What is HRT?
It is a therapy where women take medications or put certain implements in their body containing female hormones to replace those that the body stops producing during and after menopause. There is a range of options, but the main ones are pills, patches, and injections
Who can use it?
Women who are going through or have already left menopause. This treatment is also indicated to prevent bone loss and the development of osteoporosis. Specialists point out that this therapy should not be used for more than five years. And, if patients have a family history of gynecological cancer (breast, uterus, cervix, etc.) cannot access this therapy, it would be very risky for their health
When to choose this therapy?
Only when symptoms such as headache, irritability, depression, vaginal dryness, low sexual desire, and the well-known hot flashes occur with great intensity, and seriously affect the quality of life of women. You can see other alternatives before requesting hormone therapy: antidepressants to improve mood, or platelet-rich plasma to improve vaginal lubrication
It could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as some types of cancer (breast, endometrium). Therefore, it is very important that women are previously evaluated by a specialist. He will see your symptoms, your medical history, and your family history to determine if the treatment will give you some benefit or not
Dr. Evelyn Campos
Gynecologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma