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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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Dr. Austina Cho
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Hormone (Definition)

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


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Hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms cause breast cancer?

Hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms cause breast cancer?

NO BUT INCREASE RISK: Hormone therapy does not cause breast cancer but it does increase your risk of breast cancer. According to the national nurses health study using hormone replacement therapy for 10-15 yrs increases risk about 20%, if used more than 15 yrs it doubles to around 40%. Talk to your doctor to help you decide how to better manage postmenopausal symptoms. ...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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Is biochemical hormone replacement therapy effective?

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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Hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

Treatment: Hormone therapy consists of medications that decrease the effects of testosterone on prostate cancer and a man's body. Prostate cancer growth is primarily fueled by testosterone. If testosterone is absent/ineffective, prostate cancer hopefully would stop growing. Hormone therapy has several varieties including pills and injections. Given for advanced disease or at times prior to radiation. ...Read more

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Does postmenopausal hormone therapy lead to breast cancer?

Does postmenopausal hormone therapy lead to breast cancer?

Very low Risk: With due respect. The landmark study, whi, is called into question in so many ways. The nih spent millions to answer very little. As an re, i feel there are many facets to HRT and a careful and comprehensive evaluation of the literature supports a very minimal at best increase in breast cancer and the evidence points to the progestin component only (provera). Consultation warranted. ...Read more

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Can menopausal hormone therapy help my symptoms?

Can menopausal hormone therapy help my symptoms?

Yes: Symptoms are usually hot flashes, that may occur at night, and vaginal dryness. Hormone replacement therapy can definitely help these, there are risks to this but for healthy people the risks are small and usually the benefits are great. Ask your doctor, preferably a gynecologist or women's health specialist. ...Read more

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Estrogen in contraception pills or menopausal hormone therapy have same effect?

Estrogen in contraception pills or menopausal hormone therapy have same effect?

Mostly yes: Pharmacologically yes, although the amount of estrogen in hrt is usually lower than in ocp; therefore symptomatically it might be different. Some hrt also contains different estrogen types, for example conjugated equine estrogens, but the basic effect is still similar. ...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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Is testosterone treatment for aging men comparable for hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women?

Is testosterone treatment for aging men comparable for hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women?

Yes: Having been in this situation, i can tell you that balancing out hormones in men is just as important as doing so for women. Men lose their sex drive, become Insulin resistant, lose their vitality. I'll post a page later that describes my own personal treatment success. I feel great at almost 52 years of age. ...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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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 increase your chances for breast cancer expotentionally?

Does hormone replacement therapy increase your chances for breast cancer expotentionally?

Not exponentially: Data from the whi (women's health initiative) study show that estrogen alone does not significantly increase the risk of breast cancer, especially if started within 5 years of menopause. However, estrogen + Progesterone (needed when women still have a uterus to prevent uterine cancer) increases the risk of breast cancer to about 2x the baseline risk. Progesterone appears to be the "bad guy". ...Read more

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Does estroven balance hormone levels during peri menopause?

Does estroven balance hormone levels during peri menopause?

For some yes: Estroven is an over the counter herbal supplement to improve hormonal imbalance during perimenopause. It can help women who have mild symptoms and are good candidates for hormone use. (a poor candidate are women with heart disease, diabetes, cancers, blood clots). If you have severe symptoms, this will not help and you can consider bio identical hormone replacement. ...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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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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If i stop hormone therapy, will the endometriosis go away?

If i stop hormone therapy, will the endometriosis go away?

Hormone therapy: Usually helps suppress endometriosis but it depends on what exactly you are taking. If you stop the therapy, assuming you are taking Lupron (leuprolide) for example, the endometriosis will slowly become responsive to estrogen and Progesterone that your body will re-start making. I would speak to your doctor about your homrone therapy as it relates to endometriosis before making decisions to stop. ...Read more

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Does hormone therapy completely cure me of endometriosis or can it come back?

Endo can come back: Hormone treatments are suppressive therapy, and don't cure endometriosis. Hormones can help in relief of pain and in preparation for more definitive treatment. ...Read more

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I saw a specialist today and was diagnosed with endometriosis, they gave me the option of surgery to remove or a hormone therapy injection. I am wondering what my best option is.

I saw a specialist today and was diagnosed with endometriosis, they gave me the option of surgery to remove or a hormone therapy injection. I am wondering what my best option is.

See below: For mild to moderate pelvic pain medical management is desirable. For more advanced disease or severe symptoms not responding to hormonal therapy surgery may be required. Women with endometriosis can conceive normally but if there is infertility surgery and assisted reproduction techniques may be needed. Despite extensive research, the optimal management of endometriosis is unclear. ...Read more

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Is there a way to give my eggs without having controversial procedures like hormone therapy? E.G. Just give one egg at a time so i don't have to?

Is there a way to give my eggs without having controversial procedures like hormone therapy? E.G. Just give one egg at a time so i don't have to?

Yes and no: Technically yes, as eggs can be collected one at a time during a natural cycle. However, practically no, as pregnancy chances for the recipient will be lower making this approach of egg donation prohibitive. ...Read more

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What are the claims against hormone therapy?

