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When Should Women Initiate Hormone Replacement Therapy?

December 3, 20159 min
How can you tell if your hormones are imbalanced?Unfortunately as you age, you're bound at some point to experience menopause. During this process your hormones can go out of whack and cause a handful of unpleasant symptoms. These symptoms include weight gain, thinning hair, mood swings, vaginal dryness, night sweats, insomnia, and hot flashes.Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is commonly used to combat these symptoms but many women are beginning to experience hormonal therapy failure, causing symptoms to reemerge.Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a form of therapy that focuses on menopausal symptoms. BHRT copies the hormones that are lost and puts them back into your body, giving it the name, "bio-identical."Synthetic hormone replacement therapy involves using medication that contains primarily estrogen and the synthetic form of progesterone to come close to the hormones found in your body.How do you know when you should initiate HRT?Listen in as Douglas Lord, MD discusses HRT and when a woman should consider doing it.

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