WHAT IS HRT?
The wonderful hormone Oestrogen, that protects a woman
from hypertension and heart disease, begins to decline with approaching menopause. Sadly
this is the stage when a career woman is at the peak of her career or a housewife is just
settling down to enjoy the fruits of her endless labours of bringing up a family. A time,
which a woman looks forward to, a time she should relish turns into a dark cavern with
effects of menopause.
HRT is used in all those conditions where there is low estrogen. Low estrogen level may be due to menopause, removal of ovaries or just before menopause, menopause being the most common cause. HRT can prevent a lot of unnecessary suffering not only in the women themselves but also to their families. Menopause is a strain on a woman's family too! With HRT available, there is no reason why a woman should be prevented from leading a full and happy life for many years to come.
During the last few years considerable evidence has accumulated that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) relieves the acute symptoms of estrogen deficiency, benefits some of the intermediate symptoms, and reduces the risk of some of the long-term problems. Thus, HRT fulfills both preventive and curative roles.