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Hormone Replacement Therapy Mtf Transition
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
Usually done to provide the hormones that would be deficient upon surgical removal or inactivity or malfunction of a hormone producing gland or organ. The endocrinologist is the medical specialist that specializes amongst other things , in doing just that. Insulin/glucagon-pancreas, thyroid hormone-thyroid, ovaries, testicles, hypothalamus, ...Read more
Replace hormones: Hormones play an integral role in our health and wellbeing. For various reasons, some hormones may decrease which results in predictable signs and symptoms. Blood testing can detect deficient or insufficient levels of many important hormones. Replacement therapy is used to increase the levels of these hormones to healthy levels. There are risks and benefits to this therapy. Speak with your doc. ...Read more
This just in...: As of this week (july 9) 15 leading american health organizations: the north american menopause society (nams), the american society for reproductive medicine (asrm), the endocrine society, and 12 other leading women's health groups issued a public statement that hormone therapy is still an acceptably safe treatment for menopausal symptoms. ...Read more
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
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
Hormone replacement: I presume you have been diagnosed as having a low testosterone. If so your doctor should have examined you and ordered appropriate lab studies to put you on the right track. If you haven't seen your doctor about this do so soon. The testosterone drugs are all good and reliable but vary greatly in cost. ...Read more
Hormone replacement: Hormone replacement therapy means furnishing the body with hormones that are absent or low in quantity. Perfect example is taking thyroid hormone when you are hypothyroid (absent or low thyroid hormone levels). This may cause you to lose weight. Taking more steroids than is required might make you gain weight. ...Read more
Bioidenticals: Bioidentical hormone replacement is the proper term for use of hormones that are like those you make in your body. Your hormone levels should be checked prior to starting therapy, so appropriate dosing is used, & follow up levels to be sure you are achieving desirable levels & ratios. Bhrt preserves muscle & bone, brain, heart, skin, & eye health. Subject too big for this paragraph-see specialist. ...Read more
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
Hormone function: Usually done to provide the hormones that would be deficient upon surgical removal or inactivity or malfunction of a hormone producing gland or organ. The endocrinologist is the medical specialist that specializes amongst other things , in doing just that. Insulin/glucagon-pancreas, thyroid hormone-thyroid, ovaries, testicles, hypothalamus, pituitary to include some. ...Read more
Please clarify: Hi. I'm not sure what you're referring to. We replace LOTS of hormones (thyroid, insulin, growth hormone, cortisol, aldosterone [given as fludrocortisone], estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, anti-diuretic hormone (given as DDAVP], etc, etc). I suspect you may be referring to archaic terminology for gonadal steroid replacement, but in that case, I have no idea what "therapy before starting" is ...Read more
Other options: The root of the black cohosh plant is an herb which may be beneficial for hot flashes, but which should be avoided if there is liver illness. It is suggested that the lignans in flaxseed and flaxseed oil may help night sweats/ to obtain the most benefit from flaxseed oil, it should be cold grinded. The plant Estrogens in red clover may be helpful with mild menopausal symptoms but may be >>. ...Read more
5 years: We believe that it you stop the hormone replacement after 5 years you can avoid most of the long term adverse side effects of hormone replacement therapy. As always if you are able to come off the hormones earlier that would be even better. We really only recommend hormone replacement to treat severe menopausal symptoms. ...Read more
I'm a young MTF and I want to start hormone replacement therapy. Is aldactone (spironolactone) 100-mg/day a good choice?
Please see a: physician who specializes in transgender issues and follow directives provided. Take care. ...Read more
Resubmit your questi: Alt of ? Age-77 years. Are you asking if hormone replacement can cause monthly endometlrial breakdown(monthly bleeding) the answer is yes if you prefer to have a monthly menses. The hormones can be adjusted for menses every 2to3 months, depending on your dose of hormones required to meet your replacement needs to meet your goals of metabolic function return. ...Read more
SAFE for most women:
Hrt (and its reputation and safety) constantly changes as new studies come out. Here is the best 2012 review: in patients with no increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, or blood clots, trans-dermal hrt (patch, cream, gel) is relatively safe, and safe for just a few years, but as few as necessary.
An even better review: talk to your own doctor. ...Read more
Depends: Hormone replacement (HRT) is currently only indicated for post menopausal women who are having severe symptoms such as hot flashes, trouble sleeping, and should be used for a short amount of time (few years). There are a lot of alternative doctors who push the idea of "bioidentical hormones" even for women before menopause. There are no good studies to support this usage. ...Read more
Bioidenticals: The women's health initiative study was terminated early for increase in breast cancer, heart attack ; stroke looked at only Premarin (conjugated estrogens) ; prempro which contain conjugated equine Estrogens ; progestin (synthetic; not progesterone). Studies show bioidentical hormones (hormones exactly like those you make) are safe for most people (men need HRT too). Progesterone ; estriol protect vs. Breast cancer. ...Read more
Consult: Your local county ( parish ) health department or medical society for a referral. ...Read more
Yes: The estrogen hormone increases the risk of deep vein clots, a dangerous condition, to about twice the baseline rate. It also increases the risk of cancer of the uterus unless combined with a Progesterone hormone. This combination protects the uterus but somewhat increases the risk of breast cancer, an effect not seen with estrogen alone. Hormone replacement also increases the risk of bleeding. ...Read more
Maybe: A pediatric endocrinologist would be the specialist you should see. ...Read more
Many things: Testosterone in women has many functions. Besides its psychological and sexual effects, adequate levels of testosterone play an important role in helping women maintain a healthy body composition. It is important for bone strength and development of lean muscle mass and strength. Testosterone also contributes to overall sense of well-being and energy level. ...Read more
HRT: It can take as little as 1-2 weeks. If longer get back in touch with your provider. ...Read more
Could hormone replacement therapy be given to elderly women to improve the healing time of wounds?
No: Not known to help in that respect. And the risks to that age woman would be significant depending on medical history. But hormones are not known to increase wound healing in that respect. ...Read more
What is the best type of hormone replacement therapy for treating hot flashes. I have up to thirty a day ?
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more