Does black cohosh help relieve menopause symptoms? I keep hearing about black cohosh as an alternative for hormone replacement therapy for menopause. What is it? Does it really work? .

Hello. . Hello. There are studies that support that an extract of black cohosh can help menopausal symptoms to the same extent as a low-estrogen patch. Many women find this an attractive alternative to hormone replacement because there is no evidence that black cohosh thickens the endometrium or increases the risks for breast cancer or stroke.
When . When considering your options for hormone replacement i think it warrants at least one visit to a licensed practitioner to get to know your options and the possible risks and benefits of same. If you are particularly interested in herbs of course naturopaths or chinese medicine practitioners are likely to provide reasonable options. I have been influenced enough by chinese herbal medicine to believe that a combination of herbs is generally preferable to just one.

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This doc put my mom on hormone replacement therapy for menopause eventhough she experienced few symptoms. Is it risky for her to use hrt?

HRT. Hormone replacement post menopause is a tough area. In most women it should not be started more than 3 years after menopause. Her gynecologist will spend time with her discussing the pros and cons. The publications are trending towards being less concerned about hormone replacement in menopause but that is still undecided. Read more...

34 y/o female w/hormone imbalance, endo, Hashi's. Symptoms poss. Early menopause. Seeking low-risk and natural hormone replacement therapy. Advice?

Advice. You need to see a gynecologist as soon as possible. If you don't get useful answers ask your friends to let you know of better gynecologists. Read more...
Hormone imbalance? Not sure what you mean by hormone imbalance. If you are having regular periods, you do not have any significant female hormone imbalance, and should not be on any female hormone replacement. If you are not getting your period, you should see your gynecologist first. Read more...

My menopause symptoms are making me uncomfortable. Is hormone replacement therapy recommended?

No. Hormone replacement therapy will not eliminate your menopausal symptoms. It will only delay them. Once you stop the hormone replacement therapy whatever menopausal symptoms you are destined to experience will occur at that time. In addition, hormone replacement therapy does have increased risk of blood clot and stroke. Menopause is like puberty. It is a natural part of our lives. Read more...
Yes. Yes, hormone replacement therapy is recomended as long as you do it using bio-identical hormones and you go to a doctor who is specialized in this therapy. You should check this website womeninbalance.Org or my web site acebohealthcenter.Com. Read more...
In many cases. While menopause is natural, so is dying from bacterial pneumonia. Most of us would take an antibiotic to treat the pneumonia, so it makes sense to treat menopause. 1) HRT to reduce/ eliminate symptoms and 2) long term health benefits of HRT such as bone strength, bladder &sexual health, memory, possibly prevent heart disease. Each woman should check with her md to balance her risk/benefit profile. 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...
See below. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/in-depth/hormone-therapy/ART-20046372
Please visit this site for risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy. Read more...

Does hormone replacement therapy work-testorone im 56 have personal trainer, I see little results so far have tried pellets and shots

Depends. Yes it works. But it depends why you are using and what type. The more you deviate from routine therapy the less effective the therapy is. So it is really individualized treatment by a reproductive endocrinologist. Read more...
YES YES. Sometimes to reach optimal levels, it may take the 2nd insertion. If you aren't seeing the results, chances are your doctor did not dose you high enough. Most of my patients notice positive changes within a few days! for more information visit www.Doctorscotts.Com. Read more...

In using bio identical hormone replacement therapy, for a 57y/o, what is the target values to make me feel young and sexy in my blood work.

No magic. Bioidentical is a great marketing phrase, but has no medical substantiation. It's just another hype to sell product. Blood work values don't make you feel young and sexy. That all a state of mind and mental attitude. Read more...

Stopped hormone replacement therapy and now have symptoms including insomnia. Dr prescribed ativan (lorazepam) for sleep. Which is safer, ativan (lorazepam) or hrt?

Depends. It depends on many factors: how long you have been in menopause, your personal and family history of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease...It also depends on the severity of symptoms. Only you and your doctor who knows your history can answer this best. Read more...
Hrt. The best treatment for insomnia is to find its cause, often hormonal imbalances and deficiencies may play a significant role and hrt may contribute to eliminating or improving the sleep disorder. Ativan (lorazepam) simply relieves anxiety, which is not dealing with the root of the insomnia. It may be associated with dependence and side effects, such as hangover, memory loss, etc. Read more...

What natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy are available?

Hormone replacement. A healthy lifestyle, diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and fish (eg wild salmon), adequate protein, control weight, treat any hormone problem e.g. Thyroid disorders, exercise daily, meditate, see your doctor for examinations to determine the cause of any problems. Read more...
Several. There are several as mentioned. Yet, none match the potential of optimized estradiol, estriol, Progesterone & testosterone levels. Read more...