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Ask The Doctor: Hormone therapy can help relieve menopause symptoms

Feb 25, 2015 11:38AM, Published by Community News Service, Categories: Community



Concerned about your health? Experts from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton are ready to answer readers’ questions. Send your questions to askthedoc@rwjuhh.edu.

Q. What is hormone therapy? And are there other ways to alleviate menopause symptoms besides that?

A. During menopause, women can experience a number of symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings and vaginal dryness. These symptoms can be severe at times and have a negative impact on one’s quality of life.

Hormone replacement therapy, sometimes known as “HRT,” refers to hormones like estrogen, progesterone and others that are taken regularly to stabilize and increase a menopausal woman’s hormone levels and help alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
There have been some negative effects associated with hormone replacement therapy, especially for women who take them for a long period of time. These may include an increased risk of breast cancer, stroke and blood clots.

If you are considering hormone replacement therapy, you should talk to your doctor to see if you are a good candidate and what method of hormone therapy (pills, patches, creams, etc.) makes the most sense for you.

If you don’t want to pursue hormone therapy, there are other things you can do to help curb menopause symptoms, such as getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet and not smoking.

–Dr. Christian Hoffman, FACOG, RWJ Ob Gyn, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton

This content is intended to encourage a healthy lifestyle. For medical advice and treatment, see a physician.


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