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Published On: Wed, Jan 13th, 2016

Signs and symptoms which prompt you to seek help of HRT – Effect on cholesterol

Hormone replacement therapy is given to those women whose progesterone and estrogen levels drop considerably after menopause. Both estrogen and progesterone are hormones and this therapy tops up the levels of the most important hormones within the body of a woman. It is not that HRT is only a treatment for women as it can also refer to treatment of male hormones and may also be needed by those individuals who undergo sex change. Before we move on to the effects of HRT on men, let’s have a close look at how it helps the women anatomy to function properly.

With the increase in the reproductive issues among women, many of them are taking resort to the artificial hormones in order to solve their health issues. When there is a drop in progesterone and estrogen levels, as they usually do during the approach of menopause, some women might gain while boosting their hormone levels to reduce some symptoms of menopause. Estrogen stimulates release of eggs and once the supply of eggs end, the estrogen levels start declining.

Drop in levels of estrogen – What are the symptoms and signs?

Estrogen is a hormone which helps maintain the density of bones, maintains the exact body temperature and also regulates the moisture of the vagina. When there is a drop in the levels of estrogen, here are some signs and symptoms that you may face:

  • Urinary trouble
  • Dryness in the vagina
  • Receding hairline
  • Sleep disorders and insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Low levels of fertility
  • Hot flashes
  • Reduction in the size of breasts
  • Difficulties in memory and concentration
  • Accumulating extra fat in the abdominal area

Women's Health Link ad refused by Fort Wayne Indiana bus systemApart from vaginal dryness, most of the symptoms disappear gradually within 2-5 years. You might even see such symptoms occuring before the start of menopause, which is called the peri-menopause stage. Hence the patient might still get her periods and also face some menopausal symptoms. The function of progesterone is to prepare the womb for potential pregnancies and it also helps in creating the lining of the uterus.

Can testosterone levels among men impact their cholesterol?

There might be different medical conditions for which men can use the testosterone therapy. While it has got many benefits, there are some side effects too like prostate growth, skin issues like acne and reduction of sperm count. One more factor to consider is that it could also lead to an unwanted change to your total cholesterol level. According to a research, it has given us mixed results. While HDL cholesterol is good for your body, LDL cholesterol is bad for your health. There are some studies which suggest that testosterone therapy can gradually lead to a decrease in the HDL levels and increase the levels of LDL cholesterol. The main function of HDL cholesterol is to allow your body to eliminate the extra LDL particles. Some other researchers argue that there’s no proof that testosterone plays a role in either decreasing or increasing any cholesterol in your body.

What is cholesterol?

This is a type of fat or lipid which is found in the bloodstream. We require some amount of cholesterol for production of healthy cells. However a building up of too much LD cholesterol leads to formation of plaques within the arteries which is known as atherosclerosis. This can narrow down the arteries and stop blood flow to the heart and then result in a heart attack.

Therefore, irrespective of whether you’re a man or a woman, HRT can help you in different ways. National HRT carries loads of information on hormone replacement therapy which you can go through for enhancing your knowledge.

Guest Author: Pankab Deb

 

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  1. women's-Health says:

    so wraping it in one irrespective of the sex, HRT can helps us in different ways.

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