At the end of a woman’s reproductive life, falling levels of estrogen can cause a number of symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal atrophy. One way to get relief from these menopausal symptoms is with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Richard Rawson, DO and the team at Temecula Medical Group in Temecula, California, are experts at providing HRT. Read on to see what HRT involves and whether or not you may be a candidate.
Body conditions at menopause
As well as serving as the storeroom for your eggs, your ovaries are the primary manufacturer of estrogen, the essential female hormone. When ovaries stop producing eggs, they also stop producing estrogen, since the functions needed to support reproduction are no longer necessary.
However, many of your body’s systems still rely on estrogen, so when estrogen production decreases, this can lead to many symptoms. In some women, these symptoms can be minimal, but in others, these symptoms can be severe.
Symptoms can include hot flashes and genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). The term GSM is used to describe vaginal atrophy and its accompanying symptoms, which can include vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, and painful intercourse.
The effectiveness of HRT
When it comes to treating menopause symptoms, taking supplemental hormones is the most effective way to reduce symptoms. Since the combination and extent of symptoms can vary among women, treatment can as well.
For instance, a woman who is primarily experiencing vaginal dryness may be prescribed a low-dose topical cream containing estrogen for the affected area. While someone who is suffering from severe hot flashes may be prescribed a high-dose estrogen pill.
When HRT is not recommended
There are some cases where HRT may not be recommended. Typically, women may be advised to avoid HRT if they have any of the following conditions:
- Cancers, including breast, endometrial, or uterine cancer
- Blood clots or stroke
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Heart attacks
- Any possibility of pregnancy
The best way to safely navigate the symptoms of menopause is by partnering with the experienced team of physicans at Temecula Medical Group. They can give you a thorough exam and let you know if you’re a candidate. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.