Hormone Replacement Therapies for Women
Hormone Replacement Therapy, as the name implies simply means giving back the body what it no longer makes on its own.
For women in particular Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT, was for many years the standard of treatment for the typical symptoms of menopause, hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, etc. It was also thought that HRT could prevent dementia and lessen the risk of heart disease.
Much of this thinking changed when a large clinical study found that current methods of HRT could actually increase the risks of stroke or cancer. However, since that trial, known as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), doctors have learned much more about hormone treatments and how to safely apply them for maximum effectiveness, with minimal risks.
Who Should Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Since the WHI, it is true that doctors have been somewhat more selective in their prescribing of HRT for women. But that is a good thing. Now, instead of prescribing the same kind of “one size fits all approach” to all women, doctors look very closely at each woman as an individual, evaluate her symptoms, and hormone levels, and prescribe just the right, safe and effective hormone treatments to get her back into the right balance.
The reported problems with HRT have just forced its use into a more exact and precise science. More recent clinical studies, especially of our newer hormonal treatments such as systemic hormone therapy or low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen, are showing renewed evidence that hormone therapy is still the right choice for many women, as long as doctors look at their overall lifestyles, and risk factors.
Systemic estrogen delivered orally, by a skin patch, or topical gels, creams or sprays, is still the most effective treatment we have available for relief of hot flashes and night sweats. Estrogen in the right doses, has also been found to improve vaginal dryness, lack of stimulation and painful intercourse.
In fact, a recent Danish study, found:
“After 10 years of systemic hormone therapy, women receiving hormone replacement therapy early after menopause had a significantly reduced risk of mortality, heart failure or heart attack, without any apparent increase in risk of cancer or stroke.”
To treat the most troublesome symptoms of menopause, estrogen is typically prescribed along with progesterone. This is part of our new approach towards proper hormone balance. Researchers found when giving women estrogen alone, without progesterone, there was an increase risk of uterine cancer.
Hormone Replacement Therapy is still one of the most effective treatments doctors have to help keep women living active, healthy, and productive lives. But now more than ever, it is important that women only seek HRT treatments from qualified medical professionals.
“Only through proper analysis and diagnostics, can doctors get at the root of your menopausal, or sexual function issues, and then prescribe the most effective treatments, which may, or may not, include HRT, for your individual needs and lifestyle.”
Once your symptoms, and hormone levels are properly evaluated, you may require HRT, or you may also benefit from new and emerging, all natural treatments for sexual enhancement such as Platelet Rich Plasma therapy.
The bottom-line is, despite what you may have heard, doctors still have many ways to treat pre-menopausal, menopausal, or post-menopausal symptoms.