What is HRT?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment system that enriches the body with female hormones. Once a woman enters menopause, hormone levels fluctuate, leading to many health issues. HRT restores the body’s natural estrogen and progesterone levels. Restoring estrogen levels can help increase sex drive and lessen depression. HRT is given in pill, cream, and patch form. HRT can also be delivered via devices like vaginal rings.
What does menopause due to the sex organs?
Menopause affects the female’s reproductive organs in a variety of ways. Women with menopause may experience pain during sex or inability to reach orgasm. This is because fluctuating hormone levels can thin the vaginal walls and eliminate vaginal moisture. Coupled with low libido, sex can be an uncomfortable experience for someone with menopause.
Who can take HRT?
HRT is recommended for women within 10 years of menopause or by age 60. Typically, menopause symptoms start appearing around the late 40s and early 50s. A woman is diagnosed with menopause when menstruation stops for one full year. Women without a uterus, like patients that have undergone a hysterectomy, can take estrogen-only HRT. Women with a uterus should take a combination of estrogen and progesterone HRT.
Does HRT improve depression?
Mood swings, anxiety, irritability, lack of motivation and sad feelings can be significant side effects of menopause. HRT stabilizes the body’s hormone levels which aids in reducing depression symptoms. HRT will also increase the libido and sex can also help alleviate depression symptoms.
Should I talk to a doctor about HRT?
Only a doctor can prescribe FDA-approved forms of HRT. Patients interested in HRT should speak to a doctor. A specialist like a gynecologist can be beneficial during this time. Doctors can educate the patient about HRT and the symptoms of menopause. Doctors can also refer patients to specialists that deal with depression and sexual issues.