Hormone replacement therapy was created to help balance the hormones as you get older and go through menopause (for women) or andropause (for men). The therapy helps reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, weight gain, irritability, and sweating, and may lessen the risk of osteoporosis.
Although this therapy is unable to delay or reverse the impact of the aging process, studies have shown it can provide the skin with a more youthful appearance. It is important for the individual to discuss their medical history with a medical professional prior to having this treatment. Two of the most important hormones in the reproductive cycle of every woman are estrogen and progesterone. For men, the most important hormone is testosterone.
Hormonal changes most often begin when a person reaches their late forties. This often triggers numerous issues including hot flashes, insomnia, depression, and low libido. During peri-menopause, the menstrual cycle may continue despite the changes in hormones. This period can last for three to ten years. The average length of time is four years. Once the woman has had her last menstrual cycle, menopause begins. This is generally around the age of 51. Menopause concludes one year after the last menstrual cycle. This period of time is called post-menopause. This can take in excess of ten years.
Once a woman has been through menopause, her risk of osteoporosis increases. Menopause can be triggered by something other than the natural process of aging such as a treatment for cancer or a hysterectomy where the ovaries are removed. If the woman smokes, menopause may occur earlier. Hormone replacement therapy helps with certain health risks and the severe discomfort of menopause.
The benefits of hormone replacement therapy often encompass many of the most common symptoms of menopause, including:
• Vaginal dryness
• Thinning hair
• Difficulty sleeping or receiving quality sleep
• Urinary issues
• Night sweats and hot flashes
• Memory and concentration issues
• A decrease in fertility
• Abdominal fat
• Irregular menstrual cycles
Studies have shown hormone replacement therapy may lower the risk for heart attack and heart failure, improve the function of the muscles, decrease the rate of mortality in younger females going through post-menopause and prevent skin aging. This treatment has received approval for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and the symptoms of menopause. In the majority of cases, the women experienced relief from numerous menopausal symptoms. If you are interested in hormone replacement therapy, whether you are a man or a woman, feel free to reach out to the professionals at Nourished MedSpa & Wellness Center in Sherman, TX. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!