What Women Should Know
...About Hormonal Medications
By: Andrea K. Friall, MD
Women are complex individuals and so is our health. From menarche to menopause, our bodies are constantly changing. Going from the adolescent teenage girl with raging hormones to the menopausal women with hormones we just can’t seem to control.
Understanding the natural changes that our bodies are going through is essential. Proper rest, diet, exercise, and stress management influence your body's own hormonal regulation. Health care providers are faced daily with questions about whether hormonal manipulation will benefit and improve a women's quality of life.
Common uses of hormonal medications include control or treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding, painful menstrual cycles, contraception, polycystic ovarian syndrome, premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder, endometriosis, osteoporosis prevention, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes.
Birth control pills, hormonal intrauterine devices, and hormone replacement therapy are most commonly prescribed to help women of various ages manage some of the conditions described above in an effort to improve their quality of life. They are certainly not without risks, adverse reactions, or side effects. Use of hormonal medications is simply not appropriate for all women. A thorough discussion with your physician regarding specific risks should take place before beginning any hormonal regimen.
Your health as a woman is individualized and unique to you. If you are not already, it is time to become pro-active about your mental and physical health. Create a relationship with your health care provider and medical home team that accentuate your full well-being. If you are looking for more information regarding women's health please call (850)877-7241 and have your questions answered today.