Are we doing it right? Hormone Replacement Therapy

The science behind ‘Hormone Replacement therapy‘(HRT) has put women on a medically-engineered, press-fuelled, big pharma funded roller coaster ride. Essentially Hormone Replacement Therapy is medical treatment during the course of which the patient receives hormones to substitute other hormones for naturally occurring hormones or supplement a lack of naturally occurring hormones. This therapy is majorly carried out for menopause in women(Estrogen/Progesterone/Progestin Hormone Therapy). The other significant Hormone Replacement Therapy treatments are for transgender people and for people suffering from male hypogonadism(Testosterone replacement therapy) or growth hormone deficiency.

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The Global Industry Analysis of Hormone Replacement Therapy Market is estimated to be dealing in $15.75 billion in 2016 and is predicted to reach $22.31 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 7.21%. While North America is the most lucrative market for this therapy, the market in Asia Pacific is also surging forward according to the latest hormone replacement therapy (HRT) trends.

In women, after menopause, there is a fall in hormone levels which leads to uncomfortable conditions like hot flashes, vaginal dryness and sometimes osteoporosis and heart conditions and also reduces the risk of diabetes by 30% in younger women. HRT’s main purpose is to replace hormones that your body can no longer produce which is one of the reasons why it is the most efficient treatment for menopause. Estrogen Therapy is mainly recommended to women who have had a hysterectomy and experiencing the menopause symptoms. This is largely due to the fact that though Estrogen helps during pregnancy, it also controls how your body controls calcium and raises good cholesterol in the blood. Estrogen/Progesterone/Progestin Therapy is prescribed to women who still have their uterus owing to the fact that taking Estrogen without Progesterone rises the risk of cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus.

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Increasing geriatric and neonatal population as well as the rising cases of hormonal imbalance disorders drive this market. Increasing awareness among customers, technological advancements in this field also help the growth rate of Hormone Replacement Therapy market size. Rising population of women of the age group 45-59 who form a major chunk of the demand chain is adding to the increase in demand of the Global Hormone Replacement Therapy Market.

But past research has highlighted the potential risks of HRT. There exists a constant fear of side effects such as bloating, breast tenderness or enlargement, mood swings, nausea, risk of breast cancer and stroke during and after the treatment which is a hindrance to progress in the ever increasing Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Market size. The high expenses involved occur in this treatment is a major hurdle thus decreasing the size of the target audience. These are some of the reasons why it is best to start on a low dose and closely monitor the results.

On the basis of the route of administration, the hormone replacement therapy industry is classified as oral, parenteral, transdermal patches and others. Among these the oral route is the most preferred one. Adding to this, the Hormone Replacement therapy market is also segmented on the basis of the hormone type like Estrogen, Progestin, Testosterone, Thyroid hormone(thyroid hormone replacement therapy) etc.

When all possibilities are considered, every patient especially women needs to keep in mind what is in their best interest both physically and emotionally as they go through their hormonal imbalance phase. Age is also a factor that has a considerable impact on the outcome of this therapy. This might be one of the reasons why some believe in allievating the risks permanently by taking hormone replacement drugs while the others believe that the benefits don’t adequately outweigh the risks. The decision is left for us to take on our own. What is the best option for us, with our conditions, at this stage in our life?  If you are willing to try alternatives first and opt for HRT as the final resort, then it is your decision. The main focus needs to be on getting to know the specifics and making a well-educated decision. That could be why conditions like menopause and hypogonadism will be a challenge to treat for the hormone replacement therapy industry in the time to come.

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