Hormone Replacement Therapy(HRT) Info
How much do you know about hormone replacement therapy or HRT?
If you’re a woman in perimenopause or menopause, you’ve probably heard talk of HRT from your friends, your family, or even your doctor as you age.
You may think of HRT as a quick-fix for hot flashes and night sweats, but that’s far from the only consequence of menopause.
When your menstrual cycles stop, so does your estrogen source. The result is vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA), or a set of symptoms that can include:
- Painful sex
- Vaginal tightness to the point of discomfort
- Changes in elasticity to the vaginal tissue
- Bleeding during sex
- Itching around the vulva and inside the vagina
That’s not even mentioning cosmetic changes that might have you feeling down about menopause. But you don’t have to resign yourself to getting older without HRT.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
HRT is the use of medications to replace hormones that your body naturally makes during the childbearing years (and naturally stops making in menopause.)
These hormones help reverse the sexual and other physiological changes of aging in women, including VVA.
Besides peri-menopause, or menopause HRT is also a treatment for women who:
- Are in surgical menopause after having their ovaries or uterus removed’
- Have premature ovarian failure
- Have sexual disorders caused by low hormones
What Medications Are Used in HRT?
No single HRT regimen works for every woman Different women have their own needs and imbalances in menopause. When you start HRT with our HRT Medical Team you’ll have bloodwork ordered to examine your hormone levels.
From there, the doctor will work with you to create a hormone regimen that addresses your needs.
Most HRT drugs contain estrogen, progesterone, and in some cases, selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) like bazedoxifene. SERMs are not hormones, but they do replace estrogen in the body and have the same effect
You can find HRT medications in many forms, including:
- Vaginal rings
Is HRT Safe?
HRT is not shown to cause a higher risk of stroke or heart disease when you start it within 10 years of menopause.
It also improves:
- Cholesterol levels
- Heart function
- Coronary blood flow
- Sugar metabolism
- Bone density
There is a slightly increased risk of clots and pulmonary embolism, but the health benefits of HRT outweigh the risks for many women. Your body needs female hormones for more than sex! Women who get HRT report increased quality of life years into menopause.
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Is HRT Right for You?
HRT is right for you if you have menopausal symptoms. It doesn’t matter if the symptoms are from natural menopause, the result of surgery, or from other causes.
Signs that HRT is right for you include:
- Sexual problems, including pain, bleeding, itching, or dryness
- Libido problems, up to a total loss of sex drive
- Defeminization, or changes to your fat distribution and skin that can change your appearance
Other signs of menopause include sleep problems, joint pain, hot flashes, and increased fractures or bone problems.
Talk to Your Doctor if…
Your doctor may tell you not to take HRT if you have:
- Coronary artery disease
- Liver disease
- A history of breast, ovarian, uterine, or endometrial cancer
- A history of uterine fibroids
- Ductal breast hyperplasia, or overenlargement of the breasts due to having too many milk ducts
- Venous thrombosis, or blood clots
This isn’t a complete list of contraindications for HRT, so talk to your doctor if you have questions.
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