One of the singular worst periods of a woman’s life is that of menopause. No matter how many smart and intellectual reports are release encouraging women to embrace this part of life, any woman who has gone through it will gladly tell you: it sucks. Not only do you have hot flashes, night sweats, dry vaginas and virtually no sex drive to look forward to, but all of these issues can wreak havoc on your mental health and cause strains in relationships both personal and at work.
Luckily, HRT has been shown to bring relief in big doses to women the world over.
Ten years ago, the women’s health initiative (WHI), conducted hormone trials on various samples of women and what they found was quite something.
Hormone therapy reduces menopausal symptoms
It is the most effective way to treat hot flashes and vaginal dryness and can also go some way to alleviating the pain experienced during sex that some menopausal women report.
But what about the “risks”?
HRT has been around since the 1940s but its use only really started taking off around the 1960s and this caused something of a revolution in the treatment of menopause. In the 1990s two major trials were conducted around the use of HRT and its impact on women and the safety concerns that were most widely raised were:
- that the extended use of HRT may increase the risk of breast cancer, and
- that the use of HRT may increase the risk of heart disease
Naturally, this caused widespread panic among HRT users. However, what we’ve since learned is that when HRT is used in conjunction with certain other drugs, then these risks are greatly mitigated and when the care is given under properly qualified professionals, then individual circumstances and problems can be closely monitored and addressed should any areas of concern arise.
So, Is HRT Safe Then?
There is widespread acceptance that in controlled and specialised use, HRT treatment is safe. As with all forms of medical treatment, before HRT is prescribed you should discuss all of your pre-existing conditions with your healthcare provider and do some family research and find out if anyone in your family has suffered from any cancers or hereditary illnesses or heart disease. Knowledge is power, so the better informed you are, the greater the likelihood of you enjoying a relatively risk-free treatment for your menopause. There is also no evidence to suggest that there is an increased risk of blood clotting from HRT patches or gels.
There are many ways of treatment in the HRT regimen and that’s why it is always important that you keep an open and honest dialogue with your healthcare provider and with our expert team here.
The benefits of using HRT that is property prescribed and administered far outweigh the potential risks and when this is well-managed, these risks become even less of a threat.
There is no better alternative to HRT for the treatment of menopausal symptoms.