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Can HRT help in premenopause?

Can HRT help in premenopause?

Yes: Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. He/she will prescribe an appropriate combination. ...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


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Does taking HRT delay the menopause?

Does taking HRT delay the menopause?

Nope: Taking hormone replacement will not delay menopause. This will happen regardless of which hormones are taken. Hrt will however mask the symptoms of menopause or delay symptoms because you are replacing the hormones your body no longer makes. An analogy is a diabetic who has normal blood sugars with insulin...Still diabetic, right? ...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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Can estrogen replacement help with anxiety and depression in menopause?

Can estrogen replacement help with anxiety and depression in menopause?

Possibly: If hormones are out of whack and estrogen depleted it may help but usually there is a relative estrogen dominance even in menopause and sometimes progesterone, like Prometrium (micronized progesterone) or a bioitentical cream, may be of more benefit. ...Read more

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How do perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause differ from one another?

How do perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause differ from one another?

Menopause definition: The medical definition of menopause is one year with no bleeding or spotting--then, you can consider yourself menopausal (or the term post-menopausal can also be used). Peri-menopause is the interval of several years (3-5 years) during which periods become irregular prior to the final menstrual period (which is not easy to predict). ...Read more

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On hormone replacement therapy since hysterectomy at age 31 for ovarian cancer- now 50. Do i need to end HRT for normal menopause age?

On hormone replacement therapy  since  hysterectomy at age 31 for ovarian cancer- now 50. Do i need to  end HRT  for normal menopause  age?

Add progesterone: Estrogen continues to be made from the fat cells and adrenal glands so you need to be on natural Progesterone forever to balance the estrogen. It stimulates the p53 gene to protect you from cancers. ...Read more

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I experience hot flushes between day10-28& also hormonal acne Doc told low estrogen is the reason,could estrogen replacement therapy improve symptoms?

I experience hot flushes between day10-28& also hormonal acne
Doc told low estrogen is the reason,could estrogen replacement therapy improve symptoms?

Ans: Ypu are 21 years old. Before you do estrogen replacement give a good family history. What was your mothers gynecological history? Then blood work to look at possible endocrine abnormalities. Start there ...Read more

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Are estrone, estradiol, progesterone and androstenedione all male or female hormones?

Are estrone, estradiol, progesterone and androstenedione all male or female hormones?

Both but: All of these hormones are produced by men and women. Estrone, Estradiol and Progesterone primarily female hormones. Androstenedione has androgenic (male like effects) and is elevated in many women with pcos. ...Read more

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Do post-menopausal women have low levels of estrogen?

Do post-menopausal women have low levels of estrogen?

Yes: Hi. Yes, loss of estrogen is one of the hallmarks of menopause, and why estrogen/progestin replacement (if uterus in place) or estrogen replacement (if hysterectomized) is beneficial for postmenopausal symptoms. ...Read more

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

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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Did HRT help with menopausal symptoms?

Did HRT help with menopausal symptoms?

Absolutely!: And it helps bones, maintains vaginal lubrication in a women, and may help lower colon cancer rates!

But hot flashes and mood issues are almost always improved! ...Read more

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What role does estrogen and progesterone play in menopause?

Menopause: Menopause is brought about by the changing balance of sex hormones. Usually estrogen has decreased to a low level and Progesterone as is decreased. The changing levels of hormones cause the symptoms of menopause. ...Read more

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Menopause after hysterectomy weight gain tired knee and ankle.Foot pain no estrogen pill what supplementes work best?

Menopause after hysterectomy weight gain tired knee and ankle.Foot pain no estrogen pill what supplementes work best?

Why no estrogen?: Have you considered estrogen replacement therapy? Do you have any medical conditions like blood clotting disorders or breast cancer that prevent this? Supplements are hit and miss. No good data to say that any are terrific. Black cohash is one of the more well studied but even this does not do much better than placebo (fake medicine). Careful as not all supps are same. Seek out quality products. ...Read more

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How do estrogen and progesterone hormones change with age?

How do estrogen and progesterone hormones change with age?

Levels Decrease: As the body ages, the levels of these hormones diminish. Replenishment of hormones to optimal, physiological levels has been shown to alleviate age-related changes in your body. For a long description of the role and importance of these two hormones, visit: http://doctorscotts.Com/bioidentical-hormones.Php hope this answers your question! ...Read more

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Why should perimenopausal women not take menopausal hormone therapy?

Why should perimenopausal women not take menopausal hormone therapy?

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 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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Estrogen, progesterone or both are recommended for menopausal women who suffer from dryness and luck of libido?

Estrogen, progesterone or both are recommended for menopausal women who suffer from dryness and luck of libido?

Hormones: Yes generally speaking if you still have your uterus, you must have estrogen and Progesterone if treating symptoms of menopause. Only individuals with a hysterectomy can take unopposed estrogen therapy. ...Read more

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How to reduce or stop hot flashes and excessive sweating from menopause but without HRT because I'm breast cancer survivor?

How to reduce or stop hot flashes and excessive sweating from menopause but without HRT because I'm breast cancer survivor?

Damiana, menopause: Damiana has been widely used, and is reportedly useful for a number of conditions, including imbalanced female hormones. Many women have reported reduction in night sweats and vaginal dryness associated with menopause. It is best taken as a tincture. Black Cohosh is another consideration, but use should be limited to short periods of time due to the potential for liver damage. ...Read more

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What are my choices as i approach menopause? is HRT the only answer?

What are my choices as i approach menopause? is HRT the only answer?

