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  1. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of acne and scabbed acne?
    I have some acne some near my mouth 1 just on like the tip of my nose which is extremely annoying and some on my cheeks how could i get rid of acne it really bothers me. I know this sounds weird from a guy but kind of an eye sore. if you know what i mean....

    I know i asked this before like 2 mins ago but i spelled acne wrong so bear with me.

    • ANSWER:
      - hey Ryan !
      - I have a book here called 1,801 Home Remedies
      - Trustworthy treatments for everyday health problems.
      - I'll write everything down for U, so bare with me okay.
      - Acne:
      - If scientist can decipher the human genome, U'd think they could find a way 2 eradicate acne.
      - No suck luck.
      - It's up 2 U 2 deal with the outbreaks that can damage U're pride of appearance long after teenage angst past.
      - When a pimple rears it's ugly black, white, or red head, over-the-counter products can help.
      - But so can simple remedies from Mother Nature's medicine chest.
      What's wrong ?
      - U're skin is producing 2 much sebum (the thick oily substance that acts as a natural lubricant) & the excess is blocking U're pores.
      - There R 2 kinds of acne.
      - The most common form "acne vulgaris" shows up on U're face, chest, shoulders or back as blackheads, whiteheads or red blemishes.
      - "Cystic acne" appears as painful cysts or firm painless limps.
      - Fluctuating hormones caused by puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause or birth-control pills often increase the production of sebum, which can trigger an outbreak of either type.
      - Other culprits include emotional stress, clothing that rubs against the skin & some drugs (such as steroids).
      - Genetics may also play a role.
      - Zap Zits Now:
      - The first avenue of assault is an over-the-counter cream or gel formulated with "benzoyl peroxide".
      - It works by mildly irritating the skin, which encourage dying skin cells 2 flake off.
      - This helps reopen clogged pores.
      - Benzoyl peroxide also kills the bacteria that infect clogged pores.
      - Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHAs), such as glycolic acid, slough off the outermost layer of skin, which helps keep pores clean & unclogged.
      - Opt for a cream, lotion or gel that contains 8% glycolic acid.
      - At the first hint of a pimple, wrap an ice cube in a piece of plastic wrap & hold it 2 the area at least twice a day, every hour if U can, but no for no longer than 5 minutes each time.
      - The cold will reduce the redness & ease the inflammation.
      - Pop an aspirin or 2 :
      - Taking 1 or two 325 milligram tablets 4 times a day can help calm an acne outbreak by reducing inflammation. (check with U're doctor before taking aspirin regularly.)
      - Try Alternative Acne Treatments:
      - 3 times a day, dab a drop of tea-tree oil on blemishes 2 discourage infection & speed healing.
      - Research has found that 5% tea-tree oil is as effective against acne as a 5% benzoyl peroxide solution.
      - Dab vinegar or lemon juice on pimples.
      - All vinegars contains acids that can help flush out pores & so does lemon juice.
      - An old folk remedy for healing pimples is 2 use a mixture of spice & honey on them.
      - Combine 1 teaspoon powdered nutmeg & 1 teaspoon honey & apply it 2 the pimple.
      - Leave on for 20 minutes, then wash off.
      - There's no proof that this hyelps, but honey does have antiseptic properties.
      - Apply aloe vera:
      - 1 study found that 90% of skin sores were completely healed with aleo vera within 5 days.
      - Think zinc:
      - People with acne tend 2 have lower than normal zinc levels.
      - Zinc supplements produce visible improvement in about a third of people who take them.
      - U'll need high doses though (between 200 & 600 milligrams daily), so take it only under U're doctor's supervision.
      - The Power Of Prevention:
      - If U keep skin free of dirt & axcess oil (the thinking goes) perhaps U're pores will never get clogged.
      - But over-cleansing can cause acne by making U're sebaceous glads produce more oil.
      - Forgo granulated cleansers & avoid washcloths, cuz they can be abrasive & can accumulate bacteria if U reuse them.
      - Instead, use a disposable cleansing cloth or cotton pads.
      - Make a skin-cleansing solution 2 help clear up blackheads.
      - Add 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt & 3 drops of iodine 2 one-half cup of water & bring 2 a boil & then let cool.
      - Dip in a clean cotton pad & use it 2 clean the pores.
      - Men; rince U're razor in alcohol after U use it so any bacteria it harbors won't transfer itself 2 u're face.
      - 2 Squeeze or Not 2 Squeeze:
      - If U absolutely, positively must squeeze U're blemishes, here's the dermatologist-approved method (& this is only valid for whiteheads)
      - Clean the area well.
      - light a match & hold the tip of a needle in the flame for 3 seconds.
      - Then gently nick the surface of the pimple.
      - Use a cotton swab 2 drain it, then clean it with hydrogen peroxide, if U wish.
      - But don't squeeze or pick, cuz U'll make it worse.
      - 2 "squeeze" a blackhead, use a blackhead extractor, available in drugstores.
      - Soften the blemish with a hot-water compress for 10 minutes before U use it, & wash U're hands beforehand 2 reduce the chances of infection.
      - Well.....
      - ther U R dude.
      - That's all she wrote, lol.
      PS: I find that if I wash my face with a goat's milk soap when I first jump in the shower, it will remove all the dirt, oil & dead skin.
      - then after I'm done my shower & just before I get out, I wash my face with some "St. Ives" clear pore cleanser.
      - then I dry off & use a "neutrogena deep clean invigorating dual action toner"
      - U'll be amaze on just how clear U're face will become.
      - good luck & chow bro !

  2. QUESTION:
    any herbal pill supplements for menopause?
    i'm already started on black cohosh & dong quai. i just want to know if i can add any more to this? they must be in pill or capsule or gel form only. i need several menopause symptoms relieved: hot flashes, mood problems, insomnia occasionally, & urinary incontinence.

    thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi "likely S", most experts believe that all of the common symptoms of menopause are caused by the dramatic decline and fluctuations in the body’s levels of estrogen and to some extent progesterone, and the imbalance between them. Approaches to alleviating symptoms generally focus around restoring these hormone levels. Natural treatments are typically made from extracts of plants containing substances which are very similar to the estrogen and/or progesterone produced by the ovaries. The effectiveness of these treatments relies on the assumption that these phytoestrogens and plant progesterones have a similar effect in the body to the body’s own natural hormones. Some herbal treatments work by stimulating glands to produce natural hormones more effectively, rather than restoring the hormones artificially.

      Another approach is to treat each symptom individually. There is a range of natural treatments which focus specifically on alleviating common symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, libido problems, vaginal dryness and fatigue.
      Please look article: http://www.askedweb.com/askedweb/Natural_Remedies_For_Perimenopause_And_Menopause_Symptoms/
      Jason Homan

  3. QUESTION:
    Perimenopause- what can be done for me?
    My periods have been irregular and quite heavy for a couple of years now and I have had hot flushes and other menopause symptoms off and on. The problem I have is that I have been bleeding for well over 2 weeks now -since Dec 9th- and it is showing no signs of stopping. If anything, it's getting worse so I am feeling rather exhausted by it all! When I asked my doctor for a hormone test before (to see if my menopause has started) he said I wouldn't get a conclusive result until I had not bled for 4 months or more. He wasn't convinced that it could be menopause anyway as I was 41 at the time, I'm 43 now but my mum started hers at 42 so it may be genetic.
    Is there anything that I can do or take to get some normality back?! I am sterilised so am not using any contraceptive pill or medication at the moment. I prefer to use natural remedies where possible but want to know what my options are and whether this is normal in the run up to menopause. I am due for a smear test but am waiting to stop bleeding first! I'd appreciate any sensible suggestions, I will be going to see the doctor on Thursday. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My periods have always been heavy but about 2 years ago when I was 51 they started coming at varies times and were heavy and lasted maybe 3 days and go and come back 12 days later for a week and then nothing for a month or so and then I would have 3 months as normal and then gaps, I haven't had one for about 4 months but I have no other affects, occasional sweating around 10pm, my mum was 52 when her menopause started. Ask your doctor about HRT treatment and then he will have to do blood test to check if it is the start of the menopause. Vitamins ACE & B Vitamins are suppose to help. Google Pre menopause and there is several websites that can help.

  4. QUESTION:
    serious answers only please-vaginal dryness?
    i'm almost 20 years old, and for the past 2 weeks i've experienced something i havent before. in the beginning of it all, i was experiencing itching and a little bit of dryness, and now its just simply dry. there are times where the natural moisture comes back, but quickly goes away again. i thought it was a yeast infection by the things i was reading online, but would it still be curing itself right now? any other ideas on what it could be? or anything to help cure the dryness naturally?

    btw, i havent been sexually active for a few months, if that matters

    • ANSWER:
      Many factors may contribute to vaginal dryness and these include:

      Intercourse
      Diaphragms
      Condoms
      Tampons
      Medications such as antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines and decongestants
      Cancer treatments such radiation or chemotherapy
      Allergens such as fragrances and dyes in toilet paper and laundry detergents
      Douches
      Drying soaps
      Autoimmune disease such as Sjogren’s syndrome
      Vaginal dryness is the primary symptom of lower estrogen levels. Estrogen, a female hormone helps to keep the vagina well lubricated, maintains acidity and tissue elasticity and creates a natural defense against infections. It causes the vagina to thicken but when estrogen levels decreases, the vaginal tissue starts thinning, loses its elasticity and become more fragile.
      Low estrogen levels may decrease as a result of:

      Menopause, perimenopause or postmenopause
      Hysterectomy or surgical removal of ovaries
      Menstrual cycle changes
      Pregnancy
      Childbirth
      Breastfeeding
      Cancer therapy which includes radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy
      Hormonal contraceptives
      Immune disorders
      Stress & fatigue
      Cigarette smoking

      Natural and holistic treatments have also proven to be quite effective in reducing vaginal dryness. Herbs such as Dong Quai, a very well known Chinese herb helps to support balance of female hormones and to promote hormonal health during the menopause and perimenopause. Other herbal ingredients such as Black Cohosh and Wild yam and isoflavones may also help to relieve vaginal dryness in some women.

      You may get details on these remedies over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/femalube.htm and http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/health/msg0117175813490.html

  5. QUESTION:
    i want to prevent to early menopause,what i do?

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot prevent early menopause, but you can relieve the symptoms naturally.

      Menopause is the complete cessation of a menstrual cycle where the body goes through a number of hormonal changes and the ovaries stop releasing eggs for possible fertilization.

      Perimenopause is the phase of menopause when these changes begin. It is during this phase where women experience a number of physical and emotional symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and irregular or abnormal periods.

      While menopause is a natural and expected process for every woman, the associated symptoms can be difficult and trying on both physical and emotional levels. Many women are now turning to the use of natural menopause remedies to counteract these symptoms.

      An herbal menopause remedy has the ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

      Many doctors are early in prescribing radical treatments such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) without fully educating patients on the risks and side-effects associated with the treatment.

      Before embarking on a radical treatment plan, consider using a 100% safe, effective, natural herbal menopause remedy alternative.

      Foods for Natural Menopause Relief:
      * Dairy products, including milk and cheese, are the best sources of calcium to help prevent osteoporosis.
      * Canned sardines and salmon supply extra calcium, provided they are eaten with the bones. Oily fish also contain Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.
      * Grean leafy vegetables, such as brocolli and cabbage, as well as legumes, have essential vitamins, minerals and fiber needed to prevent weight gain.
      * Whole-grain products provide fiber as well as B vitamins and minerals.

  6. QUESTION:
    Any rosacea remedies? Does diet play a role?
    I've tried many topical products, most of which were extremely irritating to my sensitive skin. I was taking doxycycline for an eye infection and as expected, my skin started to clear up. However, given that it is an antibiotic, I had to stop taking it eventually, and my ruddy complexion reappeared. Birth control pills were also effective, but not a natural approach. Has anyone with rosacea seen a difference by altering their diet? I'd be interested to know what the diet consisted of, if so.

    • ANSWER:
      Emotional Triggers:

      Anxiety
      Concentration
      Crying
      Embarrassment
      Excitement
      Intimacy
      Laughing
      Stress

      Environmental Triggers:

      Cold Climates
      Heat ( > 85° F )
      Warm ( > 70° F )
      Sun
      Wind

      Hormonal Triggers:

      Birth Control Pills
      Estrogen
      Perimenopause
      Premenstrual
      Postmenopause

      Ingested Triggers:

      Foods:

      Large Meals
      Spicy Foods
      Hot Foods

      Beverages:

      Alcohol
      Hot Beverages

      Physical Triggers:

      Exertion, Light
      Exertion, Heavy
      Lying Down
      Migraines
      Overheating
      Pain
      Sleeping

      Topical Triggers:

      Alcohol Containing
      Cleansers
      Exfoliants
      Moisturizers
      Sunscreens
      Toners

      Other Triggers:

      Spontaneous
      Fluorescent Lighting
      Computers

      Certain antibiotics are used to treat the condition. As will as certain topical medication especially for rosacea.

      See a dermatologist for full treatment.

  7. QUESTION:
    I am going through perimenopause and I feel like I am going crazy!?
    I have all the classical symptoms. My pms is horrible and I am very irritable, stressed, and depressed most of the time. I lost interest in sex. Some days I am so fatigued I can hardly stand it and the terrible insomnia I have makes it even worse. I have night sweats too. But what really tops it off is the anxiety and panic attacks, which I already have but it was under control. Now I have anxiety and panic attacks all the time and when I get my period it is even worse. Natural supplements did not work for me. I just do not know how much longer this is going to last. I can not take it any more. I have had perimenopause symptoms for many years, but now over the last 6 months things have really raged out of control. Does this possibly mean I could be reaching the end? I hope so. Please, let me know what you think and share your perimenopause experiences with me. Thank you.
    I should add that I am 45 years old and I do have 4 children. I have not had a hysterectomy, but sometimes I wish I did with all this that is going on.

    • ANSWER:
      I sympathize with you. My menstrual cycle started very late (17 years old) and from day one, I had dysmennorrhea (painful menstrual cycles). Not just pain, but pain to the point of passing out. Motrin helped but I was still so fatigued every month that I missed anywhere from 1-3 days of work, passed out with exhaustion.

      The older I got, the worse my cycles got. At 40, I made the decision to have a hysterectomy. I had no idea that life could be so good!!

      You did not give your age but I want to encourage you in your search for a remedy, because one does exist for you. You can narrow it down by asking yourself some very pointed questions:

      1. How old are you?
      2. Do you already have children,?
      3. Do you want children (more children)?
      4. Is a hysterectomy an option for you?
      5. How many doctors have you seen?
      6. When you experiemented with supplements, did you talk to an herbalist first, or did you buy supplements that were recommended to you by a friend, co-worker or family member?
      7. Do you have healthy eating/rest/exercise habits?
      8. Are you overweight?
      9. Do you have a family history of peri-menopause?

      Many things have to be considered when dealing with the inner-workings of the female anatomy. By eliminating some things and by correcting others, your body will either heal itself or let you know what that medical treatment or surgery, may be needed.

      For me, I had many negatives at work that contributed to my horrible episodes, every month. Eating lots of salty foods: chips, peanuts, pop-corn, salted pumpkin seeds, salt on all of my food. Salt causes you to retain water. Water causes excess bloating, especially during your menstrual cycle. I also ate tons of sugar. Sodas, chocolate candy, cotton candy, sugar cookies, extra sugar in my coffee. I drank lots of coffee, lots of soda, drank very little 100% juice and even less water.

      I ate a sausage, egg and cheese croissant EVERY day for almost 10 years (when I worked next to a wonderful, little deli next door to Mt. Sinai Hospital), in New York City. PLUS a danish and coffee and a Pepsi. For lunch, I ate processed lunch meat sandwiches, lots of mayo, fries, chips, more Pepsi and more coffee. I love pasta and breads and very, very rich desserts. I was eating ice as if it were fine cuisine, but I stayed cold all of the time. Even in 90 and 100 degree weather I needed a light sweater wherever I went, in case a breeze blew. (Dinner was probably my healthiest meal, because my room mate and her daughter were great cooks and mostly, prepared very, well-rounded meals).

      Between 30 and 35, I started gaining weight. And it was right around that time that I started to learn my family history: fibroids, hysterectomies, dysmenorrhea, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I became a little more conscientious about my eating habits (not a whole lot) and started reading about available treatments for my particular condition. Not much appealed to me and I was steadily getting worse each year.

      I decided that even though I didn't have any children, the misery that I experienced every month was not worth the "what if I want to have a child later on" argument. I could always adopt or become a foster parent . But right now, I only felt good about 1 week out of every month. The next week, fluid would start building and my joints and belly would start swelling. I would develop an abcess in my mouth like clockwork, which would only resolve by taking a strong, iron tab. The next week I'd become irritable and fretful or irritable and angry. I'd cry or get mad over a little of nothing.

      I'd already given up on doctors, since the last one had told me that my pain was "all in the head." (That was a popular notion back then).

      A cousin who is a nurse, made an appointment for me with a doctor that she knew. And lo and behold, there WAS something wrong - I had a dermoid mole the size of a large grapefruit, that had infiltrated my uterus and tubes. A hysterrectomy was the recommendation.

      At 49, the hot flashes started. (Whatever the Bible tells me to do to stay out of Hell, I try my "best-ist" to do it cause I KNOW that I can't stay in Hell)!!! Hot flashes ought to be re-named HELL FLASHES because that's how unbearable they can become! (Smile)

      The doctors wanted to talk about hormone replacement therapy, but I heard one lady's story about getting cancer from hormone replacement therapy (and I realize that not everyone does). I didn't like the sound of that. And so again, I started reading. And I became interested in the effects of diffrent herbs. Now, I needed something for hot flashes, fatigue and insomnia (from Sleep Apenea), chronic sinusitis, athletes foot, excessive dry skin and hair breakage and loss.

      I found help for over 90% of my issues at a local herb store. Biotin for the brittle hair and nails, Revival Soy for energy and for the hot flashes (gone after drinking these delicious, soy shakes for 90 days), Histamine Clay (sometimes called Histamine Blend) for the sinusitis and Melatonin for the insomnia. The Sleep Apenea will require me to lose 40-50 pounds and may require surgery to remove my tonsills.

      I take my health much more seriously now, and I eat very, very well. I drink almost 90 ounces of water, daily. (Remember...the formula is no longer 8 glasses a day, but half your body weight). Regular exercise still remains a challenge, but I'm geting there. The hysterectomy improved the quality of my life and was the best thing I could have ever done.

      The menstrual process is a nautral body function and should not cause you pain and distress. Whenever that happens, it's your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. I can't know whether a hysterectomy is right for you or not - that's something that you will have to consider and answer for yourself. But I will tell you that living with mental, physical or emotional pain and misery, is not normal and should not be tolerated.

      Get on the internet and read up on some of the doctors in your area. If you have a good, family practitioner, ask him or her to recommend someone to you. And if you don't like the way that they treat you or the way that they make you feel, keep searching...your answer is out there. And if you did not talk to an herbalist or someone experienced in herbs, please get their recommendation and try again, before you give up on supplements.

      Whatever you do, I want you to be encouraged and keep looking until you get better. You're going to be surprised at how much the quality of your life will improve, once you've made some decisions and settled on a course of action for your treatment options.

      I'll remember you in my prayers.

  8. QUESTION:
    why do i get hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kimmy,

      No one knows exactly what causes hot flashes. Research suggests hot flashes are as a result of a drop in the level of the female hormone, estrogen within the body. This drop has a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates temperature which starts overproducing heat.

      As a result an increase in body temperature occurs and chemicals are released that causes the blood vessels in your skin to dilate and starts a hot flash. While the skin temperature is rising, the body temperature begins to drop and the sweat glands release sweat to cool you off.

      Certain dietary and lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in alleviating hot flashes. Try to keep as cool as possible by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, dress in layers or use a fan or air conditioner. Increase your physical activity by exercising regularly, stop smoking and eliminate hot, spicy food, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages from your diet.

      Learning to relax is imperative to cope successfully with hot flashes and using stress reducing techniques such as deep breathing, yoga or meditation is very helpful. If you experience moderate to severe hot flashes, medication such as estrogen therapy, progesterone therapy, antidepressants or blood pressure lowering medication may be prescribed. Estrogen therapy is generally the most effective treatment for hot flashes.

      Natural remedies

      Using natural remedies for hot flashes are sometimes a much safer and gentler treatment option than certain medications prescribed. Two wonderful herbs known as Cimicifuga racemosa (Black cohosh) and Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque flower) help to support a woman’s overall health and wellbeing during perimenopause and menopause.

      These herbal ingredients reduces common hot flashes associated with the change of life, maintain healthy sleep patterns and supports balanced mood and routine calmness.

      One such natural remedy http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/mellowpause.htm is supposed to be quite effective (in fact, that is the reason behind its huge popularity) in treating hot flashes, support balanced mood and routine calmness, maintain healthy sleeping patterns and support hormonal balance during peri-menopause and menopause.

      Hope all this helps.

      Best of Luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    vaginal dryness??????????????????????
    could it be the metronidazole ive been taking
    i stopped the course yesterday as it finishhhhed

    • ANSWER:
      Many factors may contribute to vaginal dryness and these include:

      Intercourse
      Diaphragms
      Condoms
      Tampons
      Medications such as antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines and decongestants
      Cancer treatments such radiation or chemotherapy
      Allergens such as fragrances and dyes in toilet paper and laundry detergents
      Douches
      Drying soaps
      Autoimmune disease such as Sjogren’s syndrome
      Vaginal dryness is the primary symptom of lower estrogen levels. Estrogen, a female hormone helps to keep the vagina well lubricated, maintains acidity and tissue elasticity and creates a natural defense against infections. It causes the vagina to thicken but when estrogen levels decreases, the vaginal tissue starts thinning, loses its elasticity and become more fragile.
      Low estrogen levels may decrease as a result of:

      Menopause, perimenopause or postmenopause
      Hysterectomy or surgical removal of ovaries
      Menstrual cycle changes
      Pregnancy
      Childbirth
      Breastfeeding
      Cancer therapy which includes radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy
      Hormonal contraceptives
      Immune disorders
      Stress & fatigue
      Cigarette smoking

      Natural and holistic treatments have also proven to be quite effective in reducing vaginal dryness. Herbs such as Dong Quai, a very well known Chinese herb helps to support balance of female hormones and to promote hormonal health during the menopause and perimenopause. Other herbal ingredients such as Black Cohosh and Wild yam and isoflavones may also help to relieve vaginal dryness in some women.

      You may get details on these remedies over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/femalube.htm and http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/health/msg0117175813490.html

  10. QUESTION:
    Hot flashes, headache, and sore throat?!?!?
    Three days ago my right tonsil hurt. Knowing I was getting sick because of a cold sore in my mouth and the sore throat I took echinachea tablets. I had been taking them two days prior to the sore throat. I have been taking cold-eeze and drinking plenty of water. Now the pain subsided in my right tonsil but has moved to my left. And just today I have been having severe hot flashes where I sweat. I don't think I have a fever but I am a little lazy. What is wrong with me, shoud I be worried? I'll continue taking the cold-eeze and drinking fluids but is there anytihng else I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Alana,

      Don't worry about the sore throat and headache that much. You are already taking good care of them.

      For Hot Flashes

      Certain dietary and lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in alleviating hot flashes. Try to keep as cool as possible by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, dress in layers or use a fan or air conditioner. Increase your physical activity by exercising regularly, stop smoking and eliminate hot, spicy food, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages from your diet.

      Learning to relax is imperative to cope successfully with hot flashes and using stress reducing techniques such as deep breathing, yoga or meditation is very helpful. If you experience moderate to severe hot flashes, medication such as estrogen therapy, progesterone therapy, antidepressants or blood pressure lowering medication may be prescribed. Estrogen therapy is generally the most effective treatment for hot flashes.

      Natural remedies

      Using natural remedies for hot flashes are sometimes a much safer and gentler treatment option than certain medications prescribed. Two wonderful herbs known as Cimicifuga racemosa (Black cohosh) and Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque flower) help to support a woman’s overall health and wellbeing during perimenopause and menopause.

      These herbal ingredients reduces common hot flashes associated with the change of life, maintain healthy sleep patterns and supports balanced mood and routine calmness.

      One such natural remedy http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/mellowpause.htm is supposed to be quite effective (in fact, that is the reason behind its huge popularity) in treating hot flashes, support balanced mood and routine calmness, maintain healthy sleeping patterns and support hormonal balance during peri-menopause and menopause.

      Hope all this helps.

      Best of Luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    whats going on with me am i going threw hormonal changes or what?
    so im a few weeks away from my period so i dont know whats going on a few days ago my left nippel started itching and no i have not changed any prouducts its not dry and i have not changed my bras i am so tierd i have cramping that feels like period cramps and one day i had brown discharge and a few blood spots but there gone now and i have mood sweengs bad i cry for no reason get mad and i dont know whats going on
    im 20 i have 2 childeren and am married its not pms and its just different i do not know whats wrong i have itchy nippels cramps moodyness im very tierd and i had brown discharge and a few spots of blood but that went away i have not changed anything in my diat my prouducts my bra everything i do is the same and im a few weeks away from my period

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kasara,

      Hormones play a vital role in every woman's health and well-being. Every month, the female hormones estrogen and progesterone are produced. The ratio between these two hormones, as well as the quantities produced by the body, can vary throughout the menstrual cycle... as well as during perimenopause and menopause.

      This is perfectly normal, and will result in various changes in mood, skin and hair growth, as well as in menstruation itself.

      One of the major hormones affecting the brain, the gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, alters the functioning of the hypothalamus-- which in turn affects the pituitary gland, which then affects the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus.

      Women of all ages may experience hormonal changes, often with symptoms becoming evident in their late twenties through to forties. Many women also experience symptoms of hormonal change during their premenstrual cycle.

      Hormonal balance during a woman's life may be influenced by a variety of factors such as nutrition, diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress, emotions, age and ovulation.

      Natural remedies also have a long history of use in promoting female reproductive health and hormonal balance - assisting women throughout the ages to stay healthy before and during the menstrual cycle, as well as during the perimenopause and menopause without unwanted side effects.

      Check the natural remedy http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/dongquai.htm which is quite popular for promoting healthy reproductive system, premenstrual, menstrual and menopausal health.

      Basically it is supposed that it:

      - prevents symptoms of menopause and PMS
      - helps with menstrual cramps
      - corrects hormone imbalance
      - relieves some of the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
      - acts as general tonic for female reproductive system
      - acts as a nourishing blood tonic
      - regulates the menstrual cycle
      - provides long term relief from symptoms of Menopause when taken regularly for between 8 and 12 weeks, and its effects are most noticeable at the end of the treatment period

      Hope all that helps

      Good Luck!


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any natural herbs or remedies to cure schizophrenia?
    Does anyone know any natural herbs or remedies to cure schizophrenia?
    Im trying to help someone.

    • ANSWER:
      I just want to start off by saying no marjuina is not the way to go. Smokinh and drinking and that sort of stuff is of the devil. To asnwer your question, yes without even knowing what it is. GOD has but herbs and fruit here for our beneit, but this world took our natural medicine and took it in labs and diluted it. JESUS is the only way out of this darkness here. Those pharmaceuticalonly hurt you in the long run, as they don;t cure the cause but cure the syptoms. What would people rather have something from GOD or something made by man in a lab. If you want to talk more about this i will be happy to talk more about this. Just click on my name and email me. I also have my instant messenger listed as well.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for having trouble sleeping?
    My father is 63 years old and is experiencing difficulty falling asleep. This has been happening for the past couple years, most likely due to stress. I researched some natural sleep remedies, such as valerian and chamomile. Any recommendations on natural herbs/remedies? Any side effects? Hopefully the remedy does not encourage vivid dreams because my father tends to get sleep paralysis often.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there's Melatonin, Valerian, Chamomile, Hops, L-Tryptophan, L-Theanine, Passionflower, and Scullcap (an herb).
      You can try any one of those to help you sleep naturally. None of them should cause more or less dreaming, but some people experience changes in dreams because it changes their sleep patterns. Basically, people remember dreams (and they seem more vivid) when they are partially awake... if they are sleeping deep enough, they won't remember it.

      If it's based on stress, there are a few options to help with that as well. Some of the most popular natural products for stress are GABA, L-Theanine, Rhodiola Rosea, 5-HTP, and L-Tryptophan. Also, cutting/reducing Caffeine and sugar intake will help to lower stress.

      With all that being said, if he's been having problems sleeping for the last couple years and he tends to get sleep paralysis, I would recommend having him see a sleep specialist. There could be a problem that is causing his sleep issues... a sleep specialist may be able to find the cause of that problem and help you fix it (so he won't always have to take sleep aids). Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    I am wanting to know if there are natural remedies for people who have schizophrenia.?
    I know a person who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and want to help that person to receive natural remedies versus drugs with harmful side effects for the persons schizophrenia. Are there natural herbs (remedies) on the market without having to take drugs? Thank you very much for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      sadly no there is not any natural remedies that I know of only the medications that do have horrible side effects, you may want to look up on the contemporary antipsychotics because the side effects aren't as bad as they used to be. I believe that the few side effects are easier to deal with than have psychotic episodes which will make it difficult for you friend to function in life. Other than the drug Clozapine I haven't heard of any others that have serious side effects. Therapy also has proven to be alot of help for scizophrenias but only in cases where the patient was also medicated.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for treating heartburn?
    What are some natural (using herbs, etc) remedies for treating heartburn? and which is the best or most effective?
    I'm looking for a natural way reduce the feeling of burn after, say, a big piece of pizza slice.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy for Heart Burn/Acid Reflux/Acidity/Gastralgia :-

      Burning in food pipe with general sensation of burning Sulphur 30X 4 hourly

      Burning pain in stomach (Ulcer), with both water and solid vomited as soon as it reaches stomach Ars Alb.30X, 4 hourly

      Burning pain in the stomach, with water vomited but solid retained Bismuth 30X, 4 hourly

      Burning in food pipe,with sour stool Natrum Carb.30X, 4 hourly

      Excess of hydrochloric acid, burning in food pipe, heart burn, nausea and chilly feeling. Acid Sulph.30X, 4 hourly

      From nervous anticipation of coming events, desire for sweets. Argentum Nit.30X, 4 hourly

      Gastric complaints after taking rich fatty food; less or no thirst; better in open air Pulsatilla.30X, 4 hourly

      Hyperacidity; sour and bitter belchings Iris V 30X, 4 hourly

      Slow and imperfect digestion; offensive flatuence in upper part of abdomen; better after discharge of gas or eructations. Carbo Veg.30X, 4 hourly

      Gastric derangement due to sedentary habits or over-Eating/Drinking. Nux Vomica.30X, 4 hourly

      Dyspepsia; better after eating Anacardium Or 30X 4 hourly

      Acidity with irritating eructation and frontal headache; worse in night. Robinia 30X, 4 hourly

      Constant belching; tongue thickly white coated.
      Heatburn. Desire for acids, pickles etc. Antim Crud.30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Digestion slow, no change after passing flatus or belching. Flatulence affects middle part of the abdomen. China 6X or 30X, 4 hourly

      Abdomen bloated; easy satiety, gas affects lower part of the abdomen; worse in the evening - 4 to 8 P.M. Lycopodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Pain and flatulence in stomach, smell of food causes nausea Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Intercurrent Remedy Psorinum 30X, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Take Care and God Bless !

