Many of us go through life only thinking about our hormones around puberty or, for women, menopause. However, our hormones are constantly changing and supporting our bodies in basic, daily functioning. Whether your hormones are imbalanced because of your stage of life, or due to a medical complication, it may seem overwhelming to decide where to turn. Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can provide the solutions you need to feel better and age with ease. But is HRT safe? Allow us to explain:
HRT Is a Safe Option for Some
Over the years, hormone replacement therapy has developed a dicey reputation, with reports that it could lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and breast cancer. However, the most contemporary research indicates that these earlier reports may not be as valid as we once thought. The problem with older research is that it was done on a demographic of women who were much older than the traditional menopausal woman. This age difference meant that they were already at a higher risk of the health concerns illuminated in hormone replacement therapy studies.
Today, doctors believe that hormone replacement therapy can be a safe and healthy option for women who are within the first five years of menopause. If you are between five and ten years since the time of your last period, your doctor will want to investigate other aspects of your health before advising on HRT. Anyone over 10 year’s post-period is likely at an aggravated risk of other health concerns, meaning that HRT may not be the safest approach.
Curious about HRT? We Are Ready to Help
The good news is that HRT and its many benefits could be safe and helpful for you and your body, depending on where you are in the menopause process. For example, women who use HRT within the first five years of menopause can decrease the risk of heart disease, while women who start HRT later could increase their risk. This goes to show just how much timing really matters.
Fortunately, at Doctors Best Wellness Center, we are skilled at providing HRT that is safe and effective at addressing your needs. If you live in the Fort Lauderdale or Weston, FL area and have questions about whether HRT is a good choice for you, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.