Estrogen replacement therapy effects on health?

Depends on age. Early estrogen replacement rx (hrt) is of major value in women with either surgical menopause or early menopause in diminishing the likelihood of heart disease. It diminishes the chance for osteoporosis and colon cancer. It makes a females sexual-life longer. However, in older females with metabolic syndrome, or who have been off or never on hormones, a serm like Evista (raloxifene) may be better option.

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Does this cancer prevent me from considering estrogen-replacement therapy?

Breast Cancer? May or may not have estrogen receptors, but the unbridled use of post menopausal estrogen to prevent hot flashes resulted in increased frequency of breast cancer. For unbearble symptoms, some experts use ginger doses in patients with breast cancer, but there are risks that it may fuel growth and metastasis, especially if the tumor was er+. I would not do it for me or loved one. Read more...
Which cancer? If you are talking about breast cancer, this is a question to be discussed with your oncologist and also an endocrinologist who has worked with woman with breast or ovarian cancer. Read more...

If you have a medical hysterectomy can you go through menapause? I had a medical hysterectomy and was wondering if I will go through menapuse? I am 56 years old had my hysterctomy about 6 years ago I was on an estrogen replacement therapy for about one ye

Hi. . Hi. Yes, if you had a hysterectomy with removal of your ovaries, you can have the same menopausal symptoms that woman go through who still have ovaries and a uterus. Symptoms can include: hot flashes, night sweats, depressed mood, mood swings, fatigue, tenderness of your breasts, vaginal dryness, weight gain and osteoporosis. This can feel quite miserable. I recommend that sit down with your doctor and advise him or her of your symptoms. There are approaches that don't require hormone replacement therapy and treatments using hormone replacement. Read more...
Let's . Let's talk about the menopause. Natural menopause occurs when the ovaries run out of eggs and thus hormone production. Surgical menopause is when the ovaries are removed - the uterus has nothing to do with menopause. Your history is a bit confusing because you say you had surgery and a hysterectomy and then hormone replacement. A medical hysterectomy is a mis-nomer and you are probably referring to the hormone therapy. Nevertheless, the answer to your question is that whether you had the ovaries removed at the time of surgical hysterectomy or you have natural menopause after the surgery, you will go through menopause. Menopause basically means that your ovaries are no longer functional (naturally or surgically). As dr fowler says, you will have the symptoms but they vary between women. The symptoms can be minimized by hormones or by other medications, sometimes the treatments are very effective and sometimes not. I think you need to have a conversation with your gynecologist because menopause therapy became more complicated several years ago when we learned that hormone replacement therapy is not always as safe as we thought. Best wishes. Read more...

Hello. I'm 50 years of age and interested in how can I maintain healthy estrogen level without hormonal replacement therapy?

Clarify. Hi. Once you go through menopause, your estrogen levels will plummet, but not go to zero. That is biologically natural, so by definition, the "healthy estrogen level". So eat healthily, exercise regularly, and stay healthy! You DO NOT need to take estrogen (+/- progestin, depending on presence or absence of uterus) for that! Many docs feel that hormone replacement risks outweigh benefits. Read more...
Take care. There are other meds for menopausal symptoms besides estrogen. Apparently the lowest dose of estrogen possible is best. Take vitamin D and calcium in multivitamins daily. Exercise aerobically and with weights. Eat a balanced mediterraen diet. Maintain a healthy weight for height or BMI. You will not miss having periods every month. That is a bonus of menopause. Read more...

Hello. I'm 50 years of age and interested in how can I maintain healthy estrogen level without hormonal replacement therapy?

Use lubrication. A healthy estrogen level in menopause is now thought to be your own body's natural level. If you have hot flashes or other bothersome symptoms of peri-menopause, you may want to supplement estrogen with progesterone to prevent uterine cancer for a few years, less than 5 seems to be the current thinking. I still think the jury is out on hormone replacement therapy. Osphena may not be safer? KY. Read more...

What are healthy blood levels of estrogen when on hormone replacement therapy?

Invalid. There is no validity to following blood estrogen levels in order to adjust the dosage of hormone replacement. At age 32, I would not expect that you should need hormone replacement, unless you went through early menopause or had surgical removal of your ovaries. In postmenopausal women the dose is adjusted based on symptoms (hot flashes, sleep issues), not blood levels. Read more...

I had a hysterectomy. Could I benefit from estrogen and progestrin replacement therapy to help with decreased libido, hot flashes should I use pills or injections

It . It depends whether your ovaries were removed when the hysterectomy was performed and your age. After a hysterectomy in a premenopausal woman, the treatment can be symptom-based. One no longer needs the protective nature of Progesterone (against uterine cancer) after a hysterectomy. Hot flashes also can be addressed with a non-estrogen plan of management. In 1991, the the women’s health initiative (whi) was launched and consisted of a set of clinical trials and an observational study, which together involved 161, 808 generally healthy postmenopausal women. The clinical trials were designed to test the effects of postmenopausal hormone therapy, diet modification, and calcium and vitamin d supplements on heart disease, fractures, and breast and colorectal cancer. The hormone trial had two studies: the estrogen-plus-progestin study of women with a uterus and the estrogen-alone study of women without a uterus. First, the benefits of the study showed that hormonal therapy did reduce hot flashes and night sweats. It relieved vaginal dryness and prevented osteoporosis-related fractures. However, on the quality of life issue, there were no clear benefits for those taking hormonal therapy compared to those who did not and there was an increase in breast cancer, coronary heart disease and clots in the lungs. One should know the risks and benefits of replacement hormonal therapy before embarking on that course of treatment and discuss your concerns with your gynecologist. For more information about hormonal and non-hormonal replacement, you may want to refer to my ebook on this and other women’s health issues. http://www.amazon.com/inside-information-women-mysteries-ebook/dp/b004kspxt6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=utf8&qid=1328377660&sr=8-1 if you and your gynecologist decide on estrogen replacement, then a dermal (skin) patch may be an option. Read more...
Dr. . Dr. Thornton provided an outstanding response. Here are two options that could be considered that do not involve hormone replacement. A number of providers used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (especially lexapro) to assist with hot flashes and other menopasual sxs. Medical acupuncture can also be very helpful. Good luck. Read more...