  5. QUESTION:
    How are you managing your generalized anxiety disorder?
    .e. with prescription meds, natural herbs/remedies, exercise and healthy diet and or psychotherapy?. Please give the name of what meds and or herbs your taking, I want to know what works best for you I have had this for 10 years and want to know if their is something I havent tried yet!
    thank you in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried Pregabaline?

      It works very differently from a lot of anxiety meds, and is approved for GAD.

  6. QUESTION:
    How often does strep come back being rheumatic fever?
    I'v recently treated myself for strep by only using natural herbs and remedies. The symptoms have all cleared up and I am feeling well. My question is, what are the chances of my strep coming back and being rheumatic fever?

    • ANSWER:
      It's believed to be about 3% if its untreated (in this case, not treated with antibiotics). If subsequently left untreated, the chance increases to about 50%.

  7. QUESTION:
    What's the best method to lower high blood pressure naturally ?
    Aside from the obvious methods of eating right, exercises and lowering salt intake. Are there any natural herbs or remedies that can lower really high blood pressure quickly ? I'm talking really high as in 180 over 110.. Heart attack stroke kinda blood pressure. Thanks for your replies.. God bless you !

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty acids lower blood pressure better than anything I've ever seen or heard about.

      Salmon oil capsules have the most amount of fatty acids per gram of all fish.{WARNING- Watch the amounts of total daily Vitamin A levels from all supplements and don't exceed 25,000 IUs per day. IUs are international units and is a measure of volume and Mgs are a measure of wight.} I would alternate with Flax Seed Oil,Evening Primrose Oil,Borage Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Garlic can lower pressure as well,but keep in mind it thins blood so don't take with blood thinners.

  8. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever heard of a natural treatment for aids called power up?
    i have heard of some natural herbs remedy called Powerup. have anynoe ever tried it?

    • ANSWER:
      They MIGHT do great things for you, but they do NOTHING for HIV/AIDs

  9. QUESTION:
    What would help my pain and nausea caused by food poisoning?
    we don't have imodium.
    i tried some all natural herb remedy thing my mom bought (i was desperate)
    we're out of probiotics

    heeeeeelp! i need to go to school! can't be sick all day. lol

    would tylenol help at all?

    what about an energy drink ? (sounds crazy but it's helped me not be hungry before so i thought maybe it'd help with nausea.)

    • ANSWER:
      Taken in normal doses (one teaspoon of herbs per 200 ml of water), marjoram tea stimulates appetite, digestion, eliminates gases and calms stomach pains. The tea is prepared by boiling one teaspoon of marjoram powder in a cup of water for 15 minutes. In an interval of two hours the consumption of two to four cups of marjoram infusion is recommended. The same treatment is efficient for overcoming the incipient state of the cold and, at the same time, prevents flu. To obtain a strong tea, add two teaspoons of marjoram to a cup of cold water and keep it macerating for 24 hours. After filtering, honey can be added. If the doses are increased (six teaspoons to 200 ml of water), marjoram produces a calming and antidepressive effect, induces somnolence and even a slightly euphoric state. During summers when the temperature is hardly bearable, marjoram tea is recommended especially to people with blood circulation problems because it has an adjusting effect on the body temperature. For hair revitalization, replace the washing water with a marjoram infusion obtained from 20 g of herb to one liter of water.
      http://www.nnnefertiti.com/Products/Natural-Herbs/Marjoram.php

  10. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies and herbs to enhance or regulate my thyroid? I have had unexplained weight gain
    over the last year i have sudden weight gain with a good diet and regular exercise, in fact its now up to 55 lbs.. first i gain weight 20 lbs in 1 month and freak out, and now over the past year with trying every diet my doctor can think of i gain more weight, and more and more and more!!!! they dont think itsm y thyroid but im skeptical, im going to get a 2nd opinion next week.. i am wondering though what are some natural herbs and remedies to regulate my thyroid and speed it up? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The thing about the standard thyroid test is it stinks. They use a test called TSH. TSH isn't even a thyroid hormone and it changes throughout the day. It's it at highest point while we sleep, so if we suspect hypothyrodism (underactive thyroid) then we need to test firest thing in the morning. Another problem with this test is that the guidelines changed in 2003, but most labs still have thelab ranges at the old numbers. What this means is if yur doctor is unaware og the change he/she may say your TSH is normal when it isn't. Ask what your TSH was. If its over a 2.0, your thyroid is slowing down. If its over a 3.0 you need treatment. I know thus stuff because I had believed for years I was hypothyroid. The first test was taken in the afternoon and I did not get diagnosed. Within a year my symptoms got worse and the test finally showed I was hypothyroid by the old standards. New range is 0.3 to 3.0.

      Supplements you can take for the thyroid are Lytrosine, zinc, and selenium. Stay away from soy, peanuts, brocolii and fluoride.

      Website below about thyroid conditions. Read up on it before you see the doctor again.

      If you test again, make sure its first thing in the morning. Ask for more than a TSH. Have a free t4, free t3, and a thyroid antibody test

  11. QUESTION:
    Are there any sort of vitamins that help reduce stress/anxiety?
    I am having a lot of trouble with stress, depression and anxiety. Before getting put on wacko drugs, I want to try to cure myself with Earth's natural herbs and remedies. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thank you for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      St. John’s Wort, Passionflower, are excellent herbs for depression, stress and anxiety. Certain tissue salts are also extremely effective as homeopathic brain and nerve tonics. They include natrium sulphate and kalium Phosphate.

      It is known that our body rapidly uses up reserves of vitamin C when under stress. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, blackcurrant, vegetables (broccoli, potatoes), red capsicums and chillies, strawberry, kiwifruit, rockmelon, orange juice and cranberry juice.

      Vitamin B6 is believed to work in the brain similar to valium-like drugs - hence its importance in your diet as food or as supplement. Good dietary sources of vitamin B6 are chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, shrimp, beef liver, lentils, soybeans, nuts, avocados, bananas, carrots, brown rice, bran, pulses, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and whole-grain flour.

      Avoid common food allergens are dairy, soy, citrus, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, wheat, fish, eggs, corn, food colorings, and additives.

      For some intriquing takes on depression and anxiety, visit

  12. QUESTION:
    what are your thoughts on prescription medication? bad or good?
    alot of them seem to have many side effects that are worse than what they cure... i mainly wonder about psychological medicine, some of it takes weeks to take effect, is it rewiring our brains ? has it helped you if you have taken them? like for anxiety or depression.... know of any natural herb remedies?

    are we using pills instead of addressing the issues that affect our emotions?

    • ANSWER:
      Wellbutrin saved my life, and anyone who has a problem with that can kiss my bum!!!!

  13. QUESTION:
    What natural herbs can i take for nausea?
    I'm often really nauseous - what natural remedies help this?

    • ANSWER:
      Go buy chewable papaya pills. they taste really good, they are natural and they always help my upset stomach. The brand i buy is called American Health.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the safest way to get rid of the mole?
    I have mole in my face and want to know how will I get rid of it...any solutions to my problem?any other way aside from the natural herbs and and others remedies on how to remove the mole.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I read your post and I really want to help and hope this can really help you out...Moles come in one of two forms and what is the types of mole you have?You should see a dermatologist if you have a mole that has changed in size, color, or shape. Moreover, some moles can be cancerous so you should have them checked by a doctor regularly.If you want to get rid of your moles there are numerous mole removing methods available. This mole removal procedure involves the doctor cutting the mole out of your skin and then sewing the skin back together with stitches.Another mole removing method is known as cauterized excision. With this procedure the dermatologist will use a razor type instrument to shave the mole out of the skin. So it's up to you want you will take in order to get rid of your mole.

  15. QUESTION:
    Ladies? Natural cures for bladder infections?
    I get very frequent bladder infections, and I'm tired of selling out so much money for doctors and antibiotics, when it just comes back 2 months later. I'm curious about natural herbs or remedies that I can do at home that will cure it. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Drink cranberry juice. It's good for the urinary tract and the bladder.

      Try drinking some cogon grass root tea. It might help as well.

  16. QUESTION:
    I want to get natural home remedies to get bigger breasts without creams,gels or surgery.?
    My nipples are not protruded. These are just flat and I want to get bigger size of boobs as well using excercises, home remedies like using particular diet of some natural herbs so that I can be more confident. I am 25 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing short of surgery will actually increase your breast size. You can do push-ups to strengthen the muscles underneath, which will counteract some sagging. Don't believe ANY product that advertises that it will increase your breast size - you will just be DECREASING the amount of money in your wallet.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural remedy for acid reflux disease, barretts esophagus and hiatal hernia?
    I keep stalling on taking the medications the doctor prescribed as I am concerned with the side effects and long term effects. Is there something I could be eating or some natural herb that will help?

    • ANSWER:
      Best to address from a physical/structural level as well as with nutrition and possible cleansing.

      Find an Osteopath or chiropractor in you area to help with the structural.
      Find someone who works with natural medicine such herbs and nutrition, and to help with diet adjustments.

      It is also well know that stress makes all of your symptoms worse.
      Find activities that will help you to relax. Meditation, Yoga, Reflexology,

      Apple Cider Vinegar helps a great deal, as does Vitamin B Complex.
      Fresh Aloe Vera juice is also reported to help.

      There are some theories that acid reflux, hiatal hernias are cause by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori.

      You may need antibiotics.

      Have a look at the links below, it has great information and may be a good source for you.

      Good luck to you.

  18. QUESTION:
    Are there any advance stage uterine cancer patients seeking natural treatment?
    Women who are diagnosed with uterine cancer and then find out that is stage 3 or stage 4 cancer have to decide on a treatment option. Many will be seen by medical physicians, while some will seek natural treatment such as juicing, fasting, and other ways to heal themselves. If you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer and have been treated or is being treated by natural remedies, herbs etc, please share with those who are contemplating natural healing. Tell how you are coping?

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone who had cancer treated by natural remedies, herbs etc cannot answer you because they are dead.

  19. QUESTION:
    What do you think about taking multiple natural supplements and herbs?
    I take several different natural remedies for instance in the morning i take probitoics then before each meal i take natural multi vitamins (just started for immunity boost then will either lower dose or quite) during meals i take turmeric extract, for the time being im taking natural fermented whey also temporarily and astaxathin supplements. I mean there all natural and safe i also sometimes drink fresh home gown wheatgrass juice in the morning and or spirulina . Is it all fine....

    • ANSWER:
      Do you think 100 years ago, they took all these things to get their supplements?
      I used to obsess over vitamins as a child, this is what I thought:
      *They taste good
      *I get vitamins
      *So I can eat junk food!

      WRONG
      The best way is to eat FRESH FRUITS and VEGETABLES. Those are NATURAL. Vitamins, supplements etc can never be 100% NATURAL because they aren't natural, they didn't come with this planet. I don't know why people find it so hard to eat fruits and veggies. Unless your doctor has recommended all this due to a deficiency of some sort, you should NOT be taking all these supplements. I mean sure, one multi vitamin, okay. But your immune system/body will actually become weaker thinking all these pills and vitamins will take care of it. I found out through my doctor when I told her how many supplements I took.

  20. QUESTION:
    What do you think about taking multiple natural supplements and herbs?
    I several different natural remedies for instance in the morning i take probitoics then before eahc meal i take natural multi vitamins (just started for immunity boost then will either lower dose or quite) during meals i take turmeric extract, for the time being im taking natural fermented whey also temporarily and astaxathin supplements. I mean there all natural and safe i also sometimes drink fresh home gown wheatgrass juice in the morning and or spirulina . Is it all fine....

    Gary K not for anything but please dont bother answering since your responses are usually negative towards alternative medicine thank you :p
    K i agree with the beta carotene part and im being careful with that but the rest of your statements are wrong

    • ANSWER:
      Stick to plant WHOLE-FOODS. They are WHOLE meaning they contain all the matrices in the perfect ratios nature intended. There is no "maximum" dosage for plant WHOLE-FOODS. As soon as you process them and isolate them into vitamin pills you lose the other 10,000 or so nutritional components, and you're assuming the vitamin is even useful without the other components. you cannot live off supplements which means they offer nothing.

      The wheat grass you're doing is brilliant, if it is fresh of course.
      Nature has evolved an apple over billions of years, stick to what has proven to work time and time again. Supplements are FRACTURED and create toxic residues in the body, the cells don't identify with ground up rocks from the bottom of the ocean (vitamin pills). Forget the pond scum (spirulina) stick to the plant whole-foods: FRESH leafy green herbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts-seeds-grains. Soak the nuts-seeds-grains overnight to remove phytic acid.

      Read this article for more information:
      http://www.bushido-self-improvement.com/supplement-scam.html

  21. QUESTION:
    Why don't westerners use natural remedies for health problems?
    In some parts of the world they use natural remedies to cure you for MANY things. You heal fast. These things are not available in the US. They are all man made. Why?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a mistaken assumption, to some extent. A lot of natural remedies ARE available in the USA, but you pretty much have to look for them to see them. Many family physicians are not trained in alternative medical care and due to some ignorant practices among americans from years ago, they may tend to lump all alternative medicine together with skepticism, thinking it's all "old wives tales." However, to the desparate, those seeking or those with some openness to new things, many people are reexamining alternative treatments for themselves. There are too many people having too many good results to ignore it all. However, people are also having to figure out the difference between what's useful & what's bogus, too. The fake & useless stuff makes it harder for people to believe that any of it is of any use, I think.
      Personally, when I got into poor health many years ago and realized it, I didn't have money for doctors nor did I trust them after seeing what happened with some close relatives in various matters. So, I prayed, trusted God, relearned how to eat properly and also learned about nutrients, herbal healing and sports supplements. I've had great results along the way. Also, when reading about what nutrients & chemicals are found in various herbs, it makes sense why some are effective in certain ways, scientifically.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural all in one pill for high blood pressure?
    My boyfriend has high blood pressure and does not want to have to take all kinds of medicine to lower it. I have looked up natural remedies and found about a million suggestions so far....my question is this....does anyone know of ONE "blend" or formula of natural herbs/vitamins that will help lower his BP without buying 50 different bottles of supplements? Any help or suggestions on this matter would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      If I where him I would take this one herb, it has very many positive testomonials, it's cheap and it works! Check it out right here. You have to be a member to view the entire article, but I'm sure you can google the name and you'll find it somewhere where you can view all of the info.

      it is not, and I repeat not, a good idea to take hb pressure medication, it can literaly kill you, and you're hooked for life, once your hooked, theres no getting off. If you don't believe me, google it.

      Note: This is an alternative solution to perscription drugs, but should not be the only treatment to rely on. A combination of good diet (less carbs and fat), more excercise and less stress all play an important role on getting rid of high blood pressure.

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      Vote as best answer :)

  23. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural herbs that are truly effective for depression?
    I have suffered from moderate to severe depression for 20 years, and have been on every medication ever created. I hate taking meds because of the side effects.

    Are there any really effective herbs, or natural remedies that are helpful?

    I've tried St. John's Wort - it worked somewhat.

    I've tried a light box - it didn't really make a difference.

    • ANSWER:
      weed. ha.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is there any 100% pure natural products to look younger and beautiful?
    Hey, I am 28 year old woman with lots of pimples on my face and slightly overweight. I tried a lot and now really tired of different experiments. would anybody suggest me 100% natural herbs and simple remedies? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Really. Trust me and try ALOE VERA GEL - drink. 2 table spoon a day before bed. see magic with continuous use. I think its 99% pure and patented product, easy and cheap.It taste little odd but its ok. Its not available in store. You may use the reliable website , ( http://myflpbiz.com/esuite/home/nature4u/Products.html )which i use to order. It deep cleans digestive system and cleans body from inside which is the main cause of most of the problems like this. Wish you luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies that work for mild depression?
    I have mild depression and I don't want to take prescription meds. I know they help some people but I want to try some natural remedies.

    Which remedies/herbs/vitamins work well?

    • ANSWER:

      St Johns Wort is a very good herb for depression and works well.

      It would also be worth trying to find out what might be causing the depression.

      Maybe you could get a book on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which would help you to understand all the different reasons why we can feel depressed and it would also show you new patterns of thinking and behaviour to help deal with your depression.

      The Feeling Good Handbook is one of the best books for this.

  26. QUESTION:
    Taking iron and natural herbs at the same time of day?
    My daughter has anemia and is curently taking iron to treat it.I was just recomended a natural kinda shake from Mexico to help treat her anemia problem.I am very skeptical about this since I dont believe in natural herbs and specially not prescribed from dr and that is also from Mexico.What should I do?I thinking if i buy the product and take it to her pediatrician to see what he says and thinks about it.Any thoughts?Any mothers with same problem?

    • ANSWER:
      What you can alternatively do is take something that increases the iron consumption instead of doing something that you are nor quite sure of.

      Natural and holistic treatments can help the body to temporarily increase iron absorption and transport oxygen around the body. Homeopathic remedies are safe and gentle to use for people of all ages (even during pregnancy and breastfeeding) and have proven to support iron absorption on a cellular level. A combination of homeopathic ingredients such as Ferrum phosphoricum, Calcarea phosphorica and Ferrum metallicum helps to support all blood cells in the body and maintain normal, healthy levels of hemoglobin.

      http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/anemicare.htm and http://ezinearticles.com/?Anemia-Treatment---Herbs-and-Ayurvedic-Remedies,-Anemia-Cure&id=462554

  27. QUESTION:
    How many of you believe the BS your Governments are feeding you about your health and welfare?
    Is there anyone out there that is awake and strong enough to stand against this new world order, if that is what you want to call it. Personaly I feel it' more like an OLD World Deception. You can't use NATURAL herbs and Remedies for sicknesses no matter if they work or not. You can not use NATURAL Rescources no matter if they work or not! If you try to use anything that is out of the bounds of the "ELITE"'s power hold it will just be silenced along with you if try to push it or you will be bought out and made to love your carnal nature. HELP ME OUT HERE PEOPLE! AM I the only one seeing this?? Are we all so complacent that we don't care our world we depend on is being destroyed so even our kids, kids kids, can not enjoy even the simple things???

    When will it stop?

    My question is this, if we can promote million man marches for the sake of Racial freedom, how come we can't do a billion man & woman march and save our world??

    MAKE A STAND WORTH FIGHTING FOR!!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm with you in the fact that I feel the same as you do... I'm in Southern California and well, I'm afraid. I fear this is the beginning of a new cycle. Another diasater is on it way. And the people I'm sure you also see, as do I are brainwashed by the media. This is surely the beginning of the end for many of us. The "ELITE" as you say are in celebration of our societies ignorance. They must cheer everytime a news story comes on talking about the next pop sensation slut and how all girls want to be like her. Or the newest beer commericial that say drink up guys and this slut will "F" you. Anyway. I thought "1984" was on its way. How stupid I felt to realize it is I who finally gets that it began so long ago.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there is any natural remedy or diet for best sexual health and performance ?
    Is there is any natural remedy or diet for best sexual health and performance ?

    • ANSWER:
      organic food.free Range animals,not factory farmed.No gluten,or processed foods.Many herbs that help with this.Just google herbs for sexual performance.Horney goat weed and maca are 2.There are more.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the history of natural treatment and what are the influences of different countries in its evolution?
    Now a day you can find natural remedies for almost each and every ailment. Can someone tell me the origin point of this nature cure? Please provide the relevant answers only.

    • ANSWER:
      According to the cave paintings of France, the first usage of herbs (For Natural Treatment) found way back to the age of 13,000-25,000 BC. The famous Egyptian civilization about 1000 BC has been practicing usage of herbs like opium, garlic, castor oil, mint, coriander, and indigo for medicinal values.
      You can found the usage of these herbs as natural cure in the history of countries like India, China, Egypt, etc.

      The Indian ayurvedic medicinal book provides the world with a storehouse of wide variety of herbal natural treatments that can even be used for healing life taking ailments. The turmeric and curcumin have been in use around 1900 B.C.

      For more information try this link
      http://www.naturaltreatmentsite.com/

  30. QUESTION:
    What successful natural remedies has anyone tried for keloids?
    I have a keloid on my jawline and it isn't so much a problem with the way it looks but that it is slightly painful to the touch. I am hoping someone has had some luck with some natural remedies like different herbs or something of the sort. I don't want to do steroid injections, lasers, freezing, or any of those. Any help would be appreciated...

    • ANSWER:
      Keloids :- A fibrous growth almost like a tumor usually occuring at the site of a scar.

      Homeopathic Treatment(s) for Keloids :-

      Head remedy; to dissolve the scar tissues Thiosinamine 3X, 4 hourly

      When there are deep cracks in keloids; constipated stools Graphites 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      To dissolve the scar tissues; in chilly patients Silicea 200 or 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      In tubercular constitution; when there is tubercular history in the family Tuberculinum Koch 1M, fortnightly (6 Doses)

      Edges of keloids red; itching; worse by warmth; offensive sweat Acid Flour 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      When the love of life is lost due to ugly look of keloids; suicidal thoughts Aurum Met 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Due to old injury or burns Causticum 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy when there is pain in keloids Acid Nitricum 200 and above fortnightly (6 Doses).

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless !

  31. QUESTION:
    What is a remedy for opening the pores of your skin?
    What is a natural remedy or other product that opens or widens the pores of your skin, temporarily of course?

    • ANSWER:
      It's extremely easy to open your pores up before using an face cleanser!

      Put a pot filled with water, and heat until steam begins to rise from it. you can add herbs and spices if you want to the water. Eucalyptus will help clear the sinuses and open the pores, chamomile is relaxing and lavender is said to help with depression. But none really help with your pores... just some extra info (:

      Then, take a towel that drapes over your head and goes to the edges of the pot. Make sure you stay a safe distance from the pot, about two feet and let the steam roll over your face, careful not to get too hot though! But using this simple and effective technique will open your pores. Make sure if you use a three step acne cream/face wash you use warm water between and then cold water to close everything back up.

  32. QUESTION:
    Are there natural herbs or remedies to rejuvenate lungs?
    Are there natural herbs that can help rejuvenate your lungs. From smoking?

    • ANSWER:
      Take these Homeopathic Remedies regularly SULFUR 30, BRYONIA 30 and PHOSPHORUS 30 thrice a day for a week stop for a week and take them again for a week, repeat in the same sequence thrice. :-) I have not seen anything work better, being a Smoker and Homeopath myself, and totally without any side effects or complications.
      Takcare and God Bless you !

  33. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for sore muscles?
    My husand's back hurts alot and I wanted to know if there are any natural herbs I can make a cream salve and rub in to him to ease the pain. I don't like him taking medicine for it because tylenol and things eventually destroy your liver.
    Yep, I do the massaging thing and he's beginning to get spoiled, lol.

    I'll try the hot water too.

    • ANSWER:
      A hot bath with epsom or sea salt is very nice for relaxing the muscles. Also a massage is a nice way to relax the muscles and ease pain. Good luck

  34. QUESTION:
    Can an Osteopathic doctor use herbs and natural remedies more than pills to treat patients?.?
    I am torn between Osteopathic and Naturopathic medicine because I love both of their holistic approach. I love how herbs and other natural remedies can be used to treat a patient rather and jumping to pills. I've been researching alot about Osteopathic medicine, and I would love to know if natural remedies besides the OMT is practiced: how big is nutrition and natural remedies to an osteopath?

    • ANSWER:
      This question is only relevant to US trained Osteopaths. Outside the USA osteopaths do osteopathy and not Alopathic medicine so do not prescribe pills at all.

      Some practice using herbs and natural remedies but I recommend if you do see an Osteopath expecting herbs and supplements US or elsewhere you find one that has additional training in these fields. it isn't part of the core curriculum to any great depth in any training program.

  35. QUESTION:
    What kind of natural products can help with the depression?
    I suffer of depression and I don't want to take medication and antidepressant drugs any more,I would like to go for natural things like teas,or juice,flowers or something else.
    I hear that ginseng is good to help with depression.Is that true?What other natural herbs,fruit,vegetables etc can help?
    Please just serious answer.
    Where can i get the st. johns wort and how do I use it?In tea or how?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety / Panic Attacks / Stress / Depression(Bereavment) / Mood Swings :-

      ANXIETY / PANIC ATTACKS & STRESS :-

      Sudden with restlessness and fear of death, Panic Attacks, Aconite 30 or 200,1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Prolonged with periodic and panic attacks Arsenic Alb.200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      With fainting spells; profuse sweating; worse in the morning Sulphur 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Makes patient walk fast; due to anticipation Argentum Nit 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Worse lying in bed and closing the eyes Carbo Veg 30 or 200, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Anxiety aggravated by upward or downward motion; going in an elevator; worse till 11 P.M, Borax 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxious about business even when seriously ill Bryonia Alba 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Full of apprehensions in the evening Causticum 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety and fears in the evening with restlessness and palpitation Calcarea Carb.200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety worse while lying still. Sad music ameliorates the complaints Manganum Acet 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety due to fright, fear,exciting news; stage fright; worse while appearing for examination or interview etc Gelsemium 30 or 200, 3 hourly (6 Doses)

      Mood Swings, Anxiety due to grief or shock in the subconscious mind Ignatia 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety; better after eating Anacardium Or 30, 4 hourly.

      DEPRESSION & GRIEF(Bereavement) :-

      Severe shock due to sudden death of loved ones; restlessness, anxiety and fear Aconite 200. 10 min (3 Doses)

      Prolonged mournings; cannot overcome the loss of loved ones and/or Mood Swings. Ignatia 1M or 10M, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      When the grief is in the conscious mind; patient weeps; does not like sympathy Natrum Mur.200 or 1M, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      For chronic grief and indignation Staphysagria 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Depression with suicidal thoughts feeling of worthlessness, Aurum Met 30, three times a day half hour before meals.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.
      Homeopathic remedies are available at most Health & Herb stores all over USA and EU.

      Take Care and God Bless.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are natural remedies that speed up heroin withdrawal / detoxification?
    Natural/ Homeopathic remedies (vitamins/minerals/herbs etc.) that eliminate toxins from the body quicker and/or easier.
    I've done research have learned some things are: water, vitamins A&C, liver cleansers, fibers, and a few others. Is there anything that is essential or used for withdrawal / detoxification?

    • ANSWER:
      Use Gentain and Dandelion root as well as Milk Thistle all together in combination, in equal parts in a tea. These are all good detox herbs. They tea will taste foul but this is the most potent way to get the herbs. Drink a cup 3-5 times daily. Keep up the vitamins and electrolytes as well.

      Also on the end of the index fingernail on the inside (thumb side) is the accupuncture point for the beginning of the large intestine meridian, tap here around 20 times, then on the side of the hand where you would hit if you did a karate chop, this is the small intestine meridian point, tap here straight after tapping the index finger. keep doing this repeatedly as often as you can throughout the detox, it help tremedously.
      Best of luck.

      Craig - Naturopath.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can an Osteopathic doctor use herbs and natural remedies more than pills to treat patients?
    I am torn between Osteopathic and Naturopathic medicine because I love both of their holistic approach. I love how herbs and other natural remedies can be used to treat a patient rather and jumping to pills. I've been researching alot about Osteopathic medicine, and I would love to know if natural remedies besides the OMT is practiced: how big is nutrition and natural remedies to an osteopath?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Natural remeides for sinusitis and common cold?
    i want to know any natural remedies to cure my cold like kinds of fruits, vegies, i heard something about gatorade becuase of its electrolytes, i was also wondering what other drinks contain electrolytes, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      HOME REMEDIES FOR COMMON COLD
      ·Vitamins are most helpful in fighting against the cold as well as other diseases. Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is helpful in preventing the colds and it can be found in many foods such as citrus fruits, some vegetables.
      ·Zinc is also helpful for cold that can cut colds short. When you first feel that you may be getting a cold, start taking zinc
      ·Garlic, as well as onion, is sometimes taken for the relief of congestion and minor infections.
      ·Horseradish is another herb that has an excellent property to treat sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections, reduces fever, and expels concentrations of mucus.
      ·Another effective remedy for sore throat is to gargle with a strong solution of table salt and warm water. Gargle several times a day.
      ·Echinacea is an herb that acts as nature's antibiotic. It helps to increase the body's immunity and thus helps in fighting against the infection and illness.
      ·Goldenseal is another herb that acts as a natural antibiotic, and can be taken to help fight against the cold.
      ·Add 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to about 5 ml lukewarm water. Use this solution as a nasal drop. Use 1 to 2 drops in each nostril about 3 to 4 times daily.
      ·A ginger tea can be prepared by boiling ginger in normal tea. It gives relief to congested nose.
      ·Drink a teaspoonful of ginger juice mixed with equal quantity of honey.
      ·Take hot water in a bowl and put some Thyme leaves. Inhale vapors by covering head with a towel.
      ·Add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 shot of lemon juice, 1 shot of whiskey to a coffee cup. Fill the remainder of the coffee cup with steaming hot water, stir, and sip until cold is relieved.
      ·Make hot chicken soup with lots of garlic. Have when hot. It will help unclog nasal passage.
      ·Warm ¼ katori mustard; add 4-5 cloves of chopped garlic. Apply this on nose, chest and back. Cover up and sleep.
      ·Boil half a bowl of water, add few drops of eucalyptus oil and inhale the steam.
      ·Sage is used to cure sore throat, stuffed nose, gingivitis and coughs, is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Use as a gargle.
      ·Warm up coconut oil. Gently massage the coconut oil over the child’s chest for about 5 minutes. Repeat the same on the upper portion of the back. The massage should be given just before child goes to sleep.
      ·Avoid sugar (even natural sources) as it can impair immune function. Orange juice contains a much higher level of sugar than vitamin C. Therefore consuming lots of orange juice during a cold may do more harm than good.
      ·Chilies, especially Jalapeno, are the best, most available and most effective antiviral.
      ·Elderberry has been used for centuries to treat colds and flu. Recent research indicates that elderberry fruit extract may de-activate cold and flu viruses by preventing them from replicating.
      ·A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, low saturated fats and whole cereals will provide protection against infective organism. Raw fruits and vegetables are better than the cooked one.
      ·Take 1 tbsp of fresh gooseberry juice with 1/2 tsp ginger. It is a very effective remedy. This can be taken regularly to prevent recurrence of cold.
      ·A tablespoon of ajwain crushed in the palms and tied up in a thin kerchief can be used for inhalation to relieve nasal block.
      ·Boil 1 tbsp of pepper powder in a cup of milk along with a pinch of turmeric. Add some sugar for taste. Drink this once a day for three days.

