Women and HRT

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

There has been controversy on the topic of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for the last 15 years. Negative attitudes have drastically dominated the media since 2002. Combine this with the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study that was halted in 2002 because of health risks, it has caused confusion for women trying to make an informed decision on their health.

There are multiple avenues to replace a woman's hormones: oral, transdermal and through subcutaneous hormone pellet therapy. One should find an expert who understands the differences between all types of therapy and the risks and benefits of each.

There are alternatives. Over-the-counter products containing phytoestrogens and topical products containing low-dose progesterone are available. These will provide temporary relief of PMS, peri-menopausal, and menopausal symptoms.

What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a prescription alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy (conjugated estrogens, medroxyprogesterone, etc.) Bio-identical medications are plant-derived, and chemically changed in a laboratory until they are identical to what your body would naturally produce. BHRT is customizable; in other words, it can be adjusted to fit your needs, unlike conventional HRT, which has a few standard dosage strengths.

What are the goals of BHRT?

  • Alleviate symptoms caused by the natural decrease in hormone production in the body
  • Reestablish the individual's hormonal balance
  • Provide protective benefits that were originally provided by the body's naturally occurring hormones

What are the benefits of BHRT?

BHRT offers a number of health-related benefits:

  • Helps in the prevention of osteoporosis and restoration of bone strength
  • Protection against heart disease
  • Reduced hot flashes and reduced vaginal dryness
  • Muscle mass and strength are better maintained
  • Improvement in cholesterol levels
  • Risk of depression reduced
  • Improved libido
  • Prevention of senility and Alzheimer's Disease
  • Improved sleep
  • Mood, concentration, and memory improves
  • Minimal side effects

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