HRT: The Hormone Break Down
What is HRT? HRT is a uniquely tailored treatment program that is delivered to women whose estrogen and progesterone levels drop significantly because of the menopause. Said simply, many women suffer from the side effects of having their estrogen and progesterone hormones lowered during menopause or through a variety of other conditions.
HRT is the artificial compensation for lowered estrogen and progesterone hormone levels. To understand how HRT works, lets break it down to the functions of the individual hormones involved.
Estrogen is hormone that stimulates the release of eggs, which naturally ceases as soon as a woman goes through menopause. In addition to this primary function, estrogen helps maintain good bone density and regulating skin temperature.
Some symptoms that may reflect a dip in estrogen levels include:
- Vaginal dryness
- Concentration and memory difficulties
- Hot flashes
- Thinning hair
- Sleep problems
- Night sweats
- Urinary problems
- Breasts get smaller
- Lower fertility
- Irregular periods
- Accumulation of fat in the abdomen
Progesterone’s main function is to prepare the woman’s womb for possible pregnancies.
According to the patient counselors at Total Med Solutions, lower progesterone levels do not really cause the woman any immediate discomfort.
Given the exception of women who have had a hysterectomy, patients at Total Med Solutions who are taking HRT for menopausal reasons are given combination of both of these hormones.
What is HRT: A Summary
Put simply, HRT helps patients improve the quality of their lives by controling the symptoms of menopause. It is important to know that HRT is not a long-term therapy – in order for the benefits to outweigh the known risks, patients can start HRT as soon as their menopausal symptoms begin to show (normally around 52 years of age) and should not undergo HRT treatment for longer than five years.