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Does anyone know how estrogen creams relate to menopause and bleeding?

Does anyone know how estrogen creams relate to menopause and bleeding?

Estrogen & Menopause: Depends on the cream, but about 50% of women after menopause will grow a lining if stimulated by estradiol. Think of Estradiol as a fertilizer. Then we come in with the "lawnmower" which is progesterone, often in a 10-day burst every few months to remove the lining. ...Read more

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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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How to treat estrogen dominance caused due to pcos? Bcp doesn't seem to help so anything besides that.

How to treat estrogen dominance caused due to pcos? Bcp doesn't seem to help so anything besides that.

Try progesterone: You may benefit from transdermal Progesterone cream. Many people tolerate this better than the synthetic progestin found in birth control pills. There is also a lot that can be done with the diet to help treat pcos, most having to do with re-sensitizing your body to insulin. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how hormone levels relate menopause to memory loss?

Does anyone know how hormone levels relate menopause to memory loss?

Related: Estrogen is a key hormone that helps decrease memory loss in menopause. Many women suffer from the "menopause moment" lose words in a middle of a sentence, decreased short term memory. This can be helped by bio identical hormone replacement if you are a good candidate. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with vulvar vestibulitis due to hormone fluctuation. How long will it take for my estrogen levels to re-balance themselves?

Was diagnosed with vulvar vestibulitis due to hormone fluctuation. How long will it take for my estrogen levels to re-balance themselves?

The response depends: On your body-may take days- weeks. Try otc Motrin , prescription muscle relaxers. Get enough sleep. Follow up with your gyn! take care! ...Read more

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What do progesterone creams do? Can they help with low estrogen? If not, what natural supplements could I take to help raise estrogen?

What do progesterone creams do? Can they help with low estrogen? If not, what natural supplements could I take to help raise estrogen?

See your GYN: You need to see your GYN to discuss treatment of menopausal symptoms. There is no natural supplement to raise estrogen levels. If you have or are going through the change, you need to discuss hormone replacement. ...Read more

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How often do you bleed if you have endmetrical cancer in menopause and how does it last?

How often do you bleed if you have endmetrical cancer in menopause and how does it last?

Endometrial cancer: If you are menopause-you are not supposed to have any vaginal bleeding anymore. If you do, you definitely will need to go to see your gynecologist and have it checked. One of the things that have to be ruled out besides infection, inflammation etc- is cancer. ...Read more

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I think my bloating is related to perimenoupause and birth control peels as hormone therapy does not help. How can it be treated?

I think my bloating is related to perimenoupause and birth control peels as hormone therapy does not help. How can it be treated?

Birth control ??: If you are taking "the pill" it may well be the cause. At "perimenopause" whatever that means, birth control is not needed. Otherwise, look to your diet because that is a common cause of bloating. ...Read more

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Why does low progesterone or estrogen dominance cause acne in women with pcos? How does that happen?

Why does low progesterone or estrogen dominance cause acne in women with pcos? How does that happen?

Hyperandrogenism: Acne in women with pcos is caused by hyperandrogenism (too much male-type hormones) including testosterone, produced by the ovaries. Insulin resistance promotes hyperandrogenism. Treatments include Insulin sensitizers like metformin if you're trying to conceive, or birth control pills and anti-androgens like spironolactone if not ttc. 'low progesterone' occurs in women with pcos who don't ovulate. ...Read more

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I'm curious. And can you explain ways to treat lower estrogen levels naturally?

I'm curious. And can you explain ways to treat lower estrogen levels naturally?

No: See a physician to see if you have low estrogen levels - they vary by time of cycle and whether you are postmenopausal and have different levels of the major Estrogens - estradiol, estriol and estrone. ...Read more

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I know birth control is supposed to stop ovulation. But how often does bc actually prevent ovulation? Are there any signs to tell you are ovulating ?

I know birth control is supposed to stop ovulation. But how often does bc actually prevent ovulation? Are there any signs to tell you are ovulating ?

