Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a treatment that medical professionals use to ease the symptoms of a variety of hormonal conditions. While it can be used to treat all types of hormonal imbalances in women, it is most commonly used to ease the symptoms of menopause. While the therapy isn’t for everyone, many will find that they benefit from this treatment. Get the facts about HRT below to help determine whether or not it’s right for you.
HRT is a treatment that uses hormones to help ease the symptoms of menopause. During their childbearing years, women produce large amounts of estrogen and progesterone. When a woman reaches menopause, she is no longer producing these hormones in large quantities. The lack of hormones is what causes the uncomfortable menopause symptoms that many women deal with. With HRT, a woman supplements the hormones she is lacking by using pills, injections, or creams that contain these hormones. Supplementing with forms of estrogen and/or progesterone can help women deal with hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and other symptoms of aging. In addition to treating these discomforts, HRT can also be used to help prevent osteoporosis, dementia, and certain cancers.
Traditional HRT uses artificial hormones that mimic real hormones in a woman’s body. While many women have seen results with traditional HRT, it’s not exactly a natural solution to the problems surrounding menopause. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses a natural form of hormones derived from plants instead of the synthetic hormones used in traditional HRT. This is a great solution for women who want the benefits of HRT while keeping their treatment plan as natural as possible. Many women also feel their side effects are less severe when using BHRT.
Like most treatment plans, hormone replacement therapy is not for everyone. Like other hormonal treatments, such as birth control pills, women predisposed to certain medical conditions should avoid HRT. A medical professional can help you decide if this is the best treatment plan for you. Many women like BHRT because it allows them to manage the physical discomforts of menopause while keeping their treatment as natural as possible. For these women, BHRT offers the best of both worlds.
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