Treat Symptoms of Menopause with Hormone Therapy

w-3-hormoneHormone therapy is used to treat symptoms of menopause. One or more female hormones, commonly estrogen and progestin and sometimes testosterone are used in Hormone replacement therapy.

Symptoms of menopause

It include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep disorders, and decreased sexual desire.

What is hormone therapy

Hormone therapy comes as a pill, patch, injection, vaginal cream, tablet, or ring. Hormone therapy may help relieve some of the bothersome symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse. The hormone estrogen protects against thinning of the bones.

How to decide for hormone therapy

You and your doctor should decide whether hormone therapy is right for you. The key is to weigh the risks of taking hormone therapy against the benefits that you might have from taking these hormones. Every woman is different. Your doctor should be aware of your entire medical history before prescribing hormone therapy.

At this time, short-term use (up to 5 years) of hormone therapy at the lowest possible dose to treat the symptoms of menopause still appears to be safe for many women.

Positives of Hormone Replacement Therapy

It provides relief from following symptoms of Menopause

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Anxiety
  • Improves Bone Density

Generally tot flashes and night sweats ware reduces of couple of year treatment.

Hormone therapy Risks

Blood clot, Cancer, Cardiac diseases, Stroke, Gallbladder diseases

Side effects of Hormone therapy

  • Bloating
  • Breast soreness
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Water retention

Changing the dose or form of hormone therapy may help reduce these side effects. Some women have irregular bleeding when they start taking hormone therapy. Changing the dose often eliminates this side effect. Close follow-up with your doctor is important when you have any unusual bleeding.

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