      HOME REMEDIES FOR SINUS INFECTION
      ·Inhale steam 2-4 times per day by leaning over a bowl of boiling hot water or using a steam vaporizer with a towel over the head and bowl to prevent the escape of the steam.
      ·Get plenty of rest. Do not lie down it will make your sinuses feel more stopped-up, so try lying on the side that lets you breathe the best.
      ·Sleeping with your head elevated will encourage drainage during the night.
      ·Eliminate sugar from your diet.
      ·The juice of garlic has on the entire system as it helps dissolve an accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavities, bronchial tubes and the lungs.
      ·Prepare a mixture by adding one eyedropper of 3% hydrogen peroxide, one pinch salt, one pinch baking soda, and purified water. Shake well. Put a little in each nostril and keep in there awhile, making faces to move it around, move head, etc. to move it around.
      ·Always avoid dairy products when you have any sinus congestion of any kind.
      ·Prepare a mixture of these herbs, fennel seeds, flaxseeds and fenugreek seeds. Allow it to steep for a few minutes, stir and drink copious amounts.
      ·Put a little salt in the palm of your hand, mix with warm water, plug one nostril and sniff the water & salt solution up. Repeat for the other nostril.
      ·Gargle with salt water and flush your nose/sinuses out with salt water.
      ·Chop up two or three cloves of garlic. Put in small cup and cover with about 40 drops of water, let it stand (10-15) min's so the water can absorb the oils from the garlic. Put 20 drops in each nostril.
      ·Take large doses of vitamin C to cure sinusitis.
      ·Make a solution by adding colloidal silver, diluted tea tree and eucalyptus oil and apply to sinus area.
      ·Avoid taking too much fruit juice. Avoid completely milk and dairy products.
      ·Applying a hot or a cold compress over the inflamed area would also provide relief.
      ·A decoction of mustard seed powder and water, instilled in the nostrils gives relief.
      ·Drinking a lot of water and other fluids would also help.
      ·Keeping a towel, hat or warm scarf over forehead, cheeks as you sleep can really help.
      ·Using a humidifier in the room where you sleep is an excellent way to prevent and treat a sinus infection.
      ·Persons suffering from sinusitis should avoid swimming in swimming pools treated with chlorine, since it irritates the lining of the nose and sinuses.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for anxiety that don't make one drowsy?
    I'd prefer herb supplements or flower remedies (ala Bach) if anyone knows of any that are effective.

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise is the best natural remedy for anxiety.

      Bach flower or rescue remedy is just brandy.

  40. QUESTION:
    does anyone know any websites for natural remedies for illnesses vaccines are for?
    I've done my homework on vaccines. I believe the benefit is not worth the risk, and I believe the earth is God's pharmacy. I'm fascinated with homeopathic stuff. I've got a few really good books on nutritional healing and natural remedies. I treat as much of my children's ailments at home with herbs and other Natural remedies. I was just wondering if anyone, happened to know of any good sites for the "biggies". thanks.
    autism is only 1 of the thoudands of side effects there are. SIDS, "shaken baby syndrome", to name a few..
    Also, the gov't. has predetermined results for their tests. b4 they even did testing on the vaccine autism thing, they predetermined the "no link".
    check out
    http://www.vaccineeducation.org/index.htm
    http://www.safeminds.org/
    http://www.vaccinetruth.org/
    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=363961772
    http://www.mercola.com/article/vaccines/legally_avoid_shots.htm

    the question u need to ask yourself is, am I going to blindly accept what the docters tell me, or do my own reserch
    its a huge conflict of interest for the doctors to reserch, they blindly accept what the CDC tells them.
    did u know theres aborted fetus tissue in some vaccines,did u know the bird flu virus is in some vaccines,did u know the vaccines that mercury was removed from, now have aluminum and formaldahyde instead????

    I DO KNOW THE TRUTH, IT IS OUT THERE, LOOK FOR YOURSELF!!

    • ANSWER:
      Some of the people on http://www.mothering.com/discussions Health and Healing board and Vaccinations board are very knowledgable about treating diseases for which there are vaccines. A biggie on that board is sodium ascorbate, abbreviated as SA. It is a buffered, powdered form of vitamin C, and it is awesome for pertussis. Vitamin A supplementation is important for measles. Drinking plenty of water, gettting rest, and avoiding Tylenol at all costs works well for everything. Making sure that wounds bleed is a good way to avoid tetanus. Washing non-bleeding wounds with hydrogen peroxide gets oxygen inside the wound, which kills possible tetanus. Diphtheria is treated with antibiotics. Hib is treated with antibiotics. Hepatitis A is often symptomless in children, as is rubella.

      The odds are that the only diseases you will notice your children getting are chickenpox and pertussis. My oldest child is 5 years old, and that's all she's gotten. We had to search hard for chickenpox.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some natural things I can take to stop thinking so much and usually negative too?
    I just want to have a calm mind and not analyzing things to the point where i start to feel depressed. Even when im not doing anything i get strange thoughts about life/existance and i cant stop obsesing on them and i end up feeling terrible. I just want to have a clear mind.

    Any natural remedies/supplements/herbs that can clear my mind a bit?

    • ANSWER:
      GET A PUNCHING BAG.. FOR GUYS THIS IS A CURE FOR MANY PROBLEMS..

      PUNCH PUNCH you have no idea how usefull this is.

      Your not busy enough get a job can help also.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do I remove a floater from my eye?
    I have had an annoying floater in my eye for nearly five years (I am 19 years old). I was told that nothing could be done about it. After doing some research, I have found a few supposed "cures", which involve certain natural herbs, eye exercises, and even relaxation techniques. Chinese medicine supposedly links floaters to a blocked liver. Are any of these remedies actually going to work, or am I going to have to live with it the rest of my life? Surely there has to be something that can improve it (with replacing the vitreous humor).

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, a floater becomes unnoticeable after a few months, but since you have taken the trouble to research this and post your question here, I have to assume yours is still bothering you after 5 years.

      To the best of my knowledge, there's no way to remove it. What I would be concerned with is how to prevent any others from developing. Did your doctor explain how you got it? Usually floaters are caused by very tiny tears of the retina, but you are very young for this - these are more often seen in much older people.

      A few things you might try to keep your eye health as good as possible:

      - if you smoke, please do stop

      - beta-carotene, about 10,000 IU daily

      - lutein, a few mg daily

      - omega-3 essential fatty acids from cold-water fish or (better) from molecularly-distilled fish oil capsules (alas, salmon today is often polluted with heavy metals; however if you can find wild salmon from Alaska, that would be the best)

      - blueberries, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, blueberries, other wild berries, for their anti-oxidant capabilities

      - sulphur plants such as onions & garlic

      - make sure your vitamin preparation contains trace amounts of selenium, zinc & copper

      - your vitamin Bs should include B12, folic acid or folate, and in addition, you might consider buying this in a sublingual tablet form (dissolve under the tongue) as folate doesn't always succeed through oral ingestion in the alimentary tract

      - vitamin B2, riboflavin, a few milligrams - however there's a warning here, if a person overdoses on one of the vitamin Bs there is a risk that deficiencies in all the others will develop over time - what I might do is buy a small bottle of vitamin B2 and take perhaps one a week, or at the most two.

      Many preparations sold in health food stores and pharmacies "for the eyes" or "for vision" include lutein and also bilberry extract. Here's what my ophthalmologist said: he doesn't like bilberry because he's "seen too many patients taking bilberry who develop retinal hemorrhages." I didn't ask him why he thought this might be happening because, where I live, the specialist MDs have no time for any general discussion. However, about lutein he said "there might be something in that."

      The TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) approach is interesting. In TCM, the liver governs the eyes. It's the wood element, often strongest in spring. Here's a hint: the dominant emotion is anger! Myself, I don't think a course of acupuncture will remove your floater just like that, but if you ever find a good acupuncturist and have the time & funds, it would be worth trying. The therapist would work principally on the liver and gall bladder meridians, seeking to liberate blocked "chi" or energy. You'd know you're on the right track if, after a few sessions, you find your overall vision improving slightly. Acupuncture would then become another tool in your toolbox to maintain good eye health for the rest of your life.

      Wishing you all the best, hope that floater packs itself up & becomes less annoying.

  43. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for a baby with colic?
    My 5 week old son has seen a doctor and does have colic, but they didn't give him anything to help. I have heard about Mylicon gas drops working, but so far they haven't helped at all. i was wondering if there was anything i could buy or do at home to help him sleep and quit crying? maybe natural herbs or something?

    • ANSWER:
      My oldest had this problem and so did my youngest. My oldest was switched to a Soy based formula. My youngest was nursed for a short period of time and when we had to give her a bottle, no dairy products agreed with her, we ended up having her on a Nutramigen which is an expensive formula but it is hypo-allergenic.
      I'd recommend checking into the babies formula first, I'd also agree with baby sleep solutions, no harm in that:)
      Mylicon worked for my children sometimes, it is rather expensive. Running the vacuum cleaner (until it broke) worked very well too!!
      She slept like a baby while the vacuum was on!! Also try laying the baby face down, on his/her belly on your lap and rubbing his/her back and patting their back!!

      Hope you find something that works for you, it is so hard to have a baby/infant with Colic, it is very demanding, sleep depriving, hairpulling (your own of course:) period of time, good thing is, they do grow out of it, eventually!!

      Check out this website:
      http://www.colichelp.com/shop/baby-aerobics.html
      There are many different things you can do to help your baby (&You) get through this :)

  44. QUESTION:
    What would happen if you overdosed on HRI Night Tablets?
    They are from boots and are like natural herb tablets. They say they 'promote a refreshing and natural sleep'. So what would happen if you overdosed on them?

    P.S: No I'm not planning to overdose on them I was just wondering what would happen.

    • ANSWER:
      We're talking mainly about powdered vervain and passiflora extracts along with some mineral phosphates and other minor ingredients. Like most "herbal" supplements/remedies, there is no clinical evidence to support specific dose recommendations for vervain. It's safe to say that there's really no way to accidently overdose on this. You'd have to ingest an ungodly amount of it to suffer any real negative effects but like anything, introduce enough of it into your system at one time and you can reach toxic levels that could potentially wreak havoc on your liver, kidneys, and CNS. So, in a nutshell: Take as reccomended, no problem. Take too many and you may sleep longer than you intended. That is, the sleep eternal.

  45. QUESTION:
    Whats the best home remedies for the gout?
    Are there natural home remedies for gout that I can use?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout can be treated at home with some simple household remedies. Most of these remedies are very effective in treating all types of gout. The following are some of the most effective remedies:-

      One of the useful home remedies for gout is cherries which are very good in treating people with gout. Cherries are rich in vitamin C, which can help in eliminating the gouty deposits. A person with gout must consume about ten to fifteen cherries in a day to get relief from recurrent attacks of gout. Cherry juice is also very beneficial. Drinking a whole glass of cherry juice at least once a day proves to be very beneficial.

      Diet for Gout - Apples are also very good for the treatment of gout. A person with gout complaints must eat at least one apple per day for obtaining relief.

      Safflower has properties in treatment of gout. Take safflower in capsule form to fasten your healing process. This is one of the useful gout home remedies.

      If you have gout in your toes, then the following remedy can be used to seek relief. Take one-third cup of ground ginger in a bath tub and soak your affected foot in it for 30 minutes. This will cause you to sweat and uric acid will be eliminated. After this, make sure that you bathe thoroughly or ginger may cause skin irritation after the body dries. This is one of the effective home remedy for gout.

      Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a glassful of water. Drink this juice thrice a day in morning, noon and night at regular intervals. Lemon is also a very rich source of vitamin C, which helps in dissolving the gouty deposits. This is one of the efficient natural remedy for gout.

      Drink 6-8 ounces glasses of fluid a day. This will not only reduce gout attacks a day but also wash out the urate crystals from the system and prevent you from developing kidney stones.

      Extract half a cup of juice of French beans. Drink this juice for a month everyday once or twice. You will find immense relief in the pains of gout and the inflammation will be reduced. This is one of the useful home remedies for gout.

      Take mustard and grind it to powder. Then take one part of the mustard powder and mix it with one part of whole wheat powder. Add a little amount of water to it, just to make a pasty consistency. Apply this paste on achy regions and leave overnight.

      Take two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar with two teaspoons of honey (twice a day). Within a few hours the pain will be minimized.

      Gout remedy - There are some exercises you can do in order to seek relief from the pains of gouts. However, the exercises must be done regularly, and must focus on the affected joints. Stretching joints and muscles help you to maintain a range of motion. Exercise by putting each joint through full motion. Perform such exercises 2-3 times a day for at least fifteen minutes each time.

      Bananas serve a good remedy for curing gout. Consume 3-4 bananas a day. Bananas are rich in minerals like phosphorus which can chemically react with the uric acid deposits and eliminate them from the system.

      Increase the intake of citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, green pepper and leafy green vegetables which have high content of vitamin C. They reduce inflammation produced in gouts. The amalaki (Indian Gooseberry) is one of the richest sources of vitamin C. Make it a point to eat about three to four fresh fruits of this herb on a daily basis. This is one of the best diet for gout.

      Home remedy for gout - Simple water can also help to a great extent in curing gout. Drink excess of water that is eight to ten glasses per day as they will cause the toxic uric acid to flow away and this will reduce its level.

      Soak the feet in Epsom salt if the pain is concentrated in big toe. Add two cups of Epsom salt in warm water; soak the feet in it and keep it till the water starts losing its heat.

      Soak a piece of white flannel cloth in warm castor oil and place it over the affected areas. Wrap it with plastic and apply heating pads. This is one of the important home remedies for gout.

      Black cherry really works wonders with gout pains. Drink concentrated juice of black cherry at regular intervals throughout the day. This will relieve you from the pain.

      Alfalfa is a good source of minerals that helps to reduce the content of serum uric acid. This prevents the deposition and future conditions of gout. This is an effective gout cure.

      Increase the amount of strawberries in your diet. Strawberries are rich sources of vitamin C. However, the strawberries must be fresh, and several of them must be eaten per day. This is one of the useful gout remedy.

      If you want a quick remedy for your gout pains, then a very convenient way is to apply ice on the affected regions. This will reduce the pains immediately, but this remedy is only temporary. You will need some other remedy to remove the deposits from the internal system.

      Boil one tea-spoon of pepper in one cup of vinegar and one cup of water, dab this mixtu

  46. QUESTION:
    What kind of foods/herbs/spices/whatever were consumed in the past to aid weight loss?(for a fictional story)?
    im talking about ancient times to current natural home remedies. old wives tales, recipes for tonics, anything natural that has been historically used to aid weight loss. it didn't necessarily have to work but letting me know which ones worked/were believed to have worked and those that didn't would be a bonus, so would telling me if they had odd side effects or superstitions attached. my story is fictional but id like it to be accurate/plausible. im looking for things people consumed orally. please and thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Home remedies for weight loss that work-

      Reduce the calorie intake and increase exercise levels.

      Avoid eating red meat or eat sparingly.

      Always drink lukewarm water, this will help reduce body fat.

      Avoid smoking and excessive intake of alcohol.

      People looking for weight loss; Turmeric herb aids in fat metabolism and thus helps maintain ideal body weight. Currently, many weight management products are known to contain this herbal extract, as it has fat burning properties. Take Turmeric Curcumin supplements daily.*

      Use only a limited amount of dairy products, as they are rich in calories.

      Drink Ginger tea 2 to 3 times a day. Also, chew a thin slice of fresh ginger every day. It can also help with blood sugar support.

      Eat Green mint everyday, as it is helpful for weight loss.

      Include lots of fresh fruits and green vegetables in diet. Use fruits and vegetables that are low caloried like Cauliflower, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cucumber, Bananas and Spinach. Also consumption of Apples, Strawberries, Watermelon, Cherries, Sweet Potato, Fig and Pineapple is good as these are effective weight loss natural remdies.

      Regular intake of Aloe Vera and Indian Tinospora based products is beneficial as they help with weight loss.*

      Tomatos and Carrots are low in calories but high in vitamins, so add these to your meal.

      Avoid or eat minute portions of rice, potatoes, Chick peas.

      Daily, take a brisk walk for 30 minutes or do 15 minutes of vigorous exercise, followed by intake of a glass of low calorie Carrot juice.

      Minimize intake of salt and Chocolates fortified with lot of sugar.

      Avoid snacking and eating late into the night as this helps with better blood sugar regulation.

  47. QUESTION:
    Are there any herbs that help put on weight?
    Im very underweight with a poor appetite, are there any natural remedies or herbs with no side effects that will help me put on weight and/or increase my appetite? I know Maca root does both these but it also effects your hormones and i have hormone problems anyway.

    • ANSWER:
      Marijuana

  48. QUESTION:
    anyone know NATURAL HERB remedies to make hair less frizzy?
    I haven't used any heat styling products in years, most of my damage now comes from brushing. I use leave-in conditioner but if I don't lock my hair to my head the whole time its wet then I still get that nasty dead-ends frizz. I know the Herb ROSEMARY works but HOW?? What do I mix it with or cook it or what? And what other herbal remedies can I use just to make it beautiful?
    Thanks peoples!!
    I currently need Head & Shoulders for dandruff.
    I use almost any conditioner.
    I use Garnier Fructis sleek & shine Leave-in conditioner because its the only thing I found that works best.
    I wash every Other day because its healthier not to wash everyday and if I do I get even more frizzy anyway.

    • ANSWER:
      check the links below for * Natural Homemade Beauty Tips to - Haircare Recipes
      http://homebeautytips.blogspot.com/2006/12/avocado-deep-conditioner-ingredients-1.html#name1

  49. QUESTION:
    What kind of foods/herbs/spices/whatever were consumed in the past to aid weight loss?(for a fictional story)?
    im talking about ancient times to current natural home remedies. old wives tales, recipes for tonics, anything natural that has been historically used to aid weight loss. it didn't necessarily have to work but letting me know which ones worked/were believed to have worked and those that didn't would be a bonus, so would telling me if they had odd side effects or superstitions attached. my story is fictional but id like it to be accurate/plausible. im looking for things people consumed orally. please and thank you.
    anytime at all in history, i dont even need to know when just that it was used.

    • ANSWER:
      Cinnamon, sea kelp, raspberry ketones, cayenne pepper, peppermint, Acai berry

  50. QUESTION:
    What kind of foods/herbs/spices/whatever were consumed in the past to aid weight loss?(for a fictional story)?
    im talking about ancient times to current natural home remedies. old wives tales, recipes for tonics, anything natural that has been historically used to aid weight loss. it didn't necessarily have to work but letting me know which ones worked/were believed to have worked and those that didn't would be a bonus, so would telling me if they had odd side effects or superstitions attached. my story is fictional but id like it to be accurate/plausible. im looking for things people consumed orally. please and thank you.
    anytime at all in history, i dont even need to know when just that it was used.

    • ANSWER:
      Aloe Vera, and it's still used today!


natural herbs and remedies

Natural Treatment Of Menopause

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Hot flashes. How long will they last and are there any natural treatment for them ?
    I hade to go through hysterectomy,my doctor removed my ovaries as well since my mother died of ovarian cancer,its been 3 years now and I am still having the hot flashes and the mood swings, I took HRT for 18 months aprox. and now I am cutting them down till I can do without them, is there any natural treatment for that to replace the HRT?

    • ANSWER:
      http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/menopaus1/a/naturalmenopaus.htm

      http://www.holisticonline.com/remedies/hrt/hrt_herbs_for_menopause.htm

      http://www.homemademedicine.com/home-remedies-for-menopause.html

      Your Dr may also be able to help .....ask about natural treatments and compounding pharmacies in your area

  2. QUESTION:
    What is a natural way to deal with menopause?
    I had cancer of the cervix, and the radiation treatment threw me into early menopause. What is a natural alternative to hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know, and I have read all the latest info about natural alternatives to hormones, nothing really helps. The only remedy (partly a remedy) was to take some of the anti-anxiety medication like Prozac etc. Of course there are natural anti depressants (look at this site)
      http://www.menopause.realage.com/content.aspx/topic/17
      but I am not sure how well they alleviate the symptoms. I wish I kept these medical journals I get to give you the reference. If I find it I will let you have it.

  3. QUESTION:
    What kind of natural medication works for Social Anxiety Disorder?
    I want to know if any of you took natural medication for SAD and did it work? Does St Johns wort work? Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      Kava kava (Piper methysticum) has been used as a ceremonial drink in the Pacific Islands for hundreds of years. It has been reported to have an effect similar to an alcoholic drink.

      Several studies have found that kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and related nervous disorders. However, there is serious concern that kava may cause liver damage.

      Most studies show that St. John's wort may help treat mild-to-moderate depression. Two studies suggest that St. John's wort, combined with black cohosh, helps improve mood and anxiety during menopause.

      The effectiveness of St John's wort for social anxiety disorder is unknown. It probably wont help social anxiety disorder.

      Apart from Kava Kava, other herbal medicines that might help anxiety are passion flower, valerian, lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, etc.

      The best non-drug solutions for social anxiety disorder are systematic desensitization and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)

  4. QUESTION:
    What's the best thing for menopause symptoms, that you can buy over the counter?
    There are so many things on the shelf loaded with vitamins and herbs. What really works? Does anyone have any experience with these. I'm over 40 and had a total hysterectomy at 37. I'm on the patch, but my GYN doesn't want to raise it. I still get hot flashes, and I'd like to go natural. I also take a progesterone pill at night.

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to suggest Menozac which is one of the best menopause symptom relief product on the market. Why?

      First, because it is made to meet pharmaceutical standards. Second, it uses only the finest, most bio-available natural nutrients. Third, every production batch is tested in a lab to ensure its purity and potency.

      Even some herbal experts also highly recommend using this type of herbal, safe and natural menopause treatment. By taking this natural alternative you will avoid the side effects and health risks, and help treat your symptoms naturally.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is a good, natural (homeopathic) remedy for join pain?
    I have, what feels like arthritis in my joints. In particular when it is cold or rainy outside. Can anyone recommend something natural for this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism) :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

      *****************************
      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can Fluoxetine be used to treat menopause?
    How is the antidepressant Fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Fluoxetine:
      Therapeutic Category: Antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.
      Use: Treatment of major depression; treatment of binge-eating and vomiting in patients with moderate-to-severe bulimia nervosa; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

      No relationship between menopause and fluoxetine.

      If we offered you a miracle remedy that prevents after effects of "Menopause" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Menopause.

      Treatment: Although menopause cannot be avoided, it can be postponed for as long as 10 to 15 years and it can be made a smooth affair when it comes, with a proper nutritional programme, special supplements and the right mental attitude. When a woman is affected by the menopausal change to any marked extent, it is a sure sign that her body is in a toxic condition and in need of a thorough cleansing. For this purpose, she should undergo a course of natural health building treatment. Diet is of utmost importance in such a scheme of treatment. In fact the problems at menopause are often much more severe than that at puberty largely because the diet has been deficient for many years prior to its onset, in many nutrients such as protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamins D, E, and pantothenic acid. The diet should be made up from three basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts, and grains (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits. The emphasis should be on vitamin E-rich raw and sprouted seeds and nuts, unpasteurised high quality milk and homemade cottage cheese and an abundance of raw, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Plenty of freshly made juices of fruits and vegetables in season should also be included in this diet.

      All processed, refined and denatured foods, such as white sugar, white flour and all articles made with them, should be completely eliminated. Take special supplements such as vitamins C, B6 and pantothenic acid, which have a specific property of stimulating the body’s own production of estrogen or enhancing the effect of the existing estrogen. During menopause, the lack of ovarian hormones can result in a severe calcium deficiency. For this reason, a larger than usual intake of calcium may help greatly. Vitamins D and F are also essential for assimilation of calcium. Any woman having difficulty at this time should supplement her daily diet with 1,000 units of natural vitamin D, 5000 milligrams of magnesium and two grams of calcium daily, which can be supplied by one quart of milk. During the menopause, the need for vitamin E soars 10 to 50 times over that previously required. Hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms of menopause often disappear when 50 to 100 units of vitamin E are taken daily. The symptoms recur quickly if the vitamin is discontinued.

      Of late, it has become popular to take estrogen to prevent or postpone menopausal symptoms. Although hormone therapy is apparently successful and will, in many cases, help the patient to feel and act younger, it cannot be recommended in all cases because of its carcinogenic effect. If, however, estrogen therapy is undertaken, it should never be administered at the same time as vitamin E therapy. Ingestion of estrogen and vitamin E should be separated by several hours. Beet juice has been found very useful in menopausal disorders. It should be taken in small quantities of 60 to 90 ml at a time thrice a day. It has proved much more permanently helpful than the degenerative effects of drugs or synthetic hormones. Carrot seeds have also been found valuable in menopausal tension. A teaspoonful of the seeds should be boiled in a glassful of cow’s milk for about 10 minutes and taken daily as a medicine in this condition.

      Plenty of outdoor exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming, horse riding, or cycling, is imperative to postpone menopause. Other helpful measures in this direction are avoiding mental and emotional stress and worries, especially worry about growing old, sufficient sleep, and relaxation and following all general rules of maintaining a high level of health. The healthier a woman is, the fewer menopausal symptoms she will experience.

      The menopause can be made a pleasant affair by building bodily health and a sane mental outlook. From puberty to menopause, a woman has been somewhat of a slave to her female glands. At specified intervals she was inconvenienced by her menstrual periods. She bore children, enduring the pain and discomfort of pregnancy. Menopause relieves her of this bondage to her femininity. She can now experience some of the happiest days of a woman’s life. A whole new life is given to her, if she is wise enough to prepare for it and accept it as such.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do you deal with women going thru menopause?
    I'm pretty sure my mom is going through menopause right now because she is really irritable and moody and she's giving my dad the silent treatment because he got mad at her. Today was her birthday but she didn't even want to eat the cake we got her. I'm really pis$ed off about this and I want my family back. Anything I can do or do I just have to wait it out?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the period marked by the natural and permanent cessation of menstruation. A woman begins to see changes in her menstrual cycles usually between the ages of 45 and 55. It's the time in a woman's life that the function of her ovaries begins to cease. Most people recognize this as the "turning point".

      Some women may have few or no first signs of menopause, while others experience multiple psychological and physical symptoms. The symptoms and severity of them varies significantly from woman to woman.

      Every woman's experience will be different but some of the common first signs of menopause are:

      -Irregular Periods -Hot Flashes -Problems with the Vagina and Bladder -Loss of Sex Drive -Fatigue -Mood Changes -Headaches -Sleep Problems -Water Retention

      Can you imagine having to deal with all that and nobody understands what you’re going through?

      Spend some time and talk to her about your concerns (Your Mom’s Health and Well Being). Show empathy for her. The more you can learn on your own about this change, the more your mom will open up to you about it.

      This could help tremendously.

  8. QUESTION:
    Do you think that medicalization of women’s bodies was an intentional act to control women and keep them in th?
    Do you think that medicalization of women’s bodies was an intentional act to control women and keep them in the subordinate group? Or did physicians simply see women as an easy target for success? Also, what may have been some of the unintended consequences that came out of this widespread medicalization? And by "medicalization" I mean, the process by which human conditions and problems come to be defined and treated as medical conditions, and thus become the subject of medical study, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment. Thanks for any thoughts or ideas!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Female bodies are overmedicalized. Menarche is not a medical issue, yet menopause is.

      Pregnancy can become life-threatening. But in general, we approach this natural passage as if some crisis were imminent.

      Men's bodies could use a bit more medical attention. Rather than look at erectile dysfunction as a symbol of waning masculinity and prescribing a pill, they should consider it as a symptom of perhaps a larger systemic problem.

      Not a doctor but still ... I do see what you are saying.

      No I do not think that there is some conspiracy to keep women down. I think it is the opposite. I think that too many women died in the past of childbirth, and they are over cautious.

      Yes, there is also a massive industry surrounding women's bodies and women's health products. Absolutely there is. From Insurance policies, to publishers, to baby accessories, to bras, tampax ... you bet!

  9. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any suggestions about treatments for menopause other than hormone replacement therapy?
    My mom is 50yrs old and she has been going through menopause since last Jan. She uses progestercare cream from the health food store but she doesnt want to do hormone replacement therapy or premprose because they increase the risk of breast cancer. Her doctor is telling her that she will develop osteoporosis if she doesnt get on some sort of HRT though. Can anyone give her any advice on what to do? Are there any natural ways that anyone has tried that worked? And does anyone know if not going on HRT can really cause osteoporosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom is on the right track using natural progesterone. It's the ONLY substance that has been shown to REBUILD bone, from the inside out.

      (Natural progesterone does NOT cause cancer like synthetic HRT does. In fact, it helps protect against cancer.)

      Estrogen (in the synthetic HRT) only delays bone breakdown, and it only works for four to five years. The problem is that it actually stops the bone from performing its natural cycle - breaking down old bone and rebuilding new to replace it. If old bone is not being broken down, there is no new bone being rebuilt! After five years on HRT, bone will be brittle.

      Have her read Dr. John Lee's book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause". He explains it very well!
      He also gives guidelines for finding a quality progesterone cream. She may want to compare the one she's using to his recommendations.

      Your mom's doctor is not fully informed. Dr. Lee says, "You can educate your doctor, or find a new one."

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I deal with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis?
    I'm still young, but suffering from osteoarthritis. Lots of pain (on movement) and stiffness. I feel like a rusty old hinge. I don't want to start taking prescription medications for this. Instead, I'm looking for some lifestyle changes or natural solutions.

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism) :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  11. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.

  12. QUESTION:
    What natural product is good for rheumatoid arthritis?
    My dad has this type of arthritis and his legs always hurt really bad. He is only 54 years old and he can barely walk around. What are some things that he can try to ease the pain so that he can get around better. He is still kind of young.

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR RHEUMATISM / ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism) :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      Best of health to you my friend get well real soon.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  13. QUESTION:
    At what age do you think a woman is too old to become a mother?
    I know nature puts a stop to having children with the menopause kicking in.

    But I just want your opinion: When do you think a woman (or a man for that matter) is too old to become a parent and most importantly: Why that particular age or age range?
    Oh my, some people can't read:

    WHY that particular age or age range??

    Just plain numbers doesn't explain anything.

    • ANSWER:
      When an "older" woman fights menopause and gets IVF/fertility treatment pushing her aging body to the limit to have a child, then it is too old for kids.

