Hormone therapy

Pelvis | Endocrinology and Metabolism | Hormone therapy (Disease)


Hormone therapy (HT) uses one or more female hormones, commonly estrogen and progestin and sometimes testosterone, to treat symptoms of menopause. Symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep disorders, and decreased sexual desire. Hormone therapy comes as a pill, patch, injection, vaginal cream, tablet, or ring.

Causes and Risk factors

Estrogen is great but on the contrary, it seems that protects the heart of women over 50 years. A new study demonstrates that estrogen protects the heart women undergoing hormone therapy in early menopause.

Women during the menopause the ovaries cease to produce estrogen, so many women have symptoms that prevent them from continuing their normal life, symptoms such as hot flushes or sweating nocturnal rounds. Providing exogenous estrogen intake is the most effective treatment for these symptoms.

Women with intact uterus (hysterectomy did not undergo surgery - removal of the uterus or a portion of the uterus) are at high risk for uterine cancer because the treatment only if estrogen is not balanced by another hormone, progesterone .

However women who receive combined hormone therapy should not worry about their high susceptibility to heart problems if they start treatment immediately after the onset of menopause.

Despite the findings, it seems that the estrogen-based hormone therapy is only recommended for short-term effects on menopausal symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Most women do not need treatment of menopausal symptoms. Some women find that their symptoms go away by themselves, and some women just dont find the symptoms very uncomfortable. But if a women is bothered by symptoms, there are many ways to deal with them, including medications and lifestyle changes. ...

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