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Is soy bad for women, but good to take when menopause starts? Is soy good for regular use for men or does it mess with their hormones, too?

Is soy bad for women, but good to take when menopause starts? Is soy good for regular use for men or does it mess with their hormones, too?

I don't believe it: I have seen nothing, despite twenty years of "pop" claims, to make me think that the phytoestrogens in soy, taken in normal quantities, are likely to alter one's hormonal milieu. There's a few guys with gynecomastia from massive ingestion (3 quarts of soy milk daily in one case). In the 1990's, with the many claims of fearful pollution by estrogenic chemicals, the militants were still eating tofu. ...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


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Has any one found that taking vitamins and soy helps with menopause symptoms?

Has any one found that taking vitamins and soy helps with menopause symptoms?

Probably not: Vitamins are not known to help with menopause symptoms, but taking calcium and vitamin d may help protect your bones from osteoporosis, which develops after menopause. Soy foods were thought to help with symptoms, but the latest study did not show that they had any effect. ...Read more

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My wife takes 8 conjugated estrogen (0.626)tablets. Should she switch to soy menopause (herbal) instead?

My wife takes 8 conjugated estrogen (0.626)tablets. Should she switch to soy menopause (herbal) instead?

Lots of options: There are many natural options that are available. While Premarin (conjugated estrogens) is north the worst choice there may be others more suitable. ...Read more

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Can certain medications cause hot flashes? I am not anywhere close to menopause. Could any medications be responsible for my recent hot flashes? .

Can certain medications cause hot flashes? I am not anywhere close to menopause. Could any medications be responsible for my recent hot flashes? .

Yes other causes: There are other causes including medications. Hot flashes can be a side effect of food additive mono-sodium glutamate (msg), or of Nifedipine (procardia, adalat), Niacin (numerous brand names), antibiotics: vancomycin, gemifloxacin and lomefloxacin.
Calcitonin and headache medicines topiramate and maxalt (rizatriptan). Thyroid disease, hidden infection (like tb) and some cancers can also cause hot flashes. ...Read more

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F/57 post menopausal bleeding. Having a hysteroscopy d&c done tomorrow. I currently under some medication that I don't know if is safe to take it toda?

F/57 post menopausal bleeding. Having a hysteroscopy d&c done tomorrow. I currently under some medication that I don't know if is safe to take it toda?

Which medication: Your preoperative medical clearance should include NPO order and possible holding off anti platelets or anticoagulants and possibly taking essential medications with sip of water ...Read more

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How can one keep soy out of their diet when on thyroid medication?

How can one keep soy out of their diet when on thyroid medication?

Thyroid: It binds to soy in GI system and inhibits absorption. Better taken at least 1-2 hours before or over 2 hours after. ...Read more

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Having a liver problem I can't take hormonal medication. What abt menopause?

Having a liver problem I can't take hormonal medication. What abt menopause?

HRT: Hormone replacement therapy may not be a good choice if one has a liver problem. Hormones are generally metabolized in the liver and may result in other problems if your liver is not working properly. There are other medications that can be used for signs and symptoms of menopause. There are also some herbal supplements that may alleviate some of the menopausal symptoms. ...Read more

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Hello. Can going through menopause change the effectiveness of blood pressure medication?

Hello. Can going through menopause change the effectiveness of blood pressure medication?

High BP-Menopause.: Menopause-related hormonal changes can lead to weight gain and make your blood pressure more reactive to salt in your diet. Which, in turn, can lead to higher blood pressure. Some types of hormone therapy (ht) for menopause also may contribute to increases in blood pressure. Hence you might need more blood pressure medication than previous doses. ...Read more

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I've not experienced the symptom as my friends except weight gain. Is this normal? I've think been in menopause almost 4 years. I have gain considerable weight, but that may be a combination of menopause, stopping smoking, and medications. My friends,

I've not experienced the symptom as my friends except weight gain. Is this normal? I've think been in menopause almost 4 years. I have gain considerable weight, but that may be a combination of menopause, stopping smoking, and medications. My friends,

Not sure of the?: You should resubmit in a shorter form. Weight gain is common after both menopause and stopping smoking (congrats!) but is usually 5-10 lbs. If you have gained considerable weight, this is not healthy for you, and diet and exercise should be the starting point. Many medications that cause weight gain may have alternatives that have less of that. Talk to your doctor about that and about weight loss. ...Read more

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What herbal medication can you recommend for the menopause?

