Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Michael J. Barnthouse, MD

Gynecologist & Hormone Replacement Specialist located in Kansas City, MO

Mood swings, hot flashes, and weight gain are all hallmarks of menopause, but hormone replacement therapy can help. OB/GYN Michael J. Barnthouse, MD, offers hormone replacement therapy with SottoPelle® bioidentical hormone pellets at his practice, serving Johnson County, Kansas, and the greater Kansas City, Missouri, area. To learn about how hormone replacement therapy can help ease the symptoms of menopause, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barnthouse today.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement therapy?

As you approach menopause, your body stops making estrogen and progesterone. In addition to causing your periods to become irregular, these hormone fluctuations are responsible for the difficult and often disruptive symptoms of menopause.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) reduces these symptoms, such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness

What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?

In addition to reducing symptoms of menopause, HRT may help prevent serious health complications associated with declining hormone levels, such as:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Tooth and hair loss
  • Cataracts

HRT may also improve the hydration, elasticity, and thickness of your skin, which makes you look and feel like a younger version of yourself. Since it helps relieve vaginal dryness and enhances sexual pleasure, HRT can significantly boost your overall quality of life.

How are bioidentical hormones different?

Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to your own hormones, so your body can’t tell the difference. Although they’re made in a lab, bioidentical hormones act the same way your natural hormones would.

Other types of synthetic hormones don’t mimic natural hormones in this way, so your body reacts to the presence of those hormones. Bioidentical hormones don’t trigger this reaction.

What is SottoPelle hormone therapy?

Dr. Barnthouse offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) with SottoPelle® pellet implants. SottoPelle delivers a customized BHRT treatment consistently and gradually, meaning you can benefit from constant hormone therapy without having to remember to do anything.

Other types of BHRT use pills, lotions, creams, or gels that you need to apply. SottoPelle implants use a precise method to automatically release the hormones your body needs, 24/7.

Who is a good candidate for SottoPelle hormone replacement therapy?

Dr. Barnthouse may suggest BHRT if you suffer from disruptive symptoms of hormone fluctuations during perimenopause and menopause that don’t improve with other treatments.

Before trying SottoPelle, Dr. Barnthouse may suggest the following ways to improve your menopause symptoms:

  • Taking vitamin supplements
  • Increasing exercise
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Reducing stress and anxiety

If your symptoms persist despite these changes, it may be time to consider BHRT. SottoPelle isn’t right for everyone, so make sure to ask Dr. Barnthouse whether this treatment is the best option for you.

If you’re dealing with the troublesome symptoms of hormone fluctuations, call the office of Dr. Barnthouse or book an appointment online today.