Hormone Therapy and You
The menopause typically happens in women around the age of 51 in the United States and marks the end of your reproductive years. It is when a woman naturally stops having menstrual periods.
In the years leading up to the menopause it is common for women to be considered as perimenopause. A period when there are gradual changes in hormones in your body such as estrogen which controls the menstrual cycle. These changing levels of hormones can bring on many symptoms which may include hot flashes and sleep changes. To manage these symptoms many women choose hormone therapy.
Menstrual Cycle Changes Observed
Women that are perimenopause will see a change in their menstrual cycle. Cycles may become longer or shorter, you may skip periods. You may notice an increase or decrease in the amount of flow. If you have noticed these changes you should report them to your health care provider.
Abnormal bleeding may indicate other problems. Please contact us immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Bleeding between periods
- Bleeding after sex
- Spotting during your menstrual cycle
- Bleeding that is heavier
- Bleeding that lasts more days than usual
- Any bleeding after menopause
To find out if Hormone Therapy is right for you, you should contact Thompson GYN and schedule an appointment.
Hormone Therapy Options
Hormone therapy often relieves the symptoms of both menopause and perimenopause. There are often side effects associated with these treatments so please consider all your options.
Typically, Hormone therapy means taking estrogen and, sometimes progestin. Taking progestin helps reduce the risk of cancer of the uterus that can occur when estrogen is used alone. If you do not have a uterus, then estrogen is given by itself.
Treatments are typically considered either "systemic" or "local". Systemic treatments involve releasing the hormones into your bloodstream where they travel to the locations they are needed. The estrogen can be delivered in the form of a pill, skin patch, gel or spray.
Local treatments involve a vaginal ring, tablet or cream. These treatments release small doses of hormones into the vaginal tissue.
There are side effects associated with Hormone therapy. To find out if Hormone Therapy is right for you, you should contact Thompson GYN and schedule an appointment.
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