      The DM had many articles recently of the birth mothers aged 55-60+ who had kids way too late in life with fertility treatment and admit how they do not think they made a wise decision to have a midlife crisis concerning childbirth. The don't have the energy or the time left to dedicate to their kids as they would in the 20's, 30's and 40's. Women their age usually have children out of the nest, not first graders. There is a natural reason why a females body ends its fertility period when they age; medicine isn't going to make these women younger. Parenthood is consuming, energy draining and work. It isnt for someone entering their elderly years, hence why nature ends a woman's ability to conceive naturally. Nature knows that a 60 year old woman isn't the prime one to give birth and raise a child to an age of independence, it is all about a species survival. Let's not got all PC and 21st century on this either, when we started walking upright and evolved into the species we are today, the female did the birthing, nursing, primary care and more; that is why the female body is designed perfectly to support a fetus, nurse an infant and programmed to give birth in a certain time frame so the mother has a better chance of ensuring the child's survival to independence.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I am going through Early Onset Menopause?
    The only real symptom I have is a screwed up menstrual cycle. I work with menopausal women that say I am about to go through the change. I am only 42. No night sweats, in fact I am always cold.

    • ANSWER:
      You should talk to your doctor but here's some information.
      http://www.epigee.org/menopause/early.html

      Early and Premature Menopause

      When we hear the word menopause, we usually think of older women above the age of 60. Very rarely do we ever think of ourselves. However, menopause is not a stage necessarily relegated to elderly women. Early or premature menopause is more common than most women realize - it affects about 1% of women between the ages of 15 and 45. Early or premature menopause can occur for a variety of reasons, but in the end it leaves an imprint on the lives of all of the women it affects.

      What are Early and Premature Menopause? Early onset menopause is often confused with premature menopause, but actually the two are different things. These terms hinge on the age of the woman involved; if menopause occurs before the age of 45, it is considered early menopause; if menopause occurs before the age of 40 it is considered premature menopause.

      Because doctors are finally beginning to recognize the symptoms of menopause in younger women, more and more women are being diagnosed with early or premature menopause. As a result, women who are experiencing infertility or are dealing with menopause symptoms at a young age no longer have to wonder why.

      What Causes Early and Premature Menopause
      More often than not, doctors are unable to determine a cause for menopause in younger women. This can be very frustrating for women as it makes it difficult to accept and deal with this new stage of life. Sometimes though, there are very obvious causes of premature or early menopause.

      Premature Ovarian Failure (POV): Premature ovarian failure is another name for naturally-occurring premature menopause. Women with POV have ovaries that aren’t functioning properly. Either they stop producing eggs or no longer produce the hormones needed to ovulate. POV can occur for a variety of reasons. Autoimmune disorders are responsible for more than 65% of POV cases. With these disorders, the body sees itself as an invader and develops antibodies to its own products, including ovum and menses. Genetic factors may also be involved in POV. Five per cent of women seem to follow in their mothers’ footsteps, entering into menopause early. Some women are born with irregularities in their X chromosomes, interfering with egg production before menopause should begin. Other women are just born with very few eggs, causing menopause to occur years before it should.

      Surgical Menopause
      Surgical menopause involves the conscious decision of forcing women into menopause for specific health reasons. Women who suffer from endometriosis, polyps, or ovarian cancer may have to undergo an oopherectomy (removal of the ovaries) or a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and sometimes ovaries). These surgeries dramatically cut off ovarian function causing estrogen levels to drop suddenly and forcing the woman into menopause.

      Menopause Caused by Cancer Treatment
      Menopause can be caused by chemotherapy or radiation cancer treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation kill cancer cells but, unfortunately, they also kills healthy cells. Hair cells, digestive cells, and ovarian cells are particularly at risk. Some women who have undergone cancer treatment temporarily enter menopause, while others permanently enter menopause.

      Infection
      Infection is also linked with premature menopause. Infections such as the mumps and tuberculosis can infect the ovaries, affecting your hormonal balance. This is extremely rare, however.

      Early Menopause Symptoms
      Premature menopause symptoms are essentially the same as those of natural menopause. Women commonly suffer from night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, headaches, and joint or muscle pain. Body shape changes are also common, causing you to put on weight around the abdomen. Additionally, water retention and menopause commonly go together.

      Menopausal women can experience emotional ups and downs, including anxiety, depression, cravings, and forgetfulness. All of these symptoms are triggered by the fluctuation of hormones in the body during menopause. In particular, estrogen levels reduce dramatically during the onset of menopause, causing a variety of changes in the body’s functions.

      Early and premature menopause tends to be associated with more severe symptoms than menopause occurring after the age of 45. Because early menopause is often due to illness, surgery, or genetic issues, there is a rapid decline in the amount of estrogen (known as "estrogen crash") in your body. This causes you to enter menopause more quickly than other women. Estrogen crash can cause extreme hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, and depression in some women. In a survey of early menopausal women, 100% of women who experienced surgical menopause experienced a number of menopause symptoms in quick succession. 90% of these women complained that their symptoms were severe and lasted more than 8 years.

      Treatment Options
      Unfortunately, there are no menopause cures. Menopause treatment has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years, though. It is suggested that most women who have undergone early or premature menopause seek out hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Menopause symptoms will be very sudden and severe, especially after surgery, and can be lessoned by taking appropriate doses of estrogen. If oral medication is too difficult to take directly after surgery, estrogen patches that release hormones through the skin can be used to help lessen symptoms.

      A good support network is also recommended to help you through the difficult times. You may be unprepared for such an immediate entry into menopause and friends, family, and other menopausal women can really help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Living life after menopause isn’t so bad – in fact, it can be a very rewarding time when you have the right support.

  15. QUESTION:
    Who to see for hair loss and growth?
    I have been experiencing for a long time now hair fall. My hair used to be super thick and straight, now it is curly and thinned way out. When I am stressed, hair falls more than when I am not. So, what I want to know is if a dermatologist is the right doctor to see for these issues. If anyone has any suggestions for products I can use at home or some sort of home treatment please feel free to suggest some.

    • ANSWER:
      PROVILLUS: A PREVENTIVE CURE FOR HAIR LOSS

      To prevent hair loss from occurring Provillus, an all natural supplement has a positive outcome. Provillus is a supplement built to block the DHT(Dihydrotestoterone) in the body. Provillus contains compound ingredients such as, biotin, gotu kola, magnesium stearatern Muria Puania, pumpkin extract, Saw Palmetto, silicon dioxide, vitamin B6, and zinc.

      These compound ingredients help prevent thinning hair follicles form becoming thinner-leading to baldness. The nourishing blend of nutrients in Provillus helps the hair become thick. Provillus hair loss treatment is FDA-approved. No prescription is needed because it is stored as a supplement; therefore, it can be bought from over-the-counter from a local drug store.Provillus was created by the Ultra Herbal Company. It is a natural treatment for men and women suffering from hair loss, also known as Androgenetic alopecia. With men hair loss is caused by hormone testosterone.

      When DHT(Dihydrotestoterone) enters the body the hair follicles thins and cuts off the blood flow in the body. The more DHT in the body the more the man is at risk of experiencing baldness. In the United Stated two out of eight women experience hair loss. There is no pattern for hair loss in women. Few women experience hair loss at a young age, but it mostly occurs in older women. Unbalanced hormones, thyroid disease, and menopause are common risk factors of hair loss in women.

      Child birth is also a common risk factor for hair loss in women. However, hair loss in women is far more harder to deal with than for men experiencing hair loss.An effective cure for men and women who experience hair loss is Provillus. Not only will Provillus prevent hair loss from happening-it will also regrow the hair. With only being on the market for less than five years, Provillus has been rated the number #1 treatment for hair loss prevention. The topical ingredients in Provillus are FDA-approved and guaranteed to get hair back to being strong and healthy. No side effects have been reported from users of Provillus. Before using Provillus you should read the information provided carefully. You should also consult a doctor if any problems occur after usage.

  16. QUESTION:
    How does menopause work?
    Hello, I am 44 years old and I think I might be menopausal. I have been getting my periods between 45-53 days instead of the normal 28 days. Does anyone know how menopause works? Some details on this would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural menopause is the permanent ending of menstruation that is not brought on by any type of medical treatment. For women undergoing natural menopause, the process is gradual and is described in three stages:

      Perimenopause . Perimenopause begins several years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen. Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last one to two years of perimenopause, the decrease in estrogen accelerates. At this stage, many women experience menopause symptoms (see below).
      Menopause. Menopause is the point when a woman has her last menstrual period. At this stage, the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and producing most of their estrogen. Menopause is diagnosed when a woman has gone without a period for 12 consecutive months.
      Postmenopause. These are the years after menopause. During this stage, menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, ease for most women. However, health risks related to the loss of estrogen increase as the woman ages.

  17. QUESTION:
    what is safe treatment for menopause after endometroid cancer?
    HRT isn't an option as it is oestrogen based and I have had aTotal Abdominal Hysterectomy and Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy .

    • ANSWER:
      If you aren't having any symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, etc. I wouldn't worry. My doctor told me I would experience problems right after my total hysterectomy and I got a shot of estrogen in recovery and he put me on premarin. I stopped taking it because it gave me headaches and have not had any problems.

      You might talk to your doctor about non estrogen supplements that might help if you are having problems. Most of the "natural" supplements I am aware of contain estrogen. (black cohash, soy...)

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any natural remedies to help juvenile arthritis?
    I am 15 years old, and I have arthritis in my ankles. I admit that trekking two flights of stairs between every class, and my overacheiver-complex does not help my situation, and my mother and I are fresh out of ideas on how to help my problem besides the obvious medication. Does anyone know any thing that may help. Doesn't HAVE to be natural, but it would help if it were...thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism) :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      For more information please read this answer too :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArPlqi.DpJ4hU6Pdd_84oL7ty6IX?qid=20070730090710AA9mQNo&show=7#profile-info-ckarxS0Caa

      Take Care and God Bless !

  19. QUESTION:
    Does straight hair turns to curly during puberty?
    If it does ,issit temporary or permanent? I dont look so good in curly hairs, is there a natural way to make it straight back again?

    • ANSWER:
      Your hair goes through 4 major changes during life. Hair is majorly affected by hormones.
      Baby hair is the first stage. Of course, we don't keep that very long! Then when our hormones change through puberty, our hair can change texture or even color. It is quite possible to go from straight to curly at this stage.
      If you ever have a baby, your hair can change again during the pregnancy.
      The last being menopause.
      There is no natural way to go back to straight. I would suggest a flat iron or finding a salon that does straightening treatments like Yuko System. That is extremely pricey though.
      My advice is to find a great stylist and stick with her/him. She/he will be able to help you through these changes.
      Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    Is a migraine behind eyes and hot flush feeling on left side normal heading into menopause?
    I'm just wondering because it feels like I only get hot on the left side but it radiates to the right...I can feel my left side of my face heat up, but I don't sweat and my face doesn't get red. Or does it sound like something neurological?

    • ANSWER:
      OOOh yes! migraine, stress, anxiety, and many others bad feelings..No hormone replacement please, but natural therapeuty..try this : http://menopauseandweight.com/ Don’t let menopause ruin your quality of life! and Change to alternative and proven methods, natural treatments.
      GOG bless

  21. QUESTION:
    If I maintain a healthy hair regimen can my hair grow back.?
    If I keep my natural hair in protective styles, and continue to get my hair deep conditioned and trimmed as needed, and taking vitamins will my hair grow longer?

    • ANSWER:
      drinking 8 glasses of water a day
      grease scalp everyday
      braid hair
      try to avoid heat on hair
      never pick at it
      never play with(breaking it off)
      best choice is to go natural
      try to avoid chemicals in hair
      try not to sweat it out
      find the right product for you
      take care of your hair

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the above tips! Hope these littles tips have been useful! :)

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the earliest that women starts to go through the?
    change of life. I am 36. I think I might be going through it. I guess other people call it menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause

      * What is menopause?
      * What is ‘perimenopause’?
      * What are the signs of menopause?
      * Do all women experience menopause in the same way?
      * What is ‘induced’ menopause?
      * How should I prepare for menopause?
      * Where can I go for more information?

      What is menopause?

      Menopause is the end of menstruation. The word comes from the Greek mens, meaning monthly, and pausis, meaning cessation. Menopause is part of a woman's natural aging process when her ovaries produce lower levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and when she is no longer able to become pregnant.

      Unlike a woman’s first menstruation, which starts on a single day, the changes leading up to menopause happen over several years. The average age for menopause is 52. But menopause commonly happens anytime between the ages of 42 and 56.

      A woman can say she has begun her menopause when she has not had a period for a full year.
      What is ‘perimenopause’?

      ‘Perimenopause’ refers to the several years before menopause when a woman may begin experiencing the first signs of her menopausal transition. But many people use the term ‘menopause’ for both the perimenopausal years as well as the few years following menopause.
      What are the signs of menopause?

      Menopause is a natural process that happens to every woman as she grows older, and is not a medical problem, disease or illness. Still, some women may have a hard time because of the changes in hormone levels during menopause.

      There are many possible signs of menopause and each woman feels them differently. Most women have no or few menopausal symptoms while some women have many moderate or severe symptoms.

      The clearest signs of the start of menopause are irregular periods (when periods come closer together or further apart), and when blood flow becomes lighter or heavier.

      Other signs may include some of the following:

      * weight gain;
      * hot flashes;
      * insomnia;
      * night sweats;
      * vaginal dryness;
      * joint pain;
      * fatigue;
      * short-term memory problems;
      * bowel upset;
      * dry eyes;
      * itchy skin;
      * mood swings; and
      * urinary tract infections.

      Most of the time, these symptoms will lessen or go away after a woman has finished menopause.
      Do all women experience menopause in the same way?

      Menopause experiences are different among individual women, and also among women in different cultures and in different parts of the world.

      Research has shown that women’s experience of menopause can be related to many things, including genetics, diet, lifestyle and social and cultural attitudes toward older women.

      For example:

      * Japanese women report fewer hot flashes and other symptoms.
      * Thai women record a high incidence of headaches.
      * Scottish women record fewer severe symptoms.
      * Greek women report a high rate of hot flashes.
      * Mayan women report no symptoms.

      Some scholars wonder if the North American emphasis on youth and lack of respect for older people contributes to a more difficult menopausal transition here.

      The typical North American diet, high in saturated fats and sugars, along with our in-active lifestyle and low childbirth rate, may also contribute to the physical complaints common to many North American women at menopause.
      What is "induced" menopause?

      "Induced", "sudden" or "surgical" menopause happens when a woman goes through an immediate and premature menopause. This occurs when her ovaries no longer produce the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

      This may be caused by:

      * surgery to remove your ovaries;
      * chemotherapy;
      * radiation treatment; or
      * ovarian malfunction.

      Women going through induced menopause may have more severe menopausal symptoms, and are usually treated with hormone therapy.
      How should I prepare for menopause?

      Menopause is one of women’s many important natural life-stages. For some, it is a challenging period of difficult physical and emotional changes. For others, it is a time of personal growth and renewal. And for many women, it is both at the same time. They don't call it "Menopausal Zest" for nothing!

      Here are some suggestions to help you enjoy your menopausal years to their fullest:

      * Learn about menopause through recent books, articles and other reading materials.
      * Talk to friends and relatives who have already gone through menopause.
      * Join a menopause or midlife support-group in your area.
      * Have a nutritious diet and enjoy regular exercise.
      * Manage your stress by balancing your work and social life.
      * Talk with your health care practitioner about your personal health concerns.
      * Know that you have choices and can take charge of your health.
      http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/faq/menopause.html

      Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause

      Print out these questions and answers to discuss with your doctor.

      1. Can Menopause Cause a Woman's Voice to Change?

      The majority of women do not experience a voice change during menopause. Rarely, some women may lose the upper register of voice.

      2. What Can I Do About the Facial Hair I've Developed as a Result of Menopause?

      Although many women do not experience any additional facial hair growth, it can be a problem for some. There are a number of hair removal options available to you, including waxing, depilatories (liquids or creams that remove body hair) and laser hair removal. Check with your doctor or a medical aesthetician to determine the right hair removal method for you and to ensure that it will not harm your skin.

      3. Now That I've Begun Menopause, Do I Still Have to be Concerned About Birth Control?

      You will know for sure that you have experienced menopause when you have not had your period for an entire year. Until you have gone one year without a period, you should still use birth control if you do not want to become pregnant. You should continue to practice safe sex techniques with use of latex condoms to reduce risk of sexually transmitted infection.

      4. My Hot Flashes Aren't As Intense As the Ones My Friends Describe. They're Actually More "Warm" Than "Hot." Is This Normal?

      While hot flashes (or flushes) are very common in perimenopause, not all women experience them, and not all flashes are of the same intensity. Hot flashes can be as mild as a light blush or severe enough to wake you from a sound sleep (called night sweats). Most hot flashes last 30 seconds to 5 minutes. They usually disappear within a few years after menopause. However, up to 10-15% of women experience hot flashes for years.

      5. I'm Perimenopausal And Have Been Told That I Should be Taking Very-Low-Dose Birth Control Pills. Why?

      Compared to regular birth control pills, the lower dose of estrogen in very-low-dose pills may be safer for perimenopausal women. (Perimenopause begins about 3 to 5 years before your final period.) While regular birth control pills contain 30 to 50 micrograms of estrogen, these low dose pills contain only 20 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol.

      6. What Are Some Other Benefits of Very-Low-Dose Birth Control Pills?

      In addition to preventing pregnancy, the pills can regulate heavy or irregular menstrual periods and may provide protection from ovarian and uterine cancer. The pills may also prevent bone loss, which can lead to osteoporosis . However, women with a history of breast cancer, blood clots, or heart disease, or women who smoke, should not take these pills.

      7. How are hot flashes treated?

      While menopausal hormone therapy (HRT) relieves hot flashes for many women, there are other drug treatments that may offer relief. These include both over-the-counter and prescription therapies. Over-the-counter therapies you may want to try include Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E, Ibuprofen and soy protein found in foods.

      Prescription treatments include:

      * Bellergal-S, a combination medicine used to treat some symptoms of menopause. However, based on side effects and the butalbital-an additive substance in Belergal-S-it is not recommended by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) www.menopause.org .
      * Catapres, Catapres-TTS and Aldomet blood pressure medications. However, based on the side effects, these drugs are not recommended unless a woman has hypertension.
      * Antidepressants Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor (Note: Paxil has been shown to reduce tamoxifen levels)
      * Other hormones, such as Provera and Megace

      8. Is Menopausal HT Safe?

      As with all medicines, there are risks and benefits. Scientists continue to study the long-term effects of HT. The most recent study found that Prempro, a type of menopausal HT, increased a woman's risk of blood clot and stroke, and slightly increased the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Estrogen alone has not been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer. If you are concerned about taking menopausal HT, talk to your doctor; there are other options.

      9. What Alternative Treatments Are Available?

      Botanical products containing or acting like estrogens may provide some of the benefits of estrogen in relieving menopausal symptoms, but are not as well studied. Other botanicals, including black cohosh, have also shown promise for reducing menopausal symptoms. However, more research is needed to define the benefits and risks of these alternative treatments, and you should always check with your doctor before using them.

      10. Sex Has Become Painful. What Can I Do to Make It More Enjoyable?

      The pain you are experiencing during sex is likely due to vaginal dryness associated with declining estrogen levels. There are a number of lubricants you can try. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a suggestion. There are local estrogen treatments-cream, tablets, and an estrogen ring-for women desiring treatment of vaginal atrophy.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=42719

  23. QUESTION:
    Which natural product is working for hot flashes?
    I lost my left ovary to cancer couple of years ago. I wake up so often during the night and it's hard to go back to sleep again. I am against prescription drug which doctor would give me.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      There is two ways to go in the treatment of hot flushes. Allopathic or Naturopathic.

      As hot flashes are the main symptom of menopause, the favorite treatment by your treating doctor will be the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). On the other hand, the use of herbs for hot flashes is more of alternative way. The basic are herbs such as the Licorice root, Panax ginseng, Black Cohosh and Wild yams. In lite cases, one can experiment with the combination of those.

      If the case of your problem is more deeply seated, then the use of special mixes is the right way to go.

      Out of those, the best ones (in my opinion) are: Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia), Kacip Fatimah (Labisia Pothoina) and Akar Serapat (Paramignya Polyne) mix.

      Or...
      Shu Di Huang, the steamed and dried form of Sheng Di Huang which does tonify the blood with hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, pale complexion, palpitations, nocturnal emissions, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding and post partum bleeding. It also does foster Yin – kidney Yin deficiency with constant thirst, steaming bone disorder, tinnitus, premature graying.

      Or...
      Sheng Di Huang as one of herbs for hot flashes, Sheng Di Huang is mainly used to clear the heat, cool the blood and foster Yin for production of body fluid.
      Sheng Di Huang is used for high fever, constant thirst, red tongue, bleeding due to excessive heat in the blood and promote body fluids. Sheng Di Huang is used for Yin deficiency with damage of body fluids by excessive heat, symptoms such as mouth dryness, low fever, constipation, throat pain.
      Also is used for sores in mouth and tongue, irritability, insomnia and malar flush.

      One supporting factor is also the Wu Wei Zi which is mainly used as an astringent preparation to decrease perspiration, benefit kidney to calm heart and benefit Qi to produce fluid.

      Now you have the information but the footwork must be done by you.
      As each of us is an individual, we do respond differently to even the best medication in the world.

      The only way now is the trial and error. To be under the supervision of experienced Naturopath wouldn't hurt you either.

  24. QUESTION:
    Best way to take agnus castus and dosage for natural hormone regulation?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Vitex agnus castus L. (VAC) [Verbenaceae] is a deciduous shrub that is native to Mediterranean Europe and Central Asia. Traditionally, VAC fruit extract has been used in the treatment of many female conditions, including menstrual disorders (amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), corpus luteum insufficiency, hyperprolactinaemia, infertility, acne, menopause and disrupted lactation. The German Commission E has approved the use of VAC for irregularities of the menstrual cycle, premenstrual disturbances and mastodynia. Clinical reviews are available for the efficacy of VAC in PMS, cycle disorders, hyperprolactinaemia and mastalgia, but so far no systematic review has been published on adverse events or drug interactions associated with VAC. The most frequent adverse events are nausea, headache, gastrointestinal disturbances, menstrual disorders, acne, pruritus and erythematous rash.

      The main problem is that there is as yet insufficient controlled data to confirm efficacy, dosage, adverse reactions or potential long term risks.

  25. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a good healty concealer to cover my acne scars. What would be a good one?
    I have tried all of MACS concealers and liked them. However, they clogged my pores. I am looking for a healthy alternative concealer. I am switching to mineral makeup but need a good concealer because mineral makeup doesn't give you much coverage.

    • ANSWER:
      Acne is one of the most common skin disorders and affects mainly young people, but may even appear after the age of 30 years. This condition in many cases tends to disappear by itself after a certain period of time, however, if it is left untreated, it can cause deep scars in the skin. Acne can also cause psychological problems, especially among young people.

      These are the causes of this disorder:

      Excessive hormone production: Every square centimeter of skin contains about 100 sweat glands and 15 sebaceous glands that exist at the base of the hair and produce a substance called sebum. Sebum combined with sweat, form a liquid that acts as barrier against bacteria, parasites and fungus. However, under certain conditions the sebaceous glands produce more sebum than necessary. These conditions occur when there is a major hormonal change, such as an increase in androgens during puberty and an increase of progesterone during menopause. It seems that certain people have a strong sensitivity to these hormones and are therefore more likely to suffer from acne.
      Genetic factors: If your parents used to suffer from this disorder you are more likely to have it yourself. What is more, oily skin (which can be inherited) predisposes to acne due to the fact that it produces excessive sebum that blocks the skin's pores.

      Stress: Stress can increase the production of hormones, which cause acne outbreaks.

      Dietary factors: The excessive intake of fats, sweets, carbohydrates, alcohol and dairy products seem to make the situation worse. Sugar, in particular, is very harmful. In fact, certain pharmacological experiments have revealed that taking small doses of anti-diabetic medicines (which lower sugar in the blood) can improve acne.

      Constipation: surprisingly constipation can cause acne. Constipation leads to the failure to eliminate the toxins that accumulate in different parts of the body and particularly in the skin. Many times in fact, mild cases of acne have been cured due to the correction of this intestinal disorder.

      How to cure this problem:

      Drink plenty of water: it may sound too simple, but the most important thing to do is to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Water is very beneficial for your skin's health.

      Drink green tea: another great natural treatment is green tea. It also has many other health benefits: it can reduce high cholesterol, infections, viruses, high blood sugar, headaches, and joint discomfort.

      Include fruits in your diet: There are many acids found in fruits that can help reduce sebum, which blocks the pores. Fruits can also eliminate excess toxins that build up in body and reduce the swelling and redness of spots. The best fruits to eat are apples, grapes and oranges. Also, including fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables in your diet can also help you get a better complexion.

      Although, these tips can be helpful but the only way to correct this problem permanently is to balance your hormones.

      .........

  26. QUESTION:
    what size does the Ovarian follicle should be? how many does a women release each month? ?
    whats the correct size so a women can pregnant???

    i had one of 21 the other one 18
    and the other too were 15 and 13???

    do i have a chance to get pregnant this month???

    i did 4 this month cause im in clomid and shots to get pregnant and increase my chances

    but a normal women that dosent get pregnant through treatment how many does she produce?

    • ANSWER:
      You begin with many follicular (regardless if you are fertility meds or not) each containing an egg and competing for dominating position and hormones. Around cycle day 8, one becomes the dominating follicular and will be the one that ovulates. Most of the other follicular have dies or are too small in size to have a chance to ovulate. These remaining small follicular stay around to support the dominating follie by producing hormones for it and the lining.
      An dominating follicular sends signals to the brain (when its around 18-22 mm) to lh surge. The lh surge finishes the egg maturity and causes the follicular sac to burst and the egg released. The follicular sac can measure around 20 to 29 mm at ovulation. Natural cycles (without fertility meds) tend to release eggs at a smaller size (22-24 mm). RE's try to mimic that with their IVF patients. Clomid causes follicular to grow and release at a larger size (25-29 mm). Follicular grow about 2mm a day. Final size depends on the eggs response to fsh (and other hormones) and it's rate of growth and development. The egg inside the follicular sac it always the same. It's the fluid and cells surrounding it that cause the enlarging size of the sac.

      Fertility meds work by giving your body the extra fsh it needs to get the other follicular a chance. So instead of just having one dominating and the others die, you get several of them to keep growing into eggs. Human's have the most wasteful reproductive systems. Baby girls are born with about 1 million eggs, which drops to about 300,000 in adolescence and near zero at menopause. We only ovulate 1 egg a month on average.

      The 21 has a good chance. The 18mm might have a chance but the other two are way to small.

  27. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies to prevent early menopause and increase a sperm count?
    I am tired of of all S h i t t y treatments, and need to know , is there any natural remedy?
    For your information.. my age is 29 and my husband's age is 35.. is that too old for a treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a doctor about these things. "Natural " remedies are useless for most things....why would you even bother with them, if you are trying to conceive at the end of your fertile life ...see a fertility specialist.

  28. QUESTION:
    Do you know of a good natural vitamin to help relieve mood swings and irritability of menopause?
    Must be natural and over the counter...

    • ANSWER:
      The meditative breathing exercise called paced respiration has been shown to significantly reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms. This approach has no known side effects, risks, or costs and can be safely combined with additional treatment, if needed.
      Black cohosh (Remifemin, 20 mg) is shown by some studies to prevent or relieve a broad range of menopause symptoms for many women.Other studies have shown no improvement. Safety of long-term use beyond 6 months is not yet known. (Risks similar to estrogen risks are a possibility.) Have regular checkups if you are using black cohosh, and make sure your health professional knows what you are taking.
      Soy phytoestrogens are in more complete form when included in your daily diet, rather than in dietary supplements. Regularly eating and drinking soy may help even out menopause symptoms, but studies have yet to clearly demonstrate that soy is effective for treating hot flashes.
      Yoga (which often includes meditative breathing) and/or biofeedback give you tools you can use to reduce stress. Heightened stress is likely to worsen your symptoms.
      Based on the latest research, some therapies are not recommended for menopause symptoms, either because they are not effective or because they can cause dangerous effects. These include:

      Kava, evening primrose, dong quai, valerian, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and angelica.
      Wild yam or natural progesterone creams.

  29. QUESTION:
    How long does menopause last? When will I start feeling better?
    I am 45 and I think I have been dealing with the symptoms for about 2 years do i still have Much longer?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your GYN and tell what symptoms you are having. She should check your hormone levels with testing. She will tell you about natural hormone replacements, what foods to eat or not to eat and certain vitamins that might help. If she doesn't help you there are other Doctors that will. Menopause may last a long time but with your doctor's help your symptoms might get better to handle. Do some reading up on this subject too. The more knowledge you have about menopause the better you be able to decide what to take or decide what is the best treatment for you.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the easiest way not to get an oily forehead?

    I shower ever morning and wash my face every morning + night everyday.. I use Max Clarity.

    • ANSWER:
      Oil secretion from the skin, also known as sebum, is a greasy discharge from the sebaceous glands that provides a lubricant for our skin and hair. This is a natural occurrence and only becomes a problem when overactive glands start producing far too much oil than is required.

      Overactive sebaceous glands can often be a hereditary condition, which is passed on from either your mother or father. Acne prone Oily Skin is common in teenagers because of changing hormonal activity and also during pregnancy and menopause due to hormonal imbalances. Other reasons for oily skin can include birth control pills, stress, cosmetic items and hot weather, especially when coupled with high humidity. Some also suggest that diet may play a part, so it wouldn’t hurt to eat a good balanced diet.

      The good news is that oily skin helps to seal in moisture, which helps to keep the skin supple with fewer wrinkles, as we get older. But this is not much compensation for putting up with years of suffering and embarrassment is it. What you really need is a skin care treatment that is actually going to balance the flow of sebum and make a significant difference to our everyday lives.

      Oil is important for moisturizing our skin but too much oil production can make the skin look shiny, dull looking and dirty. It can be prone to spots, blackheads, redness; swelling and enlarged pores that make our skin look coarse. You would think the logical option would be to keep washing this oil away, but this is an all too common mistake because too much washing will stimulate the oil glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss resulting in an even more oily skin.

      The best thing to do is find a good salon worthy brand, I would recommend Thalgo, as all of the products are marine based, and have algae derivitives in them. To maintain and control oil flow, you need to TWICE DAILY- cleanse (with a foaming or gel cleanser), Tone, and moisturise. You need to be particularly careful with which moisturiser you use, as some create MORE oil flow, rather than leveraging it. You also need to weekly add in to your skin regime, exfoliating twice a week, and doing a deep cleansing mask. The best mask bases for oily skin, are clay, as they are moisturising, nourishing, yet powerful. The Thalgo deep cleansing absorbant mask is fantastic, as it doesn't leave you prone to breakouts the following week. Hope that helps =]

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best and cheapest product out there for Cellulite?
    I have been excersizing for a year and I try to gain muscle in my legs to get rid of it. I dont have the money to be splurging on things that dont work. Please anyone know of an awesome cellulite product?

