Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?
If you are experiencing painful menopausal symptoms – such as hot flashes and sleep disturbances – hormone replacement therapy may be the solution you need. The treatment works by replacing female hormones that your body stops producing during menopause, decreasing the severity of the symptoms. You can either receive pills or patches for treatment, depending on your preference.
Although the treatment is incredibly effective, it may not be right for everyone. Depending on your age, health history, and the severity of the symptoms, you might want to avoid hormone supplements. Today, the hormone replacement therapy experts at Emerge Medical & Well Spa discuss some things to consider before receiving the treatment.
Hormone replacement therapy is most effective if you are under the age of 60 and you start the treatment soon after you start menopause. For women over 60, the replacement therapy may potentially increase the risk of heart disease, blood clots, dementia, and stroke. If you are in your 50s, the treatment should be safe and effective.
Your health history plays a huge role in determining if hormone replacement therapy is right for you. If you have a history of breast, ovarian, or endometrial cancer, the treatment may not be right for you. Additionally, if you have a history of strokes, blood clots, heart problems, or you currently smoke, you should avoid the treatment. As always, talk with your personal physician before starting treatment.
The Severity of Your Symptoms
Hormone replacement therapy is really only needed for women with severe menopausal symptoms. If you are experiencing mild symptoms, there is no need to start the treatment. Keep in mind that the treatment is more effective if you start it at the beginning of menopause. If you are far along in the process, starting the treatment late may not provide any benefits.
Like all medications, there are some risks involved with taking hormone supplements. Though the risks are rare, it is important to consider if you are okay with them before starting treatment. For example, taking estrogen and progestin can slightly increase your risk for breast cancer, stroke, and deep-vein thrombosis. This is why people who have a history of these diseases should avoid the treatment.
Contact Us About Hormone Replacement Therapy
If you are experiencing painful menopausal symptoms, talk to our experienced physician about hormone replacement therapy. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Emerge Medical & Well Spa provides a variety of treatments, including prenatal massages, BOTOX®, dermal fillers, and laser treatments. To learn more about services and schedule an appointment, contact us today!