As people age, many things change. One of those changes which occur in women is the reduction of natural hormones, such as estrogen. With a decrease in these hormones comes a lot of symptoms that can be incredibly frustrating to deal with. These symptoms occur most when nearing menopause, and then they taper out. Hormone replacement therapy for women can help to decrease these symptoms so they don’t interfere as much with daily life.
Just a few symptoms which women may experience as they near menopause include:
· Hot flashes and cold sweats
· Lack of menstrual cycle
· Vaginal dryness and irritation
· Insomnia, nightmares, fatigue, and other sleep disturbances
· Acne, skin dryness, and other issues pertaining to the skin
· Dry eyes and mouth
· Bladder control problems
· Anxiety and/or depression
· Weight gain or loss
The list above is not all-inclusive and could continue for quite some time. The primary benefit to using hormone replacement therapy, also known as HRT, is that these symptoms are decreased. Women experience higher levels of energy thanks to better sleep and see an overall improvement in their lives leading to menopause.
But is it safe?
Many women are worried that female HRT isn’t safe, or that it could prolong menopausal symptoms versus just riding it out. However, research proves that hormone replacement therapy is entirely safe, and very effective. It does not interfere with the timeframe or natural process of menopause or pre-menopause.
How Does it Work?
When a woman is prescribed HRT, she is given small doses under a doctor’s care. The amount she is given depends on a variety of factors, including how close to menopause she is, her weight, and the severity of her complaints.
The small doses are enough to help manage the symptoms she is having, not do away with them entirely. This simply makes day to day life more bearable, and slowly she will be weaned off the hormones at the correct time.