Female Hormone Replacement Therapy in Milwaukee & Chicagoland

A woman’s endocrine system can be effected by aging, stress, exercise or even the foods you eat. Unexplained weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, hair loss, low libido, inability to concentrate (brain fog), and mild anxiety/depression are some of the classic symptoms of hormone imbalance (andropause and perimenopause/menopause). Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an effective solution to restoring hormonal balance and a positive step in improving your overall health.  BHRT is available in a variety of delivery methods, such as pills, patches, creams/gels, injections, and pellet therapy. 

Dr. Kenneth Raskin provides hormone replacement (HRT) therapy women at our wellness clinics in Milwaukee and Riverwoods, IL. To learn more about the benefits of HRT, please call 414-930-2925 to schedule your your consultation with Dr. Kenneth Raskin today! Our Illinois wellness clinic is conveniently located for individuals located throughout Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, and Deerfield. 

What Does a Hormonal Imbalance Look Like in Women?

Hormone changes can start occurring in women in the 30s and can rapidly alter during the perimenopause and menopause years.  When the changes occur rapidly; women can feel like they woke up in someone else’s body. All three major female sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen, testosterone) can alter at different rates leading to major changes in how you feel and how your body is acting.  Through alteration of these hormones, we are able to improve how you feel and lessen the symptoms you are experiencing.   

Progesterone can be used as an oral agent or cream.  Cream can be calming and help with many of the symptoms of progesterone deficiency.  Occasionally someone will rapidly convert their progesterone to cortisol leading to difficulty sleeping and feeling more edgy.  Oral progesterone has more literature supporting the protection of the lining of the uterus compared to the creams. Dr. Raskin prefers oral progesterone as it gives the same benefits of the cream, and it breaks down in the liver to create a hormone metabolite that helps with sleep.    

Estrogen can be used as an oral agent, topical patch, cream, or pellet form.  The oral form may increase the risk of blood clots, heart disease and stroke compared to the other forms, so Dr. Raskin generally does not use this form.  Creams can be used on the skin or vaginally depending on what symptoms we are treating.  Patches are convenient and come from your local pharmacy; however, they only come in a few dosing options. Estrogen pellets are convenient as they are only dosed once every 3 months and are best used in women who have had a hysterectomy or endometrial ablation due to the risk of abnormal bleeding.  

Testosterone is the often-neglected hormone in women.  There is ten times more testosterone in the female body than estrogen.  It is responsible for many of the benefits we see with estrogen without the side effects such as weight gain and bloating.  Testosterone can be used as an oral agent, cream, injectable or pellet form.  Dr. Raskin does not recommend the oral form as there is an increased risk of damage to the liver.  The cream/gel formulation can convert to estrogen more readily than the forms that go under the skin.  Both self-administered subcutaneous injections and pellet forms give excellent results. 

What Are the Benefits of Hormone Replacement?

  • Greater emotional stability 
  • Improved drive and stamina 
  • Improved bone density 
  • Improved energy levels 
  • Improved focus and concentration 
  • Improved lean body mass 
  • Increased sex drive (libido) and sexual function 
  • Decreased fat mass 
  • Improvement in hot flashes and night sweats 
  • Improvement in sleep 
  • Improvement in hair loss 
  • Improvement in depression and anxiety

What Are the Symptoms of a Hormone Imbalance in Women?

  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes or flushes
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Anxiousness
  • Mood swings
  • Low mood
  • Discomfort during intercourse
  • Joint and tendon pain

Schedule a Consultation for Hormone Replacement

Therapy in Milwaukee & Chicagoland

Dr. Raskin has extensive experiencing diagnosing and treating symptoms of hormone imbalances in women.  Hormone replacement therapy can get you back to feeling like yourself again, If you are experiencing negative effects of a hormonal imbalance and would like to discuss the benefits of hormone therapy, please call 414-930-2925 or request an appointment online to schedule your visit at our wellness clinic in Milwaukee and Riverwoods.