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.
BHRT. My advise is to seek out a physician who is trained and open to prescribing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. This requires a compounding pharmacy, which need not be in your state. Premarin (conjugated estrogens) was introduced in 1949 and despite overwhelming data indicating it should be taken off the market, many physicians are still reluctant to be open to bhrt. I suggest you read suzanne summers books.
Yes. Hormone therapy can help treat menopausal symptoms, but it is not for everyone. Talk with your doctor about whether or not you would be putting yourself at high risk for such things as breast cancer and heart disease if you start hormonal therapy.
Borage or primrose. Consider borage oil or primrose oil as well. It is inexpensive and I have seen patients benefit from it as well.
Yes, but..... Hormone replacement can treat the symptoms of menopause (hot flashes, vaginal dryness, etc.) but this is not without risk. Some studies have shown that taking hormone replacement therapy (hrt) can increase one's risk for heart disease and breast cancer. Other factors should be taken into account when deciding on hrt, including family history of heart disease, breast or other gynecologic cancers.
Controversial. Yes, but treatment is still controversial. A recent study showed no change in the cardiovascular risk in women who use hormone therapy. However, a past large study showed that during the first year of hormonal treatment, the rate of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease was significantly higher. Most physicians no longer prescribe hormone therapy. There are other non-hormonal options though.

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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...

I am taking menopausal hormone therapy (mht). Does that affect how much iron I should have?

Yes. Take iron only if you are anemic and iron deficient. Excessive iron can cause other problems. Read more...
No. Most women who take HRT do so in a "continuous" regimen that does not result in menstrual-like bleeding. Therefore, no blood (and iron) is lost, and one's iron needs should not change. If a woman takes a "cyclic" regimen that causes monthly periods, then one's iron needs would increase in proportion to the amount of blood lost each month. Read more...

If I am taking menopausal hormone therapy (mht) how does that affect the amount of iron I should take?

Iron. Usually after menopause the persons need for iron drops drastically because the menstrual periods have stopped. Blood loss requires lots of iron to manufacture new red blood cells. After menopause it is advisable not to take iron as too much iron can cause illness in the body e.g. Iron buildup in the liver called hemochromatosis. Read more...
Iron therapy. No effect. Usually no extra iron is needed in otherwise healthy women after menopause. Ask the doctor if you need it since you aren't menstruating. Read more...

Why should perimenopausal women not take menopausal hormone therapy?

Shouldn't? In general there's no over-ruling reason they shouldn't take it, but ask instead what's the reason for them to take it? Often there may be other more suitable forms of treatment. Ther are of course specific reasons why an individual women might be cautioned against hrt. Read more...
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...

Estrogen in contraception pills or menopausal hormone therapy have same effect?

Mostly yes. Pharmacologically yes, although the amount of estrogen in hrt is usually lower than in ocp; therefore symptomatically it might be different. Some hrt also contains different estrogen types, for example conjugated equine estrogens, but the basic effect is still similar. Read more...

If estridol levels are normally very low in menopausal women, why do we need to treat symptoms with hormone therapy?

For symptoms. Sometimes the headaches, hot flashes, and difficulty with sleeping are very significant symptoms in the perimenopausal or menopausal time period. Short-term estrogen therapy would be very helpful for this. Read more...
Menopausal symptoms. are caused by dropping hormone levels as the ovaries fail to produce first progesterone then estradiol. The symptoms are relieved by replacing the hormones that are deficient. Do we "need" to treat is controversial. I personally believe we should treat as many studies have shown that hormone use lengthens life. . Read more...
You need a balance. Our bodies are wonderfully made and part of that process is that our hormones are in balance and functioning like a well-oiled machine. In our experience estradiol levels vary greatly in the postmenopausal woman. I usually find they are mid to low normal. I rarely find the estradiol levels to be very low. The origin of the symptoms is associated with the balance of your estradiol/progesterone/testosterone/DHEA/ and cortisol. What we have found in over 17 years of working with natural hormone therapy daily is that the balance of your hormones, not the specific amounts is the most important factor in relieving or determining your symptoms. Once we have balanced the hormones we are generally very successful in alleviation of multiple symptoms associated with hormone imbalance. Women young and old can have hormone in balancing. Symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, painful menstruation, and heavy flow during menstruation all have an association with being hormone imbalanced. There are so many other symptoms that can be associated with hormone imbalancing, many of which most women have never made the Association. Read more...

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...

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...