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 during which a woman’s period stops. She stops ovulating and is no longer producing estrogen. The levels of female hormones can fluctuate, causing moderate to severe symptoms like night sweats, hot flushes, vaginal dryness, and pain during sex. Some women opt to live with these symptoms, especially if they are only mild. Other women choose 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 effective in minimizing the risk of osteoporosis.
While hormone therapy reduces the possible rate of some debilitating diseases like heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and colorectal disease, it can have adverse side effects. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ubani of Neuvo Health and Wellness to discuss your symptoms, and to see if hormone replacement therapy is an ideal treatment for you.
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 formats, such as 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 higher quality of well-being with the help of HRT. It has proven 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 may faintly increase the risk of developing stroke, womb cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and possibly pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis. Most experts agree that if used on a short-term basis (for example, 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 those “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 are free from 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. As with any medical treatment, there are benefits and risks. Hence, it is important not to attempt to make this decision solely on your own. Your best option is to talk to a doctor concerning strategies that minimize the risk of conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis.
Contact Dr. Ubani to discuss your individual needs. The doctor will suggest choices based on your own medical history and symptoms. She will guide you throughout the process to get the type of relief that works best for you.