Is HRT Right For You?
Despite the health risks, systemic estrogen is still the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms. The benefits of hormone therapy may outweigh the risks if you’re healthy and:
- Experience moderate to severe hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms
- Have lost bone mass and either can’t tolerate or aren’t benefitting from other treatments
- Stopped having periods before age 40 (premature menopause) or lost normal function of your ovaries before age 40 (premature ovarian insufficiency)
When the reproductive system stops ovulating and menstrual cycles become less frequent, then eventually disappear, the physical results of this can include weight gain, migraines, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and low sex drive. Mentally, depression, insomnia and anxiety can stop the most active pre-menopausal women in her tracks, causing her to struggle to even get out of bed.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can ease the aging process and above symptoms in a safe and natural way. Balancing the body’s hormone levels with BHRT can also help reduce emotional conditions, and increase energy and happiness.
Women who experience an early menopause, particularly those who had their ovaries removed and don’t take estrogen therapy until at least age 45, have a higher risk of:
- Coronary heart disease
- Earlier death
- Parkinsonism (Parkinson’s-like symptoms)
- Anxiety or depression
Early menopause typically lowers the risk of most types of breast cancer. For women who reach menopause prematurely, the protective benefits of hormone therapy usually outweigh the risks.
Your age, type of menopause and time since menopause play a significant role in the risks associated with hormone therapy. Talk with your doctor about your personal risks.