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April 11, 2012

Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Mitigating the side effects of HRTSome women can experience side effects of hormone replacement therapy. However, the known side effects are not applicable to all. They occur only in some patients taking the prescribed medication, usually to relieve them from the bothersome effects of menopause like pain during sexual intercourse, excessive night sweats, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, mood disorder, and anxiety.

But just because hormone replacement therapy or HRT can be associated with side effects, that doesn’t mean that this form of treatment must not be given at all. There are still certain things that you and your doctor can do to effectively manage the known side effects of hormone replacement therapy without causing serious health issues at you end.

First, side effects from bioidentical hormones almost exclusively occur as a result of improper dosing.  So making a dosage adjustment many times is all that needs to be done if you experience side effects.

Side effects from non-bioidentical hormones can be related to the body having a difficult time metabolizing the hormone. If that’s the case switching to a bio-identical version may solve the problem.

Getting Rid of the Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Take note that HRT is available in various forms like pills, tablets, nasal spray, vaginal creams, vaginal rings, skin gel, and skin patches. Some side effects of hormone replacement therapy are only associated with certain forms of treatment. For instance, headaches and nausea typically occurs if the HRT is given in tablet form. Changing the form to skin gel eliminates the said side effects.

Therefore, one way of getting rid of the undesirable side effects of hormone replacement therapy is to change the form of treatment. An example of this is with the risk of blood clots. Oral estrogens are associated with an increase risk of  blood clot, but not the transdermal estrogens. Oral estrogen is also hard on the liver, can increase blood pressure, raise triglyceride levels, increases carbohydrate cravings, and decreases growth hormone levels.

Again some side effects are related to the dose, thus side effects of HRT can be minimized by changing the dose. Sometimes certain adverse events occur only at higher dose, but they are not present at lower dose.

Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy – Hormonal Imbalance

Side effects can occur if hormonal balance is not achieved between estrogen and progesterone.  Too much estrogen relative to progesterone (estrogene dominance) increases the risk of endometrial and breast cancer.  It also leads to anxiety, agitation, becoming bloated, weight gain, tender/ swollen breasts, headaches, and poor sleep.  Balance can be restored either by decreasing the amount of estrogen and/or increasing the progesterone dose to achieve the natural balance of these two hormones.

Managing the Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy with Experts

It is imperative to keep in mind that you must never manage the side effects of hormone replacement therapy on your own. This must be done under the supervision of a medical expert not only for your own safety, but to make sure that the treatment is effective, as well.

See relateda articles.

“Top 3 Categories of Anti Aging Systems According to Effects”

“Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy in Men and Women”

“Hormone Replacement Therapy Alternatives…..and Their Side Effects”

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Dr. Joe Jacko


Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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