Different applications for HRT
There are various ways to take HRT. Tablet form is one of the most popular, but it can also be taken in the form of patches placed on the skin. Other ways to administer it include via a gel, cream or a vaginal ring.
Other menopausal conditions HRT can help
One study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, showed around 75 per cent of menopausal women suffered hot flashes. Another US medical study, carried out in 2017, showed HRT could be 98 per cent effective in ridding women of these.
Meanwhile, as well as the conditions we mentioned at the start of this article, other symptoms of menopause can include thinning hair, dryness of the vaginal and urinary pain or even incontinence. The risk of Osteoporosis is another and, although the other symptoms may be relieved or disappear altogether post-menopause, this won’t. That’s because a loss of oestrogen results in bone thinning and which can ultimately become osteoporosis. Taking HRT can slow down the thinning.
Another, equally as important, benefit of HRT is that it can also improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk for a woman of having a heart attack.
History and future for HRT
But how did HRT come about? Well, the news that women didn’t have to suffer the full effects of the menopause was first trumpeted in America, as far back as the early 1940s. Then, the US pharmaceutical giant Wyeth (now Pfizer), introduced Premrin. By 1992 it was the best-selling drug in America.
However, by 2002, HRT was on its way out; the reason being a study by the Women’s Health Institute (WHI) which apparently linked the combined oestrogen and progestogen HRT with an increased risk of women’s contracting breast cancer. The bad press spread rapidly throughout the world with the result that millions of women refused to take HRT (even if it had been helping – for fear of getting cancer) and many doctors wouldn’t prescribe it.
However, one of the lead researchers of that WHI study today admits the study was ‘flawed’ in that the average of the women in the study was 63, with 25 per cent of them aged 70 and over. Also, the risk of breast cancer for the participants was practically the same as that for women with obesity and those who took no exercise at all.
And now… the popularity of HRT is on the rise again, thanks to further studies and positive experiences of women who found the symptoms of menopause just too horrific not to turn to hormone replacement. And, the relief they did is obvious in anecdotal accounts from thousands of women.
Today’s HRT is, of course, subtly different to that of the early 1940s when it first hit the market. But the idea is the same – to re-balance a woman’s hormones and let her experience the pleasure of a symptom-less life once more.
Get in touch!
If you are pre-menopausal or indeed menopausal and suffering some of the symptoms mentioned in this article then do get in touch for help. You can make an appointment by calling 020 7584 4777 or emailing on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, take a look through the HRT treatments we offer today by visiting our website at www.omniya.co.uk.