A woman that is going through the stages of menopause will have to consider whether to deal with the signs and symptoms she is feeling with or without treatment. These lost hormones and the cessation of menstruation can give the woman any of the 34 signs and symptoms of menopause, and they can range from just mild annoyances to severely life restricting. The symptoms of menopause will include hot flashes, night sweats, irregular and erratic periods, libido loss of mood, vaginal dryness, erratic heartbeat, depression, anxiety, panic disorders, irritability, pains in breast, headaches, joint pain, tongue feels like its burning, digestive issues, gum problems, dry itchy skin, mood swings, fatigue, loss of hair, disorders of sleep, lack of concentration, memory loss, dizziness, gaining of weight, bloating, incontinence, brittle nails, allergies, odor changes, muscle tension, tingling hands and feet, and later on osteoporosis.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
When a woman opts for hormone replacement therapy there are three types she’ll be able to choose from. There are estrogen medications, progestin medications, and a combination of estrogen and progestin. If you are tolerating your symptoms it may be best to get by without hormone replacement therapy, as there are some studies that are showing an increase in some cancers, gall bladder dysfunction, heart attack, or stroke from HRT.
Side Effects of Progestin Based HRT
The more common side effects to taking Progestin based HRT is hair loss, weight gain, spotting, nausea, cramping, and tender breasts. Some of the more serious side effects include fainting, dizziness, breast lumps, chest pain, headaches, vision difficulty, vomiting, leg pain, and a shortness of breath. If you have any side effect while taking Progestin drugs please inform your health care provider as soon as possible.
Lowering your Risk of Side Effects
To lower your risk of having any of these hormone replacement therapy side effects, only take the HRT for as short of a time period as you can. Keeping your length of time of exposure to the influx of estrogen will reduce your chance of getting these side effects. Also, take the lowest possible dose that you can tolerate. Surely if you are going to take hormone replacement therapy medications you want to get some relief, but take the lowest dose that will give you that relief. More doesn’t mean “better”, and the more you take the more risk you’ll have for those side effects.
Norethindrone Acetate, or Aygestin, is in a pill form and is taken as a progestin only hormone replacement.
Micronized Progesterone, or Prometrium, is in a pill form and is taken as a progestin only hormone replacement.
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate, or Provera, is in a pill form and is taken as a progestin only hormone replacement.
Progestin HRT Cautions
People who have already had some types of cancer shouldn’t take progestin, including those who have fought breast cancer. If you have blood clots or heart disease you should not take progestin, nor if you have diabetes as it will have added risks involved.