It’s important to note that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is equally important for women as it is for men. Many discussions often focus on hormone replacement therapy for men, or Low-T. But women utilize HRT just as much as men do, for a variety of reasons.
Symptoms of menopause
For women, Hormone Replacement Therapy is often used to treat menopause symptoms. These include hormonal changes in the body as well as changes in menstrual periods. Women often seek medical help when periods become heavy or more frequent.
Problems with menopause could also include hot flashes and night sweats, and can range from mild to severe. Many women experience problems with sleep, whether they have hot flashes and night sweats or not. The sleep problems are due to changing hormone levels within the body, which can make it problematic to fall asleep or stay asleep.
Joint pain and fatigue are also problems associated with the hormonal changes of menopause, as are mood changes and bouts of anxiety. Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex, weight gain and an overactive bladder are also symptoms of problems with menopause.
Another symptom of menopause is osteoporosis. It’s important to treat this symptom, as brittle bones can cause many problems as women age, and HRT can help to minimize this effect.
How HRT Can Help
How does HRT work? Hormone Replacement Therapy is often used to supplement a woman’s natural hormones when they’re experiencing menopause. HRT utilizes two different types of hormones – estrogen only HRT and estrogen-progesterone HRT to help relieve symptoms associated with menopause.
Estrogen only HRT is only for women who have had a hysterectomy. For women who still have their uterus, estrogen and progesterone HRT is the treatment of choice.
Fact One: HRT effectively helps relieve symptoms of menopause
This is important for women who are experiencing various symptoms from menopause or perimenopause (the time when your ovaries begin producing less estrogen). When administered and monitored properly by a medical professional that is experienced with Hormone Replacement Therapy, it is effective and safe.
Fact Two: The benefits of HRT outweigh the risks
There is still some confusion about the risks associated with Hormone Replacement Therapy, but many newer studies show that the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks. Only one extra case of breast cancer per 1,000 women was inked to women receiving a combination of progesterone and estrogen HRT. Other studies also showed that HRT helped reduce the risk of heart failure and heart attack.
Fact Three: There are different types of HRT for different women
When it comes to Hormone Replacement Therapy, there is no “one size fits all” treatment protocol. Each woman should discuss their treatment plans with their health care professional to ensure that they are receiving the appropriate treatment for their unique situation. For women who are still menstruating, cyclical or sequential HRT is recommended. Continuous HRT is used for women during postmenopause. Local estrogen can include vaginal tablets, creams or rings, and it used to help with urogenital problems.
There are other methods women can use to reduce symptoms of menopause that do not include HRT. They include regular exercise, sleeping in a cool, well-ventilated bedroom, reducing their intake of caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods, and quitting smoking.
But if there are concerns about symptoms that could include osteoporosis, painful intercourse, profuse night sweats and hot flushes, talking to your health car provider about HRT is the appropriate step to take.