Hormone Replacement Therapy: Who is a Good Candidate?
There are many different opinions these days when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. Many people feel that hormone replacement therapy is the perfect solution for all women going through menopause. However, others have heard stories about this therapy and believe that it is unsafe across the board. We are here to tell you the truth about this treatment. While we agree that it is not the right choice for all women, we do know that it has helped thousands of women feel better as they go through menopause and it has helped them feel their best and live their best lives possible. Here is a quick look at how we help you decide whether hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
Do you have severe symptoms of menopause? This is the most common reason that we prescribe HRT to women. While mild symptoms are always a part of menopause, they should not affect your quality of life. Severe symptoms could include night sweats, insomnia, headaches and painful sexual intercourse. If you are feeling miserable or if these symptoms are causing you to feel depressed or anxious, you may need a bit of extra help for a year or two until your body gets used to your new normal.
Did you enter menopause early? Most women enter menopause around the age of 50 or around five years before or after this. When women enter menopause earlier than this, they may need some help to get through this time. Early menopause is described as happening before the age of 40. It may happen naturally or it may happen through a surgery.
Are you at risk for osteoporosis? Having a high osteoporosis risk may necessitate balancing out your hormones. Estrogen and progesterone help keep your bones strong and healthy.
Could other treatments work just as well for you? If your menopause symptoms are mild to moderate, you may be able to find other treatments that would work just as well for you as HRT could without causing any undue side effects. For example, some women do well with lifestyle changes, such as dietary changes, increased exercise and better sleep habits. Giving up smoking and alcohol consumption can also help a great deal for some women.
Once we determine that hormone replacement therapy is the right choice for you, we will help you find the right dose that helps you feel your best without giving you unwanted side effects. We will also help you find the right form of HRT for you whether that is an oral or topical option. The hormones that you need could be estrogen or progesterone or a combination of both of them.
*Unless otherwise stated, individual results may vary depending on many factors not all patients “feel” or achieve the same results.