Many women choose to work closely with their physician in identifying effective hormone therapy to relieve menopause symptoms. Hormone therapy is a treatment program in which a woman takes estrogen alone or with progestin (a synthetic form of progesterone).
By supplementing with low-dose estrogen, HT can relieve:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness, which can result in painful intercourse
- Some skin and hair changes
- Bladder irritability
- Mood and sleep disturbances
More importantly, hormone therapy may reduce a woman's risk for osteoporosis and other illnesses linked with the decrease of estrogen, such as colon cancer and possibly Alzheimer's disease.
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