flashes or night sweats.

What are the risks of hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy carries a few short-term risks, including headaches, bloating, weight gain, nausea, and vaginal bleeding.

The latest clinical trials suggest that regular hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of more severe conditions, such as heart disease, breast cancer, and blood clots. Dr. Balder will help you weigh the benefits and the risks of hormone replacement therapy to determine if its the right path for you.

If menopause is keeping you from living your life the way you want, call The Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online.