Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Karla Jarvis, MSN, FNP-C -  - Family Medicine

Jarvis Family Medical Practice

Karla Jarvis, MSN, FNP-C

Family Medicine & Medical Spa located in Louisville, KY

A hormone imbalance can wreak havoc on your body, causing weight gain, sleep issues, moodiness, and more. Men and women in Louisville, Kentucky, can turn to Jarvis Family Medical Practice for safe, effective, and professional hormone replacement treatments, as well as transgender hormone treatments. Under the expert care of Karla Jarvis, MSN, FNP-C, patients experience noticeable results over time. Call or schedule an appointment online for a full hormone evaluation and treatment plan.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is hormone replacement treatment?

Hormone therapy replaces the body’s hormone levels to an optimal level. Hormones regulate most bodily functions, helping with digestion, appetite, immunity, mood, libido, and more. A hormone imbalance can, therefore, have a significant impact on your sense of well-being and health. 

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a form of hormone replacement using hormones derived from plant estrogens. 

They are identical in chemical form to the hormones found in the human body and can replace such key hormones as estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and thyroid hormones. BHRT can come in the form of pills or injections.

What is hormone therapy used for?

Hormone therapy is primarily used to treat symptoms of menopause. 

When women enter menopause, their estrogen levels plunge, and the lower estrogen levels can cause hot flashes, insomnia or other sleep issues, and vaginal dryness, as well as longer-term complications such as osteoporosis. Treating women with estrogen replacement diminishes these frustrating symptoms.

However, both men and women can experience hormone imbalances at other times, causing symptoms that can include: 

  • Insomnia
  • Loss of libido or decreased sex drive
  • Mental fog or moodiness
  • Fat accumulation
  • Loss of lean muscle
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Insulin resistance
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia

Hormone replacement therapy can successfully treat these conditions when they are caused by a hormone imbalance.

What is transgender hormone therapy?

Also referred to as cross-sex hormone therapy, this type of hormone replacement therapy provides the necessary hormones to those seeking to achieve certain sexual characteristics of their desired gender identity.

This type of treatment is commonly used for transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. For those seeking feminizing hormone therapy, the treatment includes estrogens, testosterone blockers, and antiandrogens. 

For patients seeking masculinizing hormone therapy, the treatment includes androgens and testosterone. These services are provided discreetly and under professional supervision.

Whether hormone replacement therapy is used to prevent the frustrating symptoms of menopause, fight against symptoms related to a hormone imbalance, or to help achieve desired sexual characteristics, patients can receive personalized, expert care. 

To learn more, call the office or schedule a consultation online with Karla today.