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Doctor insights on: Progesterone Hormone Therapy

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Was told im not a candidate for hormone therapy for menopause as I have migraine history and it increases stroke. Would just progesterone be ok?

Was told im not a candidate for hormone therapy for menopause as I have migraine history and it increases stroke. Would just  progesterone be ok?

Try SSRI: Hormone replacement therapy (hrt) is only indicated if a woman is having significant symptoms likes hot flushes. If your dr. Determined that hrt is too dangerous for you, you should inquire about ssri treatment. Studies have shown that using ssris (like paxil) can significantly improve menopausal symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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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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Hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen alone increases risk of uterine cancer. Adding progesterone increases risk of breast cancer, but reduces risk of uterine cancer. What's the right balance?

Hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen alone increases risk of uterine cancer. Adding progesterone increases risk of breast cancer, but reduces risk of uterine cancer. What's the right balance?

Individual: Yes, estrogen alone does increase the risk of uterine cancer over time. And yes the whi showed that the combination of a certain synthetic estrogen and a certain synthetic progestin increased the risk of breast cancer. But most specialists do not use those older types of synthetic hormones and with newer medications the risks are lower and different. So a balance can be achieved. ...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?

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?

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 hormone therapy cause cancer by itself?

Can hormone therapy cause cancer by itself?

Possibly,not typical: The uterus is at risk for precancerous changes or uterine cancer when estrogen is taken without progesterone. This is called unopposed estrogen. After a hysterectomy, no Progesterone is needed. Studies on breast cancer & hormone replacement remain controversial, but most evidence points to Progesterone as the culprit in breast disease. Stay posted as more knowledge about this topic changes often. ...Read more

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Is bio-hormone therapy for back pain effective?

Is bio-hormone therapy for back pain effective?

Probably not: If the cause of the back pain is not hormonal it is unlikely that hormone therapy will help. There are some hormones that have an effect on muscles but they usually do not cause relief of back pain. ...Read more

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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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Is hormone therapy used to treat gender identity disorder?

Is hormone therapy used to treat gender identity disorder?

Yes: Treatment for gender identity disorder may include hormone therapy, but much more is involved. There needs to be extensive psychiatric evaluation first, as well as much discussion and talk therapy. In some cases gender reassignment surgery is considered. However, gender identity issues may persist even after hormone therapy and surgery. Depression and anxiety are very common components too. ...Read more

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Must I take hormone therapy for side effects of menopause?

Must I take hormone therapy for side effects of menopause?

No: Most women don't take hormones. It's fine not to treat the symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes will eventually go away. Some symptoms, like vaginal dryness will persist, but there are other ways to deal with that, or some women use hormone creams or rings that don't carry the risks of oral or patch-delivered hormones. ...Read more

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Can menopausal hormone therapy (mht) help treat my symptoms?

Most definitely: The symptoms of menopause are caused by the deficiency of ovarian hormones, especially estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are critical to many aspects of metabolism and normal physiology. Replacement of the deficient hormones with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can restore natural balance, improve function, and make you feel better. ...Read more

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Does growth hormone therapy really work in making you grow taller?

Does growth hormone therapy really work in making you grow taller?

Only if appropriate: Growth hormone will only increase height if one is still growing. Once the growth plates ("epiphyses") have fused, or closed, one cannot gain further height. In general, the use of growth hormone to treat short stature is limited to children who have specific inherited abnormalities that affect their growth. ...Read more

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How do you quit hormone therapy for post menopausal symptoms at 90?

How do you quit hormone therapy for post menopausal symptoms at 90?

Depends: Some will say go cold turkey, others will say slow gradual wean, and yet others will say, geez they are 90, do we really need to stop if they have done well thus far. The answer lies in what disease processes she has-if she has cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, she needs to come off but do a slow wean over a month. ...Read more

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

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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How can you most effectively end menopausal hot flashes without using hormone therapy?

How can you most effectively end menopausal hot flashes without using hormone therapy?

Botanicals can help: Botanical medicine can be helpful for menopausal hot flashes. A couple possibilities include black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/22157510 and sage (salvia officinalis): http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/21630133 classical homeopathy with an experienced homeopath is also useful. Traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture as well. ...Read more

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Why am I in menopause 5 years after my hysterectomy? I took hormone therapy for 2 years

Why am I in menopause 5 years after my hysterectomy? I took hormone therapy for 2 years

Low hormones: Your body needs hormones daily! taking them for 2 years was great for 2 years if that's how long you wanted to feel well. Now you need to go to a4m.Com website and use the physician locator to find a local functional medicine doc to help you evaluate your hormone levels and then get you started using safe bio-identical hormones rather than prescription synthetic ones so you'll feel well to 99 yrs. ...Read more

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..According to the nci , hormone therapy can be reversed before giving the second shot of degarelix is that true?

..According  to  the nci , hormone  therapy  can  be reversed  before  giving  the second  shot  of degarelix  is  that  true?

Hormone ablation: The only way to reverse this drug would be to give testosterone ? This is odd...Testosterone is not advised in prostate cancer pts.. Firmagon or dagarelix blocks testosterone for a month and perhaps longer....Within days of the injection testoterone levels are said to be castrate. ...Read more

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Hi precious doctors, i'm transsexual. My body is male but my feelings are completely woman. Can somebody help me on hormone therapy?

See an MD: Women such as yourself are treated all the time with hormones, but you need to be under a doctor's supervision to do so. I would find a doctor (endocrinologist, ideally) who can manage your medication and the side effects for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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. Seth Derman
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Progesterone (Definition)

Progesterone has been found to be helpful in preventing preterm birth in a patient who has a history of delivering babies too early. It can be given as vaginal suppositories. It is most often given as weekly ...Read more