    • ANSWER:
      The reason that so many women, even slim women, get cellulite on their hips and thighs, is because the female hormone oestrogen makes women get fat there; and they store more of their fat just under the skin's surface, whereas men store some of their fat internally, underneath muscles. After menopause, women deposit more fat on the upper parts of their bodies, but this can be reversed by hormone replacement therapy (HRT). As women grow older, surface skin becomes thinner and less elastic, and the dimpling becomes more exaggerated. Therefore cellulite is a natural characteristic of the female body. It may be upsetting for women who have it, but it does not cause physical harm. Dimpling is made worse by sunbathing because excessive exposure to sunlight is known to cause the skin to lose its elasticity. Injections, liposuction and electrical treatment do not have a long term effect but massage is supposed to help.
      Doctors believe that the best ways to improve the appearance of cellulite are regular exercise, walking, swimming, cycling, dancing; going on a low-fat diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables; cutting down on fatty foods such as meat, dairy products, ice cream, hot chips, biscuits, chips, cakes, tea, coffee and alcohol. Rapid weight loss can make the problem worse so it is recommended that weight loss is done slowly.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the best products to fight oily skin?
    I have the oilest skin ever and no matter what I try I can't seem to dry it up (gross I know). Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Oily skin is shiny, thick and dull colored. Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads. In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look.

      Causes of Oily Skin

      Heredity

      Diet
      Hormone levels
      Pregnancy
      Birth control pills
      Cosmetics you use
      Humidity and hot weather
      Because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but it can occur at any age. In general, skin tends to become dryer with age. The flow of sebum or oil increases during adolescence and starts decreasing with age. During pregnancy and menopause, hormonal imbalances can also upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands.

      Many people have skin that is oily only in certain areas and dry or normal in others, a condition known as combination skin.

      Skin Care for Oily Skin

      The great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types.
      Oily skin needs special cleansing with plenty of hot water and soap to prevent the pores from being clogged. Avoid harsh products that strip your skin of oil and encourage flakiness. They can cause a reaction known as reactive seborrhoea, where the oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.

      Avoid skincare products that leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated. They cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores leading to blockages and breakouts.

      To cleanse oily skin, use oil-based products as they dissolve sebum effectively. Opt for oil-free moisturizers to maintain a shine-free complexion.

      Keep your skin very clean. Limit washing your face to two or three times a day. Too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil.

      Choose your cleanser with care. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Avoid the use of harsh soaps or cleansers. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap, and use it in combination with a water rich in minerals, not tap water. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.

      Use hot water when washing your face. Hot water dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water.

      If your skin is extremely oily, three or four daily cleansings may be in order and little or no moisturizing necessary before you are 30 years old. After that point, the skin around your eyes and mouth and on your throat may benefit from a nightly moisturizing, plus a mere touch of moisturizer in the morning.

      When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, using an upward and outward motion. Be careful not to rub soap into the skin; it can clog pores.

      If your oily skin is scaly, you can often correct the problem by using a deep-cleaning exfoliant on alternate nights, and following the treatment with a light coating of moisturizer.

      Try using a clay or mud mask. If you have sensitive skin, use white or rose-colored clays.

      Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.

      Choose cosmetic and facial care products specifically designed for oily skin.

      Before applying makeup, use an antiseptic day cream with active ingredients that diminish sebaceous secretions. Look for benzyl peroxide in the list of active ingredients.

      Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.

      Natural Skincare

      Half an hour before taking your bath apply on your face half teaspoon each of lime and cucumber juice mixed together.

      If your skin is excessively oily, mix in a few drops of eau de cologne. This not only helps keep oiliness away but also helps in refining the pores of the skin by acting as astringent, thereby preventing acne.

      To prevent the problem of your makeup becoming patchy either on the forehead, chin or nose due to excessive oiliness in these areas, apply a little cucumber juice on the excessively oily parts of your face, dry thoroughly and then apply your makeup.

      If your whole face turns patchy after makeup is applied on it, then apply equal parts of lime juice and witch-hazel. Dry well before putting on your makeup.

      Choose an astringent that contains acetone, which is known for dissolving oil. Strong astringents will do more harm than good, stimulating an overproduction of oil.

      To clear away excess oil, use a clay or mud mask. Blend together well 1 teaspoon green clay powder and 1 teaspoon raw honey. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, then rinse well with lukewarm water. Do this at least three times a week--or more.

      Once or twice daily, mix equal parts of lemon juice and water together. Pat mixture on your face and allow it to dry, then rinse with warm water. Follow with a cool-water rinse.

      Diet for Oily Skin

      Take a diet rich in proteins but restricted in sugar, fluids and salt.

      Take plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits.

      Have your blood brought up to par by the suitable administration of necessary vitamins, iron and similar substances.

      Even a slight deficiency in vitamin B2 can cause oily skin. Nutritional yeast, wheat germ and organ meats provide both vitamin B5 and vitamin B2. Other good sources of vitamin B2 are whole grains, beans, nuts, and royal jelly. Buckwheat, black beans and whole rice are excellent to supply the body with iron and rejuvenate pate skin.

      Drink plenty of quality water to keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins.

      Reduce the amount of fat in your diet. Avoid pork and fried and highly seasoned foods. Consume no animal fats, or heat-processed vegetable oils.

      Do not cook with oil. Do not eat any oils that have been subjected to heat, whether in processing or cooking. If a little oil is necessary, such as in salad dressing, use cold-pressed canola or olive oil only.

      Do not drink soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Avoid sugar, chocolate, and junk food.

      Essential Oils For Oily Skin

      Bergamot
      Cedarwood
      Cypress
      Frankincense
      Geranium
      Juniper
      Lavender
      Lemon
      Sage

      Herbs for Oily Skin

      Aloe vera has excellent healing properties. Apply aloe vera gel topically, as needed.

      Burdock root, chamomile, horsetail, oat straw, and thyme nourish the skin.

      Lavender is very good for oily skin. Mist your skin with lavender water several times daily.

      A facial sauna using lemongrass, licorice root, and rosebuds is good for oily skin. Two or three times a week, simmer a total of 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried or fresh herbs in 2 quarts of water. When the pot is steaming, place it on top of a trivet or thick potholder on a table, and sit with your face at a comfortable distance over the steam for fifteen minutes. You can use a towel to trap the steam if you wish. After fifteen minutes, splash your face with cold water and allow your skin to air dry or pat it dry with a towel. After the sauna, you can allow the herbal water to cool and save it for use as a toning lotion to be dabbed on your face with a cot- ton ball after cleansing.

      Witch hazel applied to the skin is excellent for absorbing oil.

      Homeopathy

      Homeopathy considers skin problems to be a general bodily imbalance. Hence treatment is constitutional. Consult an experienced homeopath if the condition does not improve.

      Take one of the following in the 6c strength every twelve hours for up to one month.

      Take Mercurius for an oily face that smells unpleasant, with trembling, sticky perspiration and overproduction of saliva. Oiliness is worse in cold and hot weather.

      Natrum mur is useful for a person with an oily, shiny face that is worse on hairy parts, and who is constipated.

      Common Sense Recommendations

      Do not smoke. Smoking promotes enlargement of the pores and impairs the overall health of the skin.

      Rub oily skin areas with apple cider vinegar for a neutralizing effect.

      Regularly brushing and massage of the whole body stimulates circulation and rejuvenates the skin.

      Evening primrose oil supplements are beneficial for skin. They contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid reputed to strengthen skin cells and boost their moisture content.

      Get sufficient sleep as the skin's cellular repair activity is at its optimum during this resting phase.

      Exercise benefits skin as it boosts circulation and encourages blood flow. Regular exercise will nourish and cleanse your skin from within.

  33. QUESTION:
    Do any female animals experience menopause?
    If so, at what age do they experience it and what are the signs of menopause in say for example a rabbit.

    If not, how can you tell that an animal is to old to conceive a baby animal.

    I am mostly wondering about rabbits but I also want to know about any animal.

    • ANSWER:
      Humans (female) are a species that experience menopause. Info follows:

      Menopause
      Menopause is quite simply the final pause of menstruation. This phase of a woman's life is part of the natural aging process. It is not a disease or a disaster. Your ovaries slowly reduce the level of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) they produce and child bearing is no longer an option. For many women this is a big relief. Generally speaking, health professionals agree that 52 is the average age when full menopause takes affect. The full age range is between 42 to 56.

      Menopause is preceded by perimenopause and followed by post menopause. All three stages come with their own telltale signs with considerable overlap from one to the other. So, unlike the beginning of your period, which seems to happen in a single moment of time, menopause is very wishy washy. Full menopause is considered to be in effect when you have not had your period for a full year.

      Menopause is not experienced by all women in the same way. Much depends on the individual's diet, lifestyle, genetics and attitudes held by the woman, her family, culture and society about aging. If you come from a world that does not respect older people, and is narrowly focused on youth, your menopause transition period may be more difficult to navigate. However, you may also experience deep personal growth and a strong sense of liberation.

      Be aware that our commercialized society will try to medicalize your symptoms. Be wise. Look for natural alternatives before getting on the pill band wagon. Weigh the risks and benefits carefully. Become your own authority.

      There is a home-use test that you can take to determine if you are perimenopausal or fully menopausal. U.S Food and Drug Administration approved kits measure Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) in your urine. FSH is a hormone produced by your pituitary gland. FSH levels increase temporarily each month to stimulate your ovaries to produce eggs. When you enter menopause and your ovaries stop working your FSH levels also increase. The test will provide a FSH level reading so that you can determine what stage of "the Pause" you are at.

      As for rabbits, this study may interest you:

      Lack of difference among progestins on the anti-atherogenic effect of ethinyl estradiol: a rabbit study
      Peter Alexandersen1,3, Jens Haarbo1, Pieter Zandberg2, Jørgen Jespersen1, Sven O. Skouby1 and Claus Christiansen1
      1 Center for Clinical & Basic Research, Ballerup Byvej 222, 2750 Ballerup, Denmark and 2 Department of Vascular Pharmacology, N.V.Organon, Molenstraat 110, 5340 BH Oss, The Netherlands

      3 To whom correspondence should be addressed. e-mail: pa@ccbr.dk

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      BACKGROUND: Progestins in combination with estrogen are believed to have different effects on the cardiovascular system. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of different oral contraceptive formulations on the development of experimental atherosclerosis and vascular reactivity. METHODS: A total of 160 sexually mature rabbits were ovariectomized and randomly assigned to equally large groups: (i) a cholesterol-rich diet (320 mg/day), either given alone (placebo), or together with (ii) ethinyl estradiol (EE 70 µg/day, oral), (iii) desogestrel (DSG 525 µg/day, oral), (iv) gestodene (GSD 262.5 µg/day, oral), (v) levonorgestrel (LNG 525 µg/day, oral), (vi) EE + DSG, (vii) EE + LNG, or (viii) EE + GSD. After 31 weeks of treatment, aortic accumulation of cholesterol and vascular vasoreactivity (in vitro) were determined. RESULTS: Progestins alone did not reduce the accumulation of cholesterol. EE alone or in combination with a progestin reduced the accumulation of cholesterol relative to placebo (P < 0.0001). Isolated vessels from EE-treated animals relaxed significantly more to physiological concentrations of acetylcholine than did placebo (P < 0.001), whereas vessels treated with EE plus a progestin showed an intermediate response. CONCLUSION: The progestins investigated can be combined with EE without attenuating the anti-atherogenic effect of EE.

      Key words: atherosclerosis/estrogen/progestins/rabbits/vascular reactivity

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      The question of whether oral contraceptive (OC) formulations increase the risk of arterial events (such as myocardial infarction) in younger women remains unsolved. Several recent case–control studies have reported an increased risk of myocardial infarction in women using OC compared with non-users (Jick et al., 1996; Lewis et al., 1996; 1997; World Health Organization, 1997; Lewis, 1998; Dunn et al., 1999; 2001; Farley et al., 1999; Tanis et al., 2001; Rosendaal et al., 2002), although other recent data have not confirmed this observation (Sidney et al., 1998). Recent European studies have indicated that OC use is associated with increased risk of myocardial infarction, in contrast to US studies that found no increased risk among OC users (Lewis 1998; Sidney et al., 1998). Only a few studies have directly compared the effect on myocardial infarction of OC formulations containing a second-generation progestin (levonorgestrel) with those containing third-generation progestins (desogestrel or gestodene) (Jick et al., 1996; Lewis et al., 1996; 1997; World Health Organization, 1997; Dunn et al., 2001; Tanis et al., 2001), but they were all designed as case–control studies; the reported relative risk in these studies varies (between 0.3 and 1.8), and the numbers are small.

      The relative preponderance in venous events (e.g. deep venous thrombosis) as compared with arterial events (e.g. myocardial infarction) in pre-menopausal women is gradually equalized as the menopause is reached, so that the relative frequency of these events is close to 1:1 in peri-menopausal women. Since OC are prescribed for millions of pre-menopausal (and peri-menopausal) women who use these formulations for many years, it would be of the utmost public health importance to establish even a small increase in the relative risk. Therefore, the issue of OC in relation to arterial disease is highly relevant. It should be borne in mind, however, that it is possible that for both OC and HRT users, there may be prothrombotic mechanisms in relation to arterial as well as venous complications that are not necessarily based on atherosclerosis, but that are reflected in the population-based studies. Primary (Rossouw et al., 2002) and secondary (Grady et al., 2002) prevention studies of HRT have failed to show cardioprotection in post-menopausal women.

      We report here the results from an experimental study in rabbits of atherosclerosis designed to investigate the effect of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol, EE) in combination with levonorgestrel (LNG), desogestrel (DSG), or gestodene (GSD) on vascular reactivity, lipoprotein metabolism, and the aortic accumulation of cholesterol.

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      A total of 160 sexually mature female rabbits of the Danish Country strain (SSC:CPH) were obtained from Statens Serum Institute, Denmark. They were individually housed at room temperature (20 ± 2°C), a relative humidity of 55 ± 5%, and with a 12 h light cycle. The study was conducted in the animal facilities at the Center for Clinical & Basic Research (CCBR), Ledoeje, Denmark. After a 2 week period of acclimatization, the animals underwent bilateral ovariectomy to inhibit intrinsic production of sex hormones (Alexandersen et al., 1998). One week after surgery, the rabbits were then randomly assigned to one of the following eight treatment groups: (i) a cholesterol-rich diet (320 mg/day), either given alone (placebo), or together with (ii) EE (orally, 70 µg/day), (iii) DSG (orally, 525 µg/day), (iv) GSD (orally, 262.5 µg/day), (v) LNG (orally, 525 µg/day), (vi) EE continuously combined with DSG (doses as above) (EE + DSG), (vii) EE continuously combined with LNG (doses as above) (EE + LNG), or (viii) EE continuously combined with GSD (doses as above) (EE + GSD). We did not include a sham-operated group in this study as it was previously shown that sham operation per se in rabbits results in a mean accumulation of cholesterol that was not statistically significant from that of the non-treated control group (Haarbo et al., 1992). Hormone doses used in this study were chosen based on previous experience with these doses (the McPhail test in rabbits; EE, LNG and DSG) (van der Vies and de Visser, 1983; Sulistiyani et al., 1995; Zandberg et al., 2001) or from in-house studies (GSD). The EE dose used was kept constant in all EE groups throughout the study period (31 weeks). We used the rabbit to evaluate the effect of sex steroids on atherogenesis because it is known to be a useful model of experimental atherosclerosis (Haarbo et al., 1991; 1992; Sulistiyani et al., 1995).

      Key effect variables of the study comprised aortic atherosclerosis (i.e. fatty streaks and plaque formation), and vascular reactivity (primary key variables); and body weight, serum lipids and lipoproteins, uterus wet weight, hepatic cholesterol content, uterine estrogen receptor content, liver enzyme concentration, haemoglobin, and white cell count (secondary key variables).

      The study was approved and overviewed by the Experimental Animals Committee under the Danish Ministry of Justice. All procedures complied with the Danish guidelines for experimental animal studies.

      Rabbit chow
      Each rabbit was fed 100 g of chow per day throughout the entire study. The cholesterol-rich chow was prepared by first dissolving the hormone or the combination of hormones (all provided by N.V. Organon, The Netherlands) in ethanol (96%; 0.50 ml per animal per day), then mixing with maize oil (Unikem, Denmark). Another mixture was prepared by dissolving cholesterol (SIGC-8503; Bie & Berntsen A/S, Denmark) in maize oil by slow heating. The hormone solution and the cholesterol solution containing maize oil (total daily intake of maize oil was 8 ml per animal) were then mixed manually together with the pellets (Altromin 2123, Brogaarden, Denmark), as previously described (Alexandersen et al., 1998). Food consumption was monitored weekly by weighing remaining chow. All animals had free access to water.

      Blood samples
      Blood samples were taken at baseline (week 0) and in weeks 6, 14 and 30. Blood samples were collected from a lateral ear vein on fasting animals (24 h) and analysed at the CCBR laboratory (Ballerup, Denmark) immediately after collection, except for the progestin concentrations that were assessed at Organon.

      Safety variables
      Haemoglobin, haematocrit, red blood cell count, leukocyte count (Sysmex K-1000; Toa Medical Electronics, Inc., USA) and alanine aminotransferase (ALAT) (Cobas Mira Plus; Roche Diagnostic Systems, Inc., F.Hoffmann–La Roche, Switzerland) were determined in weeks 0, 6, 14 and 30.

      Serum lipids and lipoproteins
      Total serum cholesterol (TC) and triglycerides (TG) were measured enzymatically by kinetic colorimetric methods (Cobas Mira). Ultracentrifuged lipoproteins were determined regularly throughout the study as described in detail elsewhere (Haarbo et al., 1991; 1992; Alexandersen et al., 1998).

      Serum progestin concentrations
      A kinetic study was performed after 16 weeks of treatment to determine the serum concentrations of the respective progestins. Blood samples were taken before dosing, and then again 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 24 h after dosing, but taking only two samples per animal in each group (providing 40 samples per group), to give an impression of the pharmacokinetic profile of these compounds. These hormone concentrations were determined at Organon’s laboratories.

      Desogestrel
      DSG study samples were determined according to a validated assay. The limit of quantification for this study was 1.0–200 ng DSG per ml plasma DSG and its internal standard (IS), an analogue of DSG, were isolated from 0.1 ml of rabbit plasma by solid-phase extraction (SPE) with C-18 cartridges. The plasma extracts were analysed using an API 365 LC-MS-MS system. The liquid chromatograph was equipped with an analytical Luna Phenyl Hexyl column. Ion spray was applied as ionization technique, monitoring m/z 325.4 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 147.2 for DSG and m/z 339.20 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 229.1 for its IS.

      Gestodene
      GSD study samples were determined according to a validated assay. The limit of quantification for this study was 1.0–200 ng of GSD per ml plasma. GSD and its IS, an analogue of GSD, were isolated from 0.1 ml of rabbit plasma by SPE with C-18 cartridges. The plasma extracts were analysed using an API 365 LC-MS-MS system. The liquid chromatograph was equipped with an analytical Hypersil BDS C18 column. Atmospheric pressure chemical ionization was applied as ionization technique, monitoring m/z 311.0 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 109.1 for GSD and m/z 339.10 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 229.20 for its IS.

      Levonorgestrel
      LNG study samples were determined according to a validated assay. The limit of quantification for this study was 1.0–200 ng of LNG per ml plasma. LNG and its IS, an analogue of LNG, were isolated from 0.1 ml of rabbit plasma by SPE with C-18 cartridges. The plasma extracts were analysed using an API 365 LC-MS-MS system. The liquid chromatograph was equipped with an analytical Luna Phenyl Hexyl column. Ion spray was applied as ionization technique, monitoring m/z 313.3 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 109.2 for LNG and m/z 339.20 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 229.10 for its IS.

      Aortic accumulation of cholesterol
      Necropsy (week 32) was done with an i.v. injection of 1–2 ml of mebumal (pentobarbital) 20% solution. The thoracic aorta (just above the aortic valves to the level of the diaphragm) was dissected free, and the connective tissue adhering to the adventitia was then carefully removed under running saline. The aorta was cut longitudinally and the luminal surface was rinsed with saline. The vessel was fixed at the corners with pins onto a piece of paper on a corkboard. The tissue was separated in two parts (a proximal and a distal part) at the level of the first intercostal arteries. The proximal part was utilized to strip the luminal layer containing the intima and part of the media from the underlying media/adventitia. The proximal part was weighed and stored at –20°C until analysed. For analysis, the luminal layer of the aortic tissue was minced and the lipids were extracted chemically with chloroform and methanol (2:1, vol/vol) over 24 h. The lipids were separated from the proteins (Haarbo et al., 1991). The total aortic cholesterol content in the tissue specimens was measured enzymatically after the fraction containing cholesterol had been taken to dryness by heating and then dissolved in 1.0 ml of 2-propanol. The amount of protein in the aorta was measured as described by Lowry (1951). The weight of the heart was recorded.

      Morphometric analysis of aortic plaque area
      The aorta (comprising the ascendant part, the arch, and the descendant part, from the aortic valves and to the first intercostal artery) was opened longitudinally and rinsed in 50% ethanol and dyed in Sudan Red for 1 min. Each aortic tissue dyed was projected onto a horizontal surface with a projecting videocamera (JAI 2040 Protec, Japan) and videotaped under microscope (Zeiss Stemi 2000/C, Germany). The images obtained were then digitized (ImagePro Plus, USA) to determine the surface involvement of atherosclerotic lesions (fatty streaks) and the total area occupied by the atheroma plaque (see below). Surface involvement by atherosclerosis in an animal was assessed by tracing the contours of the lumen expressed as percentage of the total aortic area. Summing the degree of surface involvement per animal and dividing by the number of animals in the group, the mean degree of surface involvement by atherosclerosis in a treatment group was calculated. Sudan Red was found not to significantly interfere with chemical determination of aortic accumulation of cholesterol (data not shown).

      Preparation of aortic rings and tension monitoring
      Isolated vascular segments (3–4 mm transverse sections) from the thoracic aorta were prepared from the newly killed rabbit (Furchgott and Zawadzki 1980). Five to ten rabbits randomly selected from each group were used. The rings were immediately placed in ice-cold Krebs’ solution and cleaned under careful protection of the endothelium. The Krebs’ solution consisted of (mmol/l): NaCl 118.0, KCl 4.7, CaCl2 2.6, MgSO4 1.2, KH2PO4 1.2, NaCHO3 24.9, and glucose 11.1. The isolated rings were mounted in the organ bath on two parallel and horizontal stainless steel wires (40 µm in diameter) inserted into the lumen of the vessel. The bath contained Krebs’ solution at 37°C, carbonized with 95%/5% of O2/CO2. One hook was fixed, and the other connected to a force transducer measuring the isometric tension of the ring (Myograph 400; JP Trading A/S, Denmark). Initially, the rings were stretched to a basal tension of 2.0 g and allowed to equilibrate for 45 min. From other experiments, it was found that a basal tension of 2.0 g developed the maximal active tension in the rings (data not shown), and the basal tension was therefore increased to 2.0 g before each experiment and allowed to equilibrate for ≥30 min. The rings were then contracted twice with a 126 mmol/l K+ Krebs’ solution, which is identical to Krebs solution, except that Na+ in the Krebs’ was exchanged with K+ on a molar basis. The experiment began with repeated contraction with phenylephrine to 40% of their maximal contraction with high dose potassium (126 mmol/l). Cumulative dose–response curves to acetylcholine were then obtained in the concentration range of 10–8 to 10–5 mol/l. The rings were washed and allowed to relax. The vessels were then stimulated with phenyleprine again to 50% of the maximal contractile response to 126 mmol/l of K+ , and dose–response curves were subsequently obtained for sodium nitroprusside (4x10–8 to 1.3x10–5 mol/l).

      Liver accumulation of cholesterol
      The amount of cholesterol accumulated during the study was determined after homogenization of a liver biopsy taken at the time of necropsy. Hepatic cholesterol concentrations were assessed after homogenization and adjusted for hepatic protein similarly as described for aortic cholesterol determinations (Haarbo et al., 1991).

      The uterus and endometrial tissue
      The bicornuate uterus was cut at the level of the vagina and beginning of the salpinges, removed and the wet weight determined. A sample of endometrial tissue was excised and immediately frozen in liquid nitrogen, and stored at –85°C until analysis. For analysis, the endometrial tissue was homogenized and centrifuged at 800 g. The supernatant was then further centrifuged at 105 000 g, and the obtained supernatant (cytosol) was used for determination of cytosolic estrogen-binding capacity by steroid-binding assay with dextran-coated charcoal separation (Thorpe, 1987). The estrogen-binding capacity was adjusted for the protein concentration in the cytosol (Bradford, 1976). The 800 g pellet was washed, the nuclear receptors extracted by 0.6 mol/l KCl (Thorpe et al., 1986) and the nuclear estrogen receptor content determined by an enzyme immunoassay (Abott Laboratories). The inter-assay variation of the estrogen-binding capacity and the estrogen receptor (immunoassay) and protein determination were 7, 6 and 5% respectively. All analyses were done without knowledge of the treatment group.

      Statistics
      The mean levels of serum lipids and lipoproteins during the treatment period were calculated as the area under the curve (AUC). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed for the primary and secondary key variables. If ANOVA indicated statistical significance, Student’s t-test was used to compare groups against the placebo group using Dunnett’s correction for multiple comparisons. The relationship between aortic accumulation of cholesterol and the averaged serum total cholesterol (and lipoprotein) level was determined by correlation analysis. Dose–response curves for acetylcholine were performed for each treatment group (n = 5–10), and ANOVA was used to test for statistical differences among groups at each concentration of acetylcholine. Linear correlation was performed between accumulation of cholesterol and vascular response to acetylcholine. Analysis of co-variance (ANCOVA) was used to investigate the significance of serum lipids and lipoproteins and of other non-lipid-mediated effects of the hormone treatments (independent variables) on the accumulation of cholesterol (dependent variable), and to study the degree of endothelial dysfunction (dependent variable) after correction for aortic accumulation of cholesterol and treatment (independent variables). All statistical analyses were performed with 5% as the level of significance.

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      Table I gives the baseline characteristics for the eight study groups in terms of body weight and serum lipids and serum high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). There was no statistically significant difference among groups for any variable tested. During the study, all groups significantly increased the body weight by 20% (P < 0.05). Treatment with DSG, GSD, or LNG did not significantly affect the average TC concentration (Table II). However, treatment with EE or EE plus a progestin significantly lowered average TC concentrations. Changes in TC were paralleled by modifications in the atherogenic lipoproteins (LDL-C, IDL-C, and VLDL-C) (ANOVA: P < 0.001 for all), and all hormone treatments (progestins alone or in combination with EE) significantly increased average HDL-C concentrations (ANOVA: P < 0.001).

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      Table I. Baseline characteristics

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      Table II. Mean (SEM) serum lipid and lipoprotein concentrations calculated from the area under the concentration–time curve (AUC)

      Cholesterol feeding per se resulted in an extensive aortic accumulation of cholesterol (nmol/mg wet weight) and this was significantly attenuated by long-term treatment with EE (P < 0.0001) or EE plus a progestin (P 0.5}.

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      Figure 1. Individual values for the aortic accumulation of cholesterol (µmol/mg wet weight) (upper part of the figure) or the morphometric data based on the area of the aortic arch covered by plaque (lower part of the figure) in the eight groups. EE = ethinyl estradiol; DGS = desogestrel; GTD = gestodene; LNG = levonorgestrel. Rabbits treated with EE alone or in combination with a progestin (DSG, GSD or LNG) had significantly lower accumulation of cholesterol and atherosclerotic plaque than placebo. There was no statistically significant difference between the progestin groups and the placebo group. ***P < 0.0001 (analysis of variance).

      Morphometric analysis of the plaque covering the surface of the thoracic aorta revealed that there were significantly more atheromatous lesions in the placebo group than in the EE and the EE + progestin groups (P < 0.001 for all groups versus placebo) (Figure 1 and Figure 2). This still held true after adjustment for multiple comparisons (P < 0.0001).

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      Figure 2. Representative samples of the aortic arches used for morhometric determination of the area covered by atherosclerotic plaques. Upper panel shows examples from the placebo group (cholesterol feeding alone; placebo), and the ethinyl estradiol (EE) group; whereas the lower panel shows examples from each of the EE + progestin groups. There was significantly less plaque accumulated in the EE group and the EE + progestin groups compared with placebo (P < 0.0001). Numbers indicate animal identifications.

      Figure 3 shows the EC50 to acetylcholine for the various treatment groups (top). There was no significant difference between groups, but treatment with EE and EE plus a progestin tended to have lower EC50 values than controls. The response to two physiological doses of acetylcholine (1.0x10–7 and 3.2x10–7 mol/l) in precontracted vessels is shown (centre and bottom). Vessels treated with EE relaxed significantly more to acetylcholine than control vessels or vessels with a progestin alone (P < 0.05). Moreover, combining EE with a progestin relaxed the vessels significantly more than control vessels but to a lesser extent than with EE alone. Vasorelaxation to physiological concentrations of acetylcholine (1.0x10–7 and 3.2x10–7 mol/l) correlated significantly and inversely to aortic accumulation of cholesterol (r = –0.39 P = 0.002 and r = –0.37 P = 0.004 respectively). To study the influence of increasing accumulation of cholesterol on the endothelial dysfunction evaluated by vascular reactivity in vitro, ANCOVA was done. We found that treatment with EE significantly and independently of aortic accumulation of cholesterol restored vasorelaxation {for EE: estimate [mean (SEM)] was 49.3 (10.4)%, P = 0.0001}, whereas the other treatments with EE plus a progestin or a progestin alone [DSG, –7.7 (9.2)% (not significant); GSD, –8.5 (9.1)% (not significant); LNG, –3.2 (9.7)% (not significant); EE + DSG, 17.7 (9.4)% (P = 0.065); EE + GSD, 13.2 (10.2)% (not significant); and EE ± LNG, 17.0 (8.8)% (P = 0.058)], or accumulation of cholesterol per se [–0.1 (0.2)%] did not.

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      Figure 3. The EC50 values for acetylcholine of isolated vessels for the treatment groups (top). There was no significant difference between groups, but treatment with ethinyl estradiol (EE) alone or combined with a progestin tended to have lower EC50 values than the placebo group. Long-term treatment with EE alone or combined with a progestin relaxed precontracted vessels to two physiological doses of acetylcholine [1.0x10–7 mol/l (centre) and 3.2x10–7 mol/l (bottom) significantly more than control vessels (black bar; P < 0.0001)]. Abbreviations as in Figure 1.