Birth Control: Not all birth control stops ovulation. Some pills just prevent implantation. Iuds prevent implantation after conception, etc. There are lots of choices out there. But, in general if taken correctly birth control works very well at preventing pregnancy. ...Read more

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What to do if a month on HRT as mtf. does HRT change sexual feelings?

What to do if a month on HRT as mtf. does HRT change sexual feelings?

HRT: The simple answer is that HRT at your age will be of help to you. If after a while you are not feeling the benefit I suggest you see a Psychologist who will listen intently to you and help improve your issues. ...Read more

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Why is pre term labour likely to happen again with future pregnancies? Does the body not "know" how to carry to term? How do the shots prevent ptl?

Why is pre term labour likely to happen again with future pregnancies? Does the body not "know" how to carry to term? How do the shots prevent ptl?

We don't really know: Statistically, if you have had preterm labor your chances of having it again are increased, but this does not explain anything. Similarly, some treatments appear to reduce the chances, statistically, but how they work is unclear. Effective and reliable treatment has yet to be developed, nor do we have an effective way to predict it. ...Read more

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Very low levels of estrogen and no ovulation. What to do? Scared to take Hormonal therapy as it may cause cancer....?

Very low levels of estrogen and no ovulation. What to do? Scared to take Hormonal therapy as it may cause cancer....?

Low estrogen: With the information you provided it seems critical for you to set up an appointment with a gynecologist as soon as you can. Cancer is very unlikely to be an issue. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have estrogen dominance or progesterone deficiency?

How can I tell if I have estrogen dominance or progesterone deficiency?

Why do: You think you have either one. Need a lot more information to help you. Check w/your doctor. Don't believe everything you read on the internet. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how an increase estrogen and progesterone effect a cats behaviour?

Can you tell me how an increase estrogen and progesterone effect a cats behaviour?

Cats & estrogen: mammals have estrous cycles which vary in seasons & numbers per year, fox pregnant once per annum, mice many times, and cats are seasonal. Teen girls in dormitory tend to cycle same time after several months. Certain animals, birds, begin their cycle with increased light in spring. Perhaps pet cats have similar behavior when co-habit with human females? animal behavior/reproduct zoologist answer?? ...Read more

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What hormones cause calcitonin and parathyroid hormone to be released? I know blood ca level has to do with it, but what hormones cause their release?

What hormones cause calcitonin and parathyroid hormone to be released? I know blood ca level has to do with it, but what hormones cause their release?

No hormones: Parathyroid hormone is released as a response to your calcium level (low calcium causes increased PTH). It is not regulated by any particular hormones. Calcitonin is a hormone that has no obvious function in humans (as opposed to fish). It is made in the thyroid gland, but people who have had their thyroid removed do not need calcitonin to remain normal. ...Read more

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How can you tell when your thyroid is really low? and does it effect menstrual cycle?

How can you tell when your thyroid is really low? and does it effect menstrual cycle?

Hypothyroidism: Yes, hypothyroidism can definitely affect the menstrual cycle. Indeed, this is commonly one of the earliest signs in young women. Other signs/symptoms include cold intolerance (feeling cold when others are not), fatigue, constipation and weight gain. Because all of these have multiple common causes, the best way to identify hypothyroidism is a simple blood test (TSH). ...Read more

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Can you tell me about post-menopause and estriol cream - help!?

Can you tell me about post-menopause and estriol cream - help!?

Vaginal dryness: Estriol cream works great to help vaginal dryness in women who are post-menopausal, especially when they are sexually active. The partnership may become positively effected from a woman getting relief from vaginal dryness. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how estrogen creams relate to menopause and bleeding?

Estrogen & Menopause: Depends on the cream, but about 50% of women after menopause will grow a lining if stimulated by estradiol. Think of Estradiol as a fertilizer. Then we come in with the "lawnmower" which is progesterone, often in a 10-day burst every few months to remove the lining. ...Read more

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Will estrogen cream stop/slow progression of moderate cystocele or is it just a matter of time before it totally falls out now that I am post menopause?

Will estrogen cream stop/slow progression of moderate cystocele or is it just a matter of time before it totally falls out now that I am post menopause?

Unclear: it is unclear as to whether estrogen will affect progression of a cystocele. Kegals, losing weight(if needed), not being constipated, staying active without putting repetitive pressure to pelvic floor all will help ...Read more

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I get a migraine right before my period. I just got Estrogen cream (BIH). Should I take it only the day before my period? Will it alter bleeding?

I get a  migraine right before my period. I just got Estrogen cream (BIH). Should I take it only the day before my period? Will it alter bleeding?

Menstrual migraine: NSAID therapy may be effective when given the week before and the week during menses. NSAIDs may also be used when traveling or during those special functions that involve increased stress. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more

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Estrogen pessary and progesterone cream, can both be used together to alleviate menopausal dryness and lack of libido? Or is it dangerous combination?

Estrogen pessary and progesterone cream, can both be used together to alleviate menopausal dryness and lack of libido? Or is it dangerous combination?

D/w doctor: Vaginal estrogen cream is usually the treatment of choice for women who have only vaginal dryness, if other symptoms occur then systemic hormones with estrogen and progesterone- ( only if uterus is still intact)- are used. A pessary is a device insterted in the vaginal to hold up a bladder or tissue that has fallen down and it does not have any hormones. Women with multiple childbirths may need. ...Read more

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How long does it take a Premarin (conjugated estrogens) cream to work? I am menopausal and sex is painful.

How long does it take a Premarin (conjugated estrogens) cream to work?  I am menopausal and sex is painful.

Vaginal estrogen: Vaginal Estradiol takes at least a couple of weeks to change weak vaginal tissue back to a heathy resiliant vagina. I personally prefer to prescribe bio-identical Estradiol (some brand names are Estrace vaginal cream or vagifem vaginal tab or Estring (estradiol) vaginal ring) to restore vaginal health. ...Read more

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Had uti. In menopause. Gynae said oestrogen cream but burns badly vagina. Do i need cream? How help uti? Uti symptoms had gone but cream brought back?

Had uti. In menopause. Gynae said oestrogen cream but burns badly vagina. Do i need cream? How help uti? Uti symptoms had gone but cream brought back?

Not really uti: It is thinning of the skin in the vagina from lack of estrogen . Only estrogen will help.It is possible that the brand of cream might neem a change, but if your urine was checked and gyn said the this was the problem then the cream is the only was to get the vaginal skin inside healthy again. It takes a while and does not work overnight ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed Premarin (conjugated estrogens) vaginal cream because I have recurrent utis. I'm pre-menopausal. Will it help?

Maybe: You're 46, so there is likely to be some vaginal atrophy, though still menstruating so can be limited. I would also consider probiotics for recurrent uti's. The Premarin (conjugated estrogens) cream can't hurt though. It's going to increase vascular growth and the friendly bacteria that need to populate vagina for health, lactobaccilli. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am 45, in menopause using natural progesterone cream at night. Recently i've had mild cramping at night. No bleeding. Progesterone side effect?

Natural P4: Possible but hard to say. If you mean otc 'natural progesterone' cream from a health nutrition store, none actually contain any progesterone. They're plant compounds that claim 'progestational activity.' in studies i've seen most, especially the mexican yam products, have estrogenic activity instead! creams can be made from micronized progesterone, and these are more predictable. ...Read more

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What causes hematometra cervix stenosis post-menopausal? Pelvic pain. Ultrasound no thickening. No bleeding. Could it be estrogen deficiency? Worried

What causes hematometra cervix stenosis post-menopausal? Pelvic pain. Ultrasound no thickening. No bleeding. Could it be estrogen deficiency? Worried

Pelvic pain: If you have not already done so you must discuss this with your gynecologist. If you are still not satisfied you might seek a second opinion. Gynecologists know what they are doing - at least the ones with whom I interact. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take estrogen after age 80 if it's been taken since menopause?

Is it okay to take estrogen after age 80 if it's been taken since menopause?

YES IT IS OK: If you have been taking it for symptoms of menopause.At age of 80 there is no reason why you can not continue.Discuss with your doctors. ...Read more

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How does estrogen stop bleeding in acute uterine bleeding?

How does estrogen stop bleeding in acute uterine bleeding?

No, tends to ↑ bleed: because it stimulates growth of underline lining. Conversely, progesterone, which triggers maturation of uterine lining, not growth, tens to stop bleeding. However both of slow onset to alter behavior because, like all steroids (derivatives of cholesterol) they alter transcription of genes within cell nuclei & there is typically a 12 to 24 hour delay before changes become apparent. ...Read more

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Is estrasorb the only non synthetic estrogen available for menopause symptoms?

No: Please try to ignore synthetic argument when it comes to medications. Everything is synthetic unless you pick it off tree or pull it off ground or kill animal. Even clover, soy & yam have to be synthesized into hormone product. Check out my discussion at http://alvinblin.Com/2013/04/new-drug-big-pharma-goes-bio-identical.Html. In meantime, Divigel is only plant-based estrogen made by bigpharma. ...Read more

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Im surgicaly in menopause and on estrogen. I have been really tired. I get B12 shots monthly. Please help.

Im surgicaly in menopause and on estrogen. I have been really tired. I get B12 shots monthly. Please help.

Titration: There are myriad reasons to be tired. From the estrogen point of view, if you are on estradiol, we can check the blood level to see if the dosage is appropriate. For other types of estrogen, take a higher dosage as long as you don't have side effect. You should see the difference in a month. ...Read more

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Very tired, headache and cold - my dr. Upped my estrogen - will the new dosage make me feel better soon- i'm in menopause?

Possibly: They say that Progesterone makes you sleepy and estrogen wakes you up. So, let's hope the new dosage may make you fell better. Knowing how many periods you've missed for how long will be helpful to see if you are in menopause (also having night sweats, flushing and other symptoms are also indicators). ...Read more

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Sleep study showed that I have highly fragmented sleep. Since the problem started around menopause, i wonder, might estrogen help?

Sleep study showed that I have highly fragmented sleep. Since the problem started around menopause, i  wonder, might estrogen help?

Possibly: Estrogen deficiency is associated with insomnia in some individuals. A short course of estrogen replacement (1-2 months) should answer your question. You would have to discuss long term treatment with your doctor because of the potential dangers. ...Read more

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Does hypercholesterolemia appear earlier in women than men? Is estrogen related in anyway? Does menopause also have to do with this?

Does hypercholesterolemia appear earlier in women than men? Is estrogen related in anyway? Does menopause also have to do with this?

It can occur: in either sex, but is more common in men and increases in women after menopause. Much higher in obese women. Estrogen is mildly protective prior to menopause due thought due to higher HDL levels in women. ...Read more

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Blood estrogen, twice tested, over 1,100. Gyno now referring me to endo. 50, no menopause. How high is too high? Terrific health otherwise!!

Typically : Usually, when total estrogen is >200pg/mL it should be further evaluated. It can be from exogenous estrogen (medications), Alcohol or tumors of the pituitary gland or ovary. It can also be from more rare causes like estrogen insensitivity. ...Read more

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I through menopause, however, my doc said my estrogen levels are -5.1 and i'm taking estrogen .75 estridaol. Said he didn't know i can't absorb estrog?

I through menopause, however, my doc said my estrogen levels are -5.1 and i'm taking estrogen .75 estridaol. Said he didn't know i can't absorb estrog?

Estrogen: I have never heard of a negative number for estrogen levels in women or men. Please make sure that you are not making a mistake. Even if you are not absorbing .75 Estradiol (highly unlikely) make sure that there is at least one hour between taking your medicine and eating. ...Read more

Estrogen (Definition)

Estrogen is a hormone that is secreted by the ovaries and affects ovulation, ...Read more


Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

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