Hormonal replacement therapy, also known as hormonal therapy is a process of medical treatment that uses female hormones – estrogen and progesterone – to treat symptoms of menopause and aging. Once your periods stops at the age of 45, levels of estrogen and progesterone drops significantly in females. This sudden drop in the level of essential hormones often leads to certain uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes or vaginal dryness. At times, it can also lead to conditions like osteoporosis. In hormonal therapy women receive the estrogen and progesterone hormones that their body no longer makes in order to relieve these symptoms. There are two type of hormonal replacement therapy. The systemic hormone therapy is given in the form of pills, skin patches, gels or creams. These are considered as effective forms of treatment for relief of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. The low dose vaginal products are light dosages of vaginal preparations of estrogen in the form of cream and tablets that can effectively treat urinary and vaginal symptoms. However, they are not very much effective in treating hot flashes, night sweats or protection against osteoporosis. The average monthly cost of hormone replacement therapy for women can range from about $10 to $85, depending on the drug used. There is no specific time limit on how long one needs to undergo the therapy. It's wise to seek professional advice in this regard. But most women stop taking the hormone therapy once their menopausal symptoms pass of, which usually takes a couple of years or so.
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