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why are synthetic hormones prescribed for menopause?

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Dr. Lisa Lepine
Gynecology 31 years experience
To manage symptoms: Hormone therapy is given in menopause primarily to treat symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, difficilty sleeping, mood changes. All hormones are "synthesized" even "bioidentical" hormones. Bioidentical hormones are merely hormones that are structurally identical to what the body produces.
Dr. Timothy Raichle
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Symptom relief: Synthetic hormones are virtually identical to the "bio-identical" hormones that i will assume you are curious about. The advantage of "synthetic" hormones is that they are safe, regulated, and you know exactly what doses you are getting. They are prescribed in most cases to treat symptoms of menopause or bone-thinning (called osteopenia or osteoporosis). I hope this helps!

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Which hormone increasespigmentationof theskin?

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Must my hormone levels be tested before determining if menopause?

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Menopause: You don't have to, but this will help establish the diagnosis.

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