      The uterine wet weight was significantly higher in EE-treated animals than in controls (P < 0.0001; Figure 4). Progestins had a neutral effect on uterine wet weight, while EE in combination with any of the progestins significantly increased the wet weight indicating that the progestins with the doses used were not able to completely abolish the stimulatory effect of EE on this target organ (Figure 4). The uterine cytosolic estrogen receptor (ER) concentrations were significantly lowered in the EE group (P < 0.0001) and also in each of the EE plus progestin groups (P < 0.001–0.0001) relative to the placebo group, but also the progestins alone resulted in reduced concentrations compared with controls (P < 0.001) (Table III). For the nuclear ER concentrations there was no significant differences for any of the treatment groups, but all were lower than the control group.

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      Figure 4. Uterine wet weight for the rabbits according to treatment. The wet weight was significantly higher in ethinyl estradiol (EE)-treated animals than in the control group (P < 0.0001). Progestins themselves had a neutral effect on uterine wet weight, while EE in combination with a progestin all significantly increased the wet weight (P < 0.0001). Abbreviations as in Figure 1.

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      Table III. Hepatic cholesterol content and uterine cytosolic and uterine nuclear estrogen receptor content (fmol/mg protein)

      Safety aspects in relation to the study
      Figure 5 shows that the rabbits receiving EE or EE plus a progestin had concentration peaks for the progestin between 1 and 8 h after administration, as based on the kinetic study. The differences in the area under the curve for LNG versus DSG, and EE + LNG versus EE + DSG respectively, indicate a difference in the serum concentrations of these two progestins and may, in part, reflect difference in protein binding. Nevertheless, the serum concentrations of LNG in rabbits are similar to those reported for women (Kook et al., 2002).

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      Figure 5. Mean concentrations in serum (ng/ml) of the various progestins alone or when combined with ethinyl estradiol. Abbreviations as in Figure 1.

      During the last 6–8 weeks, the animals and particularly those in the EE group ceased increasing in body weight probably as a result of general health deterioration, and in the EE group a significant number of rabbits (n = 8) did not complete the study. Autopsy of these animals suggested a toxic estrogenic effect of the liver (liver cirrhosis) and of the uterus (probably deciduocarcinoma) by macroscopic examination, as previously reported as a consequence of exogenous estrogens (Janne et al., 2001). Due to decay of the internal organs the precise cause of death could not be determined in most cases. Table IV summarizes the percentage change in ALAT, haemoglobin, and white cell count. In the EE group, eight rabbits died prematurely (mostly after week 20). The temporary increase in ALAT (week 6) in the LNG, EE + DSG, EE + GSD, and EE + LNG groups decreased after 6 weeks of treatment, but never fully returned to pretreatment values (Table IV). The general health of the animals in the EE group as determined by the haemoglobin, red blood cell count and haematocrit (not shown), and clinical appearance deteriorated in the last period of the study, probably as a result of a toxic effect of the EE dose used.

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      Table IV. Mean (SEM) percentage changes from baseline in liver enzyme concentration, haemoglobin, and white cell count

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      The principal results of this experimental study was that EE either alone or in continuous combination with one of the progestins used, i.e. LNG, DSG or GSD, significantly inhibited the aortic accumulation of cholesterol relative to placebo (cholesterol-feeding alone), whereas treatment with progestin monotherapy had a neutral effect on atherogenesis, irrespective of the progestin used. After adjustment for lipids and lipoproteins, there still was an apparently inhibitory effect of EE on aortic accumulation of cholesterol suggesting a lipid concentration-independent mechanism of action for EE on atherogenesis. A previous study in non-human monkeys also found that animals treated with EE in combination with LNG (as a triphasic OC formulation) had significantly less iliac artery atherosclerosis than control animals (Kaplan et al., 1995). Extrapolating experimental data to the human situation should be done with caution, but only two population-based studies have been specifically designed to investigate the role of second versus third generation OC formulations on the risk of myocardial infarction (Dunn et al., 1999; Tanis et al., 2001). In the study by Dunn et al., the relative risk was found to be increased with third generation compared with second generation OC formulations [OR, 1.8 (95% CI, 0.7–4.8)], whereas in the study by Tanis et al. the relative risk was found to be decreased with third generation compared with second generation formulations [OR, 0.5 (95% CI, 0.2–1.1]. In addition, presence of cardiovascular risk factors (smoking and arterial hypertension) seems to be crucial for development of myocardial infarction in women taking OC (World Health Organization, 1997; Farley et al., 1998; Lewis, 1998; Petitti et al., 2000; Tanis et al., 2001). In fact, the WHO study found no increased risk of myocardial infarction in non-smoking women with no other cardiovascular risk factors who also reported blood pressure check before starting use of combined OC. Controlled, randomized studies are therefore clearly needed, although these studies will be of a considerable size taking into account the expected low incidence of myocardial infarction in pre-menopausal women (Crook and Godsland, 1998), and consequently such trials are very expensive to perform. Therefore, until clinical data on vascular endpoints are available, experimental animal studies may provide important clues in terms of the effect of various OC formulations on atherogenesis.
      Data on the direct effect of OC formulations on the human arterial system are lacking (Kuhl, 1996). We found evidence that the OC formulations used in this study had a direct effect on the arteries of cholesterol-fed rabbits. Acetylcholine-mediated relaxation of precontracted aortic rings was increased in the EE plus progestin groups, although less than in the EE group alone as compared with placebo. EE’s significant effect on restoring vasorelaxation was found to be independent of the accumulation of cholesterol in the aortic wall. However, we also found that the addition of the progestins influenced the estrogen-induced vasorelaxation (Figure 3), although by an unknown mechanism of action. Recently, in a study of precontracted rabbit jugular veins, EE, LNG, DSG and GSD were reported to induce relaxations in vessels with intact endothelium (Herkert et al., 2000). However, this area warrants further investigation.

      It is well known that cholesterol-fed rabbits show alterations in their lipoprotein metabolism that differ from the human situation (Haarbo et al., 1991; 1992). Combination of EE with a progestin in this study reflected the estrogenic effect. Furthermore, the three combined treatments lowered serum lipids and the atherogenic lipoprotein levels significantly and similarly to EE monotherapy. In contrast, treatment with a progestin alone did not affect these variables differently from the controls, in accordance with earlier findings (Haarbo et al., 1992). In women, OC frequently increases serum triglycerides (Gevers Leuven et al., 1990; Kuhl et al., 1990; Leuven et al., 1990; Lobo et al., 1996; Cheung et al., 1999).

      The dose of EE was selected to reflect serum concentrations of EE in peri-menopausal women taking OC. However, the duration of the present study was longer than in many previous studies (20 weeks). Among the animals receiving EE alone, 40% died after only ≥21 weeks of treatment, whereas animals given combined treatment did not die prematurely. This suggests that the accumulated estrogen dose may have been too high and/or the study too long, as also indicated by the safety variables of the EE-treated animals at week 30 (Table IV), but also that adding a progestin was able to negate this toxic effect. Progestins were used in equipotent doses (i.e. in combination with EE they inhibit endometrial stimulation equally in humans) relative to each other. The selected dose of the progestins (µg per kg body weight) was chosen based on previous experience (van der Vies and de Visser, 1983; Sulistiyani et al., 1995; Zandberg et al., 2001) and in-house studies (in Organon), but may be considered as high doses. All three OC formulations significantly decreased the concentration of the cytosolic ER concentration relative to controls, suggesting that these formulations affect the endometrium through a down-regulation of the cytosolic ER. Addition of a progestin in this study also down-regulated the ER although less than found for EE, and when combining EE with a progestin, the estrogen component dominated the ER regulation. It should, however, be emphasized that the lack of modifying effect of the progestins relative to the EE dose on the endometrium should not be taken as a lack of progestogenic effect, since the primary intention was to investigate the effect of these hormone combinations on atherosclerosis and arterial responsiveness.

      A type II statistical error is not likely to have occurred in our study. However, the accumulation of cholesterol (and amount of fatty streaks) in the EE group was significantly lower than that of the placebo animals. For a type II error to occur, the null hypothesis (that there was no difference in aortic accumulation of cholesterol between the EE and the placebo group) would not be true, and despite this, we would obtain a non-significant result, i.e. a ‘false negative’ result.

      In conclusion, the present study demonstrates that in ovariectomized cholesterol-fed rabbits, the progestins investigated (LNG, DSG, or GSD) can be combined with EE without attenuating the anti-atherogenic effect of EE, partly by decreasing atherogenic lipoproteins, and partly by a direct effect on the endothelium, modulating the aortic vasomotor response in vitro.

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  34. QUESTION:
    If I start birth control two weeks after my last period, will my next period be very heavy?
    I ended my period two Wednesdays ago. I plan on starting birth control pills on Sunday. Since it will have been five weeks since my last period will this next one be very heavy?

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms cited ----- maybe, an offshoot of

      Indiscriminate Use of Steroids*—Risk involved. Please, don’t play with ‘steroids’.

      Steroids, double edged dragons, are artificial hormones which are to be used very sparingly that too for a very short duration [say a week or maximum month]; under strict medical supervision, preferably by an endocrinologist or a gynecologist/reputed physician. Lest U shall be playing with ‘fire’.
      They will give the feeling of well being for emergencies only. Diet pills, Weight loss pills, Breast enlargement pills, Height increase tablets, Birth control pills [Plan A,B,C,UNWANTED 72, ecstasy, Mirena, Freedom-5, Marvelon-28, Yaz, tri-cylcen lo, etc.], medication for allergies, asthma/bronchitis, menopause, cholesterol lowering drugs, anti-clotting drugs, NSAIDs, depression possess steroids.
      Prolonged & indiscriminate usage has impact on cycles, mood swings, severe cramps, insomnia, anemia, severe hair loss, Serious irreversible complications, cancers, which are worse than the symptoms.

      •Birth Control without medication/steroids:----------
      1. Question about Ovulation & birth control, No steroids/medication?
      Natural & Safe Methods of Family Planning-No Medication.--From 5th day of menses to 18th day---is the period for release of egg-----'ovulation'-- Her temperature shall raise by just one or two degrees. On those days, sex with condom or no sex or withdrawal of the organ just before orgasm. Have a thermometer and check her temperature on all the possible days of ovulation, as cited. Or U can just massage her wrists & ankles on both sides hard by Ur thumb[s] just before coitus.
      2. Birth control by Acupressure techniques-----Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      To activate Ur gonads—point no. 11 [prostate gland], No.12 [Penis], 13 [vagina], No.13 [Testes & Ovaries] No.14 [uterus]. All these points are located in both wrists and ankles.
      Palms/Soles:
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      Dorsal side of Palms & soles:

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      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’Vol.I & II--available in all Indian languages all over the globe-- by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & pioneer in acupressure in India.

  35. QUESTION:
    What are some hairstyles that does not damage or need the use of heating products?
    I have medium hair and I don't like using straighteners, hairspray, or curlers and such. What are some websites that have hair styles that do not damage your hair?

    • ANSWER:
      3 Styles Most Damaging to Your Hair

      1. Tight pony tail
      2. Using curlers
      3. Braiding
      Causes of Hair Loss

      * Poor nutrition - inadequate protein and iron can cause hair loss
      * Medications - certain drugs, like those used to treat gout, arthritis and heart problems can cause hair loss
      * Diseases - like diabetes and lupus
      * Hormonal changes - pregnancy, childbirth, the discontinuation of birth control pills and menopause can all trigger some hair loss

      Best Products to Protect from Heat Damage

      * Got2Be Dazzling Shine Spray
      * Citre Shine Color Prism Anti Frizz Serum
      * Cosmedicone MegaDose PM Skin Fortifying Serum
      * Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate Recovery Boosting Treatment or Re-Nutrive Intensive Lifting Serum
      * MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Antioxidant Firming Serum (
      * Z. Bigatti Re-Storation Deep Repair Facial Serum

      Best Shampoos for Dry, Damaged Hair

      * AVEDA Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo
      * Neutrogena Triple moisture cream lather shampoo
      * Pantene relaxed and natural Intensive Moisturizing Shampoo

      Best Conditioners for Dry, Damaged Hair

      * Pantene Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Conditioner
      * Bumble + bumble Creme de Coco Masque
      * Nexxus Humectress Luxe Ultra-Moisturizing Leave-In Spray
      * Chanel Age Delay Rejuvenation Serum

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to be in or have gone thru menapause without knowing?
    After many months without a period is it possible that I am going thru, or have allready gone thru menapause without any signes of it. I am almost 49 and nothing at all has changed except no periods for 11 months have stopped.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is a natural event that normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. In some women, menstrual flow comes to a sudden halt. More commonly, it slowly stops over time. During this time, the menstrual periods generally become either more closely or more widely spaced. This irregularity may last for 1 - 3 years before menstruation finally ends completely. Before this the cycle length may shorten to as little as every 3 weeks. A gradual decrease of estrogen generally allows your body to slowly adjust to the hormonal changes. Hot flashes and sweats are at their worst for the first 1 - 2 years after the last period. Menopause symptoms may last 5 or more years. I suggest a visit to consult to a gynecologist for the proper treatment. Hope this info will be helpful, regards.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can you get a rash from Menopause?
    I am getting this rash that really itches all over my neck and chest. Can it be related to Menopause? Or maybe and allergic reaction to something?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Stephanie

      Here are a few ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Although most rashes are not symptoms of a serious health problem, they can be signs of allergies, liver and gallbladder problems, lupus, bleeding disorders, nutritional deficiencies, and autoimmune diseases.

      Rashes can also be due to the elimination of toxic wastes through the skin, or of an active immune reaction to an invading organism. Suppression of such a rash can lead to chronic disease states. Rather than try to suppress the rash, in such cases watchful waiting may be more advisable.

      Caution: If your rash becomes chronic, forms a "butterfly" shape over your cheeks, or is accompanied by high fever and joint pains, seek immediate medical attention to rule out more serious illnesses.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate any foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat an organic, whole foods diet, with plenty of green leafy vegetables and yellow vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Also drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid all processed foods and chemical food additives.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically to the affected areas.

      Herbs: The following herbal remedies can speed healing: A tincture of equal parts burdock root and gentian root, the fresh juice of coriander, and/or aloe vera juice or gel.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Belladonna, Sulfur, Graphites, and Calc carb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink fresh squeezed vegetable juices on a daily basis, especially carrot, beet, radish, and garlic juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful to speed healing: vitamin A and vitamin E (both orally and applied topically over the affected areas), vitamin C, essential fatty acids (EFAs), flaxseed oil, and amma linolenic acid (GLA). In addition, add half a teaspoon of baking soda to water and drink every fifteen minutes. Do this three times, and then every two to three hours for two to three days or until the reaction subsides.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating rashes: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Detoxification Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy (Hydrogen Peroxide), and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it smart to use a BIRTH CONTROL PATCH prior to losing virginity?
    Hi, I am a 22 year old virgin who's planning to lose it to my boyfriend soon. Do you think it's a smart move to start on the patch already before actually doing it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to re-nourish my hair?
    My hair used to be straight, a bit wavy and healthy, then I shaved it off and when it regrew it was frizzy and dry. I've tried shampoos which claim to calm frizz such as John Frieda and Aussie. I use conditioners but nothing seems to work.

    Do I need to buy shampoos from highstreet hair salons?

    • ANSWER:
      Hair Problems!?!?!??!
      Check this ouT!!!

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the tips! Hope these little tips have been useful! :)

      GoOD lUCK!

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

      There are ways you can help stop the grease from appearing but you have to work at it.

      Do not wash everyday. The cleaner your hair is the more it can seep into your glands and harder it is to get rid of. When you do wash make sure you are washing with a cleaning shampoo and scrubbing the build up off. Take in mind that you also have to have a ph-balanced mild shampoo and lite scrubbing is recommended. Try to avoid conditioner at the roots, apply in the middle or on the ends.

      Try to avoid oil in your daily food intake. And do eat more vegetables. You could visit your doctor but only after you check and consider your diet, drugs, alcohol, and your fatty food intake. Let's face it we see what McDonalds can do to your heart in a month, can you image your hair. You would be dripping everywhere.

      Maybe it's time to change your shampoo. Ask your stylist what she or he would recommend. Avoid using shine products at all costs. Keep away from two-in-one shampoos and conditioners and any frizz serums.

      To fix at the moment, rub a little Talcum Powder on your dried hair at the roots. Just make sure you wash it out. I wish they would event that magic product, but this will help until they do.

      Here are 10 tips for to keep your hair strong, smooth, shiny and beautiful!

      1. Keep your diet balanced, and eat protein and calcium rich foods. Stay away from junk foods! This is essential for healthy hair.

      2. Foods and supplements to nourish your hair:

      * Beans
      * Yogurt
      * Almonds
      * Vitamin B
      * Fish
      * And of course, the magic potion for beauty - WATER

      3. Before washing your hair, comb it well to make sure all knots has been loosened from your hair.

      4. Before applying shampoo, use warm water (35 to 38 degrees Celsius) to run through your hair to rinse and wet it thoroughly.

      5. When applying shampoo or conditioner, don't use your fingernails to scrape through your hair. Instead, use your palm and fingertips to massage your scalp and hair gently, in circular motions. This will help the circulation and also help to keep your hair shiny and smooth.

      6. After rinsing away all the shampoo, run water over your hair for at least another half a minute (3 minutes is best) to ensure there are no remains of shampoo remaining in your hair, since this will cause a great deal of damage to your scalp.

      7. When applying hair treatment products, do so just after you have washed your hair, so that your hair can absorb all the good stuff while it is half wet. This will be the best time for it to absorb nourishment.

      8. NEVER go to bed with your hair wet! Hair that is half wet is most easily broken, and if you sleep during this time, your hair will be rubbing against each other, damaging your hair in the most terrible way.

      9. Too much pressure may lead to hair loss! Relax... try some good relaxation methods such as soaking in a nice scented bath, listening to music, and eating healthy comfort foods such as strawberries and grapes.

      10. Perming and coloring seriously damages your hair. Avoid it as much as possible. Also, when using hair setting products such as gel or putty, use as little as possible, because they hurt your scalp and hair. Wash them out thoroughly afterwards with a shampoo specially created for removing styling products.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it a bad idea to try natural progesterone for pre-men spotting without prescription?
    I will be getting a day 21 test but not till march. Would like something for the feb cycle. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      From what I've read I imagine you'd be fine it's used alot through menopause and fertility treatments. However what if your own levels are fine, I don't know if it could mess up your system it your supplementing when as such you have enough.

  41. QUESTION:
    Are there any OTC treatments that help ease the symptoms of menopause?
    hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, you name it... i hate this so much. :( i'm not myself anymore, my husband won't even sleep in the same bed as me because i'm up all night. my kids think i'm going crazy. i've tried several home remedies already. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      have you heard of menoclear? it's the only thing that helped me get through menopause. it's basically an all-natural supplement that does exactly that, eases the symptoms of menopause, and just makes it much easier to handle for both yourself and those around you. menopause was horrible until i discovered it, after that i was back to my old self. :) good luck! menoclear.com

  42. QUESTION:
    Hi, anyone out there from Ohio. I am soon to have an hysterectomy to have fibroids and my uterus removed?
    Should be able to keep ovaries. I am in the Cincinnati Ohio area. Tell me about your TAH. I need encourgament I am almost at the point to cancel my surgery date which is in 3 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      I'm not from Ohio, but am a writer about women's health issues-I have written hundreds of articles on fibroids!
      Have you had any thoughts at all about trying natural treatments to shrink your fibroids? I know it's not an easy task but if you are committed, it can definitely work. I guess it will largely depend on how large your fibroids are though and what problems they are causing.
      If you go ahead with surgery, you should certainly do everything possible to keep your ovaries, although it's no guarantee that you won't go into an early menopause as sometimes the shock can send women over the edge. Additionally, women who have had hysterectomies do traditionally go through the menopause(even when ovaries are intact) earlier than those who still have their uterus.

      I assume you've looked at all the less invasive procedures, such as ablation and myectomy etc?

      For more info, you might like to look at my website, How To Shrink Fibroids- there are details of all the various procedures etc on there. Good luck.

      http://www.shrink-fibroids.info

  43. QUESTION:
    What happens during a nervous breakdown?
    What causes it, what happens, how do doctors treat it, can it happen more than twice?

    • ANSWER:
      A breakdown is used to describe a stressful situation in which someone becomes temporarily unable to function normally in day-to-day life.

      Breakdowns usually stem from a change in a major life event such as a broken relationship, death of a loved one, a demanding job or financial difficulties. Stress, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, family history, coexisting medical conditions (such as vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, movement disorders, skin and limb problems, etc), and anxiety surrounding major life changes or disorders( such as pregnancy/after birth/labor, menopause) can all be risk factors.

      There is no standard cure. Choosing the right one depends on the diagnosis of the individual case. There are ways to prevent a nervous breakdown, conventional treatments, natural remedies, nutritional supplements and many other therapies to choose from.

      And yes it can happen more than once.

  44. QUESTION:
    What do you know about the Billings method?
    Do you have any information to share about the Billings method? What is its degree of accuracy in case of birth control? Is it safe to rely on it solely? How good is it as a measure for the well-being of the female reproductive system? Please share any scientific and correct information you know. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The Billings Method or the BOM is the most modern natural way to achieve or to avoid becoming pregnant.

      It can be used by a woman in all stages of her reproductive life: regular, irregular cycling, breastfeeding, approaching menopause, recovering from emotional and physical stress or coming off contraceptive medication.

      Whether she is poor, illiterate or blind she learns to recognise the fertile phase in her menstrual cycle when conception may occur so that she knows ahead of time when intimate sexual contact with her husband may or may not lead to pregnancy.

      Fertility is signalled by the development of a particular type of mucus from the crypts of the cervix. Sperm live in the best type of mucus but without it they die within an hour or so. The mucus symptom, telling the woman she has begun her fertile phase, develops a few days prior to ovulation. The Peak day (the last day of the lubricative sensation) occurs very close to the time of ovulation. She is possibly fertile for a further three days and menstruation follows 11 - 16 days later.

      A woman is not asked to do anything except pay attention to what she has already noticed just as she goes about her normal daily activies; keep a simple record and apply four common sense guidelines. The daily chart is very important in reminding her to pay attention to the changes in sensation at the vulva and the appearance of any discharge seen. It also gives valuable information to the couple so that they can make decisions about their joint fertility.

      Clinical trials demonstrate how effective it is when avoiding pregnancy (better than 99%) while helping those couples labelled "low fertility" or on IVF lists to conceive a long awaited baby 80% of the time (Australian trial, 2006). The Billings chart gives valuable hormonal information to doctors and is increasingly used as a diagnostic tool in the treatment of infertility.

      The Method was first called the Ovulation Method because ovulation is the important event in the cycle determining its length but in 1978 the World Health Organisation added the name of the doctor/wife team who developed it 55 years ago: Dr. John Billings AM, KSCG, MD, FRACP, FRCP(Lond) R.I.P., and Dr. Evelyn Billings, AM, DSCG, MB BS, DCH(Lond) in order to distinguish it from other methods. Since then Professor Emeritus James B. Brown MSc(NZ) PhD (Edin), FRACOG (hormone expert) and Professor Emeritus Erik Odeblad MD(Gynae), PhD, world renowned expert on the cervix, have joined the scientific team and validated the four common sense guidelines which may not be moderated in any way.

      To ensure that the authentic Billings Ovulation Method is learned using the required teaching materials it is important to find an accredited instructor near you

      How you might ask?

      FERTILITY 101 Let’s briefly review some fertility facts. Men are fertile every day of the year. Women are fertile just a few days out of each cycle. By observing and recording these times of female fertility, couples who use natural family planning can decide to avoid conception or achieve conception by abstaining from intercourse or engaging in intercourse during fertile times.

      Around the time of ovulation, estrogen causes the cervix to secrete wet, slippery mucus. (I prefer the term “cervical fluid,” but I will use the term “cervical mucus” in this article since that is the language of the Billings Ovulation Method.) An ovulated egg only lives for about 12-24 hours, but sperm can live 3-5 days in cervical mucus, which nourishes it and helps it travel. The basic premise of the Billings Ovulation Method is that cervical mucus is a reliable indicator of fertility and that a woman is fertile on any day of cervical mucus, plus the first four dry days after the mucus ends.

      FERTILE / INFERTILE TIMES *The menstrual period is considered fertile since bleeding could cover up fertile mucus *Dry days, days when there is no mucus all day long, are considered infertile *Fertile days occur when there is any wetness, spotting, or mucus, even once during the day. All mucus is considered fertile, whether it’s pasty, creamy, lotiony, egg white, etc.

      RULES FOR OBSERVING AND CHARTING CERVICAL MUCUS 1. Throughout the day, notice your vaginal sensation. Does it feel wet or dry? 2. Wipe downward across the vaginal opening before and after each bathroom visit. Use a clean fingertip or t.p.
      3. Note the presence and quality of cervical mucus. Is mucus present? Make up your own descriptors for your mucus (i.e., pasty, creamy, egg white etc.) as you use the method. The wetter and stretchier your mucus, the more fertile you are. 4. Do Kegels before bed and make one last check. 5. Record your observation on a chart at the end of the day. Technically, if you’re not recording your observations, then you’re not following the method.
      TO AVOID PREGNANCY. . . *abstain during menstruation (since bleeding could obscure cervical mucus) *on dry days (no cervical mucus at any time in the

  45. QUESTION:
    what is the reason for the women having bleeding at the age of 56years, after menopause ,?
    My wife is having slight bleeding at the age of 56 years , but after menopause she don't having any bleeding for more than 10 years, is it possible and normal, or any other reason ?

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding After Menopause

      Menopause is the transition phase in the life of a woman in which her ovaries stop producing eggs, body produces less progesterone, and estrogen, menstrual cycle becomes less frequent, and her period stopping altogether. Early Menopause symptoms also known as Premature menopause symptoms, may include irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, and sleep deprivation. There are treatments for Menopause which includes hormone replace therapy, and herbal remedies. Herbal remedies may include natural supplements and foods made from soy.

      If you have bleeding after menopause, make sure to call your Doctor!
      A woman will be fully menopausal if she has gone at least 1 year or 365 days without having her period. If bleeding continues after being fully menopausal, it may be only confined to spotting, this is also known as post menopausal bleeding. It is not considered unusual for this to happen. There are situations when post menopausal bleeding maybe a sign of a more serious condition.
      Spotting may occur if you are undergoing therapy for hormone replacement HRT but it can also occur if you aren’t. Generally, spotting occurs due to the hormonal balances persisting after menopause. Breast tenderness in addition to spotting can be a sign that you’re experiencing an actual menstrual period. If this occurs, you will need to wait 1 full year from your last menstrual cycle to be fully menopausal.

      Estrogen levels need to remain stable or it can cause spotting. Having low estrogen levels can cause irregular spotting and high estrogen levels may cause a heavy menstrual cycle. Progesterone levels may also rise because the endometrial lining is atrophying.

      There are women who may develop Type II diabetes after experiencing menopause. Women who are insulin resistant have higher estrogen levels than women who aren’t diabetic. A woman who is insulin resistant can experience progesterone converting into estrogen, which can result in post menopausal bleeding that is unusual.

      Rapid weight loss can cause you to spot or bleed after experiencing menopause. Estrogen is stored in fat tissue in a woman’s body so when rapid weight loss occurs, the estrogen goes into her bloodstream, her hormones are disrupted, and she may spot or bleed.

      Although it maybe a benign condition, post menopausal bleeding should not be ignored. Make sure to bring this to your Physician’s attention due to the fact that it maybe a serious health issue. Post menopause bleeding may originate from the vagina which may have dried up and atrophied from lack of estrogen. May also come from lesions and cracks on the vulva, and can also occur from intercourse. Upper reproductive system bleeding can come from endometrial cancer, hormone replacement, cervical cancer or lesions, endometrial polyps, ovarian cancer, uterine tumors or from tumors that secret estrogen. Most common reason for post menopause bleeding is hormone replacement therapy also known as HRT.
      There are good remedies in Homeopathy too.

  46. QUESTION:
    How can you get thicker hair?
    I have really thin hair and I want to make it thicker. But without damgeing my hair.

    • ANSWER:
      Good LUck

      &

      Enjoy life when you can!

      Washing your hair everyday damages your hair.. read on more tips below!

      Having Hair Problems??!?!?

      Check this ouT!

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the above tips! Hope these littles tips have been useful! :)

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

      There are ways you can help stop the grease from appearing but you have to work at it.

      Do not wash everyday. The cleaner your hair is the more it can seep into your glands and harder it is to get rid of. When you do wash make sure you are washing with a cleaning shampoo and scrubbing the build up off. Take in mind that you also have to have a ph-balanced mild shampoo and lite scrubbing is recommended. Try to avoid conditioner at the roots, apply in the middle or on the ends.

      Try to avoid oil in your daily food intake. And do eat more vegetables. You could visit your doctor but only after you check and consider your diet, drugs, alcohol, and your fatty food intake. Let's face it we see what McDonalds can do to your heart in a month, can you image your hair. You would be dripping everywhere.

      Maybe it's time to change your shampoo. Ask your stylist what she or he would recommend. Avoid using shine products at all costs. Keep away from two-in-one shampoos and conditioners and any frizz serums.

      To fix at the moment, rub a little Talcum Powder on your dried hair at the roots. Just make sure you wash it out. I wish they would event that magic product, but this will help until they do.

      Here are 10 tips for to keep your hair strong, smooth, shiny and beautiful!

      1. Keep your diet balanced, and eat protein and calcium rich foods. Stay away from junk foods! This is essential for healthy hair.

      2. Foods and supplements to nourish your hair:

      * Beans
      * Yogurt
      * Almonds
      * Vitamin B
      * Fish
      * And of course, the magic potion for beauty - WATER

      3. Before washing your hair, comb it well to make sure all knots has been loosened from your hair.

      4. Before applying shampoo, use warm water (35 to 38 degrees Celsius) to run through your hair to rinse and wet it thoroughly.

      5. When applying shampoo or conditioner, don't use your fingernails to scrape through your hair. Instead, use your palm and fingertips to massage your scalp and hair gently, in circular motions. This will help the circulation and also help to keep your hair shiny and smooth.

      6. After rinsing away all the shampoo, run water over your hair for at least another half a minute (3 minutes is best) to ensure there are no remains of shampoo remaining in your hair, since this will cause a great deal of damage to your scalp.

      7. When applying hair treatment products, do so just after you have washed your hair, so that your hair can absorb all the good stuff while it is half wet. This will be the best time for it to absorb nourishment.

      8. NEVER go to bed with your hair wet! Hair that is half wet is most easily broken, and if you sleep during this time, your hair will be rubbing against each other, damaging your hair in the most terrible way.

