Apr 01 2016

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause: Is It Right for You?

 

A woman holding the temples of her head due to a post-menopausal headacheAt the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, we proudly offer a full range of fertility treatments, from in vitro fertilization to reproductive surgery. However, we also offer services that distinguish us from even the most comprehensive reproductive medicine practices in the state, including hormone replacement therapy for menopause. At our Lubbock, TX practice, Dr. Janelle Dorsett provides patients with state-of-the-art hormone replacement therapy, helping to control the most common symptoms of menopause and make the post-menopausal years of a woman’s life more comfortable and pleasant.

If you have gone through menopause and you would like to learn more about hormone replacement therapy, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Janelle Dorsett at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine today.

What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

When a woman reaches menopause and her periods stop, her hormone levels drop, and she can start to experience a number of symptoms that can affect her life to varying degrees. Many of these symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, osteoporosis, and vaginal dryness, are widely known, but some may be less than expected. These symptoms include:

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired memory
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden “electric” shocks
  • Breast pain
  • Increased body odor
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Worsened allergies

The vast majority of menopause symptoms can be attributed to hormonal changes. The purpose of hormone replacement therapy is to replace the hormones no longer created by the body after menopause, thereby counteracting the effects of menopause and reducing or even eliminating these adverse symptoms. Many women who undergo hormone replacement therapy experience a dramatic improvement in their overall quality of life.

Hormone replacement therapy for menopause is often referred to as combination therapy because a combination of hormones - estrogen, progesterone, and progestin - is used in various doses to reduce the symptoms of menopause.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause?

Good candidates for hormone replacement therapy for menopause will include post-menopausal women who:

  • Do not have a history of cancer
  • Have not had a heart attack or stroke
  • Do not have problems with vaginal bleeding
  • Do not have a liver disease
  • Have not had problems with blood clots
  • May be pregnant

What Are the Side Effects and Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause?

No medical treatment is without potential side effects and risks, and hormone replacement therapy is no exception. Possible side effects of hormone replacement therapy for menopause include:

  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling or tenderness of the breasts

More serious risks include a heightened risk of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Blood clots
  • Gall bladder disease

It is worth noting that the FDA has approved a non-hormonal treatment for moderate to severe hot flashes related to menopause. It is equally worth noting that most women who undergo hormone replacement therapy for menopause find the benefits worth the possible risks.

Learn More about Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause

To learn more about hormone replacement therapy for menopause, please contact Dr. Janelle Dorsett at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine today.

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