During menopause, levels of female hormones are known to go up and down. Hormone therapy (HT) uses medications that have female hormones to replace what is lost during menopause. It is ideally used for women who suffer from symptoms of menopause, and is not recommended for everyone.
Doctors are known to prescribe HT as a combination of estrogen and progesterone. The reason they are combined is because estrogen without progesterone has shown an increased risk of endometrial cancer.
Estrogen is available as a cream, tablet, patch, spray or pill. It is also offered as a vaginal cream or ring to some patients. Determining what form of estrogen is given depends only on the symptoms of each individual patient.
Who Should Consider Hormone Therapy
For some women, symptoms of menopause can severely impair day-to-day life. Frequent hot flashes can make sleeping very hard, and HT is known to ease the discomfort from hot flashes majorly. Women with other symptoms like vaginal itching and dryness are good candidates for HT as well.
There is a lot of important research that needs to be done before determining HT is needed. Current health conditions play a big role in therapy. For those who suffer from or are liable to conditions that interfere with estrogen, a doctor’s approval before they take HT medication is incredibly important. For those who are unsure about whether or not HT is what they need, low dosages are suggested. This way, women can see how their bodies are responding to the treatment and if they should continue.
Risks of Hormone Therapy
The controversy surrounding HT is focused on the risks that are associated with the therapy treatment. Heart disease, breast cancer, blood clots and stroke are all heavily associated with hormone medications.
Women should have routine mammograms to watch for breast cancer as it is known to be negatively associated with HT treatment, as is the case with women who have a history of uterus conditions and abnormal vaginal functions including bleeding and discharge. The best thing to do is have a thorough examination done before taking any kind of HT medication.
Risks depend mostly on what kind of HT is given, current menopause conditions, age and symptoms.
HT can effectively treat a number of menopausal conditions in women. Therapies are available in many different methods and mediums, and it’s important that you are properly diagnosed. HT may not be a good idea for everyone, but the benefits are sometimes incredibly ideal for those whose lifestyle is obstructed by menopause.
The gynecology team at West Medical is dedicated to assessing each individual case and determining which HT is right for you. Take time to learn more about the pros and cons to decide if this is what you need.
Hormone therapy requires a dedicated gynecologist to help assist in every step of the process. The trusted physicians at West Medical are happy to help before, during and after your treatment. We are dedicated to the health and well-being of all our patients, and your health is our top priority. If you want more information on hormone therapy and the services that we offer, call West Medical at (855) 690-0565 to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!
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