Hormone Replacement

growth hormonesThe use of hormone replacement therapy has been common since the middle of the 20th century. As with any type of medical treatment, there are some risks associated with HRT, but the benefits tend to outweigh those risks. The fact is that this type of therapy can make a significant difference in the general health and the quality of life for women suffering with certain conditions.

The Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms

One of the more common applications of hormone replacement therapy has to do with minimizing the severity of symptoms experienced during menopause. The decline in estrogen production that occurs during this phase can trigger a number of symptoms that undermine the ability to function. Severe hot flashes that seem to happen without warning, night sweats, vaginal dryness and unexplained mood swings are only some of the events that typically occur. With the right type of hormone therapy, it is possible to decrease the severity of these and other symptoms. In some cases, it may be possible to eliminate them altogether.

Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease

Hormone replacement therapy can also help to minimize the potential for heart disease. After menopause, women may find it harder to avoid the buildup of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream. This in turn places additional stress on the heart. With the right hormone therapy, regular exercise and a balanced diet, it is possible to prevent dangerous levels of bad cholesterol accumulating in the blood.

Minimizing the Potential for Developing Osteoporosis

More common among women that men, osteoporosis is a condition that affects the density of bone. As a result, the bones are weaker and more prone to breakage. Since the change in estrogen levels can contribute to the development of this condition, it is important to replace that estrogen and prevent osteoporosis from developing. This is accomplished by carefully monitored hormone replacement therapy.

When administered under the direction of a qualified physician, hormone therapy can make a huge difference in the quality of life. Women are able to deal with menopause without having to suffer changes in the body and mood that make it difficult to manage day to day tasks. Thanks to the therapy, it is possible to avoid the trauma that comes with hot flashes and get a good night’s rest. In addition, the reduction of mood swings makes it much easier to interact with coworkers on the job, and with family and friends in other settings. For many women, hormone therapy has made it possible to continue enjoying life rather than merely existing from one day to the next.

Dr. Patrick Sharp

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