Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or menopausal hormonal therapy relates to a number of hormone therapies for the treatment of the symptoms associated with menopause including hot flushes and night sweats
Those hot flushes and night sweats are caused by fluctuations in hormone levels – hormones that already occur in the body like oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) helps to restore the levels of these hormones in your body and as such, ease the symptoms associated with menopause.
As mentioned above HRT can, in most cases, ease the hot flushes and the night sweats. It can also have a positive impact on your ability to sleep, your mood and any sex drive issues. And it may help with vaginal dryness and incontinence.
Added benefits may include the prevention of some other conditions including:
It should be noted that Hormone Replacement Therapy is regarded as safe and effective for most women who are in good health.
There are some risks and side effects of course that should be considered:
The degree of such risks will depend on your general health and medical history, your age, the proposed therapy and how long it may be taken for.
Hormone Replacement Therapy can be taken in the following forms:
If you are considering Hormone Replacement Therapy then of course talk to your GP. If you are already taking it then regular discussions with your GP are also a must.
To know more about Hormone Replacement Therapy, visit Emslies Floreat Pharmacy in Floreat.