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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)




Concerning my menopause symptoms, hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings, I do not take anything; I deal with them. I keep the temperature in the house at a comfortable level now that it is spring, and the ceiling fans are almost always running (per the advice of the HVAC guy). At night I sleep on my cooling pillows - courtesy of Amazon & well, for the mood swings, I grab my spoon and pint of Ben & Jerry's, and my mood instantly improves!


Lately, I have seen a few advertisements about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). I hadn't considered it because I thought I was too young to begin any HRT treatment. However, as I have been researching on Dr. Google, there are many options for women my age and rave reviews that accompany the treatment. Last year, I did discuss HRT with my gynecologist, and I plan to revisit the subject this year.


As I go through these phases of menopause, I sometimes feel helpless, and I yearn for some relief, especially with insomnia and libido concerns. Other symptoms like stress and weight gain I can attest to just everyday life as a working mom and wife. At least three times a week, before bedtime, I make a cup of chamomile tea to help me sleep. The gynecologist suggested I try different lubricants to help with vaginal dryness and occasional pain during sex. I realized that the products we used in our twenties might not be suitable for us in our fifties, and that's okay because change is good. So, goodbye, K-Y, and hello, Astroglide.


My shoulders, arms, and back aches and pains are unbearable some days. The frequent urination has me stumped. Drinking almost a gallon of water daily could contribute to that, but my doctor said I must DRINK MORE WATER. I swear I don't know what to do sometimes. And I won't even get into the possibility of hair loss, dry skin, and teeth and gum issues thanks to menopause.


Ladies, menopause is doing a number on us... but I know there's hope. I'm just not sure if HRT is the answer. So, before I decide, I will discuss the option further with my doctor, research the types of therapy available, and determine whether HRT is best for me to manage my menopause symptoms. Check out this article from the Mayo Clinic, Hormone therapy: Is it right for you?


Are you currently using HRT to manage your menopause symptoms? If so, I would like to know how it works for you and what advice you can offer. As always, thanks for visiting, and remember to Like & Share.


Tamara









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