Walden University NURS 6521: Advanced Pharmacology January 30, 2019 Week 10 Discussion: Hormone Replacement Therapy In women’s health, there is the cessation in the production of estrogen and progesterone prematurely or during menopause. The natural course of menopause occurs due to the loss of the ovaries ability to continue the production estrogen (Arcangelo et al., 2017). Women are at a serious disadvantage as they begin to progress through the various phases of menopause. Most women, depending on their situation will have to make a personal decision of whether or not to utilize HRT or natural supplements to offset the bothersome symptoms experience by natural menopause or by a hysterectomy. Strength and Limitation of Hormone Replacement Therapy The strength of HRT is the benefits it provided to a woman to sustain a quality of life (QOL) after menopause. According to Sood, Faubion, Kuhle, Thielen, & Shuster (2014) age and the onset of menopause affect the balance between the benefits and risk of HRT in postmenopausal women. A woman usually experiences natural menopause after the age of 40-50 years old, and 12 months after the last menstrual cycle. The woman would then experiences the vasomotor symptoms of irritability, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, low energy, and night sweats (Arcangelo et al., 2017). In this case, menopausal hormonal therapy if there are no other health risks involved. MHT affords the woman an almost immediate and tremendous benefit in reducing the VMS symptoms of menopause (Sood et al., 2014). Moreover, Sood et al. (2014) encourage HRT for women who have a hysterectomy or premature menopause. The authors further assert that the
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