Understanding hormones

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Hormones are essential to the body’s healthy functioning. They move between organs and cells, transferring messages and ensuring the regulation of key functions. Some hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, fulfill vital roles related to menstruation and pregnancy.

Menopause indicates the end of the reproductive years.Changes in hormone levels can seriously affect female health, especially during and after menopause. Menopause indicates the end of the reproductive years. During this time, the female body undergoes significant changes, and the ovaries shut down permanently. These changes prompt fluctuations in hormone levels, which can result in a series of unpleasant symptoms.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is just one way of treating these symptoms.

The following information will help women get familiar with HRT, the different types women can use, the side effects it is said to have in menopausal women, and alternative options that exist.

About HRT

Hormone replacement therapy introduces outside hormones into the body. It addresses natural hormone deficiency and provides relief from problematic menopausal symptoms.

HRT is available in a variety of forms.There are various types of HRT: Combined HRT, Continuous Combined HRT, Natural HRT and Synthetic HRT. Each type poses risks and side effects. Bear in mind that HRT has been linked to increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and other serious conditions.

Hormone replacement therapy is available the following forms: creams, pills, drops, pellets, patches, gels, nasal sprays, implants, pessaries, and vaginal rings.

Click on the following link to learn more about hormone replacement therapy or keep reading to find out about the most common hormones used in replacement therapy.

HRT: Is it Worth the Risk

Menopausal symptoms are caused by the fluctuating levels of hormones. Substituting synthetic hormones for natural ones, as in HRT, has many risks and can have a range of side effects. Women should take HRT for no more than six months to prevent severe health risks.

Common Hormones for Replacement Therapy

Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are  common hormones for replacement therapy.Since they are the most important hormones present in women’s bodies, the three main hormones replaced during HRT are:

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone

Click on the following link to learn more common hormones for replacement therapy or keep reading to find out about estrogen hormone replacement therapy.

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Estrogen Replacement Therapy

Estrogen replacement therapy is the introduction of external estrogen into a woman’s body. HRT is normally given to women who have undergone a surgical procedure such as a hysterectomy.

Most of the time, estrogen is combined with progesterone to create a compound hormone replacement therapy. This combined form of the hormone is known as conjugated estrogen.

Estrogen replacement therapy side effects

Due to the fact that the majority of estrogen used in HRT is not generated by a woman’s own body, there are certain dangers and reactions that can occur. Estrogen excess caused by estrogen replacement therapy has been linked to increased risk of cancer and abnormal blood clotting.

Headaches are an estrogen replacement therapy side effect.Possible side effects of synthetic estrogen include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Cramping
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting

Click on the following link to learn more estrogen replacement therapy or keep reading to find out about progesterone replacement therapy.

How Does HRT Affect My Body?

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Progesterone Replacement Therapy

Women who are pregnant or going through perimenopause will experience fluctuating progesterone levels. HRT is a way of regulating progesterone levels in the body and boosting low levels by introducing external progesterone.

Progesterone replacement therapy side effects

Synthetic progesterone has been reported to raise the risk of developing blood clots, breast cancer, and suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Use of HRT increases risk of cancer, abnormal menstrual flow, depression, and fluid retention. Doctors are therefore more likely to prescribe natural progesterone.

There are also a range of side effects related to progesterone replacement therapy. Some of the milder side effects include:

  • Asthma is a side effect of progesterone replacement therapy.Headaches
  • Fluid retention
  • Weight gain
  • Skin spotting
  • Asthma

Click on the following link to learn more progesterone replacement therapy or keep reading to find out about testosterone replacement therapy.

The Benefits and Disadvantages of Synthetic Hormones

Synthetic hormones are hormones that are artificially created to help boost women's hormone levels. They can help overcome menopause symptoms and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and colon cancer. Disadvantages associated with receiving synthetic hormones include a larger chance of developing certain cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone is a sex hormone that boosts strength, appetite, general well-being, sex drive, and mental acuity. Like estrogen and progesterone, testosterone fluctuates in relation to other hormones.

When testosterone levels decrease, women may experience emotional changes, lethargy, and loss of libido. Many women turn to testosterone replacement therapy for treatment.

Doctors rarely prescribe stand-alone testosterone for women. Instead, they recommend a combination of all three hormones if testosterone levels are too low.

Testosterone replacement therapy side effects

As with estrogen  and progesterone replacement therapy, women undergoing synthetic testosterone  are prone to side effects. The following have all been linked to testosterone replacement therapy in women, particularly in postmenopause:

  • Testosterone replacement therapy increases “bad” cholesterol (LDL).Increase in “bad” cholesterol (LDL)
  • Decrease in “good” cholesterol (HDL)
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Fluid Retention

Click on the following link to learn more testosterone replacement therapy or keep reading to find out about hormone replacement therapy and menopause.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy and Menopause

HRT works by adding hormones to the body and boosting hormone levels. During menopause, hormone replacement therapy provides many benefits to women including:

  • Relief from hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, and loss of libido
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduced risk of bowel cancer

HRT estimate incidence of breast cancer.Despite HRT’s effective qualities, however, substituting synthetic hormones for natural ones can increase the risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, stroke, blood clots, deep venous thrombosis (DVT), gallstones, and endometrial cancer, especially if used for prolonged periods of time. Therefore, it is recommended that hormone replacement therapy be used for only a short time and at a low dosage. Common side effects of HRT include: headache, nausea, diarrhea, and irregular periods.

Click on the following link to learn more hormone replacement therapy and menopause or keep reading to find out about natural hormone replacement therapy.

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Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy

Progesterone difference in chemical structure.Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones that are plant-derived and equal in chemical structure and function to those produced naturally within the body. They differ from traditional HRT treatments in that bioidentical hormones are derived from plants as opposed to synthetic chemicals.

The scientific community has only recently begun to research the risks and side effects of bioidentical hormones. Currently, the stance of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is that bioidentical hormones have not been properly tested, and that studies concerning long-term use need to be conducted.

Click on the following link to learn more natural hormone replacement therapy or keep reading to find out about alternatives to hormone replacement therapy.

Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

Natural hormone replacement therapy introduces estrogen and progesterone into the body to stabilize hormone levels and eliminate menopausal symptoms. Biotherapies have become increasingly popular and involve scientists using a woman’s blood sample to locate the appropriate hormones and then growing additional hormones from a woman’s cells.

Alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy

Lifestyle changes

Employing stress-reduction techniques, a diet rich in estrogenic foods, and a more active lifestyle will have positive effects on hormonal balance.

Alternative medicine

Alternative medicines involve little to no risk and are the safest alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Herbal remedies and acupuncture are leading types of alternative medicine.

Alternative medicine like herbal is the  safest treatment to hormone replacement therapy.There are two types of herbs that can work as more natural forms of HRT: phytoestrogenic and hormone-regulating herbal supplements. Unlike phytoestrogenic supplements, hormone-regulating herbal  supplements don’t contain any estrogen. They stimulate natural hormone production by inducing the optimal functioning of the pituitary and endocrine glands. Thus, these supplemental herbs like Macafem are the safest and most natural way to treat hormonal imbalance.

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