Are you interested in trying hormone replacement therapy, but you’re not quite sure how to get started? If so, you need to know you’re not alone. This type of therapy can help fight off unwelcome menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes and insomnia. Here’s how to start hormone replacement therapy.
How it Works
As an older female, you’ve been experiencing unpleasant night sweats and vaginal dryness for a while, and now you’ve decided that enough is enough. Before you get started on it, you should take a good look at your options. You can receive this treatment in many different forms. The estrogen hormone is administered through any one of these ways:
- Estrogen pill
- Estrogen patch
- Topical estrogen
- Vaginal estrogen
Combination therapy uses both estrogen and progesterone hormones to treat the menopausal symptoms you have. If you feel that you’re deficient and in need of more progesterone, you may want to choose this type of HRT. You can get it in the form of a pill.
Once you’ve decided what kind of hormone replacement therapy is right for you, you’ll have your first doctor visit. At this time, your vitals will be taken, and you’ll be asked about your medical history. After this, you can expect to have a physical done, as well as some blood tests. Once this has all been carried out, you should get your results back in a couple of weeks. If you prove to be a good candidate for it, you’ll get your prescription shortly after this.
The Benefits of Therapy
What exactly can you expect, once you’ve started hormone replacement therapy? First, you’ll notice that your menopausal symptoms begin to either decrease or disappear altogether. Your results may include:
- Better sleep at night
- A decrease in excessive vaginal dryness
- Manageable anxiety symptoms
- Manageable depression symptoms
Starting hormone replacement therapy is easy and doesn’t require a whole lot of effort on your part. Once you’re officially on it, you can sit back and let the therapy do its magic. When you see the improvements, you won’t have to wonder whether or not it’s working. You and the adult male in your life will already know it is.