Risks and Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

By January 26, 2017Hormone Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy is used for a variety of reasons. One of the first things that many people think of is menopause symptom relief; however, some types of hormones can be used to treat a sluggish metabolism and aid in weight loss. Others can be used to increase your energy so that you feel and look younger than ever. At Juvia MedSpa, we offer many hormone replacement therapies for many reasons, and all of them carry similar benefits and risks that should be carefully considered.

Benefit #1: Improve your quality of life. 

Hormone replacement therapy, no matter what reason you choose to consider it, can dramatically improve your quality of life. Lose weight, feel younger, and get rid of the painful symptoms of menopause with a simple treatment. Hormone replacement therapy has some really great side effects, like improving your sleep, getting rid of muscle aches, and improving your mood. A variety of studies have shown that hormone replacement therapy can alleviate depressive symptoms.

Risk #1: Synthetic hormones have been linked to increased risk of stroke. 

There is a small increase in the risk of stroke related to the use of synthetic hormone replacements. In almost every conclusive study, these risks were shown to be more related to the dosage amount of the hormone, rather than the hormone itself. Our team of medical doctors will carefully monitor your hormone injections to ensure you are getting the proper dose.

Benefit #2: Lower the risk of colorectal cancer. 

Despite the risk above, the use of hormone replacement therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, in both women and men. A trial performed by the Women’s Health Initiative showed that oral combined hormone replacement therapy demonstrated a reduction in this risk.

Risk #2: Increase risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). 

The type and dose of the hormone therapy definitely changes this risk, but there have been studies that have show that the risk of developing VTE is two to three times higher when taking an oral form of hormone therapies. These risks are also influenced by age, obesity, smoking, and previous cases of VTE, and our staff will take all these factors into consideration when helping you create the right hormone treatment plan. By using transdermal hormones instead, we can avoid this increased risk.

Benefit #3: Reduce your risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and vaginal dryness or sexual dysfunction. 

In all of these areas, hormone replacement therapy has shown vast reductions in the risk associated with each. Our patients, as well as those from other clinics and studies around the country, have stronger bones, better vaginal health, and better cardiovascular health. In fact, taking hormone replacement therapy has shown to reduce the chances of coronary heart disease by 50% if taken within a decade of beginning menopause.

Bonus Benefit #4: Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy does away with nearly all these risks. 

One of the most exciting treatments that we offer at Juvia MedSpa is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. These are all-natural hormones that have been created to perfectly mimic your body’s natural hormones. Thanks to the way these bioidentical hormones are relased into the blood stream and recognized by the body as something it produced, your chances of increased risks typically assocated with hormone therapy are drastically reduced.