Hormone Therapy (HRT)

From research of Menopause today, a successful treatment is Hormone Therapy. Since Menopause will cause a woman’s estrogen level to go down significantly, troublesome symptoms will occur. Hormone Therapy is used to add estrogen back into the woman’s body to level out hormones and ease or eliminate symptoms due to Menopause such as, Hot Flashes, Nights sweats and Vaginal Dryness.

HRT can be administered in several ways depending on the symptom and severity.

  • Systemic Hormone Therapy: This is considered Systemic Estrogen and is administered in pill form, gel, cream, spray or patch. These options still remain to be the most effective treatment for hot flashes/ night sweats. Estrogen can also be helpful in easing menopause symptoms of vaginal dryness, discomfort during intercourse, itching and/or burning. Even though estrogen is FDA approved for Osteoporosis, which is another symptom of Menopause, doctors recommend different medications or the bone-thinning disease.
  • Low-dose vaginal products: This treatment comes in a tablet, ring or cream form. It delivers a low dose of estrogen and has been proven to very effective when treating the symptoms. An additional benefit is it minimizes the the absorption into the womans body. Even though they are effective for vaginal symptoms, it will not used to treat hot flashes, night sweats or osteoporosis.

Is Hormone Therapy right for you?

There are some risks to consider when considering HRT and should be discussed with your Healthcare Professional.
HRT can increase the risk of:

  • Heart Disease
  • Blood Clots
  • Breast Cancer
  • Stroke

However, since Systemic Hormone Therapy is proven to be the most effective way to treat symptoms of Menopause, the benefits outweigh the risks. Your doctor will determine if this is the right choice for you based on your health history and symptoms.

Things your doctor will evaluate:

  • If you have loss of bone mass and are unable to tolerate other treatments
  • The severity of your hot flashes
  • Have your periods stopped before the age of 40
  • Loss of ovary function before age 40

If you have experienced an early Menopause before the age of 40 and have not had treatment of estrogen therapy by age 45, you subject yourself to a higher risk of:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Earlier life expectancy
  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Parkinson’s like symptoms

There are many factors to consider when it comes to Hormone Therapy treatment such as age with onset of menopause to how long you have been experiencing Menopause. Because of this it is very important to discuss in detail all of your experiences and symptoms thoroughly with your doctor.

The team at Myerlee Pharmacy offer great support and advice for your prescription needs in your treatment of Hormone Therapy.  You can reach us by phone at 239-482-3022 or contact us with your Hormone Therapy questions.

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