Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one of the treatments approved by the government to relieve the symptoms of menopause. These symptoms, caused by lower estrogen levels in menopause, include hot flashes, sleep disorders, and vaginal dryness. HT is also supported to prevent osteoporosis.
For many years, doctors have routinely prescribed hormone replacement therapy to treat menopausal symptoms and menopause, as well as to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment used to increase the levels of the body’s natural hormone, either in the form of estrogen alone (ET) treatment, for women who have undergone hysterectomy (or surgical menopause).
In addition to thickening the lining of the uterus to prepare it for egg implantation, estrogens together with progesterone serves many functions.
Helps the body to take advantage of calcium (important for strengthening bones), helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and maintains the health of the vagina.
With the onset of menopause, however, the amount of natural estrogen and progesterone ovaries secrete sharply drops. This in turn can lead to symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, mood changes and sleep problems. By regenerating estrogen supply in the body, hormone replacement therapy can help relieve symptoms of menopause and protect against osteoporosis.
Although the average age of menopause is 51, and in many women, severe symptoms often last for two to three years, there are no strict rules about when women reach menopause or about the duration of their symptoms.
Doctors say a low dose of treatment – the most effective way to get the benefits of hormone replacement therapy while limiting the potential increased risk of heart disease and breast cancer identified by the Women Health Initiative, for up to five years is reasonable.
“We say if you have moderate to severe symptoms that are enough to interfere in your life, by all means you should take hormone replacement therapy – but not for more than four or five years,” says Jack Rossouw, Managing Director, WHI. “In most cases, it is not even necessary to take it that long time.”
Hormone replacement therapy is not the treatment previously thought to be a cure-all, but for the most severe cases, it remains the best bet to treat unpleasant symptoms of menopause and improve quality of life.
There are also side effects associated with the drop in DHEA among menopausal women, including:
Progesterone is also used to ease withdrawal symptoms when certain drugs (benzodiazepines) are discontinued.
Progesterone cream is sometimes used in hormone replacement therapy and for treating menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Topical progesterone is also used for treating or preventing certain allergies in which hormones play a role; and for treating bloating, breast tenderness, decreased sex drive, depression fatigue, lumpy (fibrocystic) breasts, headaches, low blood sugar, increased blood clotting, infertility, irritability, memory loss, miscarriages, brittle bones (osteoporosis), bone loss in younger women, symptoms of PMS, thyroid problems, “foggy thinking,” uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, water retention, weight gain, and vaginal irritation.
As you get into your midlife, prevention becomes your best defense against age-related health conditions.
Typically, we consider using Pregnenolone replacement therapy to address hormone imbalance issues such as:
In addition, it’s common for women to use Pregnenolone replacement therapy to treat conditions like: