Hormone replacement therapy is now a widely available treatment option that’s growing in popularity among women over the age of 35—specifically those who feel run-down, prone to weight gain, and out of other options. There are many different reasons to get hormone replacement therapy, but here are some of the top reasons to get hormone therapy.

Help Protect Bones

Many studies have found that estrogen and testosterone have benefits for preventing bone loss, so some research suggests that hormone replacement therapy might help defend against problems like osteoporosis or hip fractures. The Women’s Health Initiative study did demonstrate reduced hip fracture risk when estrogen and progesterone levels were restored. However, claims that hormone replacement therapy can prevent bone loss or rebuild lost bones have not been proven.

Help Improve Energy

Because declining levels of hormones like progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone might be tied to your low levels of energy, it’s possible to experience more mental clarity, motivation, better sleep, and improved alertness when using hormone replacement therapy. However, this likely won’t translate to a faster metabolism or easier weight loss.

Can Help Decrease Hot Flashes/Night Sweats and Improve Sleep

Certain clinical studies have found that oral use of hormone replacement therapy is highly effective in alleviating hot flashes and night sweats, two of the most common symptoms associated with menopause and sleep disturbances. One 2001 study that tested the effects of hormone replacement therapy vs. a placebo in hot flash symptom frequency and severity found that hormone replacement therapy resulted in an average 77% reduction in symptom frequency, while placebo produced about a 50% reduction. Hormone replacement therapy also lowered severity of symptoms and did not cause more side effects or withdrawal than the placebo.

May Improve Sex Drive and Reduce Vaginal Dryness

Up to 45% of menopausal or postmenopausal women might be affected by vaginal atrophy, which causes symptoms like vaginal dryness, pain during sex, itching, irritation, burning, and discharge. Hormone replacement drugs used for about one year or less are often prescribed to alleviate these symptoms.

These are just some of the top ways that hormone replacement therapy can help you live a more comfortable life. Some other afflictions that hormone therapy can help treat are hair loss, fatigue, weight gain (especially around the mid-section), slowed recovery time from exercise or injury, depression, foggy headedness, loss of muscle mass, and mood swings.

Dr. Eric Seiger is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who has been offering innovative, expert medical solutions since graduating from New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986. Throughout his career as a leader in the field of cosmetic surgery and enhancements, Dr. Seiger has been frequently published in medical journals for his development of new techniques for the safe removal and treatment of veins.