The feminine nature of a woman is controlled by the hormones produced in her ovaries. When a woman reaches menopause, the production of these female hormones begins to wane. These reductions can cause a host of uncomfortable symptoms during her menopausal years. These symptoms can be reduced and even eliminated with the proper application of hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone Replacement Basics
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves the use of specialized medications that contain synthetic versions of the hormones produced by a female’s body right up till the menopausal years. The effects of low estrogen in a woman’s body can produce the following symptoms:
- Sweating while asleep
- Hot flashes
- Extreme headaches
- Hair loss
- Vaginal dryness
Hormone replacement therapy can alleviate these symptoms by providing the body with the hormones that are otherwise lacking and causing these symptoms as a direct result. Our professionals tailor each hormone replacement treatments according to the needs of our patients. This is critical to establishing a hormonal balance that is both beneficial and mood-improving.
How Does HRT Work?
Depending on the needs of our patients, hormone replacement therapy can be conducted on several different levels. Estrogen is the primary hormone that is out of balance and needs to be replaced, so the estrogen only treatment is the most fitting for the kinds of symptoms most women have. It’s also the most beneficial kind of hormone therapy for women who have had to undergo a hysterectomy. Women who have undergone a hysterectomy will have many of the same symptoms menopausal women have after they have their last period. Estrogen replacement therapy can also be helpful for preventing osteoporosis.
So, who should consider hormone therapy? Women who have had menopausal symptoms before reaching the age of 40 should consider it, as well as women who have lost proper functioning of their ovaries before the age of 40. Women who have lost bone mass as a result of menopausal symptoms can also benefit. Men are also able to benefit from hormone replacement therapy, you can discuss your options when you visit.