For decades, doctors prescribed hormone replacement therapy for managing menopause, reducing the risk of heart disease and for osteoporosis. Today, the treatment can also be used to manage other conditions such as obesity and weight loss. Despite the positive contributions, most women are still skeptical about it. Medical Transformation Center is here to help you if you are considering a hormone assessment and/or hormone replacement therapy.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
It refers to medications that contain hormones and are used to replace the ones lost in the body due to age or other conditions. Hormone replacement therapy has been used to reduce bone fracture and even prevent bone loss in women. The most common hormones that need a replacement include estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, thyroid, and more.
Why is It Important to Replace Hormones?
Hormones play significant roles in the body. For example, estrogen and progesterone are necessary to thicken the uterus lining to prepare the egg for implantation. This is important for women who may have had surgical menopause.
In addition, estrogen in conjunction with progesterone also helps the body to manage calcium (a mineral necessary for strong and healthy bones), keep the vagina healthy and manage cholesterol levels. The levels of estrogen and progesterone drop naturally as menopause starts. That can lead to symptoms such as mood changes, hot flashes, sleep difficulties, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse. Hormone replacement therapy can, therefore, help you manage these symptoms by replenishing the lost hormones.
Getting the Right Treatment
Although there are many benefits of the therapy, it is important to get examined by a qualified professional before beginning the treatment. When looking for a doctor or a clinic, insist on the medical specialists at our office who practice functional medicine because we look at your health holistically.
Symptoms of menopause can vary widely and can be caused by other factors, and functional medicine offers you a better chance at considering all of these factors before getting any treatment. That way, you can be sure you’re getting the right treatment from a qualified specialist who understands your problems. For example, a great medical specialist will know when to administer estrogen therapy alone and when to combine it with other treatments.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Apart from helping you manage menopausal symptoms, hormone therapy can also:
• Boost your confidence by reducing the effects of early aging
• Prevent the body from severe conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis
• Improve your quality of life as you become more active, slim, and appear younger