What is hormone replacement therapy?
– Gina, 48 years old, Cotabato
Menopause is a natural event that every woman will go through at some point. This should not bring any problems, however, it is common to develop one or more symptoms, which are due to the low level of oestrogen. Dr. Romerico Torres and Prudence Aquino-Aquino explain that a woman becomes menopausal when her ovaries cease to produce the hormone oestrogen and outwardly manifests with cessation of menses for at least a year. Hormone replacement therapy or HRT is given to menopausal women to treat their vasomotor symptoms such as hotflushes, sweting, moodiness, urogenital dryness.
“HRT also prevents the long term consequences of having very low oestrogen in the body, like thinning of bones, inelastic blood vessels, loss of skin turgor and elevated cholesterol levels,” added Dt. Torres. HRT consists of oestrogen + progesterone and is given in menopausal women with intact uteri. “Those who have undergone hysterectomy are given just oestrogen or just oestrogen replacement therapy or ERT.”
Different women prefer different methods of taking HRT. For example, some women prefer to wear a patch rather than taking tablets. The more reason you consult your doctor so he/she can give you information about the pros and cons of the different types of HRT
From your iWoman Team
Romerico Torres, MD
FEU-NRMF Medical Center
Room 411 Marian Medical Arts Building
Regalado St., West Fairview, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel No: (632)9352198 / (632)4270213
Prudence C. Aquino-Aquino, MD
St. Luke’s Medical Center
Suite 239 Medical Arts Bldg. ,
279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd., Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel No: (632)7230101 / (632)7230301 6239