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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

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HRT 101What do I need to know about HRT before I decide whether or not to use it?

For women in natural or surgical menopause, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can be a big concern. You may be wondering if it necessary, effective, and safe. Women and medical professionals have many different opinions about HRT and the media can skew the truth about it, so you'll need to work with your doctor to determine what is right for you.

HRT is hormone therapy that comes in a variety of different delivery systems and is used to replace the estrogen your ovaries had made prior to menopause. A healthy balance of hormones helps fight common menopause symptoms as well as prevent health issues like osteoporosis. In general, HRT can help keep your body functioning well during menopause.

There are several different factors which determine whether or not you should use HRT. These can include your diagnosis, age, and personal and family medical histories. Younger women in surgical menopause may be more apt to need HRT versus a woman in natural menopause who is closer to 50.

Though many women were frightened out of using HRT based on some prior studies, current research indicates that for many women the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks. You are likely to benefit if you had a bilateral oophorectomy, experience moderate to severe menopause symptoms, and/or are at risk for osteoporosis.

Being able to use HRT can be affected by certain health conditions. You and your doctor will need to consider your overall health along with your menopause-related symptoms to determine if and which HRT is right for you. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have a personal or family history of gynecologic or breast cancers, endometriosis, stroke history, or a heart condition.

There is no one-size-fits all hormone replacement therapy, so you'll need to weigh your personal pros and cons to decide if HRT is right for you. If HRT is not for you, can consider alternatives like Effexor, Estroven, and Brisdelle. Work with your doctor to make an informed decision about HRT for you!

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-07-2013 - 06:13 PM


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