What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is a method that may help reduce symptoms commonly associated with perimenopause and menopause. This treatment includes taking a hormone called estrogen, which may also be combined with progestin for some women.
How is hormone replacement taken?
There are a variety of forms in which hormone replacement can be administered into the bloodstream (systemic therapy), including:
- Skin patches
Additionally, “local” estrogen replacement may be an option depending on symptoms being experienced.
What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
Systemic estrogen therapy has been proven to be the optimal treatment for night sweats and hot flashes, with or without progestin. This type of therapy also helps protect against the bone loss associated with early menopause, and reduces chances of spine and hip fractures.
Combined estrogen and progestin hormone replacement may help reduce risk of colon cancer.
There are certain risks associated with hormone replacement, so be sure to discuss your options with your physician before beginning any type of treatment. Disclaimer: This information is not intended to take the place of the doctor-patient relationship and any email is not appropriate for emergency care. To schedule an appointment, please call your doctor's primary office, listed on our Locations page. In case of emergency, we are available 24 hours a day.