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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) uses two complementary hormones, estrogen, and progesterone, to treat a variety of symptoms of menopause. HRT uses hormones, in the form of pills or patches, to replace the hormones your body is no longer producing. Hormone Replacement can take the form of pills, patches, vaginal rings or injections and can be given as estrogen-only therapy or combination therapy with estrogen and progesterone. It has been proven effective for relieving a variety of symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, unexplained weight gain, and decreased sex drive.
After age 35, a woman's estrogen levels fall up to 30 percent, and progesterone levels fall up to 70 percent before age 50. Such a drop in hormone levels creates a bevy of unpleasant side effects. If you are over age 35 and are experiencing fatigue, insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, decreased sex drive, or depression, Dr. Rostein can prescribe a precise hormone replacement regimen to relieve your symptoms.
Many risks associated with HRT correlate with your health history. It is important to inform Dr. Rostein if you have experienced blood clots, cancer, heart or liver disease, heart attack, or stroke as these conditions are likely to contribute to negative side effects. Many women beginning HRT may experience headaches, bloating, mood swings, nausea, or abnormal vaginal bleeding. However, recent studies suggest that HRT in younger women can prevent heart disease, hip fractures, and osteoporosis.
Patients who are undergoing hormone replacement therapy will have regular blood tests. This ensures that the levels of hormones they are receiving is adjusted to their current needs, which can change over time. Dosing adjustments assist to ensure only the minimum amount of hormones are used to achieve the best effects.
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