Menopause FAQs: Hormone Therapy for includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about hormone therapy (HT), menopause hormone therapy (MHT) or hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

What is hormone therapy (HT)?

Depending on the Source the definition of HT may vary. In Menopause Management: Menopause Hormone Therapy (MHT) – What Is MHT? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health definition is:

“Menopause hormone therapy (MHT), formerly known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and hormone therapy (HT), is the medical replacement of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, and sometimes testosterone. MHT is a treatment used to help manage menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats, when they are interfering with your life”.

Is HT safe?

In Menopause – Is Menopausal Hormone Therapy (HRT) Safe? a video in the International Menopause Society (IMS) video series Information About Menopause explains:

How effective is HT for vasomotor symptoms (VMS) such as hot flushes/hot flashes and night sweats?

In the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, one of the points of consensus is:

  • “MHT, including tibolone and the combination of conjugated equine estrogens and bazedoxifene (CE/BZA), is the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms (VMS) associated with menopause at any age, but benefits are more likely to outweigh risks if initiated for symptomatic women before the age of 60 years or within 10 years after menopause”.

Does HT make women put on weight?

In Menopause – How will it Affect my Health? another video in the IMS’s video series Information About Menopause, the first topic explained is menopause and weight gain:

If women only have vaginal dryness, is there HT for down there?

On page one in Vaginal Dryness: Treatment Options the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) elaborate on:

“The good news is that effective treatment options, such as nonhormone remedies or different forms of low-dose estrogen applied directly to the vagina, are available. These can be combined for optimum symptom relief”.

Are bioidentical hormones safer than HT because they are natural?

In the Bioidentical Custom Compounded Hormone Therapy the Australasian Menopause Society note:

“It is important to realise that no hormone used in any preparation of pharmaceutical grade menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) or compounded “bioidentical therapy” is ‘natural’. They are all synthesised in the laboratory from some precursor by enzymatic manipulation”.

In the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – another point of consensus is:

  • “The use of custom-compounded hormone therapy is not recommended because of lack of regulation, rigorous safety and efficacy testing, batch standardization, and purity measures”.

What are some HT alternatives?

The IMS’s video series Information About Menopause includes the video Menopause – Complementary Therapies.

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Where may I find more HT FAQs?

In Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked QuestionsMenopause FAQs: Hormone Therapy About Menopause the NAMS include Menopause FAQs: Hormone Therapy for Menopause Symptoms:

“Are you considering hormone therapy to treat your menopause symptoms? Before making a decision, here are some facts you should know. The experts at NAMS offer these answers to frequently asked questions about hormone therapy so that you have the information you need to make an informed choice”.

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