In this competitive world where everyone is busy proving their capabilities, the health concerns have taken the back seat. This is the major reason that most of the women suffer from early menopause or they tend to take surgical menopause. This creates hormone imbalances in the body, which needs to be taken care. Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy can help you to solve this issue and it also protects her against heart disease, weak bones, and dementia.
Factors to be considered before taking this therapy
There are still doubts about using hormonal therapy. However, according to the famous Time Magazine many females died because they avoided the hormone replacement therapy.
Further, according to some doctors who perform these therapies suggest that women hormone therapy is very much helpful to those females, who have undergone hysterectomy.
However, many trials have been conducted to see the effect of using estrogen alone, or in combination with progestin. It was conducted to find out if the chances of developing strokes, dementia, urinary incontinence, deep vein thrombosis, as well as gallbladder disease increases or not. Further, they all reached to the conclusion that it all depends on many factors such as:
- Menopause is natural or surgically induced
- Female’s age
- Bio-identical or synthetic form of hormone
- The method in which hormone is administered
When should women use estrogen?
HRT must not be avoided by women below the age of 50, who has experienced surgical menopause or is taking hormone therapy for managing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. On the other hand, doctors advice women over 50 years of age to avoid hormone treatment to prevent cognitive decline, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
Before menopause, if a female undergoes hysterectomy, it is necessary to replace the hormones. Body cannot produce them, so HRT is advised. However the point of consideration at this point is what is the right form, bio-identical or synthetic.
Synthetic hormone replacement – Be careful
Synthetic form of progesterone mimics the action. Trials have proved that synthetic progesterone forms are responsible for detrimental side effects. The side effects of artificial hormones are:
- High blood pressure
- Skin rashes and acne
- Vaginal bleeding
- Weight gain
Bio-identical hormones are ideal
Bio-identical progesterone is totally natural created from certain oils including soy plants and yam. This bio-identical formulation is recognized by your body, so it prevents adverse reaction. However, it is necessary to administer it properly in correct dosage.
Oral supplementation is worst because the swallowed hormones are made inactive in the digestive tract through liver metabolism, before it mixes with your bloodstream. Therefore use a method that bypasses the liver for better effect.
Hormone creams are another option. However, hormones are fat soluble and make you gain weight. In addition, you cannot determine the accurate dose using a cream.
The best way to take these identical hormones is sublingual drops because it enters your blood stream directly and will not build up in your tissues. It’s also much easier to determine the dose because each drop is of 1 milligram.
If you are in medical menopause and avoiding HRT because of fear then discuss it with a well-versed endrocrinologist. Discuss the risks and its benefits to work out a suitable treatment plan.