Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Dr. J. Scott Bembry discusses how hormone replacement therapy restores low levels of hormones to treat symptoms like hot flashes. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The particular combination of hormone therapy that we use is very patient dependent. We try to use the lowest dose of therapy that’s going to make you feel better. Most patients will need estrogen and progesterone. 

You can’t take estrogen alone, because it can promote overgrowth of the lining of the uterus and increase the risk of endometrial cancer. If you’ve had a hysterectomy, though, you can just take estrogen. When the uterus is not present, you do not need progesterone and shouldn't take progesterone. Of the two hormones, progesterone probably creates more of a risk of breast cancer than estrogen.

The way that estrogen or hormone therapy is given — whether it’s orally or with a transdermal patch — also depends on your specific symptoms.

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Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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