Hormone Replacement Therapy: An Alternative
During their mid- to late 40s, many women naturally begin to experience hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness: the symptoms of menopause. Menopause is the end of menstrual periods due to the loss of ovarian function. This may occur naturally, surgically, or may be induced by certain medical therapies. For many women, the symptoms of menopause due to reduced estrogen can be debilitating. One option that women have during this time is hormone replacement therapy. This therapy has been around for more than 50 years and it remains the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) supplies the necessary amount of hormones to return balance to your body. This helps reduce symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, such as reduced libido, osteoporosis, mood swings, and insomnia. By replacing your hormones, these physiological
changes can be greatly reduced or even completely relieved.
Studies have shown that HRT helps to increase bone mass and lower the risk of colon cancer and heart disease when started at the onset of menopause.
Am I a Good Candidate for Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Our doctors will consider many factors when determining if you are a good candidate for HRT. However, if you are healthy, some initial considerations include:
• If you experience moderate to severe hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms that affect your lifestyle
• If you’ve had a loss in bone mass and either can’t tolerate or aren’t benefiting from other treatments
• If you stopped having periods before age 40 (premature menopause) or lost normal function of your ovaries before age 40 (premature ovarian insufficiency)
GLSI’s doctors work closely with each patient on hormone replacement therapy to find the right dose to treat her menopausal symptoms. Most women take the therapy for a few years following the onset of menopausal symptoms and are able to discontinue their hormone replacement therapy when their symptoms subside.