Managing Menopause Symptoms With Hormone Therapy: What You Need to Know

Now two women experience menopause alike — some barely skip a beat while others are plagued by life-altering side effects that range from lack of sleep due to night sweats to weight gain. While nothing can be done about this inevitable transition from your reproductive years, there is a way that we can make the road a little less bumpy with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

At Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, Dr. Leroy Charles and our team make every effort to help women in Greenacres, Florida, get through menopause with the least amount of negative side effects. To that end, we offer hormone replacement therapy, which can clear up some of the more disruptive symptoms of menopause.

Here’s what you need to know.

Breaking menopause down

There are three stages of menopause: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause, all of which can include the following side effects:

Even though the average age of menopause for American women is 51, you can begin experiencing the symptoms of perimenopause in your 30s.

As we said, every woman experiences menopause differently, but if any of these symptoms are causing serious quality-of-life issues, HRT may be your best solution to regain some normalcy in your life.

Why hormone replacement?

Perimenopause and menopause occur when your ovaries begin to shut down, signaling the end of your reproductive years. Along with this shutdown comes a precipitous drop in your female hormone estrogen, which is produced by your ovaries.

So when you’re feeling the effects of this deficit, the obvious solution is to replenish your dwindling supply of hormones.

Will replacement hormones address all of my issues?

HRT is a very effective treatment that can offset many of your menopausal symptoms, such as:

Many of our patients report that HRT brought about the relief they needed to restore their lives.

But HRT shouldn’t be considered a cure-all solution. Menopause is nature’s way of shutting down your reproductive system, and that still happens. What HRT is effective at accomplishing is easing this transition for women. In other words, HRT isn’t a fountain of youth, nor does it turn back your biological clock, but it does help you navigate the hormonal changes in your body more easily.

Are there any risks with HRT?

In 2002, a study came out that linked hormone replacement therapy to an increased risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular issues, such as stroke and blood clots, which prompted a large backlash against the practice. But this research only studied one estrogen and one progestin — Premarin® and Provera®.

Further studies have been conducted that demonstrate that these risks may have been overstated. Researchers have found that when hormone therapy is administered in low doses and not as a long-term treatment, the risk of these health complications isn’t necessarily cause for alarm.

Of course, there are circumstances in which a woman shouldn’t turn to this therapy, and we review each case very carefully before we suggest HRT.

To find out whether HRT is right for you, please give us a call or you can use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.

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