Ten Questions about Hormone Therapy
- Posted on: Jan 30 2019
Hormones + menopause go together like Arizona and cactus. Women have heard lots of information, sometimes conflicting, about hormones and hormone replacement therapy. How can I stop these damn hot flashes? Will my mood swings make me a homicidal maniac? Is it too risky to have hormone replacement therapy?
We offer hormone replacement therapy at Infinity Health & Wellness, and we know you have lots of questions. We can discuss them during a consultation, but in the meantime, here are some questions that you may have.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) refers simply to hormones that are taken to stabilize and increase a menopausal woman’s hormone levels. These hormones, usually estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone, can be delivered in a variety of methods.
Why do some women need HRT during menopause?
For some women, menopause brings with it extreme hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, and insomnia. If these conditions are severe enough, HRT can be merited.
Are there things you can do to ease your symptoms?
You can curb some of your symptoms such as night sweats and vaginal dryness with things like lifestyle changes: exercise, relaxation techniques, and a better diet. Lubricants can ease dryness and help with sexual sensation.
What are the risks of HRT?
Hormone therapy is controversial because in some women it can increase the risk of breast cancer, stroke, and blood clots. It’s important to take the lowest dosage possible and to evaluate your therapy periodically. We will discuss the risks and how they may affect you.
What are the benefits of HRT?
Estrogen has been shown to be very effective in relieving some menopause symptoms, especially hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. Studies have shown that is can also lower a woman’s risk of colon cancer and macular degeneration, and help maintain and protect bone strength.
How long would I be on HRT?
The goal would be to have you on HRT for the shortest time possible at the lowest effective dosage. Studies have shown that five years and above elevates the
risks, with increased health issues such as breast cancer, blood clots, and stroke occurring more often after that length of time. Family history is also an important indicator when contemplating HRT.
Menopause and possible HRT is a complicated issue. Let’s discuss the pros and cons and your personal situation. Call us at Infinity, (480) 427-4305, to schedule a consultation.
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