hormone therapy

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.

Read more about hormone therapy.