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Doctor insights on: Hormonal Replacement

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What is thyroid hormone replacement?

What is thyroid  hormone replacement?

Simple treatment: Years ago we found that once daily thyroid hormone supplements could help those with a low functioning or nonfunctioning thyroid gland. The expected dose for age/size is prescribed and the effect is monitored by simple blood tests.Occasional increases or decreases in the daily dose is made if blood tests show the need. ...Read more

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Can natural hormone replacement therapy cause weight gain?

Can natural hormone replacement therapy cause weight gain?

Yes if unbalanced: The key to natural hormone replacement is balance. If balanced you should gain weight no more easily than you did when you were younger if you are eating a proper diet and exercising to maintain adequate muscle mass. Muscle mass controls your metabolic rate. Too much Estradiol or Progesterone can cause weight gain. Too much testosterone can boost appetite. ...Read more

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Is biochemical hormone replacement therapy effective?

Bioidenticals: Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (bhrt) has gained popularity as a strategy for keeping hormones balanced beyond the body's ability to supply us. Bioidentical hormones are different from synthetic hormones because they are derived from sources such as soy and yams, that are naturally occurring. These hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones produces by our bodies. ...Read more

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Will taking hormone replacement therapy causes iatrogenic menstruation in menopaused women?

Will taking hormone replacement therapy causes iatrogenic menstruation in menopaused women?

Usually no: During the time a woman is perimenopausal hormonal manipulation can cause some spotting or bleeding depending on how the hormones are dosed. Once a woman is truly menopausal hrt does not usually cause menstruation. Vaginal bleeding in the post-menopausal woman is considered abnormal & worthy of investigation. ...Read more

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Is hormone replacement therapy safe?

Can be, depends: Hormones are powerful things! they should be prescribed by licensed practioners acting within their scope of practice! they can be helpful for hot flashes, painful sex, night sweats, and bone health. Risks: blood clots, stroke, heart attacks. This is a personal decision between you and your doctor with a specific plan for results and followup. Fda approved=bioidentical! ...Read more

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Does hormone replacement therapy prevent osteoporosis?

Does hormone replacement therapy prevent osteoporosis?

Yes, an option: There are many things you can do to avoid osteoporosis. Things you can't change: your family history, race, aging. Things you can change: get adequate calcium: 1500 mg per day, vit d 2000 iu per day, physical activity: 150 minutes per week (or 50 jumps per day), have normal tsh, get regular screening, and know your personal risk factors. Have a frax score done to help you decide what to do. ...Read more

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Does hormone replacement therapy using estradiol and progesterone cause weight gain?

Does hormone replacement therapy using estradiol and progesterone cause weight gain?

No: Not consistently anyway. Women going through menopause often gain some weight, so it commonly gets blamed on hrt. ...Read more

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Can you use natural hormone replacement for menopause?

Can you use natural hormone replacement for menopause?

Yes: Absolutely one could use bioequivalent ie natural hormone replacement for menopause. I especially recommend it to patients whos are very sensitive to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. There are quite a few compounding pharmacies that can help one obtain these types of hormones for treatment. ...Read more

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Will hormone replacement therapy following menopause restore the normal menstrual cycles in a woman?

It can: Menstrual cycles can be restored if the cycling of estrogen and Progesterone are designed to do that. Generally, by simulating premenstrual hormonal levels through replacement, menstrual cycles can be maintained. ...Read more

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Estrogen replacement therapy effects on health?

Estrogen replacement therapy effects on health?

Depends on age: Early estrogen replacement rx (hrt) is of major value in women with either surgical menopause or early menopause in diminishing the likelihood of heart disease. It diminishes the chance for osteoporosis and colon cancer. It makes a females sexual-life longer. However, in older females with metabolic syndrome, or who have been off or never on hormones, a serm like Evista (raloxifene) may be better option. ...Read more

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Testosterone replacement and hair loss?

Testosterone replacement and hair loss?

Dihydrotestosterone.: Dht, which is converted from testosterone is the culprit in hair loss, leading to male pattern baldness. Propecia, (finasteride) is fda approved to limit this problem. It is considered a "cosmetic drug" and not covered by insurance. Plans. Have your doctor rx proscar, which is the same chemical, but at a stronger dose. Quarter the pill, take one quarter daily, and your have the same medication, covered by ins. ...Read more

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Still confused about estrogen, hormone replacement therapy and cardiovascular disease?

Complex issues: Female hormones increase thromboembolism, deep venous thrombosis--progesteron is blamed, more than estrogen--because at menopause, there is changes in blood coagulation?Increase weight, arteriosclerosis, metabolic syndrome all of this increase risk of cardiovascular disease-- estrogen can be given at low dose for brief periods. ...Read more

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Does hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms cause breast cancer?

Does hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms cause breast cancer?

Increases risk: Hormone replacement therapy (hrt) has been shown to increase one's risk for breast cancer if taken for longer than 5 years. The current recommendation is to take low doses for a limited amount of time and then stop. There are some other non hormonal medications that can be used to help manage menopausal symptoms. ...Read more

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How does hormone replacement therapy increase libido?

Testosterone: Therapy can increase libido a lot. Estrogen therapy may have slight effects. It can also improve vaginal lubrication making it more enjoyable, and improve your overall well-being, so it seems like your desire has increased. ...Read more

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Can testosterone replacement therapy, such as testosterone gel, cause hair loss?

Can testosterone replacement therapy, such as testosterone gel, cause hair loss?

Yes: Exogenous testosterone can be broken down in the body to a more potent form of the hormone called dihydrotestosterone or dht. Dht can cause hair follicles on the scalp to weaken or shrink causing alopecia (hair loss). ...Read more

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Any problems in women over 60 who resume hormone replacement therapy?

Any problems in women over 60 who resume hormone replacement therapy?

Yes: The risks and benefits of such therapy must be evaluated on a case by case basis by an experienced physician. Hormone replacement is a general term and may include a number of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, hgh, dhea, pregnenolone, oxytocin, melatonin, thyroid, cortisol. The key is effective and safe treatment. This requires ongoing medically supervised treatment. ...Read more

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Does hormone replacement therapy have significant risks?

Does hormone replacement therapy have significant risks?

It can: If not monitored. Estradiol and estriol levels are much higher in ovulating women & pregnant women, respectively. Birth control estrogen is 5x more potent than the estrogen used in hrt and carries risks of blood clots, heart attack etc. Estrone levels are high in overweight women who carry the same risks. Hrt that is not converted to estrone is the key, in my opinion. ...Read more

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