      9. Too much pressure may lead to hair loss! Relax... try some good relaxation methods such as soaking in a nice scented bath, listening to music, and eating healthy comfort foods such as strawberries and grapes.

      10. Perming and coloring seriously damages your hair. Avoid it as much as possible. Also, when using hair setting products such as gel or putty, use as little as possible, because they hurt your scalp and hair. Wash them out thoroughly afterwards with a shampoo specially created for removing styling products.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the best non-hormonal form of birth control?
    I am tired of being on the pill. It makes my desire for sex go way down and changes my mood a bit. I want to get on a birth control that has no hormones or maybe very low hormones. Any suggestions?
    I only have sex with one partner so STD protection doesnt concern me.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife and I faced this question a number of years ago, and what we finally decided was for me to take a much more active role in understanding exactly when we could f*ck and not risk pregnancy (without using condoms). Absolutely best book I read was Toni Weschler's "Taking Charge of your fertility". We've used the methods in this book for 7 years... completely successful. And my wife has appreciated my involvement in this process (I became the record keeper for her temperature and other indicators during her menstrual cycle). Toni continues to update this book, and she has the broadest perspective on natural birth control of any author that I've read. Here is an excellent summary from Amazon...

      This comprehensive book explains in lucid, assured terms how to practice the fertility awareness method (FAM), a natural, scientifically proven but little-known form of birth control (which is not to be confused with the woefully ineffective "rhythm" method). Author Toni Weschler has been teaching fertility awareness for almost 20 years, and it's only just now gaining in popularity. As the book explains, by using simple fertility signs including peaks in morning body temperature and changes in cervical position and cervical mucus, it's possible to determine when ovulation is taking place. Fertility awareness is therefore useful for not only couples who are trying to conceive, but for those who are aiming to avoid pregnancy without the use of chemical contraceptives. It will be of special interest to those women who have suffered from infertility; many FAM practitioners have told the author that by filling in the detailed charts in the book, they've realized that they were chronically miscarrying, even when their doctors told them they weren't conceiving at all. As the book explains, by charting body temperature, it's simple to tell when pregnancy has occurred--and when there's danger of miscarriage. Taking Charge of Your Fertility also explains how to choose the sex of your baby by timing intercourse according to certain fertility signs. It also features thorough, easy-to-understand explanations of hormones, the menstrual cycle, and menopause, along with fertility tests and treatments and their long- and short-term side effects, plus a topnotch resource section. Recommended for any woman who wants to better understand her body.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the easiest and fastest treatment for the menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause might be natural but lack of hormones can make you vulnerable to arthritis, raised cholesterol, vaginal atrophy, depression, diabetes, gum recession, insomnia and incontinence. I recommend bio identical hormone therapy tailored to your personal needs.See your doctor and ask for a blood test including FSH, oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA

  49. QUESTION:
    Natural ways to deal with menopause/hysterectomy?
    What resources would you recommend to learn about natural ways of dealing with menopause/hysterectomy?
    I am 30 years of age and am facing losing my uterus to cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment(s) for Menopause Symptoms :-

      Aversion to bathing; tiresome, loosing weight; hot and itchy feeling Sulphur 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Melancholic, irritable and talkative patient. Burning sensation all over the body. Cannot bear touch even of clothes. Dark coloured haemorrhage. Distressing headache, palpitaion and haemorrhoids. Worse after sleep Lachesis 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Weeping disposition; changeable temper; hot perspiration in close and warm room; loss of thirst; desire for open,cold air Pulsatilla 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Tired feeling due to over work; pale, flabby, relaxed and chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Tall, thin, easily depressed patient; dislikes sympathy. Bearing down pains, haemorrhage with prolapsus of uterus; leucorrhoea with dyspepsia or constipation. Hot flushes; tendency to faint Sepia 200 or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Small bones is painful in morning with acidity; dirty coated tongue; filthy taste and bad breath; pallore and chilliness; worse in cold weather. Facial neuralgia due to suppression of leucorrhoea; better sea side Medorrhinum 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of muscles of the back and soreness of neck.Violent headache; patient feels as if top of the head is torn off Actaea Racemosa 30, 4 hourly

      Physical symptoms disappear as mental symptoms develop. Arrogant and proud patient; contempt for others. Excessive bleeding of dark clotted blood with pain in ovaries. Nymphomania Platina 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses) .

      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  50. QUESTION:
    my hair is currently very dry and brittle though i use conditioner regularly. what can i do to fix it?
    i am getting a lot of hair fall and breakage and split ends. i have naturally fine hair so this is a major problem. what can i do to fix it? are there any natural home remedies that are effective?
    i very rarely blow dry or straighten my hair. im arleady taking a vitamin supplement and eat a healthy balanced diet. im not on any medication and im not pregnant or menapausal.
    and i am naturally blonde
    and i am naturally blonde

    • ANSWER:
      drinking 8 glasses of water a day
      grease scalp everyday
      braid hair
      try to avoid heat on hair
      never pick at it
      never play with(breaking it off)
      best choice is to go natural
      try to avoid chemicals in hair
      try not to sweat it out
      find the right product for you
      take care of your hair

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the above tips! Hope these littles tips have been useful! :)

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

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Natural Alternatives To Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What hormonal birth control does not contain synthetic hormones?
    I'm looking for a birth control bill/patch/shot that does not contain synthetic hormones but actually contains natural hormones. I can find information on non-synthetic hormone replacement but not non-synthetic birth control. What's that about? Menopausal women can have options but sexually active fertile women can't?

    • ANSWER:
      You know, this is a really interesting question, to which I had no idea of the answer. Well done! So I hit up google and this is what I found.

      As far as I can tell, the answer is that there isn't any nonsynthetic hormonal birth control out there. Why? I'm also unsure of the answer to this one but I can make a guess.

      1. Availability: Progesterone and estradiol, the two hormones used in synthetic form, do not occur in nature outside of the human body. The people who pursue natural alternatives would presumably have an ethical problem with the extraction of these from living people:)
      2. Cost: It is cheaper to make a synthetic product than rely on natural sources. As an example, so-called natural progesterone is extracted from yams... but what if one year's bad weather destroys the yam harvest? All your customers are hosed. Or if some yams have much higher hormone levels than others? It'd take a lot more work to get a consistent, high-purity product that would pass the strict FDA regulations, and big pharma companies don't want to spend the money or time.
      3. Demand: If an unregulated natural therapy fails to help your menopausal symptoms, what happens? You have hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, etc. Usually they will go away on their own in a few years, or you can live with them. If a birth control method fails you're stuck with an unwanted pregnancy, leading to an abortion, adoption, or 18+ years of caring for a kid. The consequences are more severe, making people more inclined to try a vasectomy or Copper-T IUD or condoms than purchase a possibly ineffective drug.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative ways to treat menopause symptoms without using any hormone replacements?
    I really do not want to use any HRT therapy, even bio-identicals. Can you recommend a type of Dr. to see that can treat menopause symptoms without a prescription of some type?

    • ANSWER:
      I was told years ago by a dental hygenist that when hot flashes and mood swings begin to up the intake of calcium. This I have done for nearly 10 years. What a difference this has made! I breezed through menopause. It really works for me. So, I tell all women about it. With calcium, you want to be sure you are getting a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Be sure if you are taking at least 1200 mg of calcium a day, that you get at LEAST 400 mg magnesium. The very best form of magnesium is magnesium glycinate with the Albion chealate process. Unfortunately, this is not found in every store and for sure it is not found combined in calcium supplements. I got mine on line. A good calcium supplement is better than none though. You also want to be sure you are getting enough Vit.D and Vit.D3 is the best form of that. Vit D helps the body absorb calcium as does magnesium. You can get the best VitD from the sun. 15-20 minutes a day is usually sufficient. Those who live in mid-northern states probably do not get enough sun in the winter, which means we have to supplement. Calcium is always in combination with magnesium, so one has to add a tablet of the gylcinate form of magnesium to reach the correct daily ratio. Women in this stage of life need 1500 mg of calcium, 400-700 mg of magnesium and 800-1000 units VitD3. Try this and see if you notice some changes within a week or so. If you notice some loose stools gradually add the magnesium. Many women I know also use wild yam extract cream which is a natural product women have been using for centuries without problems. Try the calcium trick first. If it doesn't work then add the cream. All one usually needs of this is 1/4 tsp once or twice a day rubbed on the thin areas of the skin. Directions where, are found on all containers of wild yam cream. Another thing I have found that works for me is a product found here: www.stemcellfacts.info I would try these first before looking for a naturopathic doctor or a holistic doctor. I do consult these doctors once in a while for other matters, but I have had no problem with menopause once I added the calcium program. When you get everything in balance, IF you should have a hot flash again, look to adding a bit more calcium for a day or two. Good luck! Let us now here how it is working for you.

  3. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I take for hot flushes?
    I have reluctantly given in to the menopause and have started to get hot flushes (though I tell other women I don't get them). Can any of you ladies recommed a tried a tested natural remedy or do I have to go to my GP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sue, regular physical exercise is necessary to protect against bone loss. Exercise has many other benefits as well.

      A diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits and vegetables is important.2

      Vitamin E supplementation may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.,,

      Calcium is important in maintaining bone mass.

      Magnesium intake is often low in women with osteoporosis. Low magnesium intake is associated with low bone mineral content (BMC).

      Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption.

      Boron reduces urinary calcium loss and increases serum levels of 17 estradiol (estrogen).

      Essential fatty acids can help prevent dryness of the hair, skin and vaginal tissues.

      Soy supplementation has been suggested as a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Soy isoflavones act as estrogen-like compounds. Forty-five grams of dietary soy, per day for 12 weeks was shown to decrease post-menopausal hot flashes.

      Certain herbs such as black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice and dong quai have shown to have a beneficial effect in managing many of the menopause symptoms.
      Jason Homan

  4. QUESTION:
    I have Hypothyroidism what vitamins do I need to take to increase my energy levels?
    I always feel tired and never have any energy. I feel like I have been in a triathlon on no sleep.

    I am on a hormone replacement med which has been adjusted several times but I still feel the same.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Dandy Lyons

      Cause:
      Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

      Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

      Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto`s disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies that attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output.

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      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

      Alternative Professional Care: If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hypothyroidism include: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga.

      Best of health to you

  5. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.

  6. QUESTION:
    Which natural product is working for hot flashes?
    I lost my left ovary to cancer couple of years ago. I wake up so often during the night and it's hard to go back to sleep again. I am against prescription drug which doctor would give me.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      There is two ways to go in the treatment of hot flushes. Allopathic or Naturopathic.

      As hot flashes are the main symptom of menopause, the favorite treatment by your treating doctor will be the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). On the other hand, the use of herbs for hot flashes is more of alternative way. The basic are herbs such as the Licorice root, Panax ginseng, Black Cohosh and Wild yams. In lite cases, one can experiment with the combination of those.

      If the case of your problem is more deeply seated, then the use of special mixes is the right way to go.

      Out of those, the best ones (in my opinion) are: Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia), Kacip Fatimah (Labisia Pothoina) and Akar Serapat (Paramignya Polyne) mix.

      Or...
      Shu Di Huang, the steamed and dried form of Sheng Di Huang which does tonify the blood with hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, pale complexion, palpitations, nocturnal emissions, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding and post partum bleeding. It also does foster Yin – kidney Yin deficiency with constant thirst, steaming bone disorder, tinnitus, premature graying.

      Or...
      Sheng Di Huang as one of herbs for hot flashes, Sheng Di Huang is mainly used to clear the heat, cool the blood and foster Yin for production of body fluid.
      Sheng Di Huang is used for high fever, constant thirst, red tongue, bleeding due to excessive heat in the blood and promote body fluids. Sheng Di Huang is used for Yin deficiency with damage of body fluids by excessive heat, symptoms such as mouth dryness, low fever, constipation, throat pain.
      Also is used for sores in mouth and tongue, irritability, insomnia and malar flush.

      One supporting factor is also the Wu Wei Zi which is mainly used as an astringent preparation to decrease perspiration, benefit kidney to calm heart and benefit Qi to produce fluid.

      Now you have the information but the footwork must be done by you.
      As each of us is an individual, we do respond differently to even the best medication in the world.

      The only way now is the trial and error. To be under the supervision of experienced Naturopath wouldn't hurt you either.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does any one know of a good treatment or remedy for dry scalp?
    I have really dry scalp I've tried tea tree and other shampoos and nothing seems to work. It's to the point where it hurts when I scratch. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Maria

      Here is some ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      It is frequently due to digestive disturbances, and is highly related to the general health of the entire body.

      The most common cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, a mild scalp inflammation with excessive fatty secretions that usually starts as dry or greasy scaling of the skin, but may progress to yellow-red scaling bumps along the hairline, behind the ears, in the ear canals, on the eyebrows, on the bridge of the nose, in the folds around the nose, or on the breastbone. Don`t pick or your scratch scalp, as this will only exacerbate your condition.

      When infants get dandruff, it is called cradle cap, which is a yeast problem. Many skin experts in Europe consider dandruff in adults to also be a yeast problem. In other words, dandruff is often an external symptom of an internal problem. Therefore, dandruff treatments can be similar to those for treating candidiasis.

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      Natural Cures for Dandruff

      Aromatherapy: Patchouli, rosemary, and/or tea tree oil can be massaged into the scalp.

      Diet: Increase raw foods as part of an overall organic, whole foods diet. Also eat more salads and green vegetables, avoid fried foods, and significantly reduce your intake of fats, sugar, dairy products, chocolate, seafood, and nuts.

      Flower Essences: Crab Apple can help with feelings of poor self-image due to dandruff.

      Herbs: Rinse your hair and scalp with a strong infusion of nettle, sage, and rosemary, and drink a cup of nettle tea and take evening primrose oil (three capsules) daily.

      Homeopathy: Arsen alb., Graphites, Lycopodium, Thuja, Sepia, Sulfur, and Cantharis are useful homeopathic remedies for dandruff.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Nutritional Supplementation:
      The following nutrients are all useful for helping to prevent and reverse dandruff: vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids (particularly omega-6), vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc. Kelp tablets can also help.

      Topical Treatment: Soak your hair in a warm apple cider vinegar solution, the wrap your head in a towel. After one hour, wash your hair. In addition, you can apply vitamin E oil to your scalp each night for three weeks. Tea tree oil shampoo is also recommended.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of dandruff: Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy (external ozone applications to control fungal growth), and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it smart to use a BIRTH CONTROL PATCH prior to losing virginity?
    Hi, I am a 22 year old virgin who's planning to lose it to my boyfriend soon. Do you think it's a smart move to start on the patch already before actually doing it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms for deficiency of estrogen?
    What is the best medicine/treat for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sign and Symptoms of Low Estrogen Levels:

      Rapid pulse rate
      Bloating
      Fatigue that worsens during the day
      Constant fatigue, lethargy and fatigue on light exertion.
      Short-term memory failure
      Poor Memory
      Hot flashes
      Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
      Decreased Sex Drive
      Depression
      Headaches
      Osteoarthritis
      Low Back Pain
      Dry skin
      Vaginal Dryness
      Recent unexplained weight gain
      In the past, women looked to synthetic hormones to remedy the symptoms of low estrogen levels. Recent studies showing clear dangers associated with synthetic hormone replacement therapy spurred a renewed interest in HRT natural alternatives.

      There are a number of food and herb sources that provide plant-based phytoestrogen for HRT natural alternatives that can combat the cause of symptoms of low estrogen levels by naturally supplying the body with estrogen forms readily processed by the body. By addressing the effects of estrogen deficiency with HRT natural alternatives, women reduce their risks of HRT related side effects, conditions and diseases.

      Although menopause is the time of estrogen deficiency and symptoms of low estrogen levels, premenopausal women can also have estrogen deficiencies and symptoms of low estrogen levels. In either case, HRT natural alternatives are well advised.

  10. QUESTION:
    Do Testosterone Pills have side effects? Do they really work when it comes to sexual performance/working out?
    Only serious answers please. I am curious as to if they are healthy to take and what the overall results are?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Duh! Any med has side effects!
      I read this:
      Testosterone replacement may be appropriate for those who have very low levels of this hormone, but not for those who have a slightly low level. Before you consider using testosterone injections or gels as testosterone replacement, consider more natural alternatives. Testosterone replacement therapy can have serious short term and long term side effects.

      If you are looking for testosterone for a better sex drive - natural options, such as Passion Rx, are extremely helpful and if you are considering using testosterone for sexual enhancement, consider Passion Rx instead. Those interested in increasing sex drive without the use of testosterone should review this page on sex drive which offers natural alternatives.

      Go Here, it talks about the natural options (better than having side effects): http://www.raysahelian.com/sexdrive.html

  11. QUESTION:
    You know people say that brocoli and some other veggies supress thyroid function?
    If someone had a thyroidectomy and now takes thyroxine, is it bad for them to regularly eat lots of raw brocoli and other similar veggies?

    • ANSWER:
      Broccoli and many other veges and foods contain goitrogens, which can lower thyroid hormone. The first website below (double-click on it) is a more complete list of foods to be careful about. Cooking however usually deactivates their lowering affect.

      There are alternative medicine therapies that have less side effects than thyroxine supplementation.
      Some alternative health care practitioners suggest using Armour Thyroid, a natural thyroid replacement made from pig thyroid gland containing all thyroid hormones, and others use thyroid glandular, a natural thyroid supplement found in health food stores. Consult a health care practitioner to help you choose the best medicine for your needs.

      The remaining websites below discuss alternative therapies, that you may want to consider.

      A couple of supplements I would strongly recommend to help aleviate your fatigue is CoQ10, a chemical your body makes, but with a thyroidectomy more would be very beneficial. I would take 100 mg of CoQ10 three times a day. It increases cellular oxygen useage. You can get it at any drug store. Also I would take 2000 mcg of the sublingual version (under the tongue version) of vitamin B-12, along with a complex B vitamin supplement. This will boost your energy levels. All supplements should be taken say four hours apart from the tyroxine so they won't interfere.

      The last website discusses a thyroid tissue graft procedure where they attach a piece of compatible thyroid in your body, that will start functioning correctly. This type of surgery is in the early stages of evaluation, but seems promising. A snippet from a compatible sibblings thyroid gland may be used.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is general dosage of black cohosh, to alleviate flushes and sweats, during menopause ?

    • ANSWER:
      The most effective and safe dosage of black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) for alleviating menopause symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats is 80 mg per day, usually taken as 40 mg in the morning and 40 mg in the evening.

      Black cohosh is a phyto-estrogen (natural plant-like estrogen substance) that is a very effective and side effect-free alternative to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. For the best results, black cohosh should be combined with another phyto-estrogen called red clover (trifolium pratense). Together these phyto-estrogens can:

      - Reduce hot flushes.
      - Stabilize mood.
      - Enhance libido.
      - Reduce anxiety.
      - Reduce problems related to insomnia and quality of sleep.
      - Reduce risk of osteoporosis.

  13. QUESTION:
    what causes night sweats during menapause and how long will they last?
    have recently stopped having periods. been having night sweats for at least 3 years now am 45 years old when will this end?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried such things as changing your diet? Try to incorporate some soy, or take some soy tablets. It can take a while for your body to settle down - but I suggest trying all the possible natural alternatives you can, rather than hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

  14. QUESTION:
    I am in my late forties, had a complete hysterectomy, so I need to take HRT...?
    Ofcourse there is so much negative about hormone replacement therapy...I am considering a "natural" HRT. Can you gals out there give me your thoughts on this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a tough call...HRT vs. natural alternatives. There is a lot of controversy surrounding HRT in terms of heart attack, stroke and cancer associated with taking hormones. However women find that it takes care of their symptoms efficiently and quickly rather than the slower route through natural alternatives which, some women have felt little to no noticeable relief. I market natural products to Naturopathic Doctors and have worked with them quite extensively. My suggestion would be to speak with an ND (Naturopthaic Doctor), but at the same time work with your GP as well. The key is to try and find a balance between nutrition and medicine that will work with your body to help get you through this stage of life with as little discomfort as possible, but most importantly, get you through without any serious side effects. I am also in my forties, and still stuck with all the working parts, but am starting to experience the onset of that lovely phase, so I sympathize. Please look at both alternatives and find a balance...protect yourself. Good luck to you.

  15. QUESTION:
    What other methods can you use besides taking birth control pills since studies show the pill bc is?
    causing cancer. Or is their a bc method that is safe

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats for taking charge of your own health!

      All hormonal birth control methods have the same cancer risk as bc pills. Hormonal methods include The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. They all administer the same hormones by different delivery methods. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      NOW TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION
      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, contraceptive sponges, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin).

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html

  16. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a web site with good detailed Lupus information?
    I have central nervous system involvement and now possibly brain.
    I noticed one of the answers recommended echinacea. I was told by my rheumy that it will exacerbate my symptoms

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Debi

      Here is some info you wont find on any of those sites.

      Cause
      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures. I suggest several at-home hyperthermia treatments.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy or hyperthermia treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating Lupus: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork, Cell Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Enzyme Therapy, Guided Imagery, Homeopathy, Juice Therapy, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Qigong, Rolfing, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  17. QUESTION:
    Is the a doctor to see for no sex drive?
    What kind of doctor should a middle aged woman see if she has not sex drive?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different kinds of hormone doctors. There are endocrinologists that mainly treat diabetes, and thyroid, and probably wont test you for hormone imbalances like you need. There are obgyn doctots that will test female hormones and some others if you ask them to.
      Then there are the type you need for this , so i will list a few, you can also find out what the compounding pharmacies in your area are by asking your pharmacy, and then call them and ask them for a list of doctors who test and balance hormones, do HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and order natural alternatives.

      thehallcenter.com
      feelingfff.com
      canaryclub.org
      suzannesomers.com lists HRT doctors and others in her books
      dr northrup

  18. QUESTION:
    Have you ever been on seasonale? If so how did this work for you and what are the pros and cons?
    I am considering using this or a new one called seasonique or something close to that but am a little afraid of the side effects such as spotting or bleeding frequently, because this is the reason I am trying to get on birth control to regulate periods and my pms

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of dandruff naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sara

      Look closely at the causes of dandruff below. The blood has toxins and you need to do some cleanses (colon and liver). This will assist your internal organs to rid of the toxins and clear up your blood.

      Cause
      It is frequently due to digestive disturbances, and is highly related to the general health of the entire body.

      The most common cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, a mild scalp inflammation with excessive fatty secretions that usually starts as dry or greasy scaling of the skin, but may progress to yellow-red scaling bumps along the hairline, behind the ears, in the ear canals, on the eyebrows, on the bridge of the nose, in the folds around the nose, or on the breastbone. Don`t pick or your scratch scalp, as this will only exacerbate your condition.

      When infants get dandruff, it is called cradle cap, which is a yeast problem. Many skin experts in Europe consider dandruff in adults to also be a yeast problem. In other words, dandruff is often an external symptom of an internal problem. Therefore, dandruff treatments can be similar to those for treating candidiasis.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures for Dandruff
      Aromatherapy: Patchouli, rosemary, and/or tea tree oil can be massaged into the scalp.

      Diet: Increase raw foods as part of an overall organic, whole foods diet. Also eat more salads and green vegetables, avoid fried foods, and significantly reduce your intake of fats, sugar, dairy products, chocolate, seafood, and nuts.

      Flower Essences: Crab Apple can help with feelings of poor self-image due to dandruff.

      Herbs: Rinse your hair and scalp with a strong infusion of nettle, sage, and rosemary, and drink a cup of nettle tea and take evening primrose oil (three capsules) daily.

      Homeopathy: Arsen alb., Graphites, Lycopodium, Thuja, Sepia, Sulfur, and Cantharis are useful homeopathic remedies for dandruff.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment.

      Nutritional Supplementation:
      The following nutrients are all useful for helping to prevent and reverse dandruff: vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids (particularly omega-6), vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc. Kelp tablets can also help.

      Topical Treatment: Soak your hair in a warm apple cider vinegar solution, the wrap your head in a towel. After one hour, wash your hair. In addition, you can apply vitamin E oil to your scalp each night for three weeks. Tea tree oil shampoo is also recommended.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of dandruff: Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy

      Best of health to you

  20. QUESTION:
    Do those pills/creams for breast enlargement really work? Which one is best?
    I would never have surgery, but wouldn't mind having slightly larger breasts with a bit more firmness. Has anybody tried anything non-surgical that really worked? DO TELL!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are tempted to try natural breast enhancement pills, you could be jeopardizing your health, not to mention your pocketbook.

      Natural breast enhancement pills are advertised all over the Internet, on television, and in women's magazines. The ads prey on women's insecurities about their breasts, especially after childbirth, weight loss, and removal of breast implants.

      Women in search of an alternative to breast enlargement surgery are trying these herbal pills, without realizing that there is little-to-no evidence and that there are potential side effects (most pill websites deny there are side effects or potential risks).

      Could they work? Natural breast enhancement pills could theoretically increase breast size because some of them contain herbs that have known estrogen-like effects on the body.

      Birth control pills are thought to temporarily increase breast size in the same way--estrogen causes fluid retention in the breasts and may have an effect on breast tissue.

      But if they do work, they may be harmful.

      Estrogen must be combined with progesterone to counter its uterine cancer-causing effect, which is why birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy contain both estrogen and progesterone.

      Natural breast enhancement pills don't necessarily have this protective effect. They can also cause infertility, menstrual problems, or decreased effectiveness of birth control pills.

      So, buyer beware. In the meantime, here is some information about the most common ingredients in natural breast enhancement pills.

      Blessed Thistle
      The herb blessed thistle is used for digestive problems. It was used historically by women to increase the flow of milk after having a baby.

      There have been no published clinical trials on blessed thistle for natural breast enhancement, so we don't know whether it works and whether it's safe.

      Blessed thistle stimulates the production of stomach acid, so it can cause mild irritation of the digestive tract lining. It should not be used by people with gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.

      Blessed thistle should not be used by pregnant women, as it can increase the risk of birth defects and spontaneous abortion.

      People who are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, or daisies may be allergic to blessed thistle, because they belong to the same plant family.

      Dong Quai
      Dong quai is a Chinese herb used primarily to relieve menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, reduce menstrual cramps, and regulate menstrual cycles.

      The only published study on dong quai and breast enlargement was a case report of a man who took a combination herbal pill and had temporary breast enlargement. The pill was thought to have been contaminated. There are no other published clinical trials on dong quai for breast enhancement.

      One potential risk is that dong quai has been found to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells (estrogen receptor-positive and negative) in test tube studies.

      Dong quai can increase the sensitivity of skin to the sun's rays. Sunscreen should always be used before any exposure to the sun. Dong quai should not be used by pregnant women.

      Dong quai contains chemicals called coumarins, which slow blood clotting, particularly in patients taking the antiplatelet or antocoagulant drugs such as warfarin.

      Fennel Seed
      There are no published studies examining the use of fennel seed for breast enhancement in humans. In the 1930s, there was some interest in fennel in the development of synthetic estrogens, due to compounds called dianethole and photoanethole.

      One study found that after consuming fennel seed for 10 days, the weight of breast tissue in female rats increased. Higher doses increased the weight of the uterus, evidence of fennel's unopposed estrogenic effect.

      Fenugreek
      Although there is an unsubstantiated claim that women in harems were fed fenugreek seeds to increase their breast size, no studies confirm fenugreek can result in breast enlargement.

      Fenugreek contains a compound called diosgenin. In laboratories, it can be converted to estrogen and progesterone but that same conversion doesn't occur naturally in the body.

      People who are allergic to peanuts or soybeans may also be allergic to fenugreek. Side effects from oral fenugreek supplements include diarrhea and gas. Fenugreek may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It should not be combined with hypoglycemic drugs used to treat diabetes.

      Hops
      Used in the brewing of beer, hops contain a potent phytoestrogen called 8-prenylnaringenin which has 0.2-20% the potency of estradiol, the main human estrogen.

      Hops are sedating and are used for anxiety and insomnia. They can cause excess drowsiness, so people who are driving or who otherwise need to stay alert should use it with caution. Hops should not be used by people with depression.

      Hops can affect the metabolism of prescription drugs in the liver, such as drugs for allergies, fungal infections, cancer, high cholesterol or oral contraceptives.

      Bottom line? Although it may seem like there is no harm in trying natural breast enhancement pills for one or two months to see if they'll work, we know far to little about how they work. They are potentially unsafe and should be avoided.

