Medications and other therapies are available to help alleviate symptoms associated with menopause. During this time in a woman’s life, the body produces less and less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one way to end or lessen the unwanted side effects of menopause. HRT in the form of estrogen or estrogen with progestin takes the place of the hormones that the body once produced.
Types of HRT
At UT Health Northeast, our specialists offer both conventional and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Conventional HRT involves taking standardized doses of hormones daily, usually in pill or patch form. Bioidentical hormones — which mimic the hormones produced by the body — are made from naturally occurring plant products and are usually applied to the skin as a cream or gel.
Benefits of HRT
For those women being treated with estrogen alone, research has found what may be significant benefits after five years of use, including better glucose control resulting in a reduction in the risk for developing type 2 diabetes, fewer fractures, better bladder control, and reduced risk for heart disease.
The decision to treat with HRT is individual to each woman. You and your doctor should discuss your specific risks and benefits before committing to HRT.
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