All you need to know about hormone replacement therapy

Doctor examining his patientHot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, intense mood swings, decreased libido, loss of luster from the skin… you’ve just hit menopause and it’s likely that you may be experiencing either one or more of these classical symptoms. These are common symptoms that most women face and many don’t even do anything about it. But for some women these symptoms become very difficult to manage with natural remedies or supplements. And of course, they also affect the overall quality of life, physical appearances and capacity to perform well professionally.

Your doctor may prescribe you hormone replacement therapy for your symptoms. Or you may have heard about this from a friend and are probably wondering if this is a good option for you

What is hormone replacement therapy:

This could be of various types depending on your symptoms.

HGH

Deficiency of this hormone can be seen in people of all ages but it is more pronounced in middle age. Symptoms of HGH deficiency include depression, fatigue, decreased muscle strength, insulin resistance, hair loss, memory loss, and delayed puberty in children. It’s best to consult with a registered doctor or a clinic specializing in HRT treatments to know if you are the right candidate for this treatment option. Your HGH levels will have to be checked before you are prescribed these injections. The benefits of this hormone are many, however you should only take it if the levels in your body are low.

Testosterone

Approximately 30% of men in their 50s will experience symptoms of andropause caused by low testosterone levels. Again here, before the treatment is planned your testosterone levels will have to be checked. Along with low testosterone levels there is a risk of others symptoms such as high blood pressure and high sugar levels. So your doctor may also need to rule those out before your treatment is started. Testosterone is available in the form of patches, gel, creams, and pills, besides injections. Injections are the least expensive, and most effective option.

Estrogen / Progesterone therapy

A combination of these two hormones are also given to many patients who are ideal candidates for hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen prevents osteoporosis, vaginal dryness, hot flashes and mood swings. Progesterone is added to reduce the risk of uterine cancer. Estrogen is given in the form of oral pills and also vaginal creams, suppositories, or vaginal rings.

Hormone replacement therapy is helping many men and women live a better quality of life. But remember, it’s important to not self-medicate and consult a clinic or a doctor to assess the best option for you.