Menopausal hormone therapy is just one of the different options available under hormone replacement therapy, but this treatment is specifically for middle-aged women during or after the menopausal stage.
Hormone therapy for women can help alleviate the symptoms of menopause, which can be highly uncomfortable to women. There are generally two major types of hormones administered to women in menopause: estrogen and progesterone. Both hormones are found naturally in a woman’s body. Before menopause, a woman’s ovaries continue to produce these hormones in abundance. But once the ovaries reduce the production of these hormones, menopausal symptoms start to manifest.
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Hormone therapy for women is directed at restoring the natural levels of these hormones in the body to subdue, if not altogether eliminate the symptoms of menopause, which include hot flashes, night sweats, itchy skin, insomnia, forgetfulness and mood swings. HRT has also shown to improve reproductive health, and mental well-being while also lowering the risk of vaginal infections.
Estrogen influences how the body uses calcium, which is used to repair and grow bones. Estrogen also helps maintain the cholesterol levels in the body. With hormone replacement therapy, the risks of joint pains, osteoporosis, colon cancer and heart disease are significantly lowered.
So who are candidates for menopausal hormone therapy? Those whose quality of life suffers due of the discomfort of the symptoms would qualify. While the treatment is commonly dispensed during and after menopause, which is averaged to be at the age range of 42-58, it is also recommended for women aged 30 onwards. It is at that stage that the body begins to lose more of its human growth hormone or HGH, which repairs and regenerates body tissue.
To determine if the patient is qualified to receive hormone therapy, doctors conduct a thorough medical investigation of her current health status and medical history. The duration and interval of the treatment will also depend on the prescription of the doctor. It is important, however, for women undergoing this treatment to remain in contact with their doctors. Physicians are capable and well-equipped to identify different symptoms and can react accordingly by increasing or lowering dosage levels.
These days, women do not have to suffer from the effects of menopause, thanks to HRT. This therapy has already helped numerous women, and continues to be a subject for research as medical experts find ways to improve the lives of women through supplementing the body’s hormones. Menopausal hormone therapy remains one of the more popular and safer methods of treatment.