Often called as the “change of life” menopause is such a dreaded thing. They say it literally changes everything about you, your emotions, your social skills and how you deal with life. This is where hormone replacement therapy can help.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy and Why Do You Need It?
As mentioned above, HRT is used by women in menopause. This is the state when a woman’s period stops. It is a normal part of life, yet, most women cannot accept it altogether because of the difference it gives to their lives. When a woman is in menopause, hot flashes are very common.
There will also be vaginal dryness and sleep disturbance. This condition also leads to health issues such as stroke, osteoporosis and heart disease. Hormone replacement therapy is used to address these problems.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
It is a treatment where a woman gets either bio-identical or synthetic hormones (we recommend bio-identical hormones) to treat and avoid the health issues caused by menopause. It is a popular treatment in the US because of its effectiveness and while there are some risks, for most women the benefits far outweigh the risks.
These hormones are available as tablets, patches, implants and creams. Creams are easy to use and have the advantage of not being excessively metabolize by the liver like oral preparations.
Doctors advise that as soon as you feel symptoms of menopause, you could start doing the therapy. A website called EHealthMed.com, mentioned that taking HRT for five years or less can lessen the risks or even help avoid them completely.
Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Before taking any medications or undergoing therapies, surely, one of the first things you check are the side effects. As much as we’d like to think that HRT is all good therapy needs to monitored and supervised carefully by a physician.. This therapy has side effects like bloating, breast tenderness, nausea and most commonly vaginal bleeding which can generally be managed by adjusting dose and ensuring the estrogen and progesterone levels are in balance with one another.
A reminder, if you experience any symptoms while on HRT be sure to inform your doctor. Vaginal bleeding while on HRT may require further testing including an ultrasound of the uterus.