June 17, 2004
Who Benefits From HRT?
Despite the risks, some women are excellent candidates
for HRT. Their menopausal symptoms respond well to treatment, they
have few pre-existing health problems, and they either have few
side effects or have a high tolerance to the side effects of the
Also, women who’ve had a complete hysterectomy
at a young age, leaving them in surgical menopause, are good candidates.
The abrupt drop in hormone production throws their body into shock,
resulting in hot flashes, fatigue, depression, loss of libido, and
other symptoms, just as if they were in chronological menopause.
These women are also at higher risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
However, if you begin taking HRT at 30 to try and restore the protection
your natural hormones would have given you until menopause, you’ll
be taking it for 20 years before your peers begin. And the research
is not in yet about the effects of very long-term use.
Who Shouldn’t Take HRT
Many women find the side effects of HRT intolerable: fluid retention,
tender breasts, weight gain, headaches, nausea, anxiety, vaginal
discharge, and estrogen allergy. Or they may have health problems
such as a pre-existing breast or uterine cancer, heavy bleeding
from fibroids, severe migraines, or blood clotting problems that
HRT aggravates. Other women have a family history of a high-risk
disease that makes HRT potentially more risky.
You are the only one who can balance the
potential benefits against the risks. You are in charge. And if
you decide to go with HRT, make sure your doctor monitors you carefully
during your use of these powerful hormones.
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