If you are suffering from hot flashes, loss of energy, weight gain, or any hormonal issues this is for you. We Will need to book a lab draw first to determine what you are in need of. A treatment plan will then be determined.
What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is medication that contains female hormones. You take the medication to replace the estrogen that your body stops making during menopause. Hormone therapy is most often used to treat common menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal discomfort.
HRT (also known as hormone therapy, menopausal hormone therapy, and estrogen replacement therapy) is the most effective treatment for menopause symptoms.
What Are the Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy?
• Relieve hot flashes and night sweats
• Help you sleep better
• Ease vaginal dryness and itching
• Make sex less painful
• Help prevent fractures caused by osteoporosis (thinning bones)
• Make some women less likely to have heart disease
• Lower your chances of dementia
Frequently Asked Questions
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her menstrual period stops. The average age that women go through menopause is 51. Usually beginning in your mid-40s, you enter a transition phase called perimenopause.
Your hormone levels can go up and down during perimenopause. This can cause symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, pain during sex, sleep problems, and night sweats.
There are two types of hormone therapy, depending on whether you take one hormone or two:
• Estrogen only. Estrogen is the primary hormone used in hormone therapy. Sometimes it is called simply “estrogen therapy.”
• Estrogen plus progestin. If you have never had a hysterectomy and still have a uterus, you also will need a hormone called progestin. Taking progestin helps reduce the risk of uterine cancer that can occur when estrogen is used alone. There is some evidence that adding progestin may also improve hot flashes. Estrogen plus progestin sometimes is called “combined hormone therapy.”
As you approach menopause, your ovaries get smaller and gradually stop making estrogen. Medication that provides estrogen can relieve symptoms of menopause in two ways:
• Systemic estrogen therapy. Estrogen is released into the bloodstream and travels to the organs and tissues where it is needed. Examples include pills, skin patches, gels, injections and sprays.
• Local estrogen therapy. Women who only have vaginal dryness may take local estrogen therapy in the form of a vaginal ring, tablet, or cream. These forms release small doses of estrogen directly into the vaginal tissue.
When progestin is added, it can come in different forms, including pills you take by mouth, or tablets and gels you place in the vagina. The intrauterine device (IUD), which releases progestin, also may be an option. Progestin also can be combined with estrogen in the same pill or patch.
Estrogen-only therapy is taken daily. There are two ways to combine estrogen and progestin for women who still have a uterus:
• Continuous-combined therapy: Both estrogen and progestin are taken every day.
• Cyclic therapy: Estrogen is taken daily. Progestin is added for 10 to 14 days each month (usually as a pill). Another name for this is sequential hormone replacement therapy.
• Systemic estrogen therapy (with or without progestin) has been shown to be the best treatment for hot flashes and night sweats.
• Both systemic and local estrogen therapy relieve vaginal dryness.
• Systemic estrogen protects against the bone loss that occurs early in menopause. This can help prevent osteoporosis.
• Combined hormone therapy may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Systemic hormone therapy usually is not recommended if you have ever had:
• Breast or endometrial cancer
• Heart attack
• Blood clots
• Liver disease
Hormone therapy also is not for pregnant women. Stop taking hormone therapy if you get pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
It may take a few weeks to feel the effects of treatment and there may be some side effects at first. A GP will usually recommend trying treatment for 3 months to see if it helps. If it does not, they may suggest changing your dose, or changing the type of HRT you're taking.