Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment with a medication containing one or more female hormones, commonly estrogen plus progestin (synthetic progesterone), and sometimes testosterone. Some women, usually those who have had their uterus removed, receive estrogen-only therapy.
Hormone Replacement Therapy can also be called also called: ERT, Estrogen replacement therapy, HRT, Menopausal hormone therapy. Menopause is the time in a woman's life when she stops having periods. It is a normal part of aging. In the years before and during menopause, the levels of female hormones can go up and down. However, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) also has risks. It can increase your risk of breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. You and your health care provider need to discuss the risks and benefits for you.
HRT is most often used to treat symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep disorders, and decreased sexual desire. Hormone therapy comes as a pill, patch, injection, or vaginal cream.
HRT used to be widely regarded as a very safe treatment for menopause. However, several major studies have shown that hormone therapy creates risks for certain medical conditions and problems, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
However, hormone therapy may help relieve some of the bothersome symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse, and long-term complications of estrogen loss, such as osteoporosis.
You and the Staff at Infinity Age should decide whether Hormone Replacement Therapy is right for you. The key is to weigh the risks associated with taking hormone therapy against your risk of heart disease or osteoporosis without taking hormone therapy. Every woman is different. Your doctor should be aware of your entire medical history when considering prescribing Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Some of the benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Perhaps the largest benefit women receive from hormone therapy is relief from:
Usually, hot flashes and night sweats are less severe after a couple of years, especially if hormone therapy is slowly reduced. A woman's body produces less estrogen during and after menopause, which may affect her bone strength. Hormone therapy may also prevent the development of osteoporosis.
Symptoms of menopause in women are well studied, but the male equivalent andropause ADAM (androgen deficiency in male) is essentially ignored. Men suffer needlessly from testosterone deficiency either because hormone deficiency goes unrecognized or the male does not talk about it, especially as it relates to any perceived decline in sexual function. More Information on Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men.
Aging is difficult enough for women without having to suffer from declining hormone levels. Women often complain of a diminished sense of well being, chronic fatigue, and a loss of libido just to mention a few hormone imbalance symptoms. Once women realize they can restore their natural hormones (their bodies once made abundantly) with bio identical hormones, they can restore their energy, feelings of well being, and sexuality. More Information on Hormone Replacement Therapy For Women.
Hormone replacement therapy - medications containing female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause - used to be a standard treatment for women with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Hormone therapy (as it is now called) was also thought to have the long-term benefits of preventing heart disease and osteoporosis.
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