Whether you’ve been in perimenopause for several years already or you have just been diagnosed, you may already be looking into hormone replacement therapy. HRT can help relieve a lot of the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and issues in the bedroom, but hormone replacement therapy actually has some long-term health benefits as well that you might not know about.
About half of women over the age of 50 will experience a broken bone due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become brittle. It is most often caused by a lack of calcium, which can be contributed to by several pregnancies throughout a lifetime as well as other factors. Studies suggest that hormone replacement therapy decreases the likelihood of a break due to osteoporosis, even after menopause when HRT is no longer being used.
Decrease Risk of Heart Disease
Studies suggest that women who undergo hormone replacement therapy during perimenopause and menopause have a lower risk of heart disease in their later years. Even after you stop HRT, your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack can be greatly reduced.
Lower Chances of Dementia
New research has suggested that women who use HRT during menopause are less likely to develop dementia later in life. Alzheimer’s and dementia are about 60 percent more likely to occur in women than in men. If you use HRT during menopause, it could decrease your chances of developing these problems in the future.
If you need more information about the benefits of HRT before making a decision, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.