In the years before and during menopause, women will experience mild to severe levels of symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, and trouble sleeping. This is because their hormones fluctuate over time as their body changes. To regulate hormone levels and relieve these symptoms some women may consider undergoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Hormone Therapy: Is It Right for You?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to treat menopausal symptoms. However, talk to your doctor to see whether HRT is right for you.
Some benefits of HRT to women include:
- Eases discomfort from the severe symptoms of menopause
- Prevent bone loss or fractures
- Lowers the risks of diabetes and colon cancer
- Helps and improves pain in the joints
Hormone Replacement Therapy can benefit many women; however, it is not for everyone. This treatment is not recommended if you’re pregnant, experience heavy periods or blood clots, or suffer from certain cancers, strokes, or cardiovascular diseases.
People suffering from these health issues may want to look into alternatives to HRT to treat their symptoms.
Types of HRT
Menopause is a natural biological process for women in their 40s or 50s. This is confirmed after 12 months of not experiencing a menstrual period.
During menopause, women might get symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, irregular periods, mood swings, sleeping problems, chills, thinning hair, skin dryness, and weight gain due to hormonal imbalance, especially in progesterone and estrogen.
These symptoms are often highly uncomfortable, forcing women to seek hormone therapy.
Hormone Replacement Therapy provides medication that uses hormones to treat severe symptoms associated with menopause.
Your healthcare provider might use estrogen, progestin, and sometimes testosterone, depending on your symptoms and medical history.
Some of the common types of HRT used to help women undergoing menopause include:
- Systemic Hormone Therapy
This treatment provides a higher dose of estrogen that is absorbed throughout the body hence treating common symptoms of menopause. It can be offered in the form of tablets, skin patches, gels and creams, sprays, and vaginal rings.
- Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
BHRT is offered here at Ageless Expression Clinic. The process begins with blood tests to determine the patient’s hormone levels, then setting an appointment to review their test results and insert a customized pellet therapy.
This type of therapy is customized depending on a patient’s test results. It begins to work seven to ten days after insertion on the upper hip. We are a platinum level provider with BioTe, which is comprised of bio-identical hormones derived from plants that closely resemble the natural hormones in women and men.
BHRT has several benefits, such as:
- The pellets remain in the body and thus can consistently provide your body with the hormone dosing your body needs.
- The hormones used in BHRT pellets are more natural than the ones prescribed by physicians considering these hormones occur naturally and are plant-derived.
- Progesterone or Progestin Therapy
This therapy is offered depending on the symptoms you are suffering. Progestin comes in pills and skin patches used to treat night sweats and hot flashes, or as vaginal rings, tablets, and creams that can help with vaginal dryness.
Whether you need hormone therapy or not is a discussion you need to have with your healthcare provider considering there are risks associated with HRT.
While HRT helps ease severe symptoms among women, it also increases the chances of other conditions such as stroke, blood clots, breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and dementia.
However, these health risks are influenced by factors such as:
Women who begin HRT at 60 and above or more than ten years from when menopause happens are at more risk of these health conditions than women who start therapy below 60 or within ten years from when menopause occurs.
- Health history
Your healthcare provider has to consider your medical history and that of your family members when determining which type of HRT to offer you.
- Type of HRT
The risks from the type of HRT vary depending on whether estrogen is offered alone or with progesterone. For example, women who have had their uterus removed can take the hormone, estrogen, alone because they cannot get endometrial cancer. However, those with a uterus need to take both progestin and estrogen hormones to lower their risk for endometrial cancer.
Where can I get Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Ageless Expressions Clinic offers you the best professional and personalized HRT services in Littleton and Golden, Colorado. We also educate our clients on our services, and in this article, we share some insights on HRT, types of HRT, and whether it is right for you.
Schedule your Hormone Replacement Therapy at Ageless Expression in Littleton, CO
Are you going through menopause? Have you been looking for a solution?
Our Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can reduce hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and other symptoms associated with menopause.
Ageless Expression Medical Grade Skin Care Clinic has multiple locations within Colorado. We have qualified professionals that offer a wide range of services.
Contact us to learn more about HRT benefits beyond reducing menopause symptoms.
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