Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment that involves the use of hormones to supplement or replace the body’s naturally occurring hormones. It is commonly used to alleviate symptoms of hormone deficiencies or imbalances, particularly in menopause or andropause.
In women, hormone replacement therapy typically involves the administration of estrogen, sometimes combined with progesterone or progestin. It can help relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. It may also have benefits for bone health and reduce the risk of certain conditions like osteoporosis.
Hormone replacement therapy is not without risks, and it should be discussed with a healthcare provider who can assess an individual’s specific situation, medical history, and potential benefits and risks. The appropriateness and potential side effects of hormone replacement therapy can vary depending on factors such as age, overall health, and individual circumstances. Regular monitoring and follow-up with a healthcare professional are typically recommended for individuals undergoing hormone replacement therapy.