Considering hormone replacement therapy?

By Dr. John Burigo

Several years ago the pendulum swung in favor of limiting the use of hormone replacement therapy. This centered primarily around a single large study that suggested an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and Alzheimer’s Disease in patients taking hormones. Most physicians agree today that the study was flawed and that the risk of heart attack and stroke occurred when estrogen was taken in a pill or capsule by mouth. Newer bio-identical formulations used on your skin, under your tongue, or placed in a pellet under your skin are safer alternatives and have created a renewed interest in hormone replacement therapy for women in menopause. The benefits include reduction of hot flashes and night sweats in addition to a benefit in preventing and treating osteoporosis, vaginal dryness, hair loss, decreased libido, memory changes, difficulty sleeping and chronic tiredness. If you experience these symptoms discuss them with your doctor, there may be a solution for you that can improve your quality of life.

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