Hormone Replacement Therapy is a method of treatment where female hormones are added to the body to replace the ones that are lost during menopause. This treatment can be used to reduce the BIG-5 symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, poor sleep, and vaginal dryness.
To find out if Hormone Replacement Therapy would be a good option for you, it’s very important that you work closely with your OBGYN. Whether the treatment would cause valuable benefits or potential harm depends on specific risk factors. Be sure to thoroughly explore your own risk factors with a doctor you trust before starting or seeking out Hormone Therapy.
Types of Hormone Therapy
There are two major delivery methods for Hormone Replacement Therapy. The right one for you will depend on your symptoms, risk factors, and unique circumstances.
Systemic Hormone Therapy
This is the most effective treatment for menopause symptoms. The estrogen is taken as a pill, patch, or topical solution and absorbed throughout the body. It can reduce hot flashes, night sweats, losing sleep, vaginal symptoms, and bone thinning.
Low-Dose Vaginal Therapy
Low-Dose Vaginal Estrogen treatment allows less estrogen into your system, so it is less effective for general symptoms of menopause. It is applied as a cream, ring, or tablet to treat vaginal symptoms like dryness and burning.
Hormone Therapy at Woodward & Associates
While Hormone Replacement Therapy must be carefully considered, it provides a great deal of relief when used for the right patients. Our role is to help you evaluate your unique personal experience of menopause, to identify the lowest-risk treatment, and to make sure your treatment goes smoothly. Regardless of whether Hormone Therapy is right for you, Woodward & Associates is the best place to turn if you’re struggling with the process of menopause and the discomfort it causes. We’ll provide honest answers, genuine options, and respect for your privacy.