Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) was once routinely prescribed for treating menopausal symptoms and to lessen the risks of osteoporosis and heart disease. Research in 2002 raised a loud debate over the benefits and risks of this treatment.
The good news is the availablility of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). While both HRT and BHRT have similar goals, they differ in the types of the hormones used and how these hormones are produced.
Here are the answers to five of the biggest questions women have about hormone replacement therapy:
1. Why is hormone replacement therapy necessary?
When women experience menopause, the amounts of estrogen and progesterone the body produces are sharply diminished. That can cause unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and disturbed sleep. Menopause can also lead to bone loss and osteoporosis.
2. How does HRT work?
Traditional HRT uses synthetic hormones, while BHRT replenishes the body’s hormone levels using natural hormones derived from plants that have chemical structures identical to those produced by the body, thus increasing the likelihood of successful treatment.
3. How long does the treatment last?
Treatment can begin as soon as menopausal symptoms arise. It should be prescribed at a minimal dose for a minimal amount of time. However, some cases may require treatment for several years. Duration of the treatments can be reduced with a comprehensive plan which includes lifestyle changes.
4. How is hormone replacement therapy administered?
BHRT dosage is measured for each individual’s hormonal needs and is monitored on a regular basis. It is offered in various forms including pills, suppositories, or as a cream.
5. How soon will I feel positive effects from the treatment?
Predicting exactly how long it will take to recover from a hormone imbalance is difficult. You may feel better within a few days, however, the absorption rate of the hormones will determine healing time. Combining BHRT with supplements and healthy lifestyle choices can improve symptoms and lead to faster healing.
For more information about menopause and BHRT options that may work for you, please contact me.