As the body ages, it can stop producing hormones causing deficiencies and other problems to develop. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves the use of medications containing female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes. HRT is generally used as an option for women suffering from menopause symptoms such as hot flashes.
Although hormone therapy is generally used for treating menopausal symptoms it can also be beneficial in many other areas such as:
The decision to use hormone replacement therapy must be based on individual assessment and needs. This includes the duration of use for HRT. To determine if hormone therapy is a good treatment option, the patient should take the steps to speak with their doctor about their individual symptoms and health risks. Hormone therapy can have a variety of benefits and should be considered if:
HRT is not recommended for disease prevention, except for women under 60 years who have a substantially increased risk of bone fractures. For questions about hormone replacement therapy, and whether it is the right option, patients can contact the office or stop by today.