Menopause is a natural part of life that every woman goes through in their lifetime, but with this natural phenomenon comes many unwanted side effects. In fact, the hormonal side effects of menopause are often too much to handle for many women. Thankfully, hormone replacement therapy, which works to ease the side effects associated with the hormonal imbalance caused by menopause, can help.
At Primary Care El Paso, we offer hormone replacement therapy (HRT) services that can help women counteract the side effects of going through menopause and being perimenopausal. HRT is safe and effective, which are two of the many reasons why we specialize in it.
What Happens During Menopause?
Menopause, unfortunately, is unavoidable. During menopause, a woman’s body essentially becomes no longer fertile. The ovaries stop releasing an egg each month and at this point, women stop menstruating. Menopause refers to the changes caused by the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle. Some things you may experience include:
- Hot flashes
- Hair loss
- Unwanted hair growth caused by a decrease in estrogen
- Lack of a sex drive or painful sex
- Increased aches and pains
- Mood Swings
- Increased issues with bladder control
- Racing heart
Women may experience all or none of these issues during menopause. Every woman is different, so what they may or may not go through will depend on their own biology. If you have found yourself dealing with these issues as a result of menopause, hormone replacement therapy may be able to help you.
Why Do Women Go Through Menopause?
Women go through menopause as a result of their reproductive cycles ending. The body reduces the amount of estrogen and progesterone that is produced, which is why many of these issues take place. An imbalance of hormones can cause you to experience these issues and more. That is why one of the ways we help women feel better is through HRT.
How Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Help?
Hormone replacement therapy works by essentially restoring the balance of estrogen and progesterone in women. HRT is safe and effective at regulating hormonal imbalances in women who are perimenopausal, currently experiencing menopause, or are post-menopausal but still have many of the same symptoms as women who are going through menopause. Speaking with a qualified and caring doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing from menopause and the options you have is a good place to start.
At Primary Care El Paso, we care about every woman who walks through our doors and have the education needed to perform HRT.
Process and Types of HRT
HRT is usually administered via pills. Your doctor will prescribe the pills to you based on your needs and will instruct you on how often you should take these pills. For certain types of HRT, you may receive creams, a ring, or tablets rather than or in addition to the pills. The type of HRT you are prescribed will depend on what you need it for and your medical history. Types include:
- Estrogen-only HRT
- Continuous HRT
- Long-cycle HRT
- Cyclical HRT
The type of HRT you are given will depend on where you are at in the menopause cycle, whether you’re perimenopausal, menopausal, or postmenopausal.
Who Is Not Eligible for HRT?
Women who suffer from blood clots (thrombosis), high blood pressure (hypertension), or breast, ovarian, or endometrial cancer should not use it. Discussing HRT with your doctor is the first step in knowing whether it’s right for you.
Contact Us Today!
If you’re dealing with symptoms caused by menopause and want help, Primary Care El Paso is here for you. Call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!