When a woman begins the journey through menopause, she will be faced with several decisions.
There are several ways to treat menopause. Sorry there is no “cure” for menopause. It something every person will have to work their way through, women and men ,too. Of course, the male version is known as “Andropause”.
One of the methods used to treat menopause is referred to as Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT for short. Any therapy is only for treating and relieving the symptoms that are associated with menopause. You will need to consult with your physician to see if it is right for you. If you have a history of cancer, heart disease, blood clots, or liver disease, then you may want to skip HRT. If you are in good health and suffer from no serious health problems, you should have no serious problems taking hormone therapy.
I, personally, chose not to use HRT, because some cancers feed of hormones and I lost my mother to cancer and a brother. My doctor told me the chances of HRT increasing my risk of cancer was nominal, I didn’t want to take the risk. Was my menopause symptoms worst for me to deal with? Yes, but I high a high tolerance for discomfort. There were times when I regret not taking the hormone treatments, but for me it was the right decision. You will have to learn and decide for yourself.
Some of the benefits of hormone therapy is less mood swings, fewer hot flashes, less dryness, the less degree of bone density loss, and loss of sex drive will be less.
Some of the cons’ of HRT is headaches, bloating, indigestion, depression, and breast tenderness. But you have them symptoms without therapy also.
HRT is only recommended for short-term use, usually 2-4 years. When you end HRT, some of the issues that HRT helps prevent will come back quickly. Like the bone density. That is when you need to consider vitamin supplements for bone loss.
HRT is used by several different methods. You can take a pill regimen, use a patch applied to the skin, a gel cream applied directly to the skin to combat dryness or an implant imbedded under the skin using a local anaesthetic.
So while there are many benefits to using Hormone Replacement Therapy, it may or may not be the right choice for everyone. And while doctors report that it is safe for most people with many good benefits, They cannot guarantee that it does not cause other health issues. And you men out there, do not despair, there is a hormone treatment out there for you too.