Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the supplement of hormones, specifically in the treatment of menopause symptoms, a process that happens in women over 40. During menopause, a woman’s reproductive hormones naturally decline. This is a completely common and natural process, but the symptoms that accompany menopause can become extremely difficult, and sometimes intolerable. In these cases, HRT may alleviate symptoms and provide nearly complete relief.
HRT primarily focuses on treating the symptoms directly linked to menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. The decline in reproductive hormones directly cause these symptoms, as this hormone deficit affects body temperature. Hormone Replacement Therapy mediates these symptoms by providing supplemental hormones to level out the decline. This mediation regulates body temperature, thus alleviating hot flashes.
Likewise, HRT affects the secondary symptoms that come along with menopause. This includes a laundry list of symptoms, usually individual to each woman. Common symptoms in this area include sleep disturbances, fatigue, muscle pain, and anxiety. By providing the body with the hormones that fluctuate during menopause, HRT is shown to greatly improve a woman’s quality of life by regulating sleep, alleviating pain, and elevating mood.