Hormone replacement therapy
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment used to replace the female hormones that a woman’s body is no longer producing because of the menopause.
During perimenopause and menopause levels of the female hormones (oestrogens and progesterone) fall and ovaries stop producing eggs. At that period of life menstrual cycles stop and women in menopause stop producing eggs (absence of ovulation).
Oestrogen and progesterone have very important roles in a woman’s body. When levels fall, this causes a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms known as “crazy” menopause symptoms. The HRT can restore level of mentioned hormones and insure hormonal balance and enable the body to function normally again.
Hormone replacement therapy – Estrogens
Estrogens play very important role in the release of eggs from the ovaries. It regulates women’s and help in ovulation and fertilization.
Estrogens also help to regulate many other female body functions such as bone density, the temperature of the skin and vagina moist. Usually the reduction of estrogens cause most of the symptoms associated with the menopause such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness, loss of sex drive, mood swings, night sweats, thinning of the bone (osteoporosis).
Hormone replacement therapy – Progesterone
The main function of progesterone is to prepare the uterus for a possible pregnancy. It also helps to protect the lining of the uterus (endometrium).
A falling level of progesterone does not have the same wide-ranging effects on women body as falling levels of estrogens. However, it increases the risk of developing the endometrial cancer.
Progesterone is usually used in combination with estrogens during menopause.
Women with surgical menopause – who have had a hysterectomy – do not need progesterone and can use estrogens only HRT.
Hormone replacement therapy – benefits
The largest benefit women receive from HRT is relief from menopause symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sleep difficulties
- Vaginal dryness
HRT can also reduce a woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis and cancer of the colon and rectum. However, the long-term use of HRT to prevent osteoporosis is not usually recommended. This is because HRT slightly increases the risk of developing breast cancer, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer and stroke.
Hormone replacement therapy – risks
- Blood clots – Strokes,
- Cancer – Breast cancer and Endometrial/uterine cancer,
- Cardiovascular diseases – Heart disease,
- Gallbladder disease.
Hormone replacement therapy – side effects
- Breast soreness,
- Mood swings,
- Water retention.
Changing the dose or form of hormone therapy may help reduce these side effects. See below HRT alternatives.
HRT natural – Emerita (Pro-Gest) Phytoestrogen Cream
Very special cream for perimenopause and menopause – support cream mimics estrogen to balance the body’s hormone levels.
This cream contains active botanical and natural ingredients (Aloe vera, Vitamin E, ginseng root extract, antioxidants, etc.) – good alternative for HRP. The cream is formulated with mild, estrogen-like compounds found in plants for an all-natural treatment. This paraben-free Emerita Phytoestrogen Body Cream relies on active botanical and natural ingredients to harmonize your body from the inside out. Black cohosh root extract contains estrogen-like compounds that help balance out the body’s natural hormone levels. Aloe vera, Vitamin E, and ginseng root extract contain powerful antioxidants and other healing properties to nourish your body and help return it to its natural rhythms.
The unique formula of Phytoestrogen Body Cream is designed to treat estrogen imbalances during menopause – it can help you overcome insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and decreased sex drive, and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause.
Just massage a dime-size dollop of cream (about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon) into your skin. Try your wrists, arm, thighs and tummy – whatever you like.
HRT natural – Enzymatic Therapy Remifemin
This product is intended only for use by women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms. Unique, proven standardized black cohosh extract – single ingredient formula – clinically proven to relieve hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. Enzymatic Therapy Remifemin is estrogen free, soy free – can be used safely by women with a history of breast cancer who cannot take estrogen
Take one tablet in the morning and one tablet in the evening with water. You can expect to notice improvements within a few weeks with full benefits after using Remifemin twice a day for 4 to 12 weeks.
HRT natural – Emerita Menopause Plus Formula, Caplets, 60-Count Box
This products is perimenopause and menopause support dietary supplement – it promotes hormone balance in the body, contains all-natural phytoestrogens, rich in antioxidants and isoflavones. Emerita Menopause Plus Formula Caplets contain phytoestrogens, which mimic the effects of estrogen in the body. Natural ingredients include red clover extract, black cohosh extract, eluethero root, chaste tree berry extract, alfalfa leaf, dandelion leaf, and dandelion root.
Transition smoothly through menopause with the help of specially formulated Emerita Menopause Plus Formula Caplets, which combine the most important perimenopause and menopause-related herbs into one easy-to-ingest supplement. The caplets contain phytoestrogens, which are plant-derived compounds that produce mild estrogen-like effects.
Take 2 caplets daily. As with most herbal supplements, it may take up to 8 weeks to experience full benefits.
HRT natural – Emerita Pro Gest Cream Paraben Free
Emerita Paraben-Free Pro-Gest is the Original Natural Progesterone Cream. It’s the only natural progesterone cream that’s been clinically tested. It’s the best-selling progesterone cream available anywhere (and has been for many years). Emerita Paraben-Free Pro-Gest is sometimes referred to as “human-identical” or “bio-identical” progesterone, which differentiates it from synthetic progestins or progestogens. It was clinically demonstrated that this product is very effective during menopause and can achieve a natural balance.
Key organic and botanical ingredients: Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Safflower oil, Sweet Almond oil, Orange oil, Lemon peel oil. Complete ingredients: Water, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Carthamus Tinctorius (Hybrid Safflower) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Behenoyl Lactylate, Stearic Acid, USP Progesterone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Carbomer.