Menopause Home > How Femhrt Works for Menopause Symptoms
Menopause is a normal change in a woman's life when she stops having her period. That's why some people call menopause "the change of life." A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for an entire year and there are no other causes for this change. Menopause symptoms include:
- Vaginal changes, such as dryness or irritation
- Changes in your period, including abnormal bleeding or "spotting"
- Hot flashes (sometimes known as hot flushes)
- Night sweats and sleeping problems (including insomnia)
- Thinning and weakening of your bones
- Mood changes
- Urinary problems
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Less interest in sex and changes in sexual response
- Weight gain or an increase in body fat around your waist
- Hair thinning or loss.
For some women, these symptoms are quite severe, and some form of menopause relief may be necessary. This may include medications, natural menopause relief remedies, or non-medical ways to deal with the symptoms.
During and after menopause, women experience a drop in estrogen levels, as well as a shift in the balance of estrogens that the body produces. This causes many of the symptoms of menopause. femhrt contains ethinyl estradiol, an estrogen which helps to relieve menopausal symptoms by replacing the estrogen that the ovaries no longer produce.
In addition to estrogen, femhrt contains norethindrone, a progestin hormone. Norethindrone is added to femhrt because giving estrogens without a progestin to postmenopausal women can increase the risk of cancer of the lining of the uterus. Norethindrone decreases this risk. Of course, this only applies to women who still have a uterus (who have not had a hysterectomy). For women without a uterus, the norethindrone component is usually considered unnecessary.
For menopause treatment, femhrt should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period necessary.
femhrt is a continuous (not cyclic) hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medication. In other words, it is taken nonstop without any breaks from either of the hormones. This means that most women will (eventually) stop having periods while taking it.