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Did HRT help with menopausal symptoms?

Did HRT help with menopausal symptoms?

Yes: Hormone therapy did -- and still does -- help with menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Some women still take them even though they are not as safe as once believed. For women who are experiencing or have just gone through menopause the risks of heart disease, stroke, and breast cancer are quite low, although not zero. Check out www.Menopause.Org or see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as 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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Has any one found that taking vitamins and soy helps with menopause symptoms?

Has any one found that taking vitamins and soy helps with menopause symptoms?

Probably not: Vitamins are not known to help with menopause symptoms, but taking calcium and vitamin d may help protect your bones from osteoporosis, which develops after menopause. Soy foods were thought to help with symptoms, but the latest study did not show that they had any effect. ...Read more

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Will mirena (levonorgestrel) coil help with menopause symptoms for someone in late 40's?

Will mirena (levonorgestrel) coil help with menopause symptoms for someone in late 40's?

No: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud releases Progesterone locally in the uterine cavity and is fda approved for contraception (up to 5 years) and for reducing heavy menstrual flow. The classic symptoms of menopause (hot flushes, night sweats, vag dryness, sleeplessness) would not be prevented by the mirena (levonorgestrel). ...Read more

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I have been prescribed 1ML of progesterone creme twice daily to help control menopausal symptoms is this safe, what are the side effects?

I have been prescribed 1ML of progesterone creme twice daily to help control menopausal symptoms is this safe, what are the side effects?

Progesterone: Please go online and read all you can about effects of progesterone. Then you need to find out why your did not discuss this properly with you!! ...Read more

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Can i safely take succinic acid to help with menopausal symptoms, especially weight gain? I take a multi-vitamin and cranberry supplement daily.

Can i safely take succinic acid to help with menopausal symptoms, especially weight gain? I take a multi-vitamin and cranberry supplement daily.

Safe but not proven : I know of no evidence that succinic acid helps with weight gain related to menopause. It is a component of amberen, which claims to have studies showing it helps hot flashes, headaches & anxiety, but even they don't claim their studies show it helps weight loss. I am skeptical about it helping but it seems safe to try (though I am concerned it contains msg). See comment:. ...Read more

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Does black cohosh help relieve menopause symptoms? I keep hearing about black cohosh as an alternative for hormone replacement therapy for menopause. What is it? Does it really work? .

Does black cohosh help relieve menopause symptoms? I keep hearing about black cohosh as an alternative for hormone replacement therapy for menopause. What is it? Does it really work?

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Hello. : Hello. There are studies that support that an extract of black cohosh can help menopausal symptoms to the same extent as a low-estrogen patch. Many women find this an attractive alternative to hormone replacement because there is no evidence that black cohosh thickens the endometrium or increases the risks for breast cancer or stroke. ...Read more

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I love how asgwaghanda has helped with my menopause symptoms. Is it safe to take while on levothyroxine? And taking it at least 4 hours later?

I love how asgwaghanda has helped with my menopause symptoms. Is it safe to take while on levothyroxine?  And taking it at least 4 hours later?

There is no info: asgwaghanda is not a studied supplement in it's interaction with medicines. There is no info good or bad. On that note there is no science behind its use. I would still take your levothyroxine and not the asgwaghanda if you are concerned about interactions. Just remember there is no info on if they do interact and there may be side effects. ...Read more

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Will progesterone cream help with peri-menopausal symptoms like depression, anxiety?

Unlikely: In my clinical experience it is highly unlikely, although individual results might vary. It can't hurt to try for a short while, but don't expect a miracle. Further, be aware the otc 'progesterone creams' rarely contain any actual Progesterone (especially the mexican yam extracts, ) and the amount and bioavailability is pretty unreliable - sorry to say. ...Read more

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Might a shot of progestogen help ease the symptoms of menopause?

Might a shot of progestogen help ease the symptoms of menopause?

Estrogen & menopause: As Progesterone has some properties similar to estrogen, Estradiol is the most important hormone in relief of hot flushes. I would not expect much from a Progesterone injection, even less from Progesterone applied to the skin. ...Read more