Understanding Hormone Therapy For Menopause

The Role Of Hormones

Hormones play an integral role in our body and can significantly impact our daily lives. As tiny chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream to various organs and tissues, they essentially tell the body how to function smoothly. Hormones can influence nearly every aspect of our health – from metabolism, appetite, and brain function to mood regulation, sleep cycles, and of course, during menopause.

Perimenopause and menopause mark a significant hormonal shift in a woman’s life when key hormones, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, begin to fluctuate and decrease. This can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, brain fog, and sleep disturbances. Symptoms can show up in a variety of physical, psychological, and behavioral ways, some stronger than others. Many women aren’t aware that the way they are feeling is the result of hormone imbalance, and oftentimes they ignore their symptoms or accept them as a part of getting older.

For many, menopause symptoms can wreak havoc and disrupt relationships, work, health, and overall quality of life. But, just because you’re going through menopause doesn’t mean you have to live with these symptoms.

Hormone Therapy Overview

There are a variety of safe and effective treatments that can restore hormone levels and bring much-needed relief. Hormone therapy (HT) is one option that involves taking supplemental forms of hormones – either estrogen or a combination of estrogen and progesterone – to alleviate common menopause symptoms.

HT has been extensively studied in clinical trials conducted over several years by many notable academic institutions. According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) HT is safe and effective for most women, in perimenopause through menopause, especially when started before age 60 or within 10 years of menopause. As always, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your Axia Women’s Health provider to better understand the benefits and side effects.

Types of HT

HT is available in a variety of different types, doses, and forms. HT can be customized based on an individual’s stage of life, personal and family medical history, and overall lifestyle factors. With the help of a healthcare provider, women can find the best fit for them and tailor their treatment to their specific goals and preferences. It’s important to note that HT is not recommended for those with a history of blood clots, cardiac or liver disease, or breast cancer.

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Local or Vaginal 


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Pharma Company Manufactured 


*It’s important to note that compounded drugs are not regulated by the FDA. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends FDA-approved hormone therapy over compounded hormone therapy.


Choosing The Right Hormone Therapy For You

There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing the best option for you – from preferred application to personal health history.

For example, estrogen-only therapy is recommended for women who have had a hysterectomy, while combination therapy is for women with a uterus.

Taking estrogen alone can stimulate the endometrium (or the lining of the uterus) to grow and this overgrowth of cells could increase your risk of endometrial cancer.  Taking a combination therapy of estrogen and progesterone can help counteract this potential overgrowth.

In general, it may be a bit of a trial and error to find the best option for you. Working with your Axia Women’s Health provider is always recommended as hormone therapy requires supervision from a medical professional.

Finding Support During Menopause

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are several proactive steps women can take to manage their hormonal health and remain comfortable and vibrant at all stages of life.

In conclusion, hormone therapy can offer relief to women experiencing distressing menopausal symptoms, but its risks and benefits should be carefully evaluated in consultation with healthcare providers. As always, our Axia Women’s Health providers are here to support you as you enter this new life chapter.

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