What are the claims against hormone therapy?

Blood clots: It slightly raise the risk of developing blood clots and certain kinds of other cancers. This is a detailed discussion which you should have with your doctor who knows your medical issues in detail. ...Read more

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Why is hormone therapy no longer controversial?

Still a contraversy: Always weights its risks against its benefits. Ht is not without risks. ...Read more

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What type of hormone therapy is recommended at 60?

Not recommended: Usually hormone therapy is not recommended after age 60, because its risks probably outweight its benefits. ...Read more

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What is anti-hormone therapy?

What is anti-hormone therapy?

LuPron (leuprolide) Depo or SERMS: Lupron (leuprolide) Depo-Provera decreases fsh, thusly less production of estrogens. Selective estrogen receptor modulators (serms) may down regulate some estrogen sensitive sites in different organs. ...Read more

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Can anxiety be treated through hormone therapy ?

Can anxiety be treated through hormone therapy ?

Generally not: Anxiety may be due to hormonal abnormalities, like excessive thyroid hormone or deficient estrogen - but there are many more likely possibilities, such as psychologic disorders. Hormone therapy will only help if it was the cause, which is unlikely. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of stopping hormone therapy?

Hormones?: Depends - what hormone therapy? - taking it for what? - why would you be stopping? ...Read more

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What treats hot flashes if I cannot use hormone therapy?

What treats hot flashes if I cannot use hormone therapy?

Hot flashes: Why do you need hormone therapy at your age? Are you having regular periods? When are you getting hot flashes? More importantly, have you discussed this in detail with your gynecologist? If not, please do so soon. ...Read more

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What is the cure for addison's disease? Hormone therapy?

What is the cure for addison's disease?  Hormone therapy?

Yes: Addison's disease is a disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands cannot produce their hormones. The treatment is replacement of adrenal hormones. Usually corticosteroids (i.E prednisone, hydrocortisone) and mineralcorticoids (florinef). With hormone replacement therapy, most people with addison's disease will be able to lead normal lives but the treatment is lifelong. ...Read more

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Can hormone therapy (eostrogen) in a male cause horniness?

Can hormone therapy (eostrogen) in a male cause horniness?

Rarely given to men: Estrogen should not generally be given as hormone therapy to men. Exceptions are (very mrarely) treatment of advanced prostate cancer, or male to female trangender patients. I would expect estrogen to decrease horniness as testosterone is the most important hormone for male sex drive, and most men have much more testosterone than estrogen in their blood (a 10:1 ratio or higher is normal). ...Read more

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What do I do about hot flashes? Afraid of hormone therapy.

What do I do about hot flashes?  Afraid of hormone therapy.

OPTIONS: First i would start treatment if your doctor recommended it. Not everyone experiences hot flashes , some that do can tolerate them, in others it may be uncomfortable. Supplements like vit c and primrose oil maybe enough for some, others may need medications like:neurontin, clonidine, sertraline or venlafaxine. Note these medications may be associated with there own side effects. ...Read more

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After having a full sex change, is hormone therapy optional?

Not 4 optimal result: If you are going through the sex change surgery, why stop short of hormones? This will help to improve the overall outcome of the transformation. Although it carries risks that should be discussed with your endocrinologist, you would benefit from many of the secondary sexual characteristics that may not be improved with surgery alone. ...Read more

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Can someone give me info regarding bio identical hormone therapy?

BHRT: Bioidentical hormones are those that must be prepared by a compounding pharmacist. These are usually derived from plant sources, such as soy and yam. These hormones are not fda approved, but usually the compounding of these medications is regulated by the state board of pharmacy. Care should be taken to find the correct pharmacist and physician before using bhrt. Interview these professionals. ...Read more

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What is the lowest topical dose of estrogen that is prescribed for hormone therapy?

0.025mg/day: The lowest transdermal patch is 0.025 mg/day. There are also several topical gels and a spray in this range. ...Read more

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Had a full hysterectomy . 43 years old . What are my options as far as hormone therapy ?

Had a full hysterectomy . 43 years old . What are my options as far as hormone therapy ?

There is varying: opinions as to the efficacy and safety of HRT. Best discussed w/your physician or even multiple opinions. ...Read more

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If I am taking hormone therapy (ht), how does that affect the amount of iron I should take?

Doesn't: The issue with women is not if they are taking hrt, but if they are menstruating. The rda for iron in premenopausal adult women is 18mg/day. A postmenopausal woman's rda for iron is 8mg/day, the same as a man's. More info can be found at: http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/iron. ...Read more

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Dr. Mathew Chengot
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Hormone Therapy (Definition)

Any hormone given from externally (body not being able to make it enough for its own need, or as a form of medication to achieve certain goal) comes under this category. Estrogen in menopause; thyroxine for hypothyroidism, Insulin in dm are all in this category; so are ...Read more


Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

A painful condition where the lining tissue of the uterus grows outside the uterus. This tissue causes pain when it bleeds ...Read more