What to Expect in Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy?
By Dr. Patrick Lovegrove Medically Reviewed by Lindsay Langley, BSN, RN, CHT
Posted Friday, July 8th, 2022
As we age, our hormone levels naturally decline. It can lead to several body changes, including fatigue, weight gain, decreased libido, and more. Natural hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help offset these changes by replenishing the hormones our bodies are no longer producing.
Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy Overview
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a treatment that replaces hormones when our body is no longer producing hormones. It is commonly used in relieving symptoms of menopause and also to treat other conditions—taking HRT as pills, patches, gels, hormone pellets, or injections. The specific hormones used will depend on the individual’s needs. In relieving menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, HRT can also help prevent bone loss and reduce the risk of heart disease. It is essential to take note that HRT is not without risks. Undergoing the treatment should be under the supervision of a physician.
If you’re considering HRT, knowing what to expect is essential. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions about HRT:
How long does HRT take to work?
For some, the changes are subtle. For others, they’re dramatic. But no matter how it manifests, hormone replacement therapy usually takes some time to work its magic. Just as our bodies need time to adjust to the seasons and the phases of life, so do they need time to adapt to a new hormone balance. It can take weeks or months for the body to come into alignment, but the results can be genuinely transformational once it does. For many men and women, hormone replacement therapy relieves bothersome symptoms and helps them feel like themselves again. It’s a journey of self-discovery and one that is well worth taking.
List of Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Reduces Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
One of the most common complaints among menopausal women is hot flashes and night sweats. These can be highly uncomfortable, preventing women from getting a good night’s sleep and causing them to feel unwell during the day. However, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes and night sweats. HRT replaces the hormones that are no longer available in the ovaries. It helps to restore balance and alleviate symptoms. In addition, HRT can also help to improve mood swings, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, and other menopausal symptoms. As a result, it is an effective treatment for many menopausal women.
- Prevents Bone Loss
This loss of bone mass can lead to osteoporosis, which causes bones to become weak. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment that can help to prevent bone loss and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. HRT is replacing the hormones that are gone during menopause. These hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, help to maintain bone density. When hormones are no longer producing at adequate levels, the body begins to break down bone tissue. HRT can help to replenish these hormones, preventing bone loss and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
- Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease
As people age, their risk of developing heart disease increases. It is partly due to the natural decline in hormone levels that occurs with age. Estrogen, in particular, plays a vital role in protecting the heart of women. When levels of estrogen drop in women, the risk of heart disease rises, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help to offset this effect by replenishing estrogen levels. In addition to helping reduce the risk of heart disease, HRT improves our cholesterol levels and blood pressure. As a result, HRT can be essential in maintaining cardiovascular health.
- Increases Libido
One of the most common complaints of women going through menopause is decreasing libido. It can lead to relationship problems and a feeling of self-consciousness or inadequacy. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help to increase libido by balancing hormones and alleviating menopause symptoms. This treatment allows many women to enjoy more active and satisfying sex life and better orgasms. In addition, HRT can also help to improve vaginal dryness, which can be a significant cause of discomfort during sex. As a result, HRT can be an essential part of treatment for many women experiencing menopausal symptoms. If you are concerned about your libido, speak to your doctor about the possibility of HRT.
- Enhances Well-Being and Quality of Life
One of the most important benefits is that it can help to enhance well-being and quality of life. During menopause, levels of the hormone estrogen fall sharply, which can lead to a range of physical and psychological symptoms. These can include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, and fatigue. By replacing estrogen and balancing your other hormone levels, HRT can help to reduce or eliminate these symptoms. It can lead to a marked improvement in well-being and quality of life. Research has shown that HRT can be even more effective than antidepressants in treating menopausal depression. If you are experiencing menopausal symptoms, talk to your doctor about whether HRT suits you.
Merge Medical Center – Hormone Replacement Therapy
At Merge Medical Center, we offer Hormone Replacement Therapy in South Carolina. We combine natural treatments with the latest medical techniques and technologies to ensure that our patients receive the best care. If you want more information about our service, we suggest visiting our main page dedicated to Hormone Replacement Therapy or calling us. Our team will be more than happy to assist you.
About the author
Dr. Patrick Lovegrove
Dr. Patrick Lovegrove is board certified by the American Board of Family Physicians. He was born in Staunton, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Virginia where he majored in Biology. He received a Medical School Scholarship from the United States Air Force. A graduate of Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, his over 20 years of clinical experience includes Family Practice, Anti-aging, Holistic Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Aerospace, Sports, and Emergency Medicine. He believes that holistic medicine should be integrated with conventional medicine in a scientifically based model to achieve the best results for patients.