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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Rethinking ERT to Ease Menopause Symptoms

The New York Times wrote a blog about rethinking the use of hormones to ease menopause symptoms. The biggest debate over Estrogen Replacement Therapy or ERT is whether the risks outweigh the benefits. Such risks include breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots. The Women’s Health Initiative was a large randomized study that showed …

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Hormone replacement therapy and menopause.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the most effective treatment for women suffering from severe menopausal symptoms. These symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, memory loss, low sex drive, depression and more. Although menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age, some women find these symptoms are so severe that …

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Hormonal treatment for low desire.

We do a lot of hormonal treatment for low desire. And the truth is, if a low hormone level is the culprit, this treatment can be very effective. But I do want to put out a word of caution to women who are trying a hormonal treatment: You need to be tested by someone who …

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The estrogen conversation.

OK, gal pals. You know, I’m not a doctor. So this is not a recommendation. But I am in a tizzy over the recent article from the NY Times Magazine on April 18, 2010 on estrogen replacement in perimenopausal or early menopausal women. The article is called The Estrogen Dilemma, written by Cynthia Gorley. The …

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Defining “bioidentical.”

There is so much confusion and misinformation when it comes to “bioidentical hormones.” Let me see if I can clarify a little: “Bioidentical hormones” does not mean that the hormones are “organic.” “Bioidentical hormones” does not mean that the hormones are “natural.” “Bioidentical hormones” does not mean that the hormones are “not really hormones.” “Bioidentical …

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To use hormones or not to use hormones…

I get asked this all the time by perimenopausal and post menopausal women. And my answer always is…“It depends.” Once upon a time women used to have to suffer with hot flushes, memory loss, loss of libido and sleep disturbances. Then along came the hormone therapy like a white knight on a horse and made …

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