Menopause is a naturally occurring phenomenon among women, associated with some problems occurs due to hormonal changes at a particular stage. The most commonly seen problem is of hot flushes. Experts say that hormone replacement therapy along with estrogen if used for short time period has much positive impacts in treating these problems. Low doses of estrogen if used for short term periods are safe and effective to treat hot flushes.
Hormone replacement therapy is considered more appropriate option for menopausal women who have severe problems of hot flashes and night sweats, according to Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Testosterone is a significant male hormone in men whose levels if reduces result in many problems in the body. Hormone replacement therapy has been in use since 2002. It was found in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) trial that estrogen-plus-progestin arm is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, breast cancer, strokes, and blood clots.
On further analysis, it was found that estrogen-only arm showed positive results in younger postmenopausal women without any significant risks. After these results, it was concluded jointly by the International Menopause Society and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine that estrogen supplementation in low doses is effective for short time period as it overcomes the symptoms of menopause.
According to the experts, hormone replacement therapy is more effective for old women in relieving symptoms of menopause and gives best outcomes in the treatment of hot flushes and night sweats. Only three month treatment is enough to overcome the symptoms of menopause among them. It showed great improvement in menopausal symptoms along with improved quality of life.
Experts say that women who do not have symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats or other menopausal symptoms and women having history of hormone-sensitive cancers such as endometrial or breast cancer or a history of heart attack, stroke or blood clots in their legs, heart or lungs should not used hormone replacement therapy. In such cases, you can use serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Celexa, Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.
Research suggests that estrogen use is safe and effective for menopausal symptoms. If you have such problems in the family history, you can use these treatments for positive results.