44% of postmenopausal women have reported that they have tried hormone replacement therapy at some point.
If you’ve been considering medical treatment for how you are feeling, you may first want to know if the process is right for you. What are the signs for an ideal candidate for hormone replacement therapy?
If you’re wondering that question, this guide is for you! Keep reading to know if you could benefit.
Signs That You May Benefit from Hormone Replacement Therapy
There are multiple signs that you could benefit from hormone replacement therapy. If you are experiencing any of the following after or during menopause, you could benefit:
• Vaginal dryness
• Hot flashes
• Mood changes
• Bone loss
You may get these symptoms occasionally. That’s normal. However, if you are experiencing these symptoms often and they are beginning to interfere with your life, it may be time to get hormone replacement therapy.
What Is It?
If you choose to go this route, you can take it in a variety of ways.
Some women prefer to use a cream that is applied to the vagina. Others are creams applied to the skin or patches that you can stick on your skin. Otherwise, you will take a tablet by mouth.
When to Start If You Are Going to Try It
If you choose to try hormone replacement therapy, when should you start?
Most people like to treat their symptoms at the beginning stages of menopause which could be around the age of 45. Although menopause is normal and symptoms associated with it are as well, some can be quite unbearable. If that is the case, you will want to get started with HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) right away.
Risks of HRT
As with anything, there are risks associated with hormone replacement therapy.
However, for most women, the benefits will far outweigh the risks of it.
There is a slight increase in the risk for breast cancer if you undergo hormone replacement therapy.
If you choose to do this treatment, you need to stay up to date with your breast cancer screenings to stay ahead of the curve.
Heart Disease and Stroke
Excess estrogen has been linked to specific effects on the cardiovascular system in your body. Many times, this can be helpful for lowering bad cholesterol (which can be beneficial for heart disease). However, taking hormone replacement can sometimes lead to an increase in the risk if you are under 60 years old.
Are You an Ideal Candidate?
Do you think you are an ideal candidate for hormone replacement therapy? If so, you may want to get started right away! This can benefit you in many ways as you go through the symptoms.
Are you ready to see if this is right for you? If so, you can check out our site online and book an appointment with us at Victory Medical.