Benefits of HRT Therapy

Relieving Symptoms of Menopause
The most immediate benefit of hormone replacement therapy is its ability to ease a woman’s symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. While HRT can improve a womans mood if she is mildly depressed, it can sometimes cause problems for women who are clinically depressed. If you’re concerned about your mood, talk to your health care provider.

Reducing Risk of Heart Disease
Many women don’t realize heart disease is the leading killer of women over age 55. Nearly half of all postmenopausal women develop coronary artery disease, and nearly one in four women die of it.

Research suggests estrogen can dramatically reduce a woman’s risk of dying from heart disease, particularly coronary artery disease. The Nurse’s Health Study, which included a 10-year study of women and heart disease, suggested that women who used estrogen therapy had a heart attack rate almost half that of women who don’t take HRT.

Further Nurses Health Study research showed that the addition of progestin — necessary for reducing the risk of endometrial cancer — did not reduce cardiovascular benefits of estrogen replacement therapy.

Reducing Risk of Osteoporosis
Hormone replacement therapy has significant benefits in reducing the rapid bone loss that accompanies menopause. HRT can help a woman reduce her risk for osteoporosis because estrogen stops bone loss and improves a womans ability to use and absorb calcium. HRT is most effective in combating osteoporosis if a woman starts therapy as soon as possible after menopause and continues long-term use of HRT.

Using HRT through a patch is as effective as HRT in pill form for stopping bone loss.

HRT and Alzheimers Disease

Research suggests HRT may improve memory and help other cognitive problems associated with Alzheimers disease. While its too early to conclude HRT can reduce the risk of Alzheimers disease, early research is promising.

A University of California study found that women who take estrogen are 40% less likely to develop Alzheimers disease. The study also suggested that women who take estrogen but still get Alzheimers do better on tests of attention.

May 30th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

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