Facts and Myths about Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

Does what you’ve heard about hormone replacement therapy scare you? We understand and appreciate that, with all of the misinformation out there about this treatment, it’s easy to get frightened and confused. Don’t worry, though. Hayley Pisano, NP at ReacTvate Vitality and Wellness can guide you through the process and help put your mind at ease.

What are the myths about HRT — and the facts?

The most pervasive myth about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, is that it causes cancer. While HRT has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, this applies only to certain types of HRT and women who have a history of cancer.  Hayley will sit down with you and discuss whether your present hormone treatment, or any other that you may be considering, will put you at an elevated risk for breast cancer. In choosing a therapy, you’ll want to know that the benefits outweigh the risks.

What about alternatives?

Another myth is that complementary medicines and therapies can replace HRT entirely, and this is simply not true — you need a combination of traditional and alternative treatments to be effective. Hayley is not only traditionally trained, but he also specializes in holistic medicine. With both medical and naturopathic training and experience, he can work with you to create a hormone replacement treatment plan that includes both types of remedies for your menopausal symptoms. 

Don’t I need a blood test to know that I have menopause?

HRT is for women who demonstrate a  need for replacement therapy based on lab tests and clinical symptoms whether you have gone through menopause or not. The amount of hormone needed to obtain ideal levels depends on lab results and your doctor’s recommendations for therapy. Both men and women who may feel fine often have low levels of hormones, simply because they may have always been that way or have been gradually declining over years so their new normal is difficult to differentiate from months or years prior. This same process applies to men as well and the only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with a qualified physician who has intimate knowledge of HRT.

Will I gain weight due to hormone replacement therapy?

Weight gain is another commonly held concern among women who are considering hormone replacement therapy. In truth, other factors are responsible. Menopause affects your libido, your stamina — and your muscle mass. It’s also common for many women to reduce the amount of exercising they do as they get older, and a reduction of estrogen means an increase in appetite. Weight gain is natural under these conditions but can be countered by watching your diet and adding more exercise to your routine.

In addition, part of the benefit of sustained HRT is the ability to keep some of the muscle tone and bone density you’ve had throughout your life. Here, too, exercise can help your ability to do so.

Living your best life is always our goal for you. Call us at 602-491-9597 or use our online scheduling system to set up your appointment for a consultation about whether HRT is a viable option for you.

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