Despite not being entirely risk free, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been known to be an effective solution to find relief from menopausal symptoms. HRT is also known to be effective for the prevention of osteoporosis, as well as providing additional protection against heart disease.
At Metro Urgent Care, we want to provide you with as much information as possible as you pursue your options for treating menopause symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy is not always a solution for everyone, which is why it’s important to consult with your healthcare professional about the benefits and disadvantages, based on how they relate with your personal situation.
If you have any questions about menopause and how hormone replacement therapy can help, give us a call today!
Hormone replacement therapy began as a way to modify natural hormone levels in the body. This was done either through estrogen-alone therapy (e.g., for women who had a hysterectomy) or as estrogen with progesterone therapy (e.g., women who experience menopause naturally in their midlife).
The goal of HRT is to, as the name implies, replace (or modify) hormones in the body. Particularly, estrogen (sometimes alongside progesterone) has a number of benefits when the hormone levels in the body are balanced correctly. For example, it can help the body to better process calcium (for strong bones), helps to moderate cholesterol levels, and more.
When menopause begins, the levels of those natural hormones (estrogen and progesterone) that are produced will drop rather dramatically. As a result, women will experience a myriad of symptoms (e.g., hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, mood changes, painful intercourse, sleep problems, and more). Not only that, but the drop in natural hormones can also result in an increased risk of osteoporosis.
The major difference between these two types of HRT for women is whether or not the woman has undergone surgical menopause (hysterectomy). For those that have not had a hysterectomy, estrogen and progesterone therapy is what will be recommended by the doctor. If a woman chooses to take estrogen-alone therapy while undergoing menopause naturally, they may be at an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer.
It’s important to recognize that HRT is not a permanent solution that it may have once been believed to be. Despite the risks associated with HRT, this type of therapy can still be beneficial to some women, depending on their life and medical situation. Consult with a doctor to learn more and to see if HRT is right for you.
Give us a call today at Metro Urgent Care to learn more about HRT for menopause and the HRT treatment options available to you. We want you to make the most educated decision possible when choosing to take care of yourself. If you have any questions or want to begin HRT treatment, let us know and we’ll be happy to help. Understanding menopause and HRT benefits can make a big difference in the level of comfort you are experiencing in your daily life.