For some women, going through menopause brings uncomfortable symptoms and discomfort. Fortunately, your gynecologist can recommend a few ways to find relief, including hormone therapy. If you’re not familiar with the treatment, here are a few things you should know about the process and how it can benefit you.
Your Guide to Hormone Therapy
What is Hormone Therapy?
Hormone therapy is the use of medications to replace the hormones a woman’s body stops making after menopause. The replacement medications can help relieve discomfort from symptoms such as night sweats, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes. The medication can also prevent bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures in women after menopause.
What Are the Benefits?
Gynecologists will tell you the benefits of hormone replacement therapy are related to whether a woman takes low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen or systemic hormone therapy.
Low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen come in tablet, cream, or ring form. This medication treats vaginal symptoms and some urinary symptoms effectively. However, low-dose vaginal preparations don’t treat night sweats, hot flashes, or bone loss. Systemic hormone therapy comes in a skin patch, pill, gel, spray, or cream, and can relieve night sweats, hot flashes, and vaginal symptoms such as dryness, itching, and discomfort during intercourse.
Are There Any Risks?
The risks of hormone therapy depend on numerous factors, including whether a gynecologist prescribes estrogen with progestin or estrogen alone, the type of estrogen prescribed, and the age at which a woman starts the therapy. Other elements also have an effect, such as the woman's risks of cancer, heart and blood vessel disease, and family medical history. Your gynecologist will go over risk factors to determine if you’re a safe candidate for treatment.
If you want to find out whether hormone therapy is right for you, the gynecologists at Thomasville OB-GYN in Davidson County, NC, are ready to answer your questions. Located near Thomasville Medical Center, these experienced professionals also offer general exams and reproductive health services, all in a welcoming and caring environment. To schedule a consultation, visit them online or call (336) 475-6139 to speak to a member of their medical team today.