MHMs Menopause Blog

Estrogen Replacement Therapy

February 4, 2016

Estrogen replacement therapy or combined hormone replacement therapy may or may not be for you. In 2002, the now infamous findings of the Women’s Health Initiative Study sent medical professionals into a complete spin, abandoning HRT and advising their patients to do the same for fear of putting them at risk of serious medical conditions.

Times are changing and the general consensus now seems to be the lowest dose over a shorter period of time. Hormone replacement therapy will remain a conundrum for many years to come as the medical profession continue to have different opinions about the benefits versus associated risks. Therefore, if you are thinking of going down this path make sure you do your research and consult with a medical professional.

Once we reach actual menopause (12 consecutive months without a period) estrogen production significantly decreases which is the cause of many menopause symptoms such as memory problems, loss of libido, hot flashes and night sweats, vaginal dryness and insomnia.

Personally, I have taken estrogen replacement therapy twice, the first time for about one month and the second time for around 18 months. Estrogen replacement therapy was the only hormone therapy option for me having undergone a hysterectomy. On both occasions my menopause symptoms, specifically, night sweats, vaginal dryness, insomnia and general forgetfulness were much improved (in fact they disappeared completely) and I felt fantastic! Unfortunately, the first time I took estrogen replacement I became allergic to it and the second time it began to increase my blood pressure so I was taken off it immediately and my blood pressure went back to normal.  I believe that estrogen replacement therapy can now be prescribed for women with high blood pressure as long as they are taking the appropriate medication.  One specific thing that I noticed when taking estrogen replacement was that I had less belly fat, unfortunately, that is not the case now despite keeping a close eye (most of the time!) on my diet and exercising.

Benefits of Estrogen Replacement Therapy Include:

  • Stronger bones
  • Relief from hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal lubrication
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Relief from muscle/joint aches and pains
  • Urinary frequency relief
  • Improved memory and cognitive functions
  • Some women experience less belly fat
  • Improved mood

Risks Associated with Estrogen Replacement Therapy Include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Heart attacks/stroke
  • Blood clots

Women with a uterus who take estrogen also need the hormone progestin to prevent stimulation and thickening of the uterus lining.

Systematic HRT can be administered in a variety of ways including, tablets, implants, patches, creams and gels. According to the Mayo Clinic systematic HRT remains the most effective treatment for relief of troublesome hot flashes and night sweats.

Low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen in the form of gels, tablets or rings can effectively treat vaginal symptoms and some urinary symptoms, while minimizing absorption into the body.

All hormone replacement therapy given to women that have had a hysterectomy is estrogen, although some women also receive additional treatment to replace testosterone.

Obviously not everyone can take estrogen replacement therapy and the potential risks versus benefits have to be fully discussed with your healthcare professional or an expert in the field of hormone replacement.

National HRT is a medical clinic providing hormone replacement therapy to both men and women throughout the US. The doctor and medical advisors at National HRT offer guidance, support, blood analysis/testing and affordable treatment options for women in need of hormone replacement therapy. National HRT also offers progesterone and testosterone therapy, you can call and speak with a clinical advisor at no cost.

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Post Last Updated on April 10, 2017