9 Benefits of Bioidentical Estrogen

Postmenopausal hormone replacement is more than just resolving hot flashes. Estrogen affects everything from your skin to your brain. This is a great article highlighting some of the important effects of estrogen. If you are postmenopausal and struggling with these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your provider to see if you are a good candidate …

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The Benefits of Starting HRT Early

There is a lot of misinformation out there about postmenopausal hormone replacement, based on old, misinterpreted studies. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has put out a great informational video about the safety and timing of hormone replacement. They recommend seeking treatment sooner rather than later, as it is safer to start HRT earlier, and …

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Reassuring News About Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy or (HRT) is an excellent way to treat menopausal symptoms associated with decreased estrogen which occurs in the Peri-menopausal and Menopausal years. Symptoms of decreased estrogen are hot flashes/night sweats, sleep disturbances and vaginal dryness. HRT can also prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia. Many clinicians are weary about prescribing HRT or are prescribing …

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Transdermal vs. Oral Estrogen for Menopause

For the treatment of menopausal symptoms, I have always preferred using the estradiol patch as opposed to oral estrogen (oral conjugated equine estrogens). With the patch, which allows a continuous delivery of estrogen, you don’t see the same fluctuations of estrogen as you do with the oral pill.  The absorption through the skin bypasses the …

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Sex After Menopause

Sex after menopause can be wonderful. The kids have all grown up, no worries about contraception, finally you and your partner have time to spend on each other. But many women develop physical symptoms that make sex uncomfortable, difficult or even impossible after menopause, and their sex life comes to a grinding halt. But there …

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When simple things become VERY, VERY AWFUL

It may be due to Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy (VVA), a chronic and progressive medical condition that affects many menopausal women. Approximately 1 in 2 menopausal women in the United States experience VVA. VVA is caused by decreased estrogen production. Women may spend an average of one-third of their lives in this hypoestrogenic state. The …

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Early Menopause Associated with Higher Heart Disease Risk

Deciding whether to start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause can be very confusing. But this article suggests that if you have gone through early menopause, HRT may be recommended to reduce your risk of heart disease. According to the study, it appears that women that have gone through menopause by the age of 45 …

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Hot Flashes and Hell

Hot flashes have long been the brunt of jokes surrounding menopause. One liners like “Could my hot flashes be causing global warming?’ are often used to make light of hot flashes during the menopausal years. On a more serious note, hot flashes are one the most common complaints sending women to their health care providers …

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Menopause… the truth is really out there.

As a clinician, I find nothing more frustrating these days than the difficulty women are having finding help for their menopausal/ perimenopausal symptoms. This is not an obscure disease; this is a normal life stage. I have women that have seen 3 or 4 other providers before coming to see me, for what I would …

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MonaLisa Touch: Is It Right For You?

Millions of women experience changes in their vaginal health that interfere with their personal lives during the post-menopause years. These changes are the result of decreased estrogen. Problems include vaginal laxity, decreased lubrication, painful intercourse, urinary incontinence, pouty labia and fissures at the opening of the vagina. Many women suffer in silence. Those who seek …

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