If you are being advised by your physician that Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT, would help to relieve your post-menopausal symptoms, you probably have lots of questions. You may be suffering from mood swings, hot flashes, a general feeling of sluggishness and more. HRT has been very controversial but now seems to regaining popularity. Below are four key questions and answers to assist you in making a decision about HRT.
What are some HRT choices? Most doctors agree that estrogen combined with progesterone is best. This is usually referred to as combined HRT. The dosage will depend upon your age, whether or not you have entered menopause and other general health issues. HRT can be delivered via trans-dermal patches (the most popular since the hormones will bypass your liver), tablets or implants.
What exactly does Bio-Identical mean? Some people believe that these are safer forms of hormones. The term bio-identical simply means that your body will be unable to distinguish these hormones from the ones that your own body has produced. There is still a lot of controversy around this issue and most experts are waiting for a conclusive study. You will likely be prescribed a bio-identical progesterone hormone made from yams that has been shown to be highly effective and safe.
Has HRT gained an undeserved bad name? The famous 2002 study by the Women's Health Initiative is often sited when it comes to HRT and it's possible dangers. However, further research and evaluation of that study show that age and time of use is a huge factor in determining who is at greatest risk. Turns out, younger women (age 60 and under) who use HRT short term have very little risk.
Is HRT dangerous? On the contrary. Studies show that breast cancer occurrence is much lower among women who have been on HRT. Most studies show that short-term (less than five years) use of HRT is safe. There is a slight danger of increased risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.
The main goal of HRT is to replace the hormones your body no longer produces on it's own. It can sometimes be tricky to get the dosing and method of delivery correct, but the results will be well worth it. Your doctor such as Central Iowa OB/Gyn Specialists, PLC will work with you to discover the correct dosages to use to get the most out of your HRT. Don't suffer needlessly, relief is available!