Sometimes, it’s time to consider using synthetic or natural female hormones.
Dr. Nicole Williams, a physician at Gynecology Institute of Chicago, shares with women the options available for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as we age into our later years. If a hormone replacement therapy option is a new term for you, this may be a discussion you might have with your doctor once you pass 45.
HRT therapy involves either a synthetic or a natural substitute for female hormones in order to balance the woman’s normal amount of hormones that could be declining with age. These substitutes are usually estrogen-derived.
These options begin to be available for women who turn 45 through 55 years of age, but sometimes can go until a woman is 65. Dr. Williams has provided some HRT options.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Options
- Oral therapy
- Topicals (vagifem, creams, rings, patches, lotions, sprays, gels)
Signs of Menopausal Symptoms
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
It’s important to note that mood swings are fairly common for stressful lives or a family crisis, but if these mood swings are persistent and never leave, it is time to seek your physician about balancing your body.
Some women choose to go to a health-foods store to make nutritional changes, but make sure to consult with your physician first before making any drastic changes. This is important so that any dietary changes don’t counteract with the traditional western medicine practice your doctor has provided you with.