Hormone replacement therapy is needed when the gland or glands that produce a specific hormone do not work as they should or have been damaged or destroyed by an illness. As a woman ages and her body begins to slow down, this causes the reproductive and other glands to not produce as many hormones as they did in the past. This can lead to weight gain, abnormal hair growth, irritability, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and many other health conditions. Replacing the hormones that have diminished or been lost, is just one way of helping to restore balance within the body. It is important for the patient to first be evaluated to determine if the benefit-to-risk ratio associated with hormone replacement therapy is favorable for the patient.
Many women transition into menopause without exhibiting any symptoms whatsoever. Others, however, are not so lucky. Hair loss, weight gain, dry skin, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, irritability, mood swings, hot flashes, and a variety of other symptoms can signal the first stages of menopause. Menopause can start as early as the mid-30s for some women, while others may not see the first signs until they are close to 50 years of age. As the woman progressed through the transition from one phase of life to the next, the symptoms will gradually fade and become less noticeable as the woman's body begins to adapt to the new hormone levels.
Hormone replacement therapy is not always used just to rebalance a woman's reproductive hormones. HRT can be used to help women with fertility issues conceive and bear a child. While the correction of menopause-related symptoms is what HRT is primarily known for, doctors also use it to help restore the proper levels of other hormones, such as thyroid, within the body when the thyroid gland is damaged or destroyed by illness. The treatment of diabetes through the use of insulin is also a form of hormone replacement therapy. Birth control is also a form of hormone therapy, but instead of replacing the hormones, they are administered to reduce the incidence of a pregnancy.
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