Friday, December 1

Women going through menopause should not be characterized by our symptoms but sometimes it feels as though the symptoms take over as the main characters in our lives. Menopausal women navigate a rollercoaster of physical and emotional changes that often bring unique challenges like hot flashes, those sudden waves of heat and perspiration, become unwelcome companions, disrupting both sleep and daily activities.

Hormonal fluctuations can lead to mood swings, irritability, and heightened emotional sensitivity. Everything is annoying. Everything is super urgent. Words mean more than just what the person is actually saying. Life can become pretty rough.

Navigating these emotional shifts can be a delicate dance, impacting relationships and personal well-being. Add that to the all too overwhelming list of social pressures to be ‘strong’ and act like nothing is wrong and you’ve created a mental struggle that many women can’t seem to beat. But you don’t have to beat the struggle if you can alleviate it.

Manna Semby, naturopathic and functional medicine doctor

“97% of menopausal women should be on hormone replacement therapy (HRT),” said Manna Semby, a naturopathic and functional medicine doctor specializing in menopause care and preventing dementia. “Menopausal women need to be on HRT because it prevents many chronic diseases such as dementia, heart disease, osteoporosis and genitourinary syndrome of menopause.”

Imagine your body functions like a well-coordinated orchestra and hormones are the conductors making sure everything plays in harmony. As we get older, menopause causes these conductors (hormones) to slow down or go out of tune, leaving the rest of the orchestra unsure of what to do.

That’s where Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) comes in. It’s like bringing in new, skilled conductors to keep the show running smoothly. HRT involves getting a boost of hormones, like estrogen or testosterone.

“Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the replenishment of the hormones estrogen and progesterone in women because their ovaries stop producing them at menopause,” Semby told The Feisty News. “The benefits of HRT are many: no hot flashes or night sweats, good sleep, sharp brain, healthy heart, strong bones, preservation of sexual and urinary health, mood regulation and weight regulation.”

Effective hormone replacement therapy (HRT) hinges on maintaining a steady flow of hormones in the body. There are many options for adding HRT to your life.  You can take a pill every day, use creams, wear a patch, or opt for vaginal rings every few months. Most women prefer the HRT skin patch.

HRT is a long term remedy for symptoms of menopause, Semby explained. Quick wins like saying goodbye to hot flashes and night sweats might show up within days or weeks. But, if you’re waiting on relief for joint pain or appetite control, that could take up to three months

For women who want relief from menopause symptoms, HRT becomes a part of your daily routine, just like putting on sunscreen or taking vitamins. Although HRT may be one more thing to remember, considering the fact that women are diagnosed with dementia at twice the rate of men, as long as you can remember to take it, you know it’s working.

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