Your body’s hormone levels go through significant changes during the menopause transition, and resulting hormonal imbalances can create uncomfortable physical symptoms and mood swings. Fortunately, hormone therapy (HT) enables menopausal women to substitute for the hormones that are reduced during this transition to relieve symptoms and achieve long-term health advantages. Our physicians will talk with you about the risks and benefits of hormone therapy to help you find the options that best fit your individual body and lifestyle.
In recent years, the media has spotlighted menopause and HT helping to increase general awareness, but it is still important to filter the available information in the context of scientific-based research and peer-reviewed evidence from medical professionals.
- The term “hormone therapy” covers both traditional hormone therapy (HRT) and natural (bioidentical) hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), as well as estrogen and combined estrogen/progesterone treatment.
- BHRT makes use of hormones that are identical to human hormones, and HRT makes use of synthetic hormones that have a slight physical variation to bioidentical hormones, but serve the similar purpose of replacing hormones lost during menopause.
- Nearly all modern hormone medications are derived from the same plant sources.
Your physician at NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center will personalize your HT treatment after accounting for various health benefits and risks based on your symptoms and lifestyle. Not all women will be candidates for HT, and medications and other health factors can affect eligibility.
Learn more about hormone therapy from National Institutes of Health.