If you are experiencing uncomfortable changes and symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause, the team at Dr. Mark Scroggins OB GYN office in Bedford can help you with a variety of treatment options. Some women may experience physiologic discomforts of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances and mood changes. Preserving a woman’s quality of life is important, necessary and acheivable through hormone replacement therapy and similar supplements. Visit us today to discuss options and regain your life.
What are the benefits of hormone therapy?
Estrogen is used to treat the main symptom of menopause—hot flashes. It also relieves vaginal dryness and can help to relieve some changes that can cause problems in the urinary tract. Estrogen protects against bone loss. Hormone therapy slows bone loss after menopause and helps prevent osteoporosis. Estrogen also can help reduce the risk of colon cancer.
What are the risks of hormone therapy?
Like any treatment, hormone therapy is not free of risk. In women with a uterus, using estrogen alone can increase the risk of endometrial cancer because estrogen causes the lining of the uterus to grow. Taking a progestin along with estrogen will help reduce the risk of uterine problems. The drawback of using a progestin is that it seems to increase the risk of breast cancer. Also, menopausal women may start bleeding again, although bleeding may occur only for a short time.
What other therapies are available for menopause?
If a woman does not take hormone therapy, there are some other options for preventing bone loss, such as bisphosphonates or selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs). A medication called calcitonin slows bone loss. It can be given by injection or nasal spray. Bisphosphonates are used to increase bone density and reduce the risk of fractures. Parathyroid hormone also is used for this purpose.