Things To Know When Menopause Comes
Once a woman reaches certain age, her body starts to change and menopause comes. Some are afraid of it while others are stressed out. Whatever you may feel, this process is inevitable and thus requires wisdom and acceptance, at least in your mind. When it comes to body, scientists have long ago found a solution alleviating symptoms of menopause, the hormone replacement therapy. What it is, who and how should use it, and what are the possible risks we will discuss below.
To begin with, before starting any kind of medical intervention be it pills or injections, it is necessary to get a complete health examination. This can be done at specialized centers including National HRTor by referral at the number of narrow specialists. Any kind of medical treatment shall be regarded seriously since when applied inappropriately it may cause serious damages to one’s health. And we are trying to achieve just the contrary effect, aren’t we?
Things You Should Know About HRT
Hormone replacement therapy stands for augmentation of one’s natural level of hormones by means of medical intervention. This kind of treatment is usually applied in two cases, when women undergo removal of all or part of their uterus thus causing a menopause or when menopause comes naturally by reaching certain age. There are different types of treatment for each case, and these are explained in detail below:
- estrogen only therapy (ET): estrogen is the hormone which reliefs the larger portion of the menopausal symptoms. It is usually prescribed to female patients who had their uterus removed or in other words, undergone hysterectomy;
- estrogen/progesterone therapy (EPT): this one works the best for women who have not had this surgery. This is owing to the fact that estrogen alone is assumed to increase risk of endometrial cancer, whereas research has shown that estrogen plus progestin may not.
Among the main symptoms of menopause are blood rush, rapid and frequent changes of mood, and also decrease of sexual interest. Some also experience troubles while sleeping due to night sweats and unstable moods. Moreover, women usually undergo cognitive changes including difficulties at remembering names, directions, and frequent losing of focus. When it comes to physical changes, vaginal dryness, vulvar and generalized itching may also cause some troubles.
However, menopausal hormone therapy is not always that lifeline for some people. Why so? Because it is rather a risky treatment for those who have heart diseases, blood clots, or have ever had breast cancer. Moreover, some studies also showed that women who took EPT were more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer and this was more likely to have spread to the lymph nodes by the time they were diagnosed.
To wrap it up, any decision as to whether recourse to HRT or not shall be a well-thought and professionally backed one. One should definitely find time, money and put some effort into examination of her body as well as all of the possible risks which accompany the HRT. All in all, this is health we care about the most. So be healthy!
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