Benefits of taking the Hormone Therapy
Hormone Therapy or HT is the treatment given mostly to women that experience different menopausal symptoms. During and after menopause, the level of certain hormones goes down.
The imbalance or the low hormone levels cause certain problems like vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats and itchy skin. The hormone therapy is prescribed to patients experiencing these problems.
Other Benefits of Hormone Therapy
While the above mentioned benefits of hormone therapy are the commonest, there are some additional benefits as well. These are as follows:
- Lowered risk of diabetes and colon cancer
- Reduced risk of bone breakage and that of developing osteoporosis
- Decreased tooth loss
- Better mental health by improvement in the mood and overall sense of being well
- Improvement in pain of the joints
Choosing your Doctor carefully
Just like any other treatment, hormone therapy too must be initiated by a trained and experienced general practitioner.
Different women undergo different symptoms of menopause, although the level or complexity of each of them could be different.
For this reason, one-fits-all treatment method cannot be given in the case of hormone therapy. The doctor must understand the body type, complications, physical health and other factors and then decide upon the right method and dosage of hormone therapy.
Are there any risks of the Hormone Therapy?
It would be wrong to say that the hormone therapy is completely free of risks. Just like any other medicine or treatment, the hormone therapy too is not completely risk-free.
It sure does let women get past menopause quite easily but there are certain risks that must be considered before starting the therapy. These risks include:
- Chances of endometrial cancer increase in case of women that still have their uterus and they are only taking estrogen and not taking progestin along with it.
- There is some risk of developing blood clots and stroke. The risk of blood clots is less if estrogen is taken by way of skin through the skin patch or cream.
- There have been instances of women having gall bladder stones when on hormone therapy.
- In case of women that have been menopausal for more than 10 years and has then started the therapy, there is the increased risk of dementia.
It has been seen through various studies that most risks associated with hormone therapy were evident in women that took the therapy quite late. Significant statistics are there to show that if women start the therapy in their 50s or when their menopause is near, there are fewer risks of stroke or breast cancer.