Usually sometime in your 40s, you will begin transitioning from reproductive years to menopause. The length of your cycles start to vary and you may skip periods entirely. Menopause is defined at 12 months after the last menstrual period. The average age of menopause is 51 years old. The menopause transition is marked by fluctuations in hormone levels as ovarian function slows. Levels of estrogen and progesterone decrease and follicle-stimulating hormone levels increase, resulting in physiologic changes and clinical symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy can be an effective therapy for the treatment of symptoms related to menopause and other hormone related conditions. Categories include:
Estrogen Replacement Therapy | Progesterone Replacement Therapy | Testosterone Replacement Therapy |Thyroid Disorder Management
The results of multiple studies support the effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy for management of menopausal symptoms. Estrogen may help with vaginal related health symptoms. There is some evidence that progesterone also helps to improve vasomotor symptoms.
Testosterone may improve sexual drive and the number of satisfying sexual episodes for postmenopausal women. Testosterone may also improve lean muscle mass and mental clarity.
The risk of HRT varies from patient to patient. Some of the factors that affect HRT risks include: age of onset of treatment, age of onset of menopause, hormone therapy replacement combinations and dosage, health factors such as heart and other cardiovascular conditions, cancer risks and family history. Some of these factors can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, blood clots and cancer. All of these factors should be considered and discussed with your medical provider in deciding whether HRT is right for you.
Hormone replacement therapy is frequently prescribed to alleviate or reduce symptoms associated with menopause and other health related conditions such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats and bone loss. These benefits of HRT can lead to improved sleep, sexual relations and quality of life.
Our providers will recommend an individualized treatment plan for each woman. There is no “one size fits all” therapy.