The reproductive process is closely regulated by hormones, so even a slight imbalance can cause infertility. With hormone replacement therapy at our San Antonio, TX, practice, we will replenish necessary hormones to increase your chances of conceiving successfully. By choosing Fertility Center of San Antonio for treatment, you will experience compassionate and personalized care from a cohesive team of professionals. Contact our practice today to schedule a personal consultation.
Understanding the Role of Hormones in Fertility
Hormones play an integral role in regulating numerous essential biological processes, such as temperature regulation, digestion, and growth. For women, the reproductive cycle is regulated by:
- Estrogen: This hormone plays a vital role in the menstrual cycle and ovulation.
- Progesterone: This hormone is also crucial to helping the body regulate the menstrual cycle, and it is essential for a healthy conception and pregnancy.
- Luteinizing Hormone (LH): This hormone is responsible for trigging ovulation.
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH): This hormone regulates several reproductive processes in conjunction with LH.
- Cortisol: This hormone aids metabolism and suppresses the immune system in response to stress.
- Testosterone: This hormone supports a healthy sex drive.
If even one of these hormones is out of sync, it can compromise the entire reproductive system of both men and women. For women in particular, premature ovarian failure (POF) is a common type of early-onset infertility caused by an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone. A wide variety of factors can affect hormone levels, such as stress, poor nutrition, exposure to human-made chemicals, smoking or drug use, a sedentary life style, low or high body fat, and the use of certain medications. Radiation therapy for cancer, lupus, or multiple sclerosis is an especially common contributor, as well.
How Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Help?
Hormone replacement therapy is designed to replenish low levels of female hormones. Although it is more commonly used to address the effects of menopause, hormone replacement therapy can also offer an effective treatment for infertility. A number of hormone replacement strategies exist, but a combined dose of estrogen-progesterone is usually the best approach for women who are struggling with infertility. The combined dose can help to put hormones back in sync and help the body to regulate the reproductive cycle, increasing a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant.
Our experienced doctors make patient safety paramount, and they will work closely with you to determine if hormone replacement therapy is appropriate for you.
Potential Side Effects
Like all fertility treatments, hormone replacement therapy does carry risks. Some studies have indicated a risk of developing breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, or blood clots. As a result, patients who have an increased risk of heart attacks or blood clots should consider alternative treatments.
However, it is important to understand that the type of therapy a woman undergoes, how it is received, and when it begins all play an important role in the effectiveness and safety of a fertility treatment. Our experienced doctors make patient safety paramount, and they will work closely with you to determine if hormone replacement therapy is appropriate for you.
Contact Us to Learn More
Dealing with infertility can be an extremely trying experience. Here at the Fertility Center of San Antonio, our team strives to provide every patient with cohesive support throughout the entire process. Contact us today to discover if hormone replacement therapy can help you achieve your goals.