Menopause Hormone Therapy
Some women can use menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) to help control the symptoms of menopause. The process of MHT, which used to be called hormone replacement therapy (HRT), involves taking the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
MHT can produce positive results with moderate to severe symptoms of the menopausal transition and preventing bone loss. As a leading compounding pharmacy of New York, Town Total Compounding Center is a hormone replacement specialist and customizes each compound to fit your needs, according to your prescriber's prescription.
MHT helps with menopause by:
- Reducing hot flashes, night sweats, and related problems such as poor sleep and irritability
- Treating vaginal symptoms, such as dryness and discomfort, and related effects, such as pain during intercourse
- Slowing bone loss
- Helping with hair loss
- Possibly easing mood swings and mild depressive symptoms (MHT is not an antidepressant medication — talk to your doctor if you are having signs of depression.)
It is important for women to research the risks and benefits of MHT. For example, a recent study suggests that a low-dose, patch form of MHT may not have the stroke risks that other forms have. The positives and negatives of MHT should be weighed with your medical history and age in mind. It is possible, also, that you may have symptoms when you stop MHT. It is important to discuss MHT with your physician.
Keep in mind when considering MHT that:
- Once a woman reaches menopause, MHT may be recommended only as a short-term treatment.
- Doctors very rarely recommend MHT to prevent certain chronic diseases like osteoporosis.
- Women who have gone through menopause should not take MHT to prevent heart disease.
- MHT should not be used to prevent memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease.
MHT can cause side effects. Call your doctor if you develop any of these problems:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Breast tenderness or swelling
- Mood changes