House Call: Is hormone therapy right for you?

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Hormone therapy has been a somewhat controversial topic of debate since the release of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2002 revealing some negative outcomes in women on hormone therapy.

However, there has since been tremendous research toward finding the appropriate indications for someone to start therapy. 

This research has helped physicians determine better candidacy for hormone therapy and proper duration of treatments.

For women who are proper candidates for hormone therapy, clinical support has shown that ninety percent of the time, this treatment can eradicate menopausal symptoms such as severe hot flashes and night sweats, vaginal dryness and help to prevent osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related fractures. 

The use of bio-identical hormones has also greatly advanced this therapy for women, which are chemically identical to the natural hormones our body produces. Hormone therapy can be an option for regaining quality of life for women experiencing severe menopausal symptoms. 

Risks associated with hormone therapy, such as slight increased risk of cardiovascular conditions, can be reduced by starting therapy as close to onset of symptoms as possible with the smallest dose for the shortest duration of time. 

Individuals considering hormone therapy should consult with a medical professional, such as a Certified Menopause Practitioner, to start on a proper treatment plan individualized to their needs. 

The Women’s Health Network located at Cone Health MedCenter High Point has a Certified Menopause Practitioner dedicated to educating women about menopause and providing exceptional treatment for women experiencing the symptoms and body changes often associated with menopause.