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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Side Effects: Know the Dangers Beforehand — an article on the Smart Living Network
July 26, 2008 at 4:26 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Side Effects: Know the Dangers Beforehand

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Very few people are excited about the prospect of getting older, although the alternative would be worse. Menopause is that gateway to advancing years. With all the physical and emotional changes happening in a womans body, it is almost like she is going through a second puberty. Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, is designed to help women by replacing some of the hormones that the body is not producing.

The Difficulties of Menopause

Hormone replacement therapy relieves some of the more trying symptoms of menopause. Many women experience hot flashes, soaking sweats, mood swings and difficulty sleeping. Hormone replacement therapy helps not only in relieving those symptoms but also in preventing increased bone loss which leads to osteoporosis.

Short-term Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Short-term side effects usually show up in the first few weeks after beginning hormone replacement therapy. There are many possible short-term side effects, and they are as follows: headache, acne, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, fluid retention, breast tenderness, vaginal discharge or bleeding, nervousness, appetite changes, skin discoloration and difficulty wearing contact lenses. While none of these side effects are life-threatening, they can certainly make life unpleasantespecially if a woman has more than one of these symptoms.

Serious Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy

While some of its side effects are just frustrating, other possible HRT side effects are much more serious. They are not as common as the other side effects, but if a woman were to experience even one of these, she should call her doctor immediately. Some of those more serious side effects are listed as follows: fever, double vision, severe abdominal pain, unusual bleeding, severe depression, loss of appetite, a rash, extreme exhaustion, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark-colored urine or light-colored stool. These side effects will be taken very seriously by a womans doctor.

Other Possible Serious Side Effects Linked to Hormone Replacement Therapy

There is a chance that Hormone Replacement Therapy may increase the risk of developing gallbladder disease, pulmonary embolism and endometrial cancer. Some studies also link long-term use of HRT with breast cancera significantly higher risk after using HRT long-term. While it is still under investigation, there seems to be evidence linking women with established heart disease with an increased risk of heart problems.

Hormone Replacement Therapy is not the Only Help for Menopause Symptoms

Menopause symptoms can be frustrating, embarrassing and depressing. For some unfortunate women, these symptoms can last ten years. Thankfully, there is help, and that help does not bring all of those possibly debilitating side effects. There are safe, natural supplements that are effective.

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