Anti aging guide

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause



Treating menopause which affects women in old age with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

HRT with oestrogen and progesterone aims to replace the hormones which are lacking at the menopause. It can be taken in the form of tablets, skin patches, creams or implants. The risk of cancer of the breast or of the womb is very small indeed and the benefits outweigh the risks.

The treatment needs to be taken for at least five years for the full benefits and it should be continued for 10 years and over. The protective effect wanes after stopping HRT and returns to zero after five years of stopping it.

Regular checkups with the doctor will help minimize the risks. Not all women can go on HRT and the doctor will be able to give advise on this. HRT is given not only for the prevention of osteoporosis or to treat the hot flushes, dry vagina and other troublesome symptoms of the menopause, but also to protect against heart disease, dementia and skin aging.

The majority of women who go on HRT stop taking it after a year. Reasons for this include fear of side effects, abnormal periods or putting on extra weight. Many prefer to take HRT which doesn’t cause monthly bleeding and there are such products on the market.

Common side effects of HRT are:

  • headaches
  • excessive vaginal bleeding
  • weight gain
  • breast tenderness
  • abdominal problems, nausea and indigestion
  • skin rash or leg cramps
Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 24, 2012 at 8:32 am