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What Every Woman Should Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy


2. Systemic Hormone Therapy vs. Low-Dose Therapy

Now that we’ve covered the two types of hormone therapy (estrogen-only and estrogen and progestin), it’s also broken down into systemic hormone therapy and low-dose therapy. Systemic can come in the form of the pill, skin patch, gel, cream, or spray. This therapy is most effective for hot flashes and night sweats. “Estrogen can also ease vaginal symptoms of menopause, such as dryness, itching, burning and discomfort with intercourse,” says the Mayo Clinic.

On the other hand, low dose hormone therapies typically come in the form of cream, tablet, or ring and are most effective for treating vaginal and some urinary symptoms. They do so in a much lower dosage that is considered to be safer for certain women. “Low dose hormone therapy, used judiciously, still remains the most effective way to treat the troubling symptoms of menopause for those who need it and who can use it safely,” writes the Huffington Post.

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