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Hrt For 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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
Yes: All women should get adequate calcium for bone health. Premenopausal women should get 800 - 1000 mg/day. As with many important nutrients, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing and high doses of supplemental calcium can increase risk of heart disease. It is best to get calcium through food sources rather than supplements. If using supplements, use low doses with food. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Migraine usually first occurs in teens when their estrogen levels are spiking. Many women tend to get more migraines at certain times of their cycle. Menopause may offer relief as estrogen levels go down, but taking estrogen may make migraine worse. However, if a woman has not had migraine before, taking estrogen in menopause is unlike to cause it. Other causes for headaches should be considered. ...Read more
Perimenopause: is the months before the cessation of menses. Many women have adequate estrogen during these months. Most women do not ovulate or ovulate sporadically during this transition so they do not produce progesterone. A blood test can determine your need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On hormone replacement therapy since hysterectomy at age 31 for ovarian cancer- now 50. Do i need to end HRT for normal menopause age?
Not a good idea!: The use of hgh (human growth hormone) is not appropriate for use in treating menopausal symptoms (which I am assuming you are referring to). It would be more appropriate to talk with your doctor about the symptoms you are trying to treat and addressing them in a non-hormonal way if possible. The use of hgh, for example, will likely significantly impact your cholesterol levels in an adverse way! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is combined tamoxifen plus hormonal therapy better for breast cancer in pre or postmenopausal women?
Estrogen supression: In general, aromatase inhibitor is only indicated for postmenopausal women ;not for premenopausal; while on the other hand, tamoxifen can be given either in pre or postmenopausal. Only thing is that tamoxifen can cause a little bit higher risk for complication -i.e. Risk for blood clots and risk for develping uterine cancer- when used in older population- age of -65 Y.O. Or above. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Patch: There is no correct answer to that question, but probably an estrogen patch will be of most benefit. And if you have a uterus, probably continuous Progesterone will be of some benefit in helping to suppress any residual endometriosis. But there are many different ways to go about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Women with a history of ductal-carcinoma-in-situ (dcis) may have a 50% reduction in developing a second breast cancer when taking tamoxifen for 5 years ("chemoprevention"). Furthermore, following a lumpectomy, the combination of tamoxifen and radiation therapy may have a decreased risk of cancer recurrence in the affected breast greater than either therapy alone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: Depo-provera will reduce the multiple ovarian cyst formation and inhibit some of the symptoms of PCOS. The downside is that once the Depo-provera is stopped then the same ovulation difficulties will reappear and spontaneous ovulation/fertility is still a problem Moreover, Depo-provera can cause irregular bleeding/spotting. ...Read more
Is there a generally recommended age for a post menopausal woman, with no family history of breast cancer, to stop hrt?
Varies: Estrogen levels vary between women and they vary all the time within the same women. There is a generally accepted range based on the time of the menstrual cycle. Women 12 year old woman have higher peak estrogen levels than 40 year old woman and vice versa. So that is a difficult question to answer and may not be as important as why levels change. ...Read more