Estrogen Therapy For Menopause
Recently, there have been numerous studies that have been demonstrating and proving that estrogen therapy for menopause has very “protective benefits for women.” These females are either in menopause or even in early menopause, according to a well known source. More and more doctors are agreeing that estrogen therapy for early menopause can help prevent disease and other illnesses in younger women.
What do the experts say about the efficacy of estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) for menopause?
- A doctor and clinical professor from the Stanford University’s School of Medicine shared that estrogen therapy for menopause symptoms can be highly beneficial. Issues such as bone breaks and fractures, osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease are often common problems that are associated with menopause. Therapy can reduce the risk of developing diabetes, for instance, by thirty percent, says a prominent study.
- Another recent study demonstrated that estrogen therapy for menopause side effects such as heart attacks can reduce both cardiac arrest and cardiac deaths by 32 percent. The study also suggested that women who start treatment for their symptoms of menopause at an earlier age will be able to decrease their issues more effectively with less risk for side effects.
- The authors of an article published on a prominent Internet website shared that the risks of estrogen therapy during menopause, before it and after it are very low when treatment plans are highly individualized.
A patient and his or her doctor should know all they can about the patient’s medical history, current medical conditions, risk for disease and lifestyle habits. This is why testing should be required before any prescriptions are written. Testing will include blood sampling and a physical exam will be conducted. A medical history form will be filled out online as well. The in person visits will be done with a local estrogen and testosterone therapy for menopause center in the patient’s home city. The appointment should be set up by the advisor from the clinic with which they are working. Finally, medical supervision by a licensed doctor should be had throughout the entire treatment program.
What Are The Benefits For Estrogen Therapy For Menopause
Here is a comprehensive list of the benefits of estrogen therapy in menopause when a person follows the correct protocol for therapy as outlined on their doctor written prescription and treatment plan:
- Greater energy
- Larger amounts of stamina and endurance
- Less body, joint and muscle aches and pains
- Weight loss
- A gain of lean muscle mass
- Faster metabolism
- Greater sexual desire
- Stronger sexual libido
- Stronger and longer lasting erections as erectile dysfunction is eliminated
- Less vaginal dryness for more comfortable sexual relations
- A decrease in hot flashes
- A decrease in night sweats
- Help with better sleep at night
- Help to decrease sleep disturbances
Emotionally and mentally, estrogen therapy after menopause, before it and even during it can help to stabilize mood in the following ways:
- Lessens depression
- Decreases anxiety, stress and tension
- Irritability lessens
- Less mood swings occur
- Less agitation and anger outbursts occur
- Memory gets better (including short term and long term)
- Less forgetfulness
- Better ability to concentrate
- Better ability to focus
Estrogen therapy before menopause has a great effect on the internal organs of the body too:
- Lessens risk for heart attack and stroke
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Lowers triglyceride levels
- Decreases the risk of developing diabetes
- Lessens the risk of developing osteoporosis as bone mineral density becomes stronger
- Lessens the risk of bone fractures and breaks
- Strengthens the immune system
- Allows for greater immunity against sickness from colds to disease
- Helps healing to occur faster (from sickness or injuries)
- Helps organs to grow
All people will experience different benefits from estrogen therapy for menopause depending on their symptoms, how their bodies react to the medications and their lifestyle habits. The better you treat your body, the better it will treat you.
What Are The Possible Side Effects For Estrogen Therapy For Menopause
There are some possible side effects of estrogen therapy for menopause if a person does not follow their treatment plan that is given to them after testing determines that they are estrogen deficient. In addition, negative side effects can occur if an allergic reaction occurs or if a person does not work with a reputable clinic.
If a person gets medications from an unreliable source such as non-licensed doctors who do not test, the black market online or from foreign countries overseas, they can run into the following negative problems too:
Side effects of estrogen therapy for menopause that can happen to the skin:
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
- Rash anywhere on the body (even a minimal rash should be a concern)
- Swelling of mouth, lips, gums, tongue, face, legs, ankles or feet
Negative side effects from ERT that can affect the mind:
- Loss of memory
- Lack of concentration
- Issues with being able to focus
- A mental foggy feeling
- Anxiety, stress and tension
- Agitation and uncontrolled anger outbursts
Here are other physical side effects from estrogen therapy for menopause:
- Excessive thirst
- Inability to sleep
- Slowed heart beat
- Chest pain
- Blood found in urine or stool
- Mouth ulcers
- Bad breath
- Fruity taste and smell to breath
- Erectile dysfunction or prolonged erections
- Stomach cramping
- Racing heart beat
- Heart palpitations
- Chest pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Dark colored urine or stool
- Blood clots
- Male patterned balding
- Shrinking testicles
- A deeper voice
- Breast pain and/or growth
- Loss of sexual libido and desire
It is necessary to take any estrogen therapy for menopause side effects seriously as they can either worsen or something more serious can happen if the medication is continued. Our doctors can very quickly change a dosage or change a medication if necessary.
Although there is a possibility of experiencing side effects from ERT, it is very rare. Making sure you are working with a reputable clinic with great past successful results will greatly minimize that possibility.