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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Paula Lima, NMD -  - Endocrinology, Diabetes, Thyroid, Hormone & Weight Loss Specialist

Essence Medical Center

Paula Lima, NMD

Endocrinology, Diabetes, Thyroid, Hormone & Weight Loss Specialist located in Chandler, AZ

The natural aging process can deplete your hormone levels and leave you feeling unlike yourself. At Essence Medical Center in Chandler, Arizona, Paula Lima, NMD, offers comprehensive health evaluations to determine if your symptoms relate to a hormonal imbalance. Dr. Lima specializes in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using bioidentical hormones to help you feel your best. She also offers several naturopathic modalities like acupuncture and nutrition counseling to maximize your results. Schedule a consultation online or by calling Essence Medical Center today.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q&A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment option for symptoms that relate to low hormone levels. 

Essence Medical Center uses bioidentical hormones to stabilize your hormone levels and help you address menopause, low testosterone, and hormonal imbalances that result from a thyroid disorder. 

Bioidentical hormones are structurally similar to the hormones your body makes naturally. They are usually made from plant sources and Dr. Lima can tailor the hormone doses to your unique needs. 

How do I know if I need hormone replacement therapy?

Women who are transitioning to menopause, the time when one’s period stops for good, experience fluctuations in their levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones. As you near the end of your childbearing years, your body produces less of these hormones, which can cause:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Bone loss
  • Chronic fatigue

Women in menopause and men with low testosterone can also experience mood swings, irritability, and a reduced sex drive. Low hormone levels can also cause sleep disturbances in both men and women.

While not everyone experiences severe symptoms of hormone fluctuations, those that do may find these symptoms interfere with their quality of life. Dr. Lima can test your hormone levels through in-office blood work to determine if your symptoms relate to a hormone imbalance. She reviews your medical history to find out if you would benefit from hormone replacement therapy.

What can I expect during hormone replacement therapy?

There are a variety of HRT delivery methods available to meet your needs, including pills, patches, and creams. Dr. Lima can help you choose the best method and the proper dosage to rebalance your hormones and relieve your symptoms. 

In addition to bioidentical hormones, Dr. Lima uses other naturopathic modalities to help you feel your best. She creates a treatment plan using:

  • Botanicals
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Supplementation
  • Acupuncture
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy

Hormone replacement therapy isn’t right for everyone. If you’re not able to tolerate the bioidentical hormones, Dr. Lima can still use these modalities to help you find symptom relief. 

Find out more about the benefits of hormone replacement therapy by calling Essence Medical Center or by booking a consultation online today.