Hormone Replacement

During menopause, some women get uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness. The most effective treatment for menopause symptoms for most women is hormone replacement therapy. This involves replacing the hormones progestin and estrogen (in combination or estrogen alone) through a pill, gel, cream, skin patch, or pellet form.

Signs that you need hormone replacement therapy

Symptoms of menopause can affect your quality of life, which makes hormone replacement therapy a significant benefit for most women who:

· Experience hot flashes or other symptoms of menopause

· Lost bone mass and are not benefitting from other treatments

· Experience premature menopause (periods stop before age 40) or lost regular ovary function

Symptoms of menopause

During menopause, your body’s reproductive hormone production fluctuates and declines — which causes symptoms that affect each woman differently. Some symptoms occur during perimenopause — a period before menopause when your body begins slowing its estrogen production. Common menopause symptoms include:

· Dry skin

· Hot flashes

· Irregular periods

· Loss of breast fullness

· Mood changes

· Night sweats

· Sleep problems

· Slowed metabolism

· Thinning hair

· Vaginal dryness

· Weight gain