Mahaska Health Partnership Educates on Hormone Replacement Therapy
MAHASKA COUNTY – During menopause, women undergo a wide array of changes. One treatment option to consider is hormone replacement therapy. Mahaska Health Partnership explores the purpose of therapy for menopausal women.
Hormone replacement therapy is a technique used to help supplement the body with estrogen and sometimes progesterone during and after menopause. “Women produce estrogen and progesterone in their ovaries,” Family Nurse Practitioner Jill Konfrst of MHP’s New Sharon Medical Center shared. “As women age, they stop producing sufficient amounts of these hormones, which starts the process known as menopause.”
For some women, this fluctuation of hormone levels brings a variety of symptoms that can be difficult to handle. “Hot flashes, incontinence, dry skin, sleeplessness and low libido are just a few of the symptoms women may experience,” Konfrst explained. “When they become a burden in your everyday life, it may be time to discuss treatment options like hormone replacement therapy. This treatment is less invasive than surgical procedures, and can be a good place to start when trying to manage menopause.”
The estrogen and progesterone hormones play a big role in a woman’s health, according to Konfrst. “Estrogen plays a role in calcium use, cholesterol levels and overall health of a woman’s reproductive system. When these hormone levels fluctuate, hot flashes and osteoporosis may become troublesome.”
As with any medication, less is best. “I recommend to my patients that in order to reduce their risk of long-term side effects, it is best to take the lowest dose possible of hormone replacement medications,” Konfrst urged. “Yearly check-ups to evaluate overall health and medication doses are also important. With your body constantly changing, it is imperative to evaluate whether your medications are doing their job.”
Family Nurse Practitioner Jill Konfrst practices fulltime at MHP’s New Sharon Medical Center and can treat patients of all ages. To make an appointment, call 641.637.2651.
Mahaska Health Partnership, located in Oskaloosa, is a non-profit health system accredited by the Joint Commission. It is guided by its mission to provide exceptional customer service and health improvement, linking the science of medicine with the humanity of compassionate care. For more information about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, visit www.mahaskahealth.org.