What herbal medication can you recommend for the menopause?

Many: There are a number of proven remedies for symptoms of female menopause. The key is dissecting the wheat from the chaff. In other words, there is a lot of false claims and promotion in menopause remedies. I have written a book called "a woman's guide to hormone health" that outlines many natural, proven remedies. Do your homework and you will find many options. ...Read more

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What medications or food diet should my mother use during the menopause?

What medications or food diet should my mother use during the menopause?

A process: Menopause is a process that takes place over years not over a weekend. She should eat a normal well balanced nutritious diet, have a moderate amount of exercise and take care of herself. ...Read more

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What medication can stop night sweats and sleep awakenings during menopause?

What medication can stop night sweats and sleep awakenings during menopause?

Hormone therapy: While herbs and homeopathic remedies have been known to help, the most reliable and quick way to deal with menopausal symptoms is with hormone therapy - estrogen - with or without progestin. ...Read more

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Menopause - what medication is safe and can stop the night sweats and sleep awakenings?

Menopause - what medication is safe and can stop the night sweats and sleep awakenings?

Depends: Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet for hot flashes. Some women respond to certain anti-depressants (ssri), some to certain blood pressure medications, and some to medications for nerve pain. All have some side effects I would recommend having a conversation with your doctor on which one is right for you, especially if you sleep is very disturbed. ...Read more

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If surgical menopause and medications have caused severe osteoporosis, then how do I stop or slow down the losses and rebuild bone most effectively?

If surgical menopause and medications have caused severe osteoporosis, then how do I stop or slow down the losses and rebuild bone most effectively?

Exercise: Daily exercise should slow the born destruction, ask your physician about vitamine d levels and may be he will order the test and replacement if necessary. ...Read more

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What causes extreme hair breakage, and a change in hair texture? I'm not on any medications, I have no illnesses. 60 years old. Menopause for 6 years.

Hair problem: You need a good metabolic evaluation. Iron deficiency is very common and could result in the problem you have. Of course, the character of your hair will change as you age, but what you're describing needs further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can I take amberen (for menopause) with levothyriodxine thyroid medication?

Can I take amberen (for menopause) with levothyriodxine thyroid medication?

Yes, but: Amberen doesn't really work for menopause. There are some decent ingredients in amberen, but it also contains msg, which may be a neurotoxin, particularly in sensitive individuals. The studies listed on amberen's site are of poor quality or are animal studies. I have had several patients try amberen and none have had improvement in symptoms. But you can take it with levothyroxine. ...Read more

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Can I take anything for menopause with my depression medication desipramine 50mg?

Can I take anything for menopause with my depression medication desipramine 50mg?

Drugs and menopause: You can certainly speak to your provider and discuss this issue. You need to be able to define the problems menopause is challenging you with. Menopause cannot be treated, however, many of the uncomfortable effects can be managed. It appears that you are taking your medication to assist you with sleeping. There are drugs that may better target your depression and still help with sleep. ...Read more

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Does menopause affect your dose of Synthroid (thyroxine) and if so, do most women end up taking more or less medication after menopause?

Does menopause affect your dose of Synthroid (thyroxine) and if so, do most women end up taking more or less medication after menopause?

Thyroid and menopaus: Menopause should not affect your dose. Lower estrogen can alter some of the older tests of thyroid function, but not the newer tests. With age, the dose of levothyroxine may come down a little, but there is no sudden change with menopause. ...Read more

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I have severe endometriosis and I just had surgery to take some fibroids out they want to give me medication to make me go through menopause im 32

I have severe endometriosis and I just had surgery to take some fibroids out they want to give me medication to make me go through menopause im 32

Temporary: The medicine will not truly put you in menopause, it is temporary and completely reversible when you stop the drug. The med is for pain mangement; if you don't want to use it, talk with your docotr. ...Read more

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HepC medication lead to early menopause at 43. 10 years later few blood clots one day and thick endometrium line. How concerning is that?

HepC medication lead to early menopause at 43. 10 years later few blood clots one day and thick endometrium line. How concerning is that?

