Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Broadway Gynecology

OB-GYN & Midwife located in Financial District, New York, NY

Top-rated certified midwife, Rolinda McIntosh of Broadway Gynecology, located in New York City’s Financial District, provides a full scope of health services for women, including hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is a hormone imbalance?

In the 2 to 8 years prior to women hitting menopause, defined by 12 consecutive months of not having a period, they experience fluctuations in the female reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. These swings, which can also be the result of a hysterectomy and certain conditions, such as hypothyroidism, often cause a multitude of unpleasant symptoms, from hot flashes to weight gain. First-line treatment are lifestyle adjustments and natural remedies. However, if symptoms are severe and not alleviated by these measures, hormone replacement therapy may be recommended, and is nearly always effective in providing relief.

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment used to replenish decreased hormones in the body, returning them to optimum levels. This is accomplished either by taking hormones orally or using a topical cream.

What are common symptoms of a hormone imbalance?

Symptoms are numerous and vary widely in severity, from mild to debilitating. Among the most common are:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Diminished libido
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain (especially belly fat)
  • Frequent urinary tract infections or incontinence
  • Brain fog
  • Insomnia

Once a woman actually reaches menopause, which on average occurs around age 51, symptoms caused by hormone fluctuations may or may not end. Everyone is different.

Who is a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?

To determine whether a woman may benefit from hormone replacement therapy, Rolinda conducts a thorough evaluation, which includes a medical history, physical examination and laboratory testing (either blood, saliva or urine). If Rolinda does recommend hormone replacement therapy, she will create an individualized plan. Hormone replacement therapy is not recommended for women who have been on hormone therapy for more than 10 years, who are smokers, or have had cancer, blood clots, or undiagnosed breast masses.

Accepted Insurance Providers

At Broadway Gynecology, we accept most major insurance plans, including 1199. Here is a short-list of some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
1199SEIU
Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross PPO Prudent Buyer
Blue View Vision
Capital Blue Cross
Cigna
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Fidelis Care (NY)
Humana
MVP Health Care
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
Premera Blue Cross
The Hartford