Hormon replacement therapy

by Roger

Menopausal hormone therapy has been used for many conditions that women face as they reach the age of menopause. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been put through many clinical trials and results show that while it improves women’s quality of life, it also has other benefits.

Early findings

Studies show that HRT has the ability to protect women against many diseases such as stroke, heart disease, and osteoarthritis. However, further research is required to determine the effects of long-term use of hormones on the body.

What are the benefits of HRT

The benefits of HRT depend on whether you are taking systemic or low-dose estrogen. The systemic therapy comes as a pill, gel, or spray and remains thus far the most effective type of treatment for menopausal side effects such as hot flashes and night-time perspiration.

The estrogen therapy eases symptoms of menopause that cause vaginal dryness, itching, or burning. Doctors normally recommend estrogen medications to anyone that suffers from osteoarthritis, but there is still insufficient evidence with regards to their effectiveness on this bone-thinning disease.

What are the risks of taking estrogen

Extensive clinical trials suggest that there is an increased risk of blood clots, breast cancer, and stroke. However, if you were to take the pure form of estrogen, and you have already undergone hysterectomy, you can be rest assured that you won’t be at risk of heart disease or breast cancer.

Who should consider HRT

Even though there are some health risks associated with hormone replacement therapy, the systemic treatment is still the best hormone therapy for women with menopausal symptoms. The benefits actually outweigh the risks if the patient is not suffering from hot flashes and has not lost her bone density. If your period has stopped before the age of 40, you should discuss this type of therapy with your doctor in order to prevent any further problems.