Hormone Therapy (HT): Systematic Estrogen Influence
As the RN working in a family health clinic, you are providing education to a peri-menopausal woman who is seeking your guidance related to hormone therapy for management of hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.
Using information from evidence based findings found in current professional resources; respond to the following questions.
Initial Discussion Post:
•Describe two (2) benefits and two (2) risks of hormone therapy?
•Do the benefits of hormone therapy outweigh the risk? Provide rationale with evidence based data from the literature.
•What is one potential alternative to hormone therapy for this patient? Provide rationale to explain how this alternative may be beneficial for this patient.
•Describe how you will incorporate the QSEN pre-licensure Patient Centered Care competency into assisting this patient to make an informed decision on the most appropriate plan of care for her.
Base your initial post on your readings and research of this topic. Your initial post must contain a minimum of 250 words. References, citations, and repeating the question do not count towards the 250 word minimum.
One benefit of hormone therapy (HT) is that systematic estrogen assists in alleviating conditions such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bone loss, and night sweats whether used with estrogen or without progestogen. This improves sleep patterns, sexual relations, and also the quality of life. The other benefit is that low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen effectively treat vaginal symptoms and even some urinary problems with minimal absorption in the body (Prentice et al., 2009).
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