Essential Information: Midlife Hormone Management Therapy

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Some information provided by www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Mid-Life hormone management therapy is available to help women who are dealing with the not-so-fun side effects of menopause. As women get older, their bodies start to produce less estrogen. Most women recognize this process as menopause, and have experienced first hand or heard about the series of symptoms that comes along with this unavoidable milestone. Some side effects of menopause could alter your quality of life.

Side Effects Of Menopause

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Increased anxiety or irritability
  • The need to urinate more often
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Vaginal changes

These side effects are not enjoyable for anyone. Fortunately, there are ways to replace the hormones that a woman is lacking. This is called hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The therapy supplies the estrogen (and a progesterone type hormone, called a progestin, to reduce the risk of uterine cancer from estrogen alone for women who have not had a hysterectomy).

Women can have the option of hormone replacement therapy for as long as they receive the associated benefits and are aware of the risks for their personal circumstances. They can try to go without hormone replacement therapy every few years, but menopausal symptoms in some women can last for many years.

Who Should Consider Midlife hormonal treatment?

Although there are some health risks, systemic estrogen is still the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms. The good news is that benefits of hormone therapy may outweigh the risks if you’re healthy and are experiencing symptoms of menopause.

With the onset of menopause, the amount of natural estrogen and progesterone the ovaries produce drops distinctly. As a result, your body can start to experience symptoms such as: as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, mood changes, and sleep problems.

Additionally, it can also boost the risk of osteoporosis. By replenishing the body’s estrogen supply, hormone therapy can help relieve menopause symptoms and guard against osteoporosis.

Who Should Not Consider Hormone Therapy? 

Women with breast cancer,  heart disease, liver disease, or a history of blood clots or  women who are not experiencing menopausal symptoms, are not candidates for hormone replacement therapy.

Finally…

To determine if hormone therapy is a good treatment option for you, contact us to set up an appointment or talk about your individual symptoms and health risks. Be sure to keep the doctors updated on your menopausal years.

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