HRT is a form of therapy which is used to treat menopausal symptoms. It is also used by trans women and non-binary people who want to slow down the process of their physical transitions. HRT therapy is used to stop or reverse the symptoms of conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
In this post, we will be discussing the various benefits of HRT therapy.
Benefits of HRT Therapy
HRT reduces the risk of heart disease for post-menopausal women
It is known that the risk of heart attack and stroke (CVD) increases ten times for post-menopausal women. CVD causes more deaths than any other diseases in Western countries.
HRT therapy evens out a woman’s hormone levels, by replacing lost estrogen and progesterone. This effectively stabilizes blood vessels, reduces inflammation and lowers blood cholesterol levels. The risk of CVD is reduced and heart attack becomes a rare occurrence.
HRT protects bone structure and prevents osteoporosis
Post-menopausal women have an increased risk of vertebral fractures and hip fractures due to the weakening of their bones (osteoporosis). This condition can lead to death when the spine is fractured. Osteoporosis is also a reason why elderly people (who are prone to falling) are more likely to die from injuries.
Stimulating the production of female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) prevents or reduces osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. The therapy also helps to maintain bone mass, even when estrogen and progesterone are no longer produced. This is achieved with the use of oestrogen supplements such as Premarin or Provera.
HRT reduces risks of diabetes in post-menopausal women
Post-menopausal women are at higher risk of developing type-II diabetes. Exacerbating this condition is the fact that most patients don’t realize that they have it until their blood tests show that their blood glucose levels are high.
HRT therapy will help to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by balancing the levels of female hormones in your body. It will also reduce weight gain which is common with this form of treatment.
HRT increases libido and sexual activity
Studies show that post-menopausal women have less sex, or no sex at all, because they are past their menopause stage. Female hormone therapy effectively reverses these symptoms by increasing the level of female hormones in the body. This results in increased sexual desire for both post-menopausal women and menopausal trans women (male-to-female transgender persons).
HRT decreases the odds of developing cancer
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is expensive and is only prescribed by doctors. However, the association between taking hormone pills and a reduced risk of breast cancer is well documented. The pharmaceutical companies who manufacture hormones want this proof to be recognized so they will continue to invest in research and conduct clinical trials on new drugs.
HRT reduces chances of heart attack and stroke
Post-menopausal women have a higher chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke. These conditions have more severe effects on people who are older than 65 years old, and many people don’t know that they have them until it’s too late. This is because the risk factors involved which include age, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes are often overlooked in younger adults.
The use of female hormone therapy will reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke to a considerable degree. The reduction in the risk is a result of the decrease in blood cholesterol, inflammation and stabilizing blood vessels.
HRT relieves menopausal symptoms
By using hormone replacement therapy, post-menopausal women can reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and depression. HRT works to reduce the symptoms of these conditions by increasing the levels of female hormones in the body.
HRT provides emotional relief
In addition to these physical benefits, post-menopausal women also find relief from their menopausal symptoms. These conditions can be very distressing for a person at any age and especially for someone who is approaching a major life event such as retirement or widowhood. This is because of the emotional impact that they have on them and those around them.
In conclusion, hormone replacement therapy can be seen as very beneficial in the treatment of patients who have post-menopausal symptoms. Due to the physical, emotional and psychological improvement that it provides for these individuals, hormone replacement therapy is a worthwhile treatment option for both menopausal women and trans women (male-to-female transgender persons). If you want to get hormone replacement therapy, reach out to us today at 205-352-9141.