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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Julia Riftine, MD

OBGYN & Aesthetics located in Hackensack, NJ

Hormonal imbalance can lead to a wide range of uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy can offer relief and is among the treatments available from Julia Riftine, MD, FACOG, in Hackensack, New Jersey. If you’re tired of navigating the changes that hormonal imbalance brings, call the office to set up a consultation. Online booking is also available.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormonal imbalance?

Your body produces many different hormones, which act as chemical messengers to prompt numerous cellular functions. Hormones enable your sleep, heart rate, metabolism, stress levels, and much more. 

As you age, your body will naturally begin to produce fewer hormones. Estrogen and progesterone are the primary hormones related to women’s reproductive health, although women also produce small volumes of testosterone. 

When your natural hormone production changes, hormonal imbalance can occur. The aging process is the primary cause of these changes, although certain medical conditions and medications can also alter hormone production. Just because this is a natural part of growing older doesn’t mean you have to accept the symptoms of hormonal imbalance as inevitable. 

What are the symptoms of hormonal imbalance?

Hormonal imbalance affects every woman differently. Knowing the symptoms can help you determine when to seek treatment. 

Some of the signs of hormonal imbalance in women include:

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Sleep disruption
  • Headaches
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Changes in heart rate
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Increased thirst

These are just some of the changes you might experience as your hormone production changes. 

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)is a treatment that can restore healthy hormonal balance. In the hands of a skilled practitioner like Dr. Riftine, HRT can help you feel more comfortable in your own skin and restore your sleep, your mood, and your normal daily routines. 

Dr. Riftine uses bioidentical hormones to create your customized HRT treatment plan. Unlike supplemental hormones that are produced from the urine of pregnant horses, bioidentical hormones are made from plant sources. The chemical structure of these supplemental hormones is so close to your natural hormones that your body can’t tell the difference. 

Best of all, HRT releases a steady stream of hormones into your bloodstream. This eliminates the ups and downs of previous hormone replacement therapy options. Vaginal atrophy is common among women going through hormonal shifts, and an innovative radiofrequency therapy called VotivaⓇ can help improve vaginal tightness, lubrication, and sensitivity. 

It can take some time to find the right HRT therapy for your specific needs. Rest assured that Dr. Riftine is beside you from start to finish and will find the right treatment schedule to restore optimal hormonal balance. Begin your journey today by calling to book a visit or trying the easy online scheduling tool.  



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