In many cases, women who’ve entered and passed through menopause may feel no different than before. The need for hormone replacement therapy occurs when the changes in hormone levels cause adverse effects within the body that don’t subside or go away over time. Each patient will experience their own unique set of symptoms and should be treated on an individualized basis. Women who do require hormone replacement therapy should be closely monitored to determine if the medication should be adjusted or discontinued as the patient ages.
Menopause is the transition a woman goes through as her body stops producing the hormones needed to sustain a pregnancy. Women can enter menopause as early as their late 30s. In most cases, though, menopause begins while women are in their mid- to late-40s. Common signs of menopause include:
The severity of the symptoms will vary from patient to patient depending on their overall health. If a patient's quality of life is adversely affected by the severity of her symptoms, hormone replacement therapy may improve their condition.
Menopause isn’t a condition that can be cured. It lasts for a period of time and then gradually goes away on its own. While the woman is experiencing menopause, however, her life can be turned upside down due to the severity and irregularity of her symptoms. For example, vaginal dryness and painful intercourse can make sexual encounters unbearable.
With that being said, there are several treatment options available to menopausal women. For one thing, laser techniques are available to rejuvenate the vaginal tissues and enhance the patient's sexual experience. There’s also hormone replacement therapy, which can adjust hormone levels and reduce the effects of hot flashes, weight gain, and irritability. Over the counter medications can also be used for cramping and headaches. In some cases, dietary changes may be beneficial, too.
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