There are numerous reasons to consider hormone replacement therapy. Perhaps you’ve been trying to lose weight but you just can’t seem to shed even a pound. Maybe you’re looking for something to help your relationship with your spouse get its spark back. Or you’re in search of a cure for perimenopausal symptoms. Hormone therapy can help with any and all of these issues, but a lot of our patients have asked us about the long-term effects of taking hormone replacements. Let’s explore some of the things you might experience with this type of treatment.
Reduced Risk of Osteoporosis
One of the most beneficial long-term effects of hormone therapy is a significantly reduced risk for osteoporosis. This is an especially important factor for women, as women are more likely to lose bone mass as they age. With hormone therapy, that bone loss is greatly reduced (or reversed entirely), and the risk of osteoporosis goes down by a lot. Women taking hormone replacements are less likely to suffer from broken hips and other broken bones, even in advancing years.
Reduced Instances of Cardiovascular Disease
Patients who take hormone replacements over a longer period of time are also at a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease. This occurs for a number of reasons. For example, hormone therapy helps patient regulate their weight, so they are less likely to have cardiovascular problems related to their weight. At the same time, hormone therapy has also been linked with lower LDL cholesterol levels and higher LDL cholesterol levels, which can improve cardiovascular health, as well.
Looking Younger for Years to Come
While perhaps not as important as preventing osteoporosis or improving cardiovascular health, hormone therapy has also been linked with increased collagen production. When your body produces more collagen, your skin will be suppler, and it will heal and return to its normal shape more easily after being stretched or injured. Thus, you’ll see fewer lines and wrinkles, and less sagging skin with hormone therapy.
Reduced Menopausal Symptoms
Every woman experiences menopause differently. Some have hot or cold flashes, while others experience intensified migraine symptoms. Still others will have an entirely different set of symptoms. These symptoms all occur because, during menopause, women’s bodies stop producing hormones at the rate they once did. By taking hormone replacements, women can avoid most (if not all) of the symptoms of menopause as they continue to feel young and vibrant for years to come.
Reduction in Certain Cancer Risks
Conclusive research is still needed, but there is a correlation between the use of hormone replacement therapy and reduction in risk for certain types of cancer. One of the most common cancers with a potentially reduced risk when patients use hormone replacement therapy is colorectal cancer.
These are just a few of the long-term effects of hormone therapy. As you can see, they are all beneficial, and some of them could even greatly increase your chances of living a long and healthy life with fewer medical problems and complications along the way.
Would you like to learn more about hormone therapy and how it might help you look and feel younger, more energetic, and healthier than you have in years? Call us at Juvia Med Spa today at 817-427-3700, and we will be happy to schedule your free consultation.