Myths and Facts About Hormone Replacement Therapy

If you’ve researched hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and ended up being more confused than enlightened, don’t worry. We’re here to help. 

HRT can help relieve many of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause and potentially delay some of the conditions associated with aging. However, there are several myths floating around about HRT, preventing many women from knowing the truth about benefits they’re missing out on.

Stick with us as NUWA World’s expert, Dr. Uzoma Nwaubani, demolishes five common myths so you can make a more informed decision regarding your health.

Myth #1: Hormone replacement therapy leads to cancerous growths 

Fact: HRT alone doesn’t cause cancer. The misconception is based on an older, flawed study that didn’t take into account other risk factors that increase your risk for cancer, such as body fat percentage, hormonal imbalances, and illnesses.

Although HRT can increase the risk for some cancers, like breast cancer, HRT itself doesn’t cause cancerous growths if you don’t have other risk factors. 

Myth #2: Hormone replacement therapy is only used in severe cases

Fact: You don’t have to wait for your metabolism to slow down or live with hot flashes until they become unbearable. Even mild symptoms are an indication that your body may need a boost of hormones. Medical professionals also recommend HRT as a preventive measure against osteoporosis. 

Myth #3: Hormone replacement therapy isn’t helpful after menopause 

Fact: The transition to menopause is the toughest since this is the first time your body has to adapt to lower levels of estrogen and progesterone. However, the hormonal imbalance persists even after menopause, though the symptoms are milder. 

Estrogen plays an important role in maintaining the health of your brain and heart, so having higher levels may also benefit you if you’re post-menopausal.

Myth #4: Menopausal symptoms shouldn’t be treated 

Fact: In the past, menopausal symptoms were often considered a rite of passage. However, modern medicine discovered that these symptoms are an indication of low estrogen and progesterone, hormones that play an important role in many bodily functions. 

There’s no reason for you to suffer from unpleasant menopausal symptoms, especially when proven treatments like HRT can increase your overall health.

Myth #5: Hormone replacement therapy isn’t customizable 

Fact: While we use high-quality BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, there are several types of HRT. Some women may be recommended only estrogen, whereas others may be recommended a combination of estrogen and progesterone. You can also choose from pills, creams, patches, pellets, and even injections. 

Not everyone is a good candidate for HRT, but if you’re in overall good health and don’t have any comorbidities, you may be able to find relief for your menopausal symptoms.

Contact us by phone or online to schedule an appointment and get expert advice on optimizing your hormone levels.

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