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Hormone Replacement Therapy: Who Is a Candidate?

The most common reason hormone replacement therapy is recommended is to replace a woman’s sex hormones during or following menopause. This is because the end of the menstrual cycle triggers a change in hormone production and levels. The main purpose of hormone replacement therapy is to ease symptoms during this transition in life and minimize the risk of developing osteoporosis or experiencing serious issues with bone loss. Take a moment to consider if you may be a good candidate for this treatment.

Your Menopause-Related Symptoms Are Severe

Synthetic hormones are considered one of most effective treatments for women with severe menopausal symptoms. When properly administered in the right dosage, hormone replacement therapy may ease or relieve the following menopause-related issues:

  • Recurring headaches
  • Severe hot flashes
  • Difficulty sleeping or night sweats
  • Painful intercourse

You Have a Family History of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that increases the risk of experiencing broken bones. Estrogen, the primary sex hormone in women, also plays a role in protecting bones. Because menopause results in a sharp decrease in the natural levels of this hormone, postmenopausal women are more likely to develop osteoporosis. For this reason, hormone replacement therapy is often recommended for women with a family history of osteoporosis or unrelated issues with bone loss that may become more severe with lower estrogen levels.

You’ve Experienced Early Menopause

The average age of menopause among women in the United States is 50-51, according to most estimates. If this particular change occurs before the age of forty, it’s referred to as premature menopause. About five percent of women naturally experience menopause early. Regardless of why menopause occurs early, not artificially maintaining hormone levels may up the risk of developing Parkinson’s-like symptoms, heart disease, and problems with anxiety or depression. Hormone replacement therapy may also be recommended if early menopause is triggered for the following reasons:

  • Having a premature ovarian insufficiency
  • Experiencing surgical menopause before the age of 45 for health-release reasons
  • A side effect of chemotherapy or radiation therapy before the age of 45

If hormone replacement therapy is right for you, the general recommendation is to have the lowest effective dose for the shortest amount of time possible. There may be an initial trial and error process to find the right dosage to suggest during hormone replacement therapy treatments. Diet and lifestyle changes may further reduce menopause symptoms and improve bone health.

To schedule your consultation today, contact RejuvaWell! We are conveniently located in Austin, TX.