Hormone Replacement Therapy

Definition - What does Hormone Replacement Therapy mean?

Hormone replacement therapy, also known as hormonal therapy or menopausal hormone therapy, is a treatment that entails the usage of estrogen and progesterone in order to influence the natural hormone levels.

The treatments are used to help women alleviate the pain and discomfort that results from menopause, to manage pain connected to endometriosis, as well as to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in menopausal women.

Hormone replacement therapy is also used as part of the male-to-female gender reassignment process.

TheConsultation explains Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy entails the usage of estrogen and progesterone which is administered in various shapes, forms and dosages, depending on the needs of the patient. Estrogen therapy can be administered in the form of estrogen pills, estrogen patches, topical estrogen, and vaginal estrogen.

Progesterone can be administered in the form of oral progestin, as well as in the form of intrauterine progesterone (IUDs). In women, the hormonal therapy is used to alleviate the discomfort resulting from the drop in the production of female hormones that comes as part of menopause, such as hot flashes, sweating, soreness, fatigue, mood swings and vaginal dryness.

For women with endometriosis, hormonal therapy can be used to influence the menstrual cycle and relieve the pain associated with the condition. Men use hormone replacement therapy as part of male-to-female gender reassignment procedures. The hormonal therapy aids the surgical transition and helps develop secondary gender characteristics, influencing aspects of the body such as voice pitch and hair growth.

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