To best understand how hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, works to relieve menopausal symptoms, you should first realize what happens physiologically to a woman’s body during menopause.
During menopause, the ovaries stop working the way they did during a woman’s reproductive years. The ovaries make chemical substances, which are the hormones estrogen and progesterone. These hormones regulate ovulation and menstruation during a woman’s reproductive years. Every month, ovaries circulate these hormones, signaling the release of one of a woman’s finite number of eggs. The hormone-fueled process is ovulation, followed by uterine lining shedding, which is the menstrual period.
In the months or years before menopause and as ovary function declines, levels of estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones go up and down, irregularly. Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive period and the ovaries’ release of eggs. It’s loosely defined as the natural point in a woman’s life, when she has missed her period for 12 consecutive months.
Sometimes, however, menopause is induced by a medical treatment, such as a hysterectomy. When it is, menopause begins abruptly.
What this means to you
The change in ovary function and, subsequently, hormone production does more than end a woman’s periods and fertility. It can also bring a host of unwanted symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, fatigue, moodiness and more. The quality of life implications can be far-reaching. Diminished estrogen can even lead to such things as the drying and thinning of vaginal tissue, which can limit a woman’s sexual enjoyment. Night sweats can keep a woman from getting her needed amount of sleep.
Hormone replacement therapy: What you should know
Hormone replacement therapy does just as the name implies. It helps to replenish what a woman loses with age or medical treatment. It fills in the hormonal gaps in a woman’s life. As a result, it can ease symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, and restore quality of life.
Like any medical treatment, HRT is something that should be monitored. Why? A woman’s levels continue to change throughout her life. What you don’t want is to give too much of a hormone. Not only is that unsafe, but it results in unwanted symptoms.
HRT should not be thought of as a one-size-fits-all treatment. Women with their uteruses intact also need progesterone or a progesterone-like product, while those who have had their uteruses removed can take estrogen only. At the biostation, we focus on the use of bioidentical hormone replacement, which replicates the hormones your body produces. Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are from plant and natural sources. By using bioidentical hormones, we’re better able to customize treatment.
Another important point: HRT should be part of a multi-tiered approach, which includes identifying and meeting a woman’s individual nutraceutical needs. The aim is not simply to achieve balance on paper, but to restore balance and quality in life.
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