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Does HRT Delay Menopause?

Does HRT delay menopause? Get the truth, plus explore the pros and cons of this treatment.
October 19, 2023

If the thought of menopause has you feeling anxious, you're not alone. Hot flashes, mood swings, the whole shebang...

HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) gets a lot of buzz, but does it make menopause disappear? While it's not a magic wand, HRT can ease those dreaded symptoms. Of course, there are things to consider, so let's break it down.

What is HRT?

HRT stands for Hormone Replacement Therapy. As menopause sets in, your body naturally produces less estrogen (and sometimes progesterone). HRT aims to supplement these declining hormones, replacing what your body isn't making as much of anymore. It comes in various forms like pills, patches, gels, and creams, so you can find what works best for you.

Does HRT Delay Menopause?

Okay, here's the deal: HRT won't hit pause on menopause forever.  Technically, menopause is defined as a full year without a period.  While HRT can't stop this natural process, it can make dealing with those pesky menopause symptoms, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness, a whole lot easier.

Benefits of HRT

  • Relief, Please! HRT is a lifesaver when it comes to managing classic menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.
  • More Than Just Hot Flashes: Studies suggest HRT might have other long-term benefits too, like helping to keep your bones strong and potentially reducing the risk of some types of cancer.

What are the Risks of HRT?

It's important to be honest – just like any medical treatment, HRT isn't risk-free. There may be a very small increased risk of conditions like breast cancer, stroke, or blood clots. However, for most healthy women, the benefits of HRT generally outweigh these risks. It all depends on your personal health history, which is why talking to your doctor is key.

Making the Decision about HRT

Should you try HRT? It's a completely personal choice! How bad are your symptoms?  What's your health history like? Do you have other risk factors to consider?  Lifestyle changes like regular exercise and a healthy diet are important too. There's no one-size-fits-all answer, but Elda Health is here to help you weigh your options, offering personalized support to help you make the decision that's right for you.