Whether or not you are going to pursue hormone replacement therapy is a decision that only you can make with the help and guidance of your OBGYN. Earlier in life, many women have an idea in the back of their mind as to whether or not they're going to take hormones. But things can change when you actually reach menopause and experience its symptoms firsthand. As such, it's important to be open-minded. Your first step should be to have a detailed discussion with your OBGYN about the pros and cons of hormone replacement for you, in particular. So, what are some signs it's time for you to schedule that talk?
Often, mood swings are one of the first signs of menopause. However, they are easy to overlook. You may figure you're just moody because of life circumstances. But ask those around you, like your partner and family members, if they've noticed you've been moodier. It's common for other people to notice mood swings before you do. They are definitely a sign you need to talk to your OBGYN about hormone replacement. In fact, they're one of the most common reasons why women do take hormones; keeping your mood stable is important for social and career-related reasons.
Did you know that fatigue can be a sign of menopause? If you are having trouble getting out of bed or are mentally and physically exhausted after a normal day, then you may want to pursue hormone replacement so you don't spend the next five years sleeping and watching television! Make sure you bring up this symptom, specifically, when chatting with your OBGYN, as extreme fatigue can be a sign that the hormonal changes of menopause are affecting you more than the average person.
Loss of Libido
Many women are disappointed by the loss of libido they experience as they grow older. But this is not just an effect of aging; it is a distinct sign of menopause. Not only may you not be in the mood, but you may experience some vaginal dryness and soreness with sex, too. If these symptoms sound all too familiar to you, then it's time to have a talk with your OBGYN. Even if you ultimately end up deciding against hormone replacement, there are other creams and remedies they can recommend.
Hormone replacement is not for every woman, but if you are experiencing the signs above, it's time to at least have a discussion with your OBGYN about it.