Because there are different types of hormone therapy, treatments may differ in the kinds of side effects they might have. However, some main side effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) include:
- Blood clotting
- Heart attack or stroke for people with heart conditions
- An increased chance of developing breast cancer
- An increased chance of developing dementia for women aged 65 and older
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists common side effects for different types of HRT treatments.
For example, it is generally advised that women who have not had a hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus) should not take estrogen-only medications as this type of HRT can increase their chances of developing endometrial cancer. However, this side effect does not occur with estrogen plus progesterone medications.
Other side effects of estrogen-only, progesterone-only, and estrogen-progesterone combination medicines include:
- Higher chance of developing gallbladder disease
- Increased cholesterol levels, which can lead to pancreatic issues
- Problems in the liver
- High blood pressure, which can lead to headaches
- Vision loss as a result of blood clotting in the eye
- Severe allergic reactions
Other less serious side effects can also occur and range from stomach cramps to vaginal yeast infections. You can discuss more about these side effects with a physician before starting HRT treatment.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Helps Women Going Through Menopause
Hormone replacement therapy, also known as menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), is a female hormone therapy treatment used to help women ease their menopausal symptoms, including osteoporosis. According to the Mayo Clinic, HRT functions as a replacement for the estrogen a menopausal woman’s body is no longer making.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) also explains that women who took local forms of HRT did not have higher risks of several side effects associated with systemic hormone therapy. Also, both people who did and did not take local HRT had similar risks of stroke, cancer, and blood clotting, implicating that this form of HRT does not have a noticeably higher risk of developing these conditions.
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Patients at Anti-Aging and Regenerative Associates Can Get Examined Before Treatment Starts
At Anti-Aging and Regenerative Associates, we value the health of our patients, and we are clear about every type of treatment procedure we perform. If it is your first time visiting our facility, we offer:
- A physical examination to determine your current health condition
- A brief consultation to understand the scope of symptoms you are experiencing
- Lab work to get further information about your health status.
This allows us to determine which kind of HRT treatment may be suitable for you or whether you should opt for an alternative form of treatment.
At our facility, we offer a variety of anti-aging and regenerative treatment procedures to help people cope with negative symptoms related to aging, lack of nutrients, and other chronic conditions. Some of the treatment services we offer to women include:
- Bio-identical HRT
- IV infusion therapy
- Facial rejuvenation
- Weight loss plans
- Female hormone dysregulation
- Thyroid disorder treatment
- Perimenopause and menopause therapy
If you would like to learn more about the side effects of hormone replacement therapy, schedule an appointment at Anti-Aging Regenerative Associates. We explain which treatment options may be appropriate for your health condition and perform necessary lab work and physical exams to determine which route to take. Before starting any treatment, we discuss its potential side effects with patients so that they understand what to expect and look out for should negative symptoms arise.