Hormone Replacement Therapy is was designed with women in mind. Hormonal complications related to reproductive organs in women will cause a variety of symptoms, some of them severe. There is a long list of potential problems related to menopause, for the uneducated public they may not seem related to the post-reproductive life cycle.
Some of the menopause symptoms include:
- migraines, hot flashes, rapid heartbeat, cardiovascular complications
- vaginal dryness, itching, bleeding, unusual discharges, urinary complications, painful intercourse
- muscle pain, joint pain, back pains, thinning of bone structure
- skin related issues, dry, itchy, burning, general thinning of the skin, swelling, tenderness
- mental symptoms: depression, fatigue, tiredness, moodiness, irritability, sleeping disorders
This is just a short list of potential problems. Each woman can go through menopause with a different set of issues, no case is the same. There is a lot of medications and advice on how to deal with the symptoms, there are not many therapies designed to work with the source of the problem.
Hormone Replacement Therapy restores the balance in an endocrine system by replenishing missing hormones. Many symptoms stop altogether, others get suppressed enough to allow women to get back on track with their lives. Certain women require hormonal therapy early before the menopause starts, this can be related to problems with ovaries producing vital hormones.
Who can qualify for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Like any therapy, this one requires careful attention of qualified and experienced professional. Many tests are needed to establish levels of hormones, and the doctor needs to have a full list of symptoms to precisely determine which ones are related to the hormonal deficiency.
Medical history of the patient helps with creating a clear picture as well as the family history. Genetically related issues often can give important clues to the doctor before he or she will prepare therapy action plan for the specific patient.
Every dose of medication needs to be precise as an overdose can cause other issues. Patients are often monitored during the therapy to keep track of the progress and to adjust the medication based on results. The natural monthly reproductive cycle is often taken into account to mimic hormone peaks occurring in healthy women.
BHRT receives praises from patients. Even severe complications can disappear, but the effect will be different for each patient. An individual approach is behind the success of this therapy. Modern medicine got to the conclusion that one-size-fits-all doses of medications may actually hurt the patient instead of helping them.
Is BHRT safe?
As in every hormone therapy there is a certain risk involved in BHRT. The main problem is the amount of medication a patient takes. It has to be precise as the endocrine balance is a delicate one. Prolonged overdose can increase risk of cancer and cardiovascular complications. Make sure your doctor has proper qualifications and knowledge of latest developments in the field of hormone therapy.
BHRT and weight loss
Very often women will gain substantial weight during menopause, this fat can be hard to get rid of when hormones destabilize metabolism. BHRT can help! On the other side there are women who experience opposite effects. Thyroid may be the main cause of the problem but overall hormonal imbalance may emphasize the problem.
Smoking and drinking during Hormone Therapy
Hormonal therapy often requires a change in a lifestyle. Smoking and drinking generally have negative impact on any therapy, no difference here. As the hormones travel through bloodstream the alcohol can affect the way the medicine gets distributed. Smoking decreases levels of oxygen in the blood which affects many other hormone-related areas.
Nutrition and Supplements
Proper diet is a base of every successful therapy. Constant supply of vital minerals helps restore functionality to affected internal organs. Good diet and fitness plan will speed up the recovery and create healthy habits for the future. It is easier them many women think, as always the first step is the most difficult one. Your doctor should provide guidance as to what needs to be changed in order to help the recovery.