If you are in your 40s, you probably have considered undergoing hormone replacement therapy. As you reach menopause age which is usually between 45 to 55, you experience symptoms such as sexual pain, night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness and more. This forces women to give more serious consideration to hormone replacement therapy option.
Just a few years ago, almost every woman who went through menopause was automatically given a prescription for estrogen along with progestin (a female hormone). HRT was a standard treatment to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
However, over the years, there have been major health concerns raised about Hormone Replacement Therapy and its potential risks to women’s heart.
Is hormone replacement therapy safe for heart?
If you are having a lot of difficulty dealing with the symptoms of menopause, talk with your doctor about HRT option. After examining your condition, your doctor will be able to tell you how it will affect your heart.
Cardiovascular disease is no longer a man’s disease. It is, in fact, a leading cause of deaths in women who are above 50 years in the United States. When a woman reaches her menopause, her risk for developing heart disease increases. The risk is even higher in young women who went through surgical or early menopause particular when combined with other diseases like:
Around 5 to 10% of women who undergo hormone replacement therapy for women experience few side effects such as mood swings, fluid retention and breasts tenderness. However, these side effects are often mild and do not cause any problem.
If you think the side effects are not mild and causing problem, talk to your doctor. The doctor can change the dosage and type of estrogen or progestin prescribed to you to reduce the side effects.
Heart disease is an extremely common disease in women who are above 50 years or have reached menopause. Among women in the United States, 1 in every 3 deaths is caused by cardiovascular or heart disease. Most healthy women at menopause can safe undergo HRT for alleviating the symptoms of menopause and reducing the risk of heart diseases.