Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hot Flashes
Hormone replacement therapy has been used for over a decade in the United States, but there was a time when not all doctors were on board. Today, experts agree that most women going through menopause can benefit from hormone replacement therapy. Of course, before anyone decides on this or any other treatment, it’s important to know the facts.
Reduce the symptoms of menopause with hormone replacement therapy
This type of hormone therapy is most effective for menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes. For women who are considering this therapy to treat hot flashes, note that a higher dosage of estrogen is likely to be needed.
Women who still have their uterus will take progestogen and estrogen. This combination can help prevent an increase risked of cancer in the uterus. The length of treatment will vary based on the symptoms of each woman, but generally speaking it shouldn’t be continued for more than five years.
Women who have undergone a hysterectomy and no longer have a uterus can take estrogen on its own. Estrogen can generally be taken longer than five years, if needed.
The risk of hormone therapy
Before a woman decides to move forward with hormone replacement in Dallas, Texas, she should be aware of the possible risks. Her doctor will let her know what her individual risks are, but generally speaking, there is a higher risk of blood clots in both the legs and lungs. This risk is similar to the risk associated with using birth control patches, pills, or rings. These risks are very rare in women 50 to 59 years of age, but can increase as women age beyond those years.
There’s also a higher risk of breast cancer, but this is only seen when women use the combination of estrogen and progestogen for more than five years. Once the hormone replacement therapy is discontinued, the risk is diminished. When used alone, estrogen has not been associated with a higher risk of breast cancer – even when used for up to seven years.
There are several ways to get hormone replacement therapy in Dallas Texas
There are numerous ways women can take part in hormone replacement therapy. They may get it through their skin, via patch, gel or spray, or they can use low-dose pills. Several studies have shown that the methods in which women get the hormones through their skin have a lower risk for blood clots and strokes compared to pills.
Turtle Creek Medical Center
Every woman should talk to a medical professional before she makes her final decision, but for most women up to age 59 or within ten years of menopause, hormone therapy is a good option to relieve menopausal symptoms that are moderate to severe.
Please contact Turtle Creek Medical Center for more information about hormone replacement therapy and whether it could prove helpful for you.