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Throughout your life as a woman, the different states of hormonal changes that you go through can dictate the quality of life you and your family can live. Who you are, and how you feel and think, can be based around your hormonal state and it can affect the life of those in your family as well. The balance of your hormones helps control your bone density, your metabolism, reproduction, weight, emotions, and your mental health. All of these things are essential to be in balance to help you live a long, happy, and fulfilled for you and with your family.
When women get to that time in their life when they start menopause, many hear about and are told to consider Hormone Replacement Therapy. Here at Dayton Medical Center we want you to know about all your options including Alternative Medicine to help you through this time in your life and help you make the best choices for you and your lifestyle.
The use of this treatment has gone through many changes, thanks to clinical trials and findings from years of use. The choice of using this therapy should be carefully considered with your doctor and may be a good choice for certain women, when carefully weighed and considered with the risk factors associated with this treatment.
The benefits of the therapy depend on which therapy you and your doctor decide to use as your course of treatment. The benefits can include the reduction or elimination of hot flashes and night sweats. It may also ease the discomfort of vaginal dryness, inching, and burning.
This therapy also has its risks. It could possibly increase your risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Different types of this therapy have a higher risk than others and each woman’s risk will depend on her lifestyle and her health history. You will need to discuss your personal risks and benefits with your doctor to determine the best course of action for your personal case. You should keep in contact with your doctor and be re-evaluated for the necessity of this treatment often.
Even with the risks to your health, this therapy can be one of the most effective treatments for menopausal symptoms and issues. You and your doctor can determine if the hormone therapy outweighs the risks. If you are healthy and you experience moderate to severe hot flashes or other severe menopausal symptoms, this therapy may be for you. For those patients experiencing early menopause, you may have a higher risk of Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, Dementia, and depression. However, Early menopause often also lowers the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Therefore, for women who reach menopause earlier in their life, the benefits of this therapy can often outweigh the risks.
Your current age, the age you started menopause, the time since menopause, all play a large role in the risks that may come with this therapy. In other words, there are many different factors involved in determining your risks and benefits. Your personal risks will be discussed with your doctor when you come to the Dayton Medical Center.
There are always new studies and research being done in this area of medicine. Be sure to review with your doctor on a regular basis what is the best course of therapy for your health, your needs, and based upon your lifestyle. We offer a wide variety of services and Alternative Medicine choices for you and your personal and lifestyle needs and choices.