San Diego Coastal Endocrinology, aMC -  - Endocrinologist

San Diego Coastal Endocrinology, aMC

Endocrinologist located in Solana Beach, CA & Chula Vista, CA

Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Dr. Georges Argoud is a Board Certified Endocrinologist who serves the residents of Chula Vista and Solana Beach in Southern California, as well as many nearby neighborhoods. The doctor and the Physician Assistants specialize in the use of hormone replacement therapy as an effective treatment plan for many endocrine-related disorders and health conditions.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

Why is Hormone Replacement Therapy Needed?

Hormone replacement therapy is needed when the gland or glands that produce a specific hormone do not work as they should or have been damaged or destroyed by an illness. As a woman ages and her body begins to slow down, this causes the reproductive and other glands to not produce as many hormones as they did in the past. This can lead to weight gain, abnormal hair growth, irritability, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and many other health conditions. Replacing the hormones that have diminished or been lost, is just one way of helping to restore balance within the body. It is important for the patient to first be evaluated to determine if the benefit-to-risk ratio associated with hormone replacement therapy is favorable for the patient.

What are the Symptoms of Menopause?

Many women transition into menopause without exhibiting any symptoms whatsoever. Others, however, are not so lucky. Hair loss, weight gain, dry skin, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, irritability, mood swings, hot flashes, and a variety of other symptoms can signal the first stages of menopause. Menopause can start as early as the mid-30s for some women, while others may not see the first signs until they are close to 50 years of age. As the woman progressed through the transition from one phase of life to the next, the symptoms will gradually fade and become less noticeable as the woman's body begins to adapt to the new hormone levels.

Can HRT be Used for Other Things?

Hormone replacement therapy is not always used just to rebalance a woman's reproductive hormones. HRT can be used to help women with fertility issues conceive and bear a child. While the correction of menopause-related symptoms is what HRT is primarily known for, doctors also use it to help restore the proper levels of other hormones, such as thyroid, within the body when the thyroid gland is damaged or destroyed by illness. The treatment of diabetes through the use of insulin is also a form of hormone replacement therapy. Birth control is also a form of hormone therapy, but instead of replacing the hormones, they are administered to reduce the incidence of a pregnancy.

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Accepted Insurance

If there are any questions regarding what insurance is accepted, please contact the office directly.

AARP
Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Shield of California
CareFirst
CHAMPVA
Cigna
Community Health Group
First Health Network PPO
GEHA
HealthNet
Humana
KEENAN
Medicaid
Medicare
Mutual of Omaha
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    "I've been here several times for more than two years. I was referred from my doctor, Lara Lee in Escondido. My experience with doctors and staff is great..."

    Javier H.
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    "I had a great experience at Dr. Argoud's practice. I found his bedside manner to be extremely professional and caring. He took a lot of time to answer my questions."

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