Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy2018-11-14T05:58:45+00:00

While browsing for an immediate, efficient relief from menopause symptoms, you’ve come across hormone replacement therapy. Weighing its pros and cons, how do you know if it is really right for you?

Women are obviously familiar with the menopausal state. It is a stage where the period of a woman stops. She stops ovulating and is no longer producing estrogen. The levels of female hormones can go fluctuate, causing moderate to severe symptoms like night sweats, hot flushes, vaginal dryness, and pain during sex. Some women opt live with the symptoms, especially if it is only mild. However, other women take hormone replacement therapy to ease the symptoms of menopause.

What You Need to Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Hormone replacement therapy, also referred to as menopausal hormone therapy, is an FDA-approved treatment used to relieve common symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. In addition to reducing the severity and occurrence of sweating, hot flashes, and other symptoms, it is also efficient in minimizing the risk of osteoporosis.

While hormone therapy reduces the possible rate of some debilitating diseases like heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and colorectal, it can have adverse side effects. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ubani of Neuvo Health and Wellness to discuss your symptoms and see if hormone replacement therapy is an ideal treatment for you.

Among the menopause symptoms that can be relieved by HRT are:

  • Night sweats and hot flushes
  • Pains and aches
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness and vaginal walls thinning
  • Mood and sleep disruption as well as insomnia
  • Palpitations
  • Bladder and vaginal infections
  • Mild urinary incontinence
  • Memory loss or other cognitive changes
  • Itchy and dry eyes
  • Strange sensations (e.g. crawling under the skin)
  • Abnormal hair growth or hair loss

How Is It Taken?

If you have menopausal symptoms and have assessed the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy treatment, patches, implants, or tablets may be prescribed.

Hormone replacement therapy is available in multiple sources, whether through taking tablets, applying oestrogen gels, using a patch that sticks on the skin, or considering an implant.

Benefits and Side Effects

Studies showed that women were able to control their menopausal symptoms and achieve a quality wellbeing of life with the help of HRT. It proves to be an excellent aid in reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis as well as cancer of the rectum and colon.

On the negative side, a combined hormone replacement therapy faintly increases the risk of developing stroke, womb cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and even pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Most experts agree that if used on a short-term basis, (let’s say no more than 5 years) the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks.

Who Should Use it?

Women with moderate to severe menopausal symptoms can rely on hormone therapy to release ‘unwanted’ feelings. Those with a family history of osteoporosis are also a good candidate for this treatment.

Who Should NOT Use it?

If you have a history of blood clots, liver disease, breast cancer, womb cancer, ovarian cancer, heart disease or stroke, untreated high blood pressure, or have no menopausal symptoms, you are not recommended to take the therapy. Pregnant women are also excused for taking HRT. Hormone therapy may not be needed if you started menopause after age 45 and are not bothered by menopausal symptoms.

So, Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right For You?

Hormone therapy is not all bad or all good. There are benefits and risks involved upon application. Hence, it is important not to attempt to make a decision solely on your own. Your best option is to talk to a doctor concerning strategies to minimize the risk of conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis.

Contact Dr. Ubani and discuss about your health risks and individual symptoms. Your doctor will suggest choices based on how severe your medical history and symptoms are. She will guide you throughout the process to get the type of relief you essentially need.