As I go through the ever changing cycle of menopause, I often wonder how many women are choosing hormone replacement therapy. My views on this topic are open and completely bias. I haven't made any attempt to mange the on going symptoms of aging and the fun side effects of hormone depletion. Like a lot of women I'm managing to best of my ability. If I had to compare myself to friends who are also going through changes I would say I'm fortunate. So many of them are really riding the struggle bus. It's crazy how different it effects everyone.
For me, its mostly night sweats, brain fog, low energy, mood swings, and weight gain...LOL
However, I see these symptoms escalated in many women. The problem is, the symptoms of menopause can go on for years, and continue to get worse.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment that involves taking medications containing hormones to replace those that the body is no longer producing naturally. It is most commonly used to relieve symptoms of menopause in women, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
During menopause, a woman's ovaries stop producing eggs and the levels of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone decrease. HRT replaces these hormones in the body, which can help to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
HRT can be taken in various forms, including pills, skin patches, gels, creams, and vaginal rings. The specific type of HRT and the dose a woman takes will depend on her individual needs and health status.
It's important to note that HRT is not appropriate for all women, and the decision to use it should be made after a thorough discussion with a healthcare provider. There are also potential risks and side effects associated with HRT, including an increased risk of certain types of cancer, blood clots, and heart disease, among others. There are however alternative natural treatments as well.
Phytoestrogens - These are plant-based compounds that are similar to the hormone estrogen and may help to relieve menopausal symptoms. They can be found in foods such as soybeans, lentils, and flaxseed.
Herbal remedies - Some herbs, such as black cohosh, red clover, and Dong quai, are thought to have estrogen-like effects and may help to relieve menopausal symptoms.
Exercise and diet - Regular exercise and a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help to reduce symptoms of menopause, improve mood, and promote overall health.
Mind-body practices - Meditation, yoga, and other mind-body practices can help to relieve stress and improve mood, which can in turn help to manage symptoms of menopause.
It's important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any alternative treatments, as some remedies can interact with other medications or have potential side effects. Additionally, alternative treatments may not be as effective as HRT in managing severe symptoms of menopause.
What are your thoughts on HRT?