New opinions about the use of hormone replacement therapy give promise for women suffering from the symptoms of menopause.
While menopause is a natural life event, it often brings many undesirable symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. Caused by hormonal imbalances, these symptoms are experienced differently by each person, but most women will agree they can be disruptive, frustrating, and affect quality of life. The good news is that there are options in the search for menopause relief.
You might recall that a few years back the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat menopause symptoms came under scrutiny. Health studies such as the WHI were released linking HRT use to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease in women.
Well, hormone replacement therapy is back in action, ladies! Numerous studies have been conducted challenging these findings. In fact, a recent statement released by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) publicly re-enforced that in the right patients, HRT can be both safe and effective.
According to reporter, Sylvia Perez of the Chicago ABC news affiliate, one of the challenges moving forward is to change perceptions about HRT as a link to cancer or heart disease. Not many people are aware that it has evolved over time to use natural bioidentical hormones over synthetic ones.
As with any health care treatment, there are both risks and rewards to be considered. Fortunately, the studies show the benefits are significant. Paul Savage MD FAAFM, CEO of Ageology, offered the following statement:
"We are very pleased with The 2012 Hormone Therapy Position Statement of The North American Menopause Society for women who suffer from menopause. The statement clarifies the benefit-risk ratio of estrogen therapy versus estrogen-progestogen (estrogen-synthetic progesterone) therapy for both treatment of menopause-related symptoms and disease prevention at various time intervals since menopause."
Dr. Savage predicts in the near future NAMS will acknowledge current research that natural hormone therapy is substantially safer and more effective than using synthetic progesterone (Source: E3N-EPIC Cohort Study, 2008).
Talk to an anti-aging physician about treating the signs of menopause with hormone replacement therapy and see what is right for you.