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What is the Safest Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

To determine the safest hormone replacement therapy (HRT) treatment for you, you will have to consult a physician and get lab work done to test your blood.

Various HRT treatments can have major side effects on people with certain health conditions and of a certain age. For example, women who have not had hysterectomies (a procedure done to remove the uterus) may be advised to avoid taking estrogen-only HRT medications, as these can increase the risk of endometrial cancer in women who still have their uterus.

Alternative treatments, such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), can help women alleviate menopausal symptoms. People with cancer have also used BHRT to boost their wellness and overall quality of life, according to Healthline. However, BHRT may still have the same side effects as traditional HRT treatments.

Ultimately, you will need to refer to a medical professional and fulfill diagnostic tests before deciding which HRT treatment is appropriate for your health needs.

HRT Can Have Serious Side Effects and Should Be Monitored by a Doctor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists the common side effects experienced by people who take HRT medications. You may want to ask your physician if HRT is safe for you to take or whether it might be better to take alternative medicines if you have a history of any of the following health risks:

  • Blood clotting

  • Heart disease, heart attack, or stroke

  • Liver disease

  • Cancer

  • Allergies to hormone medicines

  • Bleeding disorders

  • Problems with vaginal bleeding

Women who have not removed their uterus via a hysterectomy are also advised to refrain from taking estrogen-only medications, as the estrogen may encourage the development of endometrial cancer. Instead, they may be advised to take progesterone medications.

Those interested in taking BHRT should understand that custom-compounded bioidentical hormones have not been approved by the FDA. Furthermore, the side effects of BHRT have shown to be similar to traditional HRT medicines, so you may want to consult your physician to see if this treatment is right for you.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Alleviate Menopausal Symptoms

HRT is a female hormone therapy used to alleviate menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and bone loss. There are different types of HRT treatments based on a woman’s age, health condition, and whether she still has her uterus intact.

Women can start HRT treatment if they have early or premature menopausal symptoms, though many women use HRT to regulate their menopausal symptoms and prevent certain conditions from worsening, such as osteoporosis (a disease that leads to bone loss).

Before taking HRT, patients should consult their physician about their medical history and the medicine they are about to take, as many forms of HRT can have harmful side effects in people with serious or chronic health conditions.

Alternatively, interested parties may look into bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which uses manufactured hormones made from plant estrogens. These hormones are made to be chemically identical to the patient’s body and thus serve as a hormonal replacement. These medicines can also come in similar forms as traditional HRT and may be taken as oral pills, transdermal patches, genital creams and gels, and injections.

Let a Physician at Anti-Aging and Regenerative Associates Monitor Your HRT Treatment Plan

Are you interested in hormone replacement therapy? If so, call Anti-Aging and Regenerative Associates at (386) 366-7418 to schedule an appointment at our facility. We serve clients in Port Orange and the Daytona Beach area and hope to see you at our facility soon.

During your appointment, you can ask more questions about what the safest hormone replacement therapy is for your health condition. If you are making your first visit to our clinic, we can conduct a physical exam and do lab work to determine your current health needs.

We can also discuss other wellness options you might be interested in, such as nutrition and diet plans, IV infusion therapy, or rejuvenation therapies.

Call now to schedule an appointment.

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