What are the HRT benefits?

Exploring the benefits of hormone replacement therapy

While there are some potential risks associated with HRT (hormone replacement therapy), the benefits far outweigh them, especially for women who are under 50 and who are in relatively good health.

What is HRT?

HRT is a treatment method that uses oestrogen and other hormones to balance out the levels of hormones in the body. This is particularly useful for women who are suffering from lower hormonal levels due to a hysterectomy, oophorectomy or menopause.

By introducing more hormones into the body to rectify an imbalance, some additional benefits may occur.

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Improved Bone Density

We know that oestrogen is responsible for helping keep bones dense. It permits the body to process or metabolise Vitamin D more effectively. This ensures the bones stay strong and healthy, even during later years.

Osteoporosis is prevalent in older people, especially older women, and that is due primarily to lower levels of oestrogen in the body. Once the oestrogen levels are back to a desired level, the bone density increases and the risk for bone disease decreases significantly.

Reduced Risk of Various Cancers

During a woman’s period, her uterine lining, or endometrium, sheds. This shedding gets rid of the old, dead cells and replaces them with new cells. It also reduces build-up in the vagina of uterine cells. Once menopause hits, oestrogen levels decrease, and the uterine lining no longer sheds. This can lead to a build-up of uterine cells and can cause cancer.

By receiving HRT, women can get their oestrogen levels back to where they need to be and prevent ovarian cancer and other cancers of the reproductive system.

Balancing out hormone levels also prevents colorectal cancer and allows women to reduce their risk for a variety of diseases and ailments. A lot of the poor health that we associate with old age can be traced back to hormone levels that are no longer stable or that have taken a dip. By reintroducing those hormones, women can enjoy much the same level of health as they used to.

Other Benefits

While HRT doesn’t affect the immune system directly, it does provide a lot of protection on its own. It helps the body stay strong and fight against many different medical conditions, and in many ways, it brings back the vitality and health of youth to women of any age.

HRT isn’t for everyone, but the benefits are extensive enough that any woman who is in menopause, about to enter menopause or who has had her ovaries or uterus removed should consider it.

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