Although discovered to pose certain health risks, hormone replacement therapy is still a solution for many women around the world. Despite the health risks, systemic estrogen is still the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms.
The benefits of hormone therapy may outweigh the risks if you are healthy and you are prescribed the right treatment. In general, this type of therapy is recommended for women who:
- Deal with severe menopausal symptoms and especially hot flashes;
- Have suffered bone moss loss and cannot tolerate or see no benefits from other treatments;
- Their periods stopped before their turning 40 or their ovaries stopped functioning normally.
The risks of developing breast cancer are usually lowered by early menopause, so women who reach menopause prematurely benefit the most from hormone therapy, the advantages outweighing the risks by far.
Of course, before starting any type of treatment, even if you have reached menopause early and you are sure this is what you need, you should discuss your situation with your doctor. They are the ones who can identify the right type of bioidentical hormones replacement therapy for you and explain all the risks in detail, so that you know from the beginning what you are up against.