Estrogen-progesterone-HRT-ERT-do you know the difference? We hear a lot about
hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, yet 7 out of 10 women cannot name the two
most important female hormones. HRT includes estrogen and progesterone, in
many different brands, combinations, and doses. It is often prescribed for
women who have gone through menopause. There are pills, patches, creams, vaginal
rings, and injections. Women who don't have a uterus can take estrogen alone;
women with a uterus must take progesterone as well.
There are 2 major reasons women choose HRT: to prevent or treat menopausal
symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, decreased libido and sleeplessness
and to prevent or reduce their risk from diseases caused or worsened by estrogen
loss such as heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, and colon cancer.
HRT is not for everyone. There are even some women who have conditions disqualifying
them from taking estrogen. There are some women who have side effects even
on low doses. There are also many women who could benefit from HRT but
are scared by misleading stories. For more information, click here.
Created: 9/6/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.