Hormone Replacement Therapy Menopause
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in menopausal women is a therapy used to replace the lost progesterone and estrogen hormones women experience in the transitional years leading to and after menopause. Estrogen stimulates the release of female eggs from ovaries which are used in reproduction, and thus as a female approaches an age where her eggs are no longer releasing she experiences menopause. At the same time estrogen and progesterone are lost leading to other conditions and symptoms that can be uncomfortable and lead to other health problems.
When a women experiences a decrease in estrogen and progesterone due to menopause there are usually symptoms and conditions that follow. Some symptoms that women may experience include vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, anxiety and irritability, insomnia or sleep disturbances, hot flashes, night sweats, frequent urination or urinary irregularities, decreased sexual drive, an irregular period, moodiness, depression, hair loss, decrease in skin elasticity, and weight gain. Many women who suffer from menopausal symptoms seek hormone replacement therapy for relief.
Hormone therapy may come by way of replacing the lost estrogen hormone, lost progesterone hormone or both if needed. Our physicians will consult with you to determine which hormone treatment and at what dosage are best for you.
What are the benefits of Hormone replacement therapy or HRT?
Women who want to restore balance in hormonal health choose hormone replacement therapy as a natural solution to a natural process that comes with age. Benefits include alleviation from menopausal symptoms, increase in bone density, and prevention of osteoporosis, decreased risk for heart disease, and improvement in vaginal dryness, increased skin elasticity, improvement in urogenital symptoms, improvement mood and restoration in overall balance in the body.
If a hysterectomy has been chosen as a surgical procedure to remove the uterus women will still experience menopause although they will cease to have a period. It is just as important for women who have undergone a hysterectomy to receive proper hormone treatment as it is for a women experiencing the early symptoms of menopause. HRT can benefit women who have had this surgical procedure as they will still experience menopause.
Are there risks associated with HRT?
There are mixed results with the risks that women run when they incorporate hormone replacement therapy into their health routine. Some women might experience, bloating, breast enlargement or tenderness, dizziness, moodiness, increase in weight, fluid retention or nausea. Our physicians will discuss the risks and benefits with you and evaluate if you are a good candidate for HRT.
Estrogen replacement therapy
Estradiol is the main estrogen metabolite that is used in hormone replacement therapy in women. Estrogen replacement comes in a variety of forms. Estrogen replacement therapy can be prescribed as tablets, skin patches, gels, topical creams and a variety of sprays.
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