Hormone replacement therapy: Is it right for you?

By: Health Local Staff Jun 09, 2014
Hormone replacement therapy: Is it right for you?

While HRT may be right for some, it is important to check with your doctor to ensure you are a good fit for the process.

Women fight hard to reduce the troubling symptoms associated with menopause. What if we told you there was a way to reduce the frequency of hot flashes and lessen the increased chance of developing osteoporosis? 

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be the answer menopausal women have been searching for decades. HRT is process that replaces oestrogen and progesterone. It is a promising therapy that reduces, and in some cases eliminates, many of the troubling symptoms of menopause. Recent studies show that HRT may even reduce artery thickening in women who start hormone replacement therapy directly following menopause. 

As with most medical therapies and procedures, not everything is perfect. While HRT may be right for some, it is important to check with your doctor to ensure you are a good fit for the process. 

HRT May Be Right For You When
Your doctor may suggest hormone replacement therapy if you experience hot flashes that are frequent and problematic in nature. If the hot flashes interfere with your daily activities and routine, you may be a possible candidate for therapy. 

If you are at an increased risk of osteoporosis, you may also be a candidate. It is suggested that HRT may actually lower the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures in women. Studies show that 60 percent of women benefited from HRT.

HRT may be right for you if you experience vaginal dryness and tissue problems that make sexual intercourse a painful experience. HRT can help correct the dryness problem and increase fluid production in the vaginal area. 

If you experience problematic mood swings, severe irritability, and regular urinary tract infections, HRT may be able to help. Some women who undergo hormone replacement therapy gain relief from urinary incontinence, joint pains, heart palpitations, and short-term memory loss. HRT helps improved muddled and foggy thinking and improve a woman’s mood. 

If you experience any of the above symptoms, discuss your condition with your doctor and see if HRT may be right for you. Improved health and reduced menopausal symptoms help you to live a quality life, even after menopause. 

HRTs Possible Risks
There are possible risks associated with hormone replacement therapy. It is best to seek medical advice to see if you are a candidate for the treatment. Some of the possible risk factors include the development of liver problems, blood clots, or clotting disorders. Other risks may include breast cancer or uterine lining cancer. 

It is critical to have your doctor explore your medical history and current health status before embarking on the journey of HRT. Your doctor may decide that the benefits of HRT far outweigh the possible risks associated with the therapy. To ensure your best possible outcome, check with your doctor today.

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