It is what it is: I am sorry that menopause began sooner then you would have liked at age 43, however, you have deeper concerns that need a GYN evaluation to rule out endometrial cancer with the clots and thickened endometrium. Please see a GYN for an accurate diagnosis via biopsy if need be. ...Read more

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Is it really necessary to take any medications to get through menopause? #nqlu I am basically healthy, still have menstrual cycles (which are changing), and feel okay other than fatigue. And, I have no healt insurance so bio-identicals etc are not possibl

Is it really necessary to take any medications to get through menopause? #nqlu I am basically healthy, still have menstrual cycles (which are changing), and feel okay other than fatigue. And, I have no healt insurance so bio-identicals etc are not possibl

Not necessary: It's not required that you take hormones for menopause, but it's the way to minimize the accelerated aging symptoms associated with loss of estrogen, Progesterone and testosterone. There are several supplements that can ease symptoms as well, though the supplements don't address the physical changes which are delayed by hrt. ...Read more

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Can a doctor help somebody that is going through menopause? Is there a medication someone can take to help them with hot flashes symptoms are night sweats and hot flashes

Can a doctor help somebody that is going through menopause? Is there a medication someone can take to help them with hot flashes symptoms are night sweats and hot flashes

Integrative Medicine: An integrative medicine physician can evaluated and help you with menopausal symptoms. For instance, 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 find integrative docs: http://www. Abihm. Org/. ...Read more

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What advice is there about coping with menopause without medication? Do you have a higher risk of cancer after menopause? I heard women/girls have a monthly menses b/c it was a way of your body getting cleaned out. Is this true that when you get older an

What advice is there about coping with menopause without medication? Do you have a higher risk of cancer after menopause? I heard women/girls have a monthly menses b/c it was a way of your body getting cleaned out. Is this true that when you get older an

Some: Some women definitely have more problems with others with menopause. You are correct, a healthy lifestyle can help with menopause symptoms. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, not smoking, and limiting alcohol intake to no more than 2 glasses a day is beneficial. Ideally, a patient should exercise 30 minutes a day. Just walking is a perfect exercise. Weight-lifting can be beneficial to avoid loss of muscle mass.

If a patient is hypothyroid, the best treatment is taking thyroid as you are. There are no other proven effective methods for the control of hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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What must I expect from drug therapy for menopausal mood disorder?

What must I expect from drug therapy for menopausal mood disorder?

Which drug?: I frequently use fluoxetine for mood disorders in menopause if HRT therapy itself does not alleviate mood disorders. I rarely have to use mood elevators if hormones are properly balanced during menopause & perimenopause. ...Read more

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I am 50, menopaused since 3 yrs and have a total cholesterol of 281 mg%/ LDL 194 and HDL 60. Should I take a cholesterol lowering drug?

Consult doctor: Your lipid values are abnormal and you should consult a doctor for advice on diet, exercise and drug treatment. It is not a do it yourself issue. ...Read more

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I'm 67 long past menopause but I've been experiencing "hot flashes" again. I take 10 mg of prednisone daily and a shot of methotrexate weekly. Are these drugs causing flashes?

I'm 67 long past menopause but I've been experiencing "hot flashes" again. I take 10 mg of prednisone daily and a shot of methotrexate weekly. Are these drugs causing flashes?

Possibly: Hormones are a type of steroid. They have similar chemical pathways in which your body can process them. It is also possible that you are having a side effect similar to a hot flash. ...Read more

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How I can stop night sweats? (i'm too young to be menopausal) I get night sweats almost every night. I think it's a side effect of an antidepressant I take. Aside from stopping the drug, is there anything I can do to help with this side effect? Thank you.

How I can stop night sweats? (i'm too young to be menopausal) I get night sweats almost every night. I think it's a side effect of an antidepressant I take. Aside from stopping the drug, is there anything I can do to help with this side effect? Thank you.

Multiple causes: There are several possibilities that could cause this. It sounds persistent enough that you should get a thorough evaluation. Even if it is due to psych meds, adjustment would be important. Might be infection too, which should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Why do we give anti-estrogen drugs to post-menopausal women with breast cancer?

Why do we give anti-estrogen drugs to post-menopausal women with breast cancer?

Anti-estrogen drugs: Anti-estrogen drugs are given to both premenopausal and postmenopausal women whose cancer is estrogen receptor-positive or progesterone receptor-positive. These cancer may grow when exposed to estrogen. Anti-estrogen medications block or reduce estrogen that is normally produced by the ovaries in premenopausal women or by fat cells, liver, adrenal glands or other organs in postmenopausal women. ...Read more