Are there any HRT alternatives?

Your hormone replacement therapy choices

Not everyone will be able to take HRT therapy to balance out their hormonal levels. For those people, there are alternatives. While some of these can be equally as effective for regulating hormones, HRT is the preferred method for good reason.

Lifestyle changes are the most common alternative to HRT. While this is an ideal treatment method, it may not be for everyone. Your doctor may suggest that you change your diet and introduce specific foods into your meals that can help your hormone production. Your doctor may also recommend getting some exercise or losing weight as part of your hormone control measures.

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Other suggestions your doctor may have could include quitting smoking, reducing stress, using vaginal lubricants and changing up the way you sleep.

For post-menopausal women, Tibolone is a good alternative to HRT. It is a tablet you take daily, and it helps to reduce hot flushes, boost your libido and regulate your mood. However, it only works for certain women, and it won’t be as effective as HRT, so don’t expect a wonder drug solution from this one.

Menopausal women may be able to get the help they need from Clonidine. This medication reduces hot-flushes and decreases the number of night sweats that occur. Once again, it doesn’t work for every woman, and it isn’t as effective as HRT either, but it may be the best choice as far as medicating the problem.

Natural hormones are hormones made from plant matter that replicate the effects of human hormones. The body typically accepts these, but there have been instances where patients have developed allergic reactions to them. They avoid the chemical problem that some hormone therapies suffer from since they are made from all-natural substances, but once again, their effects are not always as powerful as you may like.

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