How Long Can A Woman Stay on Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Are your days being plagued with hot flashes, mood swings, and memory problems? If you are a woman over a certain age and experiencing these symptoms, you may be going through the menopause. It is a normal part of life and marks the end of a woman’s child-bearing years.
The uncomfortable and often life-disrupting side effects of menopause are caused by hormonal changes in the body. During the menopause, the production of female sex hormones begins to drop, which causes many psyiological changes.Signs of Hormone Deficiency in Pre-Menopausal Women
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Acne breakouts
- Breast Tenderness
- Weight fluctuations
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Brain fog
- Lowered libido
- Vaginal dryness
One of the most common ways to treat menopausal symptoms is with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT uses synthetic versions of hormones that you lose when going through the menopause. By balancing your hormones, you can reduce the severity of your symptoms and maintain your pre-menopause health and energy levels.
The most popular forms of HRT are tablets and patches. Tablets are generally taken once per day while the patches are worn directly onto the skin. The patches will gradually release hormones into the body and need to be changed every few days.How Long Can I Take HRT?
Most women only take HRT while they experience menopausal symptoms. As each woman is different and symptoms will change over time, the HRT dosage may be adjusted or lowered.
There have been concerns about the long-term use of HRT making women more likely to develop breast cancer and heart disease. Studies in the 1990’s proposed that women who take HRT have increased risks for these conditions, but recent research has put those results into question.
It is now believed that when HRT is taken for the sole purpose of treating menopausal symptoms, the risks are not as drastic as previously thought. The risks are further reduced if HRT is taken as close as possible to the start of the menopause. If you and your GP decide that HRT will suit your individual needs, it is important to check in with them regularly.