Menopause: The symptoms of menopause vary widely. Some women have minimal changes while others have severe debilitating ones. What options a person has to help alleviate these symptoms depends specifically on their symptoms. Hormones are a possible option in the right patient but there are many other options available. Seeking consult with a dr is recommended ...Read more

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What depletes estrogen and testosterone in women and what can I do to boost both of these hormones. I am post menopausal on HRT?

Hormone replacement: age is most common factor. surgery , radiation therapy , thyroid disorders may cause hormone deficiency. may need hormone replacement if no contraindication. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 59 and post menopausal on HRT. recently had a transvaginal US due to mild pain in ovaries. US shows debris on cervix. What is this from?

Hi, I am 59 and post menopausal on HRT. recently had a transvaginal US due to mild pain in ovaries. US shows debris on cervix. What is this from?

Need papsmear: I am not sure what 'debris' means.
You should have a papsmear done, to exclude abnormal cervical cells.
This will have nothing to do with the pain in ovaries ...Read more

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Why do I start having night sweats and bleeding when i workout hard. I'm 55 and menopausal and on hrt.?

Why do I start having night sweats and bleeding when i workout hard. I'm 55 and menopausal and on hrt.?

Not common: You should not have bleeding if you are post menopausal.You may bleed if you are not taking your hrt correctly and this may also be why you are still having night sweats. Consult your gyn asap because you need a sonogram. ...Read more

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I'm in surgery menopause. I take HRT . My 17 beta estradiol is only 28, 76 pg/ml ( normal 103- 572) . Why? What could i do?

I'm in surgery menopause. I take HRT . My 17 beta estradiol is only 28, 76 pg/ml ( normal 103- 572) . Why? What could i do?

Dont check estradiol: The reason to take hrt after menopause is to relieve the symptoms of menopause, not to produce a "normal" Estradiol level. There is no reason to be checking this level as long as your symptoms are resolved. ...Read more

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I have started having problems with being hot & sweating for no reason, day & night. I am post-menopausal, but on HRT since hysterectomy approx 3 yrs.

I have started having problems with being hot & sweating for no reason, day & night. I am post-menopausal, but on HRT since hysterectomy approx 3 yrs.

Hormonal levels ?: If ovarian function was not surgically removed bilaterally at the time of hysterectomy, the function of the ovaries may now be slowing or ending, thus giving a loss of overall hormonal levels and increased menopausal symptoms of sweating. A physician needs more history to better answer this question accurately. ...Read more

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49 yr old menopausal symptoms. Began HRT, having heart palpitations on it, why cant Dr. tweak dosage? He wants to discontinue!

I am not sure: of your doctor's thoughts but it likely has something to do wit the fact that you are experiencing side effects. HRT has serious potential side effects. There are real pro's and con's. See: http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/menopause-hormone-therapy#1 ...Read more

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I'm in surgery menopause. I take hrt. I have a cyst in the right breast. Should I do a biopsy ?Thanks

I'm in surgery menopause. I take hrt. I have a cyst in the right breast. Should I do a biopsy ?Thanks

If recommended: Benign cysts are common in breasts, and most breast lumps are benign. But a breast radiologist is really the person who can guide you. A simple fluid-filled cyst does not need to be biopsied, but if the doctor is concerned about any features seen on imaging, and advises a biopsy, you should have one! ...Read more

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With zero estrogen after surgical menopause, and no HRT how can I protect myself against the potenial side effects such as altzeimers, lung cancer et?

Exercise: The best defense against chronic diseases (including cancer) is living a healthful lifestyle (i.e. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise, stress reduction, don't smoke, avoid toxins and carcinogens.). ...Read more

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How to reduce or stop hot flashes and excessive sweating from menopause but without HRT because I'm breast cancer survivor?

Damiana, menopause: Damiana has been widely used, and is reportedly useful for a number of conditions, including imbalanced female hormones. Many women have reported reduction in night sweats and vaginal dryness associated with menopause. It is best taken as a tincture. Black Cohosh is another consideration, but use should be limited to short periods of time due to the potential for liver damage. ...Read more

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What can I take for menopause with out taking hrt?

Several options: There are several things to try. Anti-depresssants have worked for many women (ssri's like Celexa (citalopram) or wellbutrin). Clonidine affects the blood vessels and can help hot flushes, especially at night. Gabapentin has also been used pretty successfully. All treatments (including doing nothing) have risks and benefits so talk to your doctor about your particular risks. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get relief from menopause symptoms without any hrt?

Is it possible to get relief from menopause symptoms without any hrt?

It's possible. : There are all kinds of remedies and medications which can treat each of the numerous different symptoms of menopause, some work better than others. However, besides bioidentical hrt, none of them address the primary problem of menopause (estradiol and Progesterone deficiency). ...Read more

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I am 48..Menopaused and not using hrt..But I am having one glass of soya milk per day, at bedtime. Any concerns?

I am 48..Menopaused and not using hrt..But I am having one glass of soya milk per day, at bedtime. Any concerns?

No concern: Great question. A recent german observational study found the following in post menopausal women: ". High and low consumption of soybeans as well as of sunflower and pumpkin seeds were associated with significantly reduced breast cancer risk compared to no consumption (or = 0.83, 95% ci = 0.70-0.97; and or = 0.66, 95% ci = 0.77-0.97, respectively)." therefore, enjoy your soy milk. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed pre-menopausal at 45yr, am now 56yrs, taking natural Remifemin for symtoms, how long does menopause last??. Was on HRT but made me bleed

Was diagnosed pre-menopausal at 45yr, am now 56yrs, taking natural Remifemin for symtoms, how long does menopause last??. Was on HRT but made me bleed

Rest of your life: Menopause will last the rest of your life. The SYMPTOMS of menopause tend to decrease over time and varies for each person. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

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