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Menopause is defined as the point when a woman’s menstrual cycles permanently cease. The average age for women to hit menopause in the U.S. is 51 years old, but some women begin experiencing menopause-like symptoms in their 40s during a transitional period called perimenopause.
During perimenopause and menopause, a woman may experience many symptoms brought on by the changing levels of hormones––mainly the decrease of estrogen and progestogen––produced by the ovaries. During this time, the decline in reproductive hormones can cause hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, insomnia, fatigue and vaginal dryness, among other unpleasant symptoms. Doctors may recommend hormone replacement therapy for healthy women struggling with these symptoms.
Estrogen-only therapy can be prescribed for women without a uterus due to a hysterectomy, while estrogen plus progestogen therapy can be prescribed for women with a uterus.
Doctors most often prescribe a low dose of estrogen to be taken as a pill or patch every day, but it can also be prescribed as a cream, vaginal ring, gel or spray, among others. Hormone replacement therapy should be used at the lowest dose that helps and for the shortest time.
As with any medication, there are benefits and risks to consider.
What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
What are the risks of using hormones?
Risks associated with hormone replacement therapy depend on a multitude of factors, including the type of hormone therapy, the dose and the length of treatment.
Hormone replacement therapy is not suitable for all women, and you should discus the pros and cons with your doctor. If menopause symptoms are affecting your daily life, your doctor can recommend lifestyle changes or prescribe other medications that may help you find relief.
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