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If you’re a woman over the age of 40, chances are you’ve experienced the occasional hot flash. While they may not be fun, hot flashes are actually a normal part of the aging process.
However, if you’re finding that hot flashes are interfering with your quality of life, you may be wondering if there’s anything you can do to relieve them. One option is hormone therapy. Let’s take a closer look at how hormone therapy can help relieve hot flashes.
Hot flashes are caused by a drop in estrogen levels. When estrogen levels decline, the hypothalamus (the part of the brain responsible for regulating body temperature) becomes more sensitive to changes in temperature. This can cause blood vessels to dilate, which results in a sudden feeling of warmth and sweating.
Hormone therapy works by replenishing the body’s supply of estrogen. This can help reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes by stabilizing the body’s temperature regulation system.
As with any medication, there are some risks associated with hormone therapy. The most common side effects include headaches, nausea, bloating, and breast tenderness. These side effects are usually mild and go away after a few weeks of treatment. More serious risks include an increased risk of blood clots and breast cancer. However, these risks are generally low when hormone therapy is used at low doses for a short period of time.
If you’re experiencing hot flashes that are interfering with your quality of life, hormone therapy may be an option worth considering. Hormone replacement therapy can help reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes by replenishing the body’s supply of estrogen.
Our expert team will help you determine if hormone replacement therapy is right for you! Contact us today to get started!