Hormone replacement therapy, commonly called premenopausal hormone treatment or postmenopausal hormone treatment, is a medical form of therapy used to combat symptoms related to female menopause, the natural occurrence of which occurs prior to the age of fifty. In this procedure, synthetic or bio-identical hormones are introduced into the body, typically in the form of estrogen and/or progesterone cream, suppositories, vaginal suppositories, transdermal patches and oral pills. Hormone therapy helps women cope with the physical and psychological effects that the onset of menopause brings, including hot flashes, depression, moodiness, irregular menstrual cycles, increased tension and anxiety, dry skin, and insomnia. While these can be symptoms of other conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy is often recommended by physicians to patients suffering from menopause to relieve their symptoms.Learn more about us at Miami Hormone Replacement Therapy
In addition to hormonal replacement therapy, women can take other measures to relieve symptoms of menopause, including relaxation techniques, stress management techniques, sleep hygiene and dietary changes. Hormone therapy and menopause do go hand in hand, however, because some women may also benefit from counseling and behavioral modifications, as well. Women who are struggling with depression, anxiety or stress because of their menopause can benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, which teaches them how to cope with stress. Some physicians also recommend a course of anti-depressants to help women suffering from depression during menopause, but the side effects of medication for depression can actually make menopause itself worse, so this is not recommended.
Menopause is just one of the symptoms that can cause cancer, and it is especially important to monitor the health of a woman’s breasts, because these are the most affected areas. The two types of estrogen in breast milk – estrogen alone and progesterone – are essential for the growth of the breasts, but when these hormones decrease during menopause, the production of milk also decreases. When this occurs, there is no substitute for breastfeeding to provide essential nutrients to a nursing infant. Breastfeeding is also important because it provides comfort and warmth to a mother and also helps her bond with her baby. If there are any signs of cancer in the breast, a woman should notify her doctor, so that he can perform tests to determine whether hormones in the breast are responsible for the cancer.