Also called: ERT, Estrogen replacement therapy, HRT, Menopausal hormone therapy
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT Therapy) 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.
As you age, significant internal changes take place that affect your production of the two female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. The hormones, which are important in regulating the menstrual cycle and having a successful pregnancy, are produced by the ovaries, two small oval-shaped organs found on either side of the uterus.
During the years just before menopause, known as perimenopause, your ovaries begin to shrink. Levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate as your ovaries try to keep up hormone production. You can have irregular menstrual cycles, along with unpredictable episodes of heavy bleeding during a period. Perimenopause usually lasts several years.
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her period stops. It is a normal part of aging. In the years before and during menopause, the levels of female hormones can go up and down. This can cause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Some women take hormone replacement therapy (HRT Therapy) to relieve these symptoms. HRT may also protect against osteoporosis.
However, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) also has risks. It can increase your risk of breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. Certain types of Hormone Replacement Therapy have a higher risk, and each woman's own risks can vary depending upon her health history and lifestyle. At Infinity Age, we can discuss the risks and benefits for you. If you do decide to take Hormone Replacement Therapy, it should be the lowest dose that helps and for the shortest time needed. Taking hormones should be re-evaluated every six months.
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