For many women in Lafayette, hormone replacement therapy offers a way to maintain wellness through menopause, yet it is not without its risks. At Nouriche, we want you to clearly understand all of your options.
Hormone replacement therapy supplements the body with either estrogen alone or a combination of estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen and progesterone are hormones that the ovaries produce. During menopause, however, the body does not produce adequate amounts of these hormones. When estrogen levels fluctuate or lower, symptoms like hot flashes can arise. Women who still have their uteruses must take a combination of estrogen and progesterone because taking estrogen alone could increase their risk of developing endometrial cancer.
Progesterone makes the endometrium shed each month and thus reduces the risk of endometrial cancer.
Hormone replacement therapy can be prescribed as a pill, patch, or cream. Hormone replacement therapy was widely prescribed in the past, but in 2002, after a large clinical trial revealed that it posed more health risks than benefits, doctors began to prescribe it less often and many women who were undergoing the therapy decided to discontinue it. Nevertheless, hormone replacement therapy remains the most effective treatment for the symptoms associated with menopause. To weigh the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy and determine if it’s right for you, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Contact us today to learn more about Lafayette hormone replacement therapy and how it may be able to an help you.