Hormone Therapy for Menopause
Treatment with estrogen and progesterone, called combination hormone therapy, is often prescribed for women suffering from moderate to severe symptoms of menopause, if they still have their uterus. For women who have had their uterus removed (hysterectomy), Estrogen by itself is typically prescribed to treat the symptoms of menopause.
Both estrogen and combination hormone therapy are effective treatments for hot flashes, vaginal dryness and mood swings. In addition to being prescribed by pill, hormonal patches, creams, gels, vaginal suppositories or vaginal rings may be prescribed by the OBGYN depending upon the woman’s symptoms.
Some women may not be candidates for hormone therapy due to medical conditions such as breast or uterine cancer, blood clotting issues, liver disease, heart disease, stroke, or undiagnosed vaginal bleeding. For these women, and others who do not want to take hormones, our OBGYNs can prescribe non-hormonal treatments to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
Typically hormone therapy for menopause is started before age 60 and taken for up to 5 years.