Hormone replacement therapy or HRT refers to the use of estrogen plus progestin for the treatment of perimenopausal symptoms.
What HRT does:
• Protects against endometrial cancer
• Helps hot flashes
• Mood swings
• Sleep problems
Hormone replacement therapy is just a way of life for millions of women. If you think that you may be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy or are experiencing menopause you should consult your health care professional for what treatment options are available to you and what will work for your specific needs and if estrogen therapy is for you.
Estrogen/Progestin Side Effects
• Irregular vaginal bleeding
• Vaginal discharge
• Fluid retention
• Weight gain
• Breast tenderness
• Spotting or darkening of the skin
• Mood changes
• Abdominal pain or bloating
• Dizziness or drowsiness
If you think that HRT is something that you need, talk with your health professional about your reasons for starting HRT. Are you taking it to help with perimenopausal symptoms or for long-term health reasons? If you and your healthcare professional decide that HRT is the best choice for you, plan to use the lowest possible effective dose, you can increase as necessary, but your healthcare provide will guide you in this process.
If you think that you may be experiencing menopause you should discuss this with your doctor and ask about hormone replacement therapy.