Hormone Replacement Therapy

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone Replacement Therapy is the process where a patient is artificially supplemented with deficient hormones after being tested for the lack of naturally occurring hormones. Hormonal imbalance in the body can be indicated by symptoms like hair loss, fatigue, low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depression or poor concentration. For women in their menopause stage, this treatment works wonders as their bodies are supplemented with estrogen and progesterone that keep their uterus and ovaries healthy. In the case of men, Androgen replacement treatment is done to delay the male aging process and consequently increase their sex drive.

Who are ideal candidates for Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Women undergoing peri-menopause and menopause stage, men undergoing male hypogonadism or men who may have lost testicular function due to chronic illnesses are ideal for this therapy. Also patients who have histories of breast cancer, blood clots, liver dysfunction or ovarian cancer can also benefit.

This treatment may be administered via

  • Oral tablets
  • A skin patch
  • Implanting the hormone tablets of under skin of thighs or buttocks or belly
  • Application of a gel that is instantly absorbed in to the skin

Benefits vs. Risks

When taken for a period of 5 years or less, this treatment substantially relieves some of the uncomfortable menopausal symptoms and improves the quality of life. If you plan to receive this treatment for longer periods of time then speak to your doctor regarding the risks it carries for you. Deciding to go for Hormone Replacement Therapy is a big decision and should be well discussed with your doctor before treatment initiation.

What are the side effects?

Some of the possible side effects include bloating, fluid retention, breast tenderness, indigestion and depression. In order to avoid any risks it is important to discuss with your care provider to collectively decide on the best way to have the hormone administered.

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