Menopause is a frustrating time for many women, there but it doesn’t have to be. Although the symptoms of menopause – hot flashes, sleeplessness, irritability – are trying, hormone replacement therapy or HRT can provide substantial relief. Bio identical hormone replacement therapy even makes it possible to supplement reduced hormone production with hormones that are chemically identical to those found naturally in your body.
Even though hormone therapy can increase your quality of life during menopause, there are three important steps you should take to ensure that your HRT goes smoothly:
Make sure you take HRT for the correct reasons
Some GPs will prescribe HRT for other conditions. It is thought to provide some protection against osteoporosis. Many symptoms common to the onset of menopause are also experienced in other medical conditions, so make sure that you don’t undergo hormone replacement therapy unnecessarily. A GP specializing in hormone balancing can determine whether you are a good candidate for HRT or not.
Ensure that you take HRT only as long as necessary, at the correct dose
Many women are prescribed hormone replacement therapy by their GPs and are lax about discontinuing use. Taking hormone replacements when your body is no longer in need is inadvisable. It is also important to take hormones at the lowest effective dose. This helps to minimize known side-effects such as headaches.
Get a complete assessment from your GP yearly
If you are on hormone replacements for the mid to long term, make sure that you see your GP yearly for a complete assessment. This will ensure that your treatment does not continue longer than it needs to.
As a holistic doctor specializing in hormone health, Dr Alison can advise you on additional steps that will make taking HRT a smooth and trouble-free process. Contact her today to schedule a consultation.