How Hormone Replacement Therapy Works

November 09, 2020
How Hormone Replacement Therapy Works

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Works

Menopause could be the time of liberation for women having children, and at the same time, it can bring forth pains and struggles. When the menstrual cycle stops, for example, there would be no more menstrual cramps, reviewing of menstrual cycles, fear of unwanted pregnancy, just to mention a few. But women in their menopausal years tend to face declining estrogen or suffer estrogen-deficiency diseases such as hot flashes, vaginal discomfort, low sex drive, and painful sex.
To correct menopausal problems and help women continue their sex lives with little to no problem, many therapies are used as treatment options, with hormone replacement therapy being one of those that have proven useful over the years.
And in case you’re wondering what hormone therapy is all about, this resource provides some information about the treatment, including how to determine if you’re fit.

How Hormone Therapy Works

Hormone replacement therapy helps replace estrogen hormones that the body produces less or stops producing in postmenopausal women. Estrogen therapy could be either systemic hormone therapy or low-dose vaginal products. The first type contains a higher dose of estrogen, comes in gel, ring, skin patch, pill, cream, or spray form, and it is used as a treatment for common symptoms of menopause.
Low-dose vaginal products are usually available in tablets, cream, or ring form, and they have a low dose of estrogen, making them the perfect option for treating urinary and vaginal menopausal symptoms.
Depending on other circumstances, your doctor may decide to prescribe another type of medication alongside hormone therapy for better results and to prevent certain health problems from arising. 

Health Risks of Hormone Therapy 

Hormone therapy that consists of an estrogen-progestin pill (Prempro) has been found to increase the risk of some serious conditions such as stroke, blood clots, breast cancer, and heart disease. Risk factors of developing any of the conditions above include the type of hormone therapy administered, age, and health history of the patient.
Those who, for example, had a family history or personal medical history of heart disease or stroke, could develop any of the health conditions arising from hormone replacement therapy. Women who started with hormone therapy after the age of 60 or are more than 10 years from the onset of menopause are also at high risk of developing health conditions associated with hormone replacement therapy.

Candidates For Hormone Replacement Therapy

If you have moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats, you may be the right fit for estrogen therapy. The treatment could also help ease burning, itching, vaginal dryness, painful sex, and other symptoms of menopause. Those who stopped seeing their periods before age 45 or have had their ovaries surgically removed before the age of 45 may also benefit from the therapy.
Want to Know If You Can Take Hormone Therapy? Contact Us Today
At Harley Institute, we have specialists who have been administering different types of hormone therapy for years. To rightly determine if hormone replacement therapy is an option for you, all you have to do is to book an appointment with experts. Without delay, contact us to discover all ways we can help you live a healthy life.

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