Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?
The symptoms of menopause can be unpleasant, but there is hope with Apollo Medical Associates. There are treatments available that can relieve your discomfort no matter where you are in the transition process. Menopausal symptoms are largely the result of reduced estrogen and progesterone levels. Lower estrogen levels result in a range of symptoms that can include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. Hormone therapy for menopause is an effective treatment for these conditions.
Who Should Undergo Hormone Replacement Therapy?
To determine whether hormone replacement therapy might be the best option for someone, Apollo Medical will factor in two things: the woman’s age and her nearness to menopause. According to the North American Menopause Society, if a menopausal woman is under 60 years old and within 10 years of the onset of menopause, she faces the lowest risks and is most likely to get the greatest benefits from hormone therapy for menopause symptoms and treatment.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
In addition to providing relief from short-term menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings, hormone replacement therapy helps with the elasticity of blood vessels. It enables them to dilate, which results in increased blood flow. Hormone replacement can also address menopause symptoms with treatment of vaginal dryness, dry skin, and insomnia. It is beneficial for preventing serious diseases such as cancer and osteoporosis. It decreases a woman’s risk of fractures as a result of osteoporosis as well as her risk of developing colon cancer. In addition, she may have a reduced likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Hormone replacement therapy may even help with the risk of diabetes as it may lower glucose levels, reduces overall mortality, and decreases the risk of coronary heart disease.
How Safe is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is safe when used for controlling menopause symptoms and for treatment of those symptoms.
The research on hormone replacement therapy has shifted considerably over recent decades. While earlier research appeared to show that taking estrogen and progesterone might increase a woman’s risk of cancer and of suffering a stroke, the latest research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that this is not the case. It shows that women who take hormone replacement for menopause are not at a greater risk of death from cancer or heart disease than women who do not undergo the therapy.
Of course, there are many factors that go into whether you should undergo hormone replacement therapy for your menopause symptoms and treatment. Your medical history will play a major role in the decision and your doctor at Apollo Medical Associates will take this into account when advising you.
If you are interested in hormone replacement therapy and would like to find out whether it is right for you, contact us at Apollo Medical Associates today to schedule a consultation. Hormone replacement therapy for menopause may be the solution to getting rid of the discomfort that comes with these symptoms and getting back to living life how you imagined.