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Menopause & Hormone Therapy

Changes in a woman’s reproductive hormones, beginning as early as her twenties, can cause disruptive symptoms. Common complaints include irritability, hot flashes, insomnia, loss of sexual desire, decrease concentration, difficulty with relationships, anxiety, unhappiness – and a myriad of other problems.


We often see these problems being misdiagnosed as psychiatric disorders by other doctors with the initiation of powerful medications that can bring about other dangerous problems. As a general rule it’s better to avoid medication, particularly medication that changes the neurochemistry of your brain.

Dr. Litrel talks about menopause and hormone replacement therapy.

At Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists, we try to find the cause of the problem rather than just treat the symptom.

Hormone Balancing With Bioidentical Hormones

Many times an imbalance of hormones is the culprit, and thus we offer our patients natural (bioidentical) hormone replacement. The word “hormone” sometimes generates fear because of all the negative press regarding hormones causing cancer. However, the hormones implicated in causing cancer tend to be synthetic hormones rather than natural (bioidentical) hormones – in fact, without hormones, life would not be possible.

Dr. Haley discusses long term impact of bioidentical hormone therapy and its benefits.

In addition to hormone balancing, we often find our patients suffering because of problems with life balancing. There are many demands associated with being a woman; sometimes it’s the choices we are making in life that are causing our symptoms, not a biological deficiency.

As primary health physicians, we listen to you to understand what is going on in your life, in addition to performing a careful physical exam and laboratory testing.

Read more about menopause facts and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Dr. Haley’s articles Menopause, Part 1: Six Menopause Facts Every Woman Should Know and Menopause, Part 2: Hormone Replacement Therapy – 7 FAQs.

Menopause and HRT Education Articles


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