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While menopause spells the end of period symptoms, the symptoms of menopause itself may end up having a negative impact on your quality life. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a common option for treating menopause symptoms, so you can feel like yourself again.
At the Advanced Women’s Health Institute, we’re committed to offering you every option available. We have the experience to help you make an informed decision about your treatment, and we’ll work closely with you to develop a plan that works for you.
If you believe HRT may help, schedule an appointment with us today.
Most women who use hormone replacement therapy, particularly estrogen replacement, do so as a way to reduce or eliminate symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and night sweats which can affect mood, mental function and other aspects of your quality of life.
A woman with no or minimal menopausal symptoms usually does not seek HRT.
The absence of estrogen in the body affects women differently. Some women have no symptoms. Most women have one or more of several symptoms:
HRT can mean single or multiple hormones being replaced to relieve menopausal symptoms. HRT can be given orally, transdermally or by subcutaneous implant. These can be commercial FDA-approved prescriptions or compounded formulas. Modern medical science led to production of estrogen for human consumption and had an enormous impact on quality of life for many women.Progesterone, testosterone and other minor metabolites of these hormones are also available now.
“FDA-approved HRT” means that a pharmaceutical company has gone through a rigorous process of proving safety and effectiveness. They are available by prescription and are covered to some extent by insurance.
Compounded preparations are not overseen by the FDA and cannot make claims of proven safety and effectiveness. However, scientific knowledge about how these hormones work is known and should not deter a woman from seeking compounded products when the benefit outweighs the risk. This is a decision made between doctor and patient, and Dr. Moore and the team at the Advanced Women’s Health Institute will discuss all options with you before proceeding with your treatment plan.
Generic oral E-HRT can cost as little as $5 per month. The risk compared to transdermal HRT is relatively minimal. Oral progesterone-like meds are also inexpensive. Oral progesterone is available. Because of intestinal metabolism some women report drowsiness and better sleep when they take it in the evening.
Although many women have taken HRT with complete success, there remain a few risk factors as with any medication or procedure. Estrogen replacement (E-HRT) combined with progesterone replacement (P-HRT) can sometimes increase someone’s risk of uterine or breast cancer. Blood clots, weight gain, and sometimes spotting (bleeding outside your usual cycle) can also occur as a result of HRT.
Every patient has individual needs, and our team will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that minimizes risk and helps you achieve your goals.