As women age, their bodies change. They go through menopause, and they become more at risk for developing osteoporosis. Many of these changes are caused by hormonal changes in the body.
Hormone replacement supplements the body’s naturally produced hormones with additional ones that help mitigate the effects of aging. Hormone replacement may be used to alleviate some of the symptoms caused by menopause, or it might be used to strengthen bones and combat osteoporosis. In some cases, the treatment may be used for both purposes.
Many middle-aged and elderly women can benefit from hormone replacement treatments. Because it’s a safe and non-invasive way of addressing issues that most women face, hormone replacement is widely used.
Depending on a patient’s needs and concerns, hormone replacement may last for several months, years, or even indefinitely. Individual appointments, however, are relatively short. Most hormone replacement appointments take as long as an average doctor’s appointment takes. Patients usually can work the appointments around their other activities, especially if they live or work close to their doctor’s practice.
At a typical hormone replacement appointment, a patient will discuss her symptoms and history with a doctor. Depending on specific symptoms, the doctor may ask follow-up questions or perform an exam. Once the meeting is over, the doctor will prescribe any appropriate hormone replacement treatments.
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