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Any suggestions about treatments for menopause other than hormone replacement therapy?

Any suggestions about treatments for menopause other than hormone replacement therapy?

Some suggestions: Tofu and other soy products as well as herbals like black cohosh and red clover can be helpful in taking the edge off of symptoms. They are not very potent however, and will be ineffective if symptoms are severe. Also calcium, vitamin d, a balanced diet, regular sleep and exercise are also helpful. Prescription medications like Prozac also have a role. ...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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On menopause, why you think hormone replacement therapy is debated?

On menopause, why you think hormone replacement therapy is debated?

Evidence isn't clear: Prior to women's health initiative, observation studies suggested that every woman should receive hormone replacement therapy at menopause. After whi, we said every woman should not receive any no matter how bad she felt. After a decade, we're beginning to see that whi only applies to asymptomatic women who started hrt 10yrs after menopause. But it's not absolutely clear regarding menopausal women. ...Read more

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Anyone believe that women in menopause could benefit from hormone replacement therapy?

Anyone believe that women in menopause could benefit from hormone replacement therapy?

Yes: If someone is going through a miserable menopause, suffering from intolerable hot flashes & night sweats, emotionality, depression, cloudy thinking, etc, hormone replacement might help. But we do not recommend hrt in asymptomatic women for preventive purposes anymore since there is risk associated w/this therapy. ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time with menopause. Do you recommend hormone replacement therapy?

I'm having a hard time with menopause.  Do you recommend hormone  replacement therapy?

Yes.: Depends upon your risk history, but if you are really having a lot of symptoms your doc should consider putting you on the lowest effective dose of estrogen replacement. ...Read more

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My menopause symptoms are making me uncomfortable. Is hormone replacement therapy recommended?

My menopause symptoms are making me uncomfortable. Is hormone replacement therapy recommended?

No: Hormone replacement therapy will not eliminate your menopausal symptoms. It will only delay them. Once you stop the hormone replacement therapy whatever menopausal symptoms you are destined to experience will occur at that time. In addition, hormone replacement therapy does have increased risk of blood clot and stroke. Menopause is like puberty. It is a natural part of our lives. ...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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How does hormone replacement therapy to treat menopause symptoms affect the risk of cancer?

How does hormone replacement therapy to treat menopause symptoms affect the risk of cancer?

Not likely: Hormone replacement therapy remains one of the most effective means of controlling and sometimes eliminating these symptoms. Our current thinking is that for healthy women in their 50s -- women who have not had breast cancer or a history of blood clots -- and have been experiencing the symptoms of menopause for less than 10 years, hormone therapy can be very effective for symptom relief. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I am on a hormone replacement therapy for menopause. Could this cause some pain in breasts?

Hello doctor, I am on a hormone replacement therapy for menopause. Could this cause some pain in breasts?

Yes: Occasional mild breast tenderness on post-menopausal hormone therapy is not uncommon.It may however indicate that your dosing is too high. There is variation in the metabolism of estrogen in different women. Alcohol consumption may slow the clearance of estrogen. Breast pain in general needs evaluation. You should schedule an appointment with the doctor that prescribed your estrogen ...Read more

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This doc put my mom on hormone replacement therapy for menopause eventhough she experienced few symptoms. Is it risky for her to use hrt?

This doc put my mom on hormone replacement therapy for menopause eventhough she experienced few symptoms. Is it risky for her to use hrt?

HRT: Hormone replacement post menopause is a tough area. In most women it should not be started more than 3 years after menopause. Her gynecologist will spend time with her discussing the pros and cons. The publications are trending towards being less concerned about hormone replacement in menopause but that is still undecided. ...Read more

Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Hormone Replacement Therapy (Definition)

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


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