  21. QUESTION:
    What do all these abbreviations mean in the baby world?

    • ANSWER:
      2WW = 2-Week Wait
      47XXY = Klinefelter's Syndrome

      ACA = Anti-cardiolipin Antibodies
      ACTH = Adrenal Corticotropic Hormone
      AF = Aunt Flo (menstruation)
      AH, AZH = Assisted Hatching
      AHI = At-home Insemination
      a.i = alt.infertility newsgroup
      a.i.a, aia = alt.infertility.alternatives newsgroup
      a.i.p, aip = alt.infertility.primary newsgroup
      a.i.s, ais = alt.infertility.secondary newsgroup
      AI = Artificial Insemination
      AIH = Artificial Insemination from Husband
      ANA = Anti-nuclear Antibodies
      AO = Anovulation
      AOA, AVA = Anti-ovarian Antibody
      APA = Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
      APTT = Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time
      ART = Assisted Reproductive Technology
      ASA = Anti-sperm Antibody
      ASRM = American Society of Reproductive Medicine
      ATA = Anti-thyroid Antibody
      AWOL = A Woman On Lupron

      B2 = Baby Two (mailing list)
      BA = Baby Aspirin
      BBT = Basal Body Temperature
      BCP = Birth Control Pills
      BD = Baby Dance (sex)
      BFN = Big Fat Negative
      BFP = Big Fat Positive
      BG = Blood Glucose
      BMS = Baby-making Sex
      BSE = Breast Self-Exam
      BT = Balanced Translocation
      BW, b/w = Bloodwork

      C# = Cycle Number
      CAD = Carbohydrate Addict's Diet
      CAH = Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
      CALP = Carbohydrate Addict's Life Plan
      CASA = Computer-assisted Semen Analysis
      CB = Cycle Buddy CBAVD = Congenital Bilateral Absence of the Vas Deferens
      CCCT, CCT = Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge Test)
      CD = Cycle Day
      CD56+ = Natural Killer Cells
      CF = Cervical Fluid
      CM = Cervical Mucus
      CMV = Cytomegalovirus
      CNM = Certified Nurse Midwife
      COH = Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
      COW = Curse of Womanhood (menstruation)
      CP = Cervical Position
      CPFM = ClearPlan Fertility Monitor
      CVS = Chorionic Villae Sampling

      D&C = Dilation & Curettage
      D&E = Dilation & Evacuation
      DE = Donor Eggs
      DES = Diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen)
      DHEAS = Dihydroepiandrosterone Sulfate
      DI = Donor Insemination
      DIPI = Direct Intra-peritoneal Insemination
      DOR = Diminished Ovarian Reserve
      DOST = Direct Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
      DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
      DPR = Days Post-Retrieval
      DPT = Days Post-Transfer
      DP3DT = Days Post 3-Day Transfer
      DP3DT = Days Post 5-Day Transfer
      Dx = Diagnosis

      E2 = Estradiol
      EB, EMB = Endometrial Biopsy
      EDD = Estimated Due Date
      ENDO = Endometriosis
      EPO = Evening Primrose Oil
      EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
      ET = Embryo Transfer
      ETF = Embryo Toxic Factor
      ETA = Embryo Toxicity Assay
      EW, EWCM = Eggwhite Cervical Mucus

      FBG = Fasting Blood Glucose
      FI = Fasting Insulin
      FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
      FF = Fertility Friend or Fat Friendly
      FHR = Fetal Heart Rate
      FP = Follicular Phase
      FM = Fertile Mucus or Fertility Monitor
      FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone
      FTTA = Fertile Thoughts To All
      FUR = False Unicorn Root
      FV = Fertile Vibes

      GD = Gestational Diabetes
      GI = Gastrointestinal
      GIFT = Gamete Intra-fallopian Transfer
      GnRH = Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
      GP = General Practitioner
      GTT = Glucose Tolerance Test

      HbA1c = Glycosylated Hemoglobin (also called Glycohemoglobin)
      hCG, HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
      HCP = Health Care Practitioner
      HEPA = Hamster Egg Penetration Assay
      hMG, HMG = Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
      HP = Hannah's Prayer (Christian infertility / pregnancy loss group)
      HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
      HRT = Hormone Replacement Therapy
      HSC = Hysteroscopy
      HSG = Hysterosalpingogram

      IBT = Immunobead Binding Test
      ICI = Intra-cervical Insemination
      ICSI = Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
      IF = Infertility
      IGTT = Insulin and Glucose Tolerance Test
      IM = Intra-muscular (WRT injections)
      INCIID = International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
      IOR = Immature Oocyte Retrieval
      IR = Insulin Resistant
      ITI = Intra-tubal Insemination
      IUFD = Intra-uterine Fetal Demise
      IUGR = Intra-uterine Growth Retardation
      IUI = Intra-uterine Insemination
      IVC = Intra-vaginal Culture
      IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
      IVIg = Intravenous Immunoglobulin

      LAD = Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
      LAP = Laparoscopy
      LH = Luteinizing Hormone
      LIT = Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
      LMP = Last Menstrual Period (start date)
      LO = Love Olympics (sex)
      LP = Luteal Phase
      LPD = Luteal Phase Defect
      LSP = Low Sperm Count
      LUF, LUFS = Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome

      MAI = Miscarriage After Infertility (mail list)
      MC, m/c, misc. = Miscarriage
      MESA = Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
      MF = Male Factor
      m.h.i, mhi = misc.health.in

  22. QUESTION:
    Are there any exercises a weak teen with lupus can do ?
    I'm an 18 year old male living with Lupus. (which is a disease that affects the joints). Because of this Im not realy physically active and I don't participate in sports . I'm kinda small for my age i only weight 125 pounds are there any exercises I can do to help me ? I dont have money for a gym or equipment

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kast

      Here are some ideas on how to heal your issue. Be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse to clean out the toxins in the bowel and blood. You can heal yourself with some education on natural healing and some action steps by yourself. Ive seen it done many times.

      Cause
      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures. I suggest several at-home hyperthermia treatments.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating Lupus: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork, Cell Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Enzyme Therapy, Guided Imagery, Homeopathy, Juice Therapy, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Qigong, Rolfing, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of dandruff?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Diana

      Here are some ideas to heal the internal issue.

      Cause
      It is frequently due to digestive disturbances, and is highly related to the general health of the entire body.

      The most common cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, a mild scalp inflammation with excessive fatty secretions that usually starts as dry or greasy scaling of the skin, but may progress to yellow-red scaling bumps along the hairline, behind the ears, in the ear canals, on the eyebrows, on the bridge of the nose, in the folds around the nose, or on the breastbone. Don`t pick or your scratch scalp, as this will only exacerbate your condition.

      When infants get dandruff, it is called cradle cap, which is a yeast problem. Many skin experts in Europe consider dandruff in adults to also be a yeast problem. In other words, dandruff is often an external symptom of an internal problem. Therefore, dandruff treatments can be similar to those for treating candidiasis.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures for Dandruff
      Aromatherapy: Patchouli, rosemary, and/or tea tree oil can be massaged into the scalp.

      Diet: Increase raw foods as part of an overall organic, whole foods diet. Also eat more salads and green vegetables, avoid fried foods, and significantly reduce your intake of fats, sugar, dairy products, chocolate, seafood, and nuts.

      Flower Essences: Crab Apple can help with feelings of poor self-image due to dandruff.

      Herbs: Rinse your hair and scalp with a strong infusion of nettle, sage, and rosemary, and drink a cup of nettle tea and take evening primrose oil (three capsules) daily.

      Homeopathy: Arsen alb., Graphites, Lycopodium, Thuja, Sepia, Sulfur, and Cantharis are useful homeopathic remedies for dandruff.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy
      treatments.

      Nutritional Supplementation:
      The following nutrients are all useful for helping to prevent and reverse dandruff: vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids (particularly omega-6), vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc. Kelp tablets can also help.

      Topical Treatment: Soak your hair in a warm apple cider vinegar solution, the wrap your head in a towel. After one hour, wash your hair. In addition, you can apply vitamin E oil to your scalp each night for three weeks. Tea tree oil shampoo is also recommended.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of dandruff: Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy (external ozone applications to control fungal growth), and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you

  24. QUESTION:
    I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Type 2 Disorder?
    Is there a way to treat it without drugs? I don't want to be on drugs. is there any "Natural" way to treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      Blessings. that is kind of sad. for those of you out there looking for a more natural cure (be it due to pregnancy or maybe you haven't found medications that are working for you).

      Take EMPowerPlus; 10,000 IU/day of Vitamin D (a life saver!); Fish oil (high quality: Nordic Naturals); and for the women out there: try some natural progesterone supplements. (oils or creams -- not hormone replacement therapy),

      I absolutely love a product by Young Living essential oils called "Progessence Plus". I encourage you to look up the benefits of adding some natural progesterone to your routine. I lost two pounds off my stomach after a couple days of use and my libido went up after a couple of weeks. The company Neways also has a progesterone cream I have heard good things about (but haven't tried).

      I think if you tried balancing hormones and taking the proper nutrients you would find a relief of symptoms. Did you know that research supports that connection between bipolar disorder and thyroid function?

      Also, exercise and sunlight help of course, but won't really cure anything. Maybe just temporarily help with some of the milder symptoms.

      Of course, some people will find that they need more than natural alternatives. And some will find a mixture of natural things and medications does the trick for them.

      Good luck to you all. I know, first hand, how horrible this disease can be. I have had some very bad days.

      Do not lose sight of the goal. BPII depression carries with it the risk of suicidal hopelessness, and it is important to remember such thoughts create a door that leads nowhere. Clearly nothing about life can be improved once it's gone.

      Reach out to whoever you need to, but especially those qualified to help: your MHP, a crisis hotline, or 911, if you at all feel you might be giving up. Do reach out to family, friends, or your extended community, if you have them available and are comfortable with that, but don't assume they are the best to help you if you're feeling truly depressed.

      Also, do not feel that someone else's solution should or will be your solution--you are you, and you will need your own solution, and it's not your fault if a given option doesn't work. I do hope some of this information help you some.I don't have this sickness i thank God. but my daughther has 2 friends that has it, i'm glad that you posted this question. Because i have learned some thing new, i feel so bad that these girls have been hanging around my house for the longest and i didn't know all of the things they are going through, i'm going to call them up let them know that i care and that i have learned a lot today. i hope you find what ever suite you the bet, Good luck and take care.

  25. QUESTION:
    My friend is going through the menopause and I'd like to help....?
    A friend is going through the menopause and I'd really like to find some herbal or natural alternatives to try and help, does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are wonderful herbal remedies to ease her through the transition and minimize her hot flashes, mood swings, etc. Wild yam, black cohosh, dong quai, soy, licorice root and many others have been proven to be just as effective as estrogen medications without the nasty side effects. Most health food stores will sell a supplement that contains a combination of many herbs, so you don't have to spend a fortune buying dozens of different, individual bottles.

      I've placed a few links for you below. My mother breezed through menopause using herbals, and is now very healthy at 75 years old (never used hormone replacement therapy). Her skin looks amazing. Unless it's absolutely necessary, I would avoid HRT (it has been shown to increase your odds of getting certain cancers).

      Hope your mother finds the info below useful... send her my best wishes.

  26. QUESTION:
    For those living with Lupus how beneficial do you find online Lupus support groups?
    I was diagnosed with Lupus (SLE) in 1999 and run a large on line support group. I am curious if those living with Lupus really find the support and understanding they need on line?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi sister

      Here are some ideas to help you overcome your condition.

      Cause
      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.

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      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments..
      Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures. I suggest several at-home hyperthermia treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy or hyperthermia treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating Lupus: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork, Cell Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Enzyme Therapy, Guided Imagery, Homeopathy, Juice Therapy, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Qigong, Rolfing, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  27. QUESTION:
    i have hypothyroidism is there any alternative or treatments?
    I can use besides are along side thyroxine to help the symtoms I have? i.e trouble loosing weight normally, dry skin etc. The doctors say my th levels are within the normal range but I still am tired etc

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism
      Alternative Medicine
      The following information is specific for alternative and complementary medicine. For additional evidence-based information on diseases, conditions, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and wellness issues, continue searching the Healthwise Knowledgebase.

      Overview
      What you need to know

      Get a handle on hypothyroidism. When the thyroid gland fails to function adequately the result is reduced hormone levels. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful:

      Find the cause
      See your healthcare provider to consider underlying health issues that may be causing your hypothyroidism
      Check your iodine intake
      Consult with a nutritionist to learn whether you are getting too little or too much iodine from food, medications, and supplements
      These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full hypothyroidism article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on medicines, vitamins, herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.

      About hypothyroidism

      Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to function adequately, resulting in reduced levels of thyroid hormone in the body. Cretinism is a type of hypothyroidism that occurs at birth and results in stunted physical growth and mental development. Severe hypothyroidism is called myxedema.

      There are many causes of hypothyroidism. One common cause is Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland. Another common cause of hypothyroidism is medical treatment, such as surgery or radiation to the thyroid gland, to treat hyperthyroidism (over-activity of the thyroid gland). Some drugs, such as lithium and phenylbutazone, may also induce hypothyroidism. Extreme iodine deficiency, which is rare in the United States, is another possible cause. Failure of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus to stimulate the thyroid gland properly can cause a condition known as secondary hypothyroidism.

      Some people with goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid gland) also have hypothyroidism. Goiter can be caused by an iodine deficiency, by eating foods that contain goitrogens (goiter-causing substances), or by other disorders that interfere with thyroid hormone production. In many cases the cause of goiter cannot be determined. While natural therapies may help to some extent, thyroid hormone replacement is necessary for most people with hypothyroidism.

      Check list
      Product ratings for hypothyroidism

      Rating Nutritional Supplements Herbs
      Iodine
      Selenium (if deficient)
      Thyroid extract
      Vitamin A
      Vitamin B3 (niacin)
      Zinc Bladderwrack
      Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
      Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
      An herb is primarily supported by traditional use, or the herb or supplement has little scientific support and/or minimal health benefit.

      Symptoms
      What are the symptoms?

      The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary from person to person, but commonly include several of the following: fatigue, lethargy, intolerance to cold, constipation, weight gain, depression, excessive menstruation, dry skin, hair loss, and hoarseness. The onset of these symptoms may be so gradual as to evade detection by patient or physician.

      Diet
      Dietary changes that may be helpful

      Some foods, such as rapeseed (used to make canola oil) and Brassica vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower), contain natural goitrogens, chemicals that cause the thyroid gland to enlarge by interfering with thyroid hormone synthesis.1 Cooking has been reported to inactivate this effect in Brussels sprouts.2 Cassava, a starchy root that is the source of tapioca, has also been identified as a goitrogenic food.3 Other goitrogens include maize, sweet potatoes, lima beans, soy, and pearl millet.4 While some practitioners recommend that people with hypothyroidism avoid these foods, none has been proven to cause hypothyroidism in humans.

      Lifestyle
      Lifestyle changes that may be helpful

      Preliminary studies have found an association between multiple chemical sensitivities and hypothyroidism.5 One study found a correlation between high blood levels of lead, a toxic heavy metal, and low thyroid hormone levels in people working in a brass foundry.6 Many of these people also complained of depression, fatigue, constipation, and poor memory (symptoms of hypothyroidism).

      Occupational exposure to polybrominated biphenyls and carbon disulfide has also been associated with decreased thyroid function.

      Supplements
      Vitamins that may be helpful

      The relationship between iodine and thyroid function is complex. Iodine is required by the body to form thyroid hormone, and iodine deficiency can lead to goiter and hypothyroidism.7 Severe and prolonged iodine deficiency can potentially lead to serious types of hypothyroidism, such as myxedema or cretinism. It is estimated that one and a half billion people living in 118 countries around the world are at risk for developing iodine deficiency.8

      Today, most cases of iodine deficiency occur in developing nations. In industrialized countries where iodized salt is used, iodine deficiency has become extremely rare. On the other hand, iodine toxicity has become a concern in some of these countries.9 Excessive iodine intake can result in either hypothyroidism10 or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).11 Sources of iodine include foods (iodized salt, milk, water, seaweed, ground beef), dietary supplements (multiple vitamin-mineral formulas, seaweed extracts), drugs (potassium iodide, amiodarone, topical antiseptics), and iodine-containing solutions used in certain laboratory tests. Many nutritional supplements contain 150 mcg of iodine. While that amount of iodine should prevent a deficiency, it is not clear whether supplementing with iodine is necessary or desirable for most people. Those wishing to take a nutritional supplement containing iodine should consult a doctor.

      Laboratory animals with severe, experimentally induced zinc deficiency developed hypothyroidism, whereas moderate zinc deficiency did not affect thyroid function.12 In a small study of healthy people, thyroid hormone (thyroxine) levels tended to be lower in those with lower blood levels of zinc. In people with low zinc, supplementing with zinc increased thyroxine levels.13 One case has been reported of a woman with severe zinc deficiency (caused by the combination of alcoholism and malabsorption) who developed hypothyroidism that was corrected by supplementing with zinc.14 Although the typical Western diet is marginally low in zinc,15 additional research is needed to determine whether zinc supplementation would be effective for preventing or correcting hypothyroidism.

      Selenium plays a role in thyroid hormone metabolism. Severe selenium deficiency has been implicated as a possible cause of goiter.16 Two months of selenium supplementation in people who were deficient in both selenium and iodine was shown to induce a dramatic fall of the already impaired thyroid function in clinically hypothyroid subjects.17 Researchers have suggested that people who are deficient in both selenium and iodine should not take selenium supplements without first receiving iodine or thyroid hormone supplementation.18 There is no research demonstrating that selenium supplementation helps people with hypothyroidism who are not selenium-deficient.

      Preliminary data indicate that vitamin B3 (niacin) supplementation may decrease thyroid hormone levels. In one small study, 2.6 grams of niacin per day helped lower blood fat levels.19 After a year or more, thyroid hormone levels had fallen significantly in each person, although none experienced symptoms of hypothyroidism. In another case report, thyroid hormone levels decreased in two people who were taking niacin for high cholesterol and triglycerides; one of these two was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.20 When the niacin was discontinued for one month, thyroid hormone levels returned to normal.

      Desiccated thyroid, also called thyroid extract (e.g., Armour Thyroid), is used by some doctors as an alternative to synthetic thyroid hormones (such as thyroxine [Synthroid® or other brand names]) for people with hypothyroidism. Thyroid extract contains two biologically active hormones (thyroxine and triiodothyronine), whereas the most commonly prescribed thyroid-hormone preparations contain only thyroxine. One study has shown that the combination of the two hormones contained in desiccated thyroid is more effective than thyroxine alone for those with hypothyroidism.21 One doctor reported that thyroid extract worked better than standard thyroid preparations for many of his patients with hypothyroidism.22 Glandular thyroid products, which are available from health food stores, have had most of the thyroid hormone removed and would therefore not be expected to be effective for people with hypothyroidism. Intact desiccated thyroid is available only by prescription. Hypothyroidism sufferers who want to use desiccated thyroid must first consult with a physician.

      People with hypothyroidism have been shown to have an impaired ability to convert beta-carotene to vitamin A.23, 24 For this reason, some doctors suggest taking supplemental vitamin A (approximately 5,000-10,000 IU per day) if they are not consuming adequate amounts in their diet.

      Are there any side effects or interactions?

      Refer to the individual supplement for information about any side effects or interactions.

      Herbs
      Herbs that may be helpful

      Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a type of brown seaweed that contains variable amounts of iodine.25 Hypothyroidism due to insufficient intake of iodine may possibly improve with bladderwrack supplementation,

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there really a cure for baldness?
    With all the technology today, have they found a cure for baldness that actually works, or is it just wish-wash babbling to get our money?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Juliette

      Here are some ideas to help solve hair loss.

      Cause
      Hair loss can occur due to low thyroid functioning, poor digestion, parasites, nutrient deficiencies such as iron or biotin, hormonal problems, aging, trauma, post-pregnancy, skin disease, diabetes, chemotherapy, and stress. All of these factors must be considered and ruled out to be sure hair loss is not part of a more serious, underlying condition.

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      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: For temporary or severe hair loss, massage lavender, rosemary, thyme, or sage essential oils directly onto the scalp.

      Ayurveda: The Ayurvedic herbs ashwagandha and amla can help stimulate hair growth in cases that are not due to genetic predisposition.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet high in potato (with skins intact), green and red peppers, sprouts, and unpeeled cucumbers. Such foods are high in silica, which gives strength to hair and nails. Foods high in iron, such as some lean meats and raisins, are also important. Sea vegetables such as kelp are also good for the hair and support proper thyroid function. Be sure to check for and eliminate any foods to which you may be allergic or sensitive.

      Herbs: Massage the scalp nightly with an oil made of one part rosemary oil and two parts almond oil.

      Homeopathy: Sepia, Arnica, and Acidum nit. are useful homeopathic remedies.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the combined juice of carrot, beet, spinach, nettle, and alfalfa, adding a bit of onion.

      Lifestyle: Circulation to the scalp is important and can help prevent hair loss. Increase exercise, scalp massage, and try lying on a slant board for 15 minutes a day.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following supplements are essential for healthy hair growth: flaxseed oil, biotin, niacin, vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin B5, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), silica, iron, trace minerals, and zinc. Free form amino acids, especially cysteine, can also be helpful, as can kelp tablets, desiccated liver, and thyroid glandulars.

      Although elevated levels of copper can lead to brittle hair and split ends, low copper levels can also result in hair loss, and should therefore also be considered.

      Topical Treatment: Rub castor oil into the scalp for ten minutes, then apply a hot damp towel for 30 minutes, and then cover your head with a plastic shower cap and keep in place overnight. The next morning, wash out your hair. Do this for two nights, then, repeat this using extra virgin olive oil for two nights, then use wheat germ oil for two nights. Rest one night and repeat seven-day cycle.

      Apple cider vinegar used as a hair rinse can also help stimulate hair growth.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating of hair loss: Acupuncture, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  29. QUESTION:
    Best type of birth control for me?
    Im currently on the pill Yasmin, which is working fine for me but Im really worried about the side effects. Breast cancer really runs in my family, and so does strokes and high blood pressure. Also, my mom had a really painful ovarian cyst when she was my age, which is also caused by the pill. What other type of birth control do you suggest I try? Im thinking either the patch or the shot, but how effective are they/is anyone of you on these? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The patch and the shot are also both hormonal methods of birth control, so switching to those from the BC pill would do nothing to alleviate your risk of breast cancer.

      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  30. QUESTION:
    Estrogen, Hormone Replacement Therapy and Cardiovascular Disease?
    Looking more info about it for my mom..apparently she can't take estrogen cause of her Cardiovascular Disease, after been prescribed Zoloft we are looking for alternatives and second opinions...

    what Hormone Replacement Therapy she can take for treatment after hysterectomy surgery..web info??? forums?? natural therapy??? anything can help!! thanks a lot in advance!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely get second and third opinions. The reason that they think that the HRT might not be Ok for someone with cardiovascular disease (CVD) is because of a large, long-term trial with the specific hormones premarin (horse estrogen) and provera (an artificial progesterone). There was a very very small risk, but the risk was definitely there. However, the same people at the same time did a study with women who had had hysterectomies and therefore did not need to take progesterone, so only took estrogen. Those women did not have the same problems with cardiovascular risk, so there are some strong indications that the risk might be entirely due to the specific type of artificial progesterone, which, having had a hysterectomy, your mother does not need to take. She only needs to take estrogen, and if she takes it, she'll feel better. Furthermore, it might be that some of the risk is due to increased risk of blood clots, which occur when one takes estrogen orally (which is how the people in this large study took the estrogen). Estrogen taken via a skin patch or via a cream does NOT increase risk of blood clots, though a lot of docs don't know this because it's only been confirmed in the last few years. It HAS been confirmed, though, it's not just a theory or my own opinion. The point is that all of the risks might be due to oral estrogen and progesterone. And your mother does not need to use either of those products--she can use an estrogen patch or estrogen cream. So keep talking with docs and find one who is more willing to explore these ideas. Maybe they'll still say no, but it's worth some more attempts. Especially see if you can find a menopause expert.

  31. QUESTION:
    how do u get rid of cellulite? I'm a size 7 but i have a Lil cellulite any one know how to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jen

      Here are some ideas.

      Cause
      Cellulite is due to an increased ratio of fat cells to lean body mass. In order to reverse it, reducing body fat content and building up muscle mass is important. Spot reducing, aimed at fat reduction at specific body sites, is extremely difficult, and often is not possible.

      Cellulite is formed by fibroid masses of protein that have accumulated in the spaces between the cells due to faulty elimination of waste by-products through the lymphatic system, your body`s filtration system.

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      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Juniper, rosemary, lavender, lemon, or geranium essential oils rubbed into the affected areas can be very helpful.

      Bodywork: Self-massage the affected area regularly.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet with less complex carbohydrates and sugars than is usually recommended for the average person. Also drink large amounts of filtered water and decrease your total fat intake to below 20 percent of your total diet. Also avoid eating animal fats and processed fats, and do not eat protein at night since unused protein in the body puts a greater load on the lymphatic system.

      Exercise to Reduce or Eliminate Cellulite: Since gravity is the primary force that creates cellulite, the following exercise is beneficial: First, gently jump on a mini-trampoline or rebounder (if available) to create pumping action in the lymph system. Then, using gravity to drain the lymph system, place your legs up against a wall or over a chair and massage, very lightly, the crease formed by the legs and the abdomen in order to open the deep inguinal lymph nodes, which is where all of the accumulation that forms the cellulite must pass to be eliminated from the body.

      Flower Essences: Crab Apple can help release feelings associated with negative body image. Add two drops into 4 ounces of pour water four times a day and continue until you reclaim your positive body image.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of horse chestnut bark and gotu kola tinctures and take 1/2 teaspoon three times a day. Topically apply a compress made with white birch oil, morning and evening, or apply an ointment or lotion made from horse chestnut twice a day. Aloe vera extract can also be applied topically to the affected areas.

      Juice Therapy: Beet and carrot juice combined together can help flush out toxins and stimulate the lymphatic system, helping to reduce cellulite deposits.

      Skin Brushing: This staple of naturopathic medicine, which involves the use of a natural bristle brush that is gently used to scrub the skin of the entire body in gentle circular motions to encourage removal of dead skin, stimulates the lymph system and increases blood circulation in underlying organs and tissues, contributing to better elimination of fat deposits such as cellulite and enhanced skin function generally, leaving your skin soft and glowing. It should be performed daily for at least 5 minutes and ideally be followed by a bath in which essential oils are used.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of cellulite: Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator), Magnetic Field Therapy, Massage Therapy (especially Lymphatic Massage), Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Naturopathic Medicine

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  32. QUESTION:
    how do i fix erectile dysfunction?
    I have been watching way to much porn, and it has fucked up my body
    after reading this article: http://www.reuniting.info/how_i_recovered_from_porn_related_erectile_dysfunction

    i realized how serious this is, and people seem to ignore, but it's true.

    it seems few have aknowledge of it, and i seek more advice on yahoo.

    • ANSWER:
      The best fix for erectile dysfunction of course depends on the underling cause.

      For some men, certain medications, medical conditions (such as diabetes, hypotension, atherosclerosis) or even damage following surgery may be significant causal factors. In this situation, the best bet is to consult with your doctor and work out what your options are, what alternatives exist.

      Otherwise, simple aging and the associated drop in your 'testosterone tank' are likely culprits. Fixes for this include patches, hormone replacement therapy, or natural health shop supplements (such as Herbal Ignite for one) which work to restore your body's natural production over time. If you do go down the latter path, a herbal supplement, check what herbs are included. A good amount of Tribulus Terrestris in particular is important.

      Psychological factors can also contribute, and with younger guys in particular it's likely these are at root, e.g anxiety, stress, depression etc. Some easy natural ways to deal with this are improving work/life balance, getting regular recreation and relaxation time, improving diet/exercise habits, maybe even seeing a counselor or therapist.

      And yes, some people think too much porn may cause ED. The argument being, that porn trains you to respond sexually to novel stimuli, and soon even porn that did it for you in the first place loses its appeal. Obviously it's not hard to see how this may then go on to impact your sex life with a regular partner. Whether or not porn is causing this much disturbance in your own life, I guess the best judge of that would be you or maybe a sexual therapist.

      Anyway, hope that helps!

  33. QUESTION:
    After hysterectomy, (inc ovaries), what kind of hormone replacement would a 46 yr old have to go on? estrogen?
    Im having a full hysterectomy in the near future, im 46 and have not yet started menopause. After my op, is it completely necessary to go on hormone replacement therapy? If i choose not to, what will happen?
    Will i go into menopause and then thats it?
    If I do go onto HRT, what hormone will i need to replace? Mainly estrogen?
    I am not keen on early menopause as i do not want to age any quicker than i already am!
    I am also hoping to find a natural alternative... thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      It would be a decision made between you and your doctor as to whether you had HRT or not. If the hysterectomy takes your ovaries, you would begin instant menopause- and what that did would depend on you and your body. HRT is primarily to replace the estrogen, and doctors don't like to give it for more than about six months because it puts you at a higher risk for a heart attack or stroke. How bad the symptoms will be is anyone's guess. A lot of how bad it feels is really your personal take on matters. As far as how old you feel, that's a matter between your ears, not a matter of the reproductive system. If you are looking at a complete hysterectomy, obviously things aren't functioning correctly now- things couldn't get any worse really. Once the body settles down to the postoperative changes, and the changes in hormones, you may well find menopause to be particularly attractive. You will like the freedom from the monthly inconvenience of a period, no more pregnancy fears, and no more problems. It can actually improve the sex life, being free of those concerns. And honestly, nobody can exactly tell you are post menopausal unless you tell them. It's their guess up to a certain point, really. Nothing else about you has to much change. You will need to up the calcium intake, but most of the changes are really sensible life changes anyway- things like a low fat diet, exercise and the rest. There are no "natural" alternatives to hormone therapy, as estrogen is a body product, not a plant product. The estrogen like compounds in soy are similar, but not the same. There was a theory that soy intake was why oriental women didn't have menopausal problems, but the explanation is likely more social conditioning. It's actually honorable to grow old in the orient, they don't see it as a bad thing. So menopause is not a thing to be dreaded, it's a rite of passage into the status of honored elder woman, with wisdom and experience to be sought out by younger women. I won't say there aren't some physical discomforts, there may be some. But how bad it is, that's for you to decide. You can consider it freedom, or a sentence - that's up to you really. Speaking as an "honorable older woman", it's really not that bad. And I'm not so old that anyone else would suspect either.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why is my hair getting thinner? I am a teenage female. My scalp is red.?
    I have some dandruff but it isn't extreme. Sometimes my head like of hurts and itches at the same time. I am losing hair all over my head, not in a specific spot. I don't have a thyroid problem. I have already had a blood test. My dermatologist said that I had iron that was a little low (27) .

    • ANSWER:
      HI There

      Look closely at the causes of dandruff below. The blood has toxins and you need to do some cleanses (colon and liver). This will assist your internal organs to rid of the toxins and clear up your blood.

      Cause
      It is frequently due to digestive disturbances, and is highly related to the general health of the entire body.

      The most common cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, a mild scalp inflammation with excessive fatty secretions that usually starts as dry or greasy scaling of the skin, but may progress to yellow-red scaling bumps along the hairline, behind the ears, in the ear canals, on the eyebrows, on the bridge of the nose, in the folds around the nose, or on the breastbone. Don`t pick or your scratch scalp, as this will only exacerbate your condition.

      When infants get dandruff, it is called cradle cap, which is a yeast problem. Many skin experts in Europe consider dandruff in adults to also be a yeast problem. In other words, dandruff is often an external symptom of an internal problem. Therefore, dandruff treatments can be similar to those for treating candidiasis.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures for Dandruff
      Aromatherapy: Patchouli, rosemary, and/or tea tree oil can be massaged into the scalp.

      Diet: Increase raw foods as part of an overall organic, whole foods diet. Also eat more salads and green vegetables, avoid fried foods, and significantly reduce your intake of fats, sugar, dairy products, chocolate, seafood, and nuts.

      Flower Essences: Crab Apple can help with feelings of poor self-image due to dandruff.

      Herbs: Rinse your hair and scalp with a strong infusion of nettle, sage, and rosemary, and drink a cup of nettle tea and take evening primrose oil (three capsules) daily.

      Homeopathy: Arsen alb., Graphites, Lycopodium, Thuja, Sepia, Sulfur, and Cantharis are useful homeopathic remedies for dandruff.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment.

      Nutritional Supplementation:
      The following nutrients are all useful for helping to prevent and reverse dandruff: vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids (particularly omega-6), vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc. Kelp tablets can also help.

      Topical Treatment: Soak your hair in a warm apple cider vinegar solution, the wrap your head in a towel. After one hour, wash your hair. In addition, you can apply vitamin E oil to your scalp each night for three weeks. Tea tree oil shampoo is also recommended.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of dandruff: Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy

      Best of health to you

  35. QUESTION:
    How to Treat Oligomenorrhea?
    We want to get pregnant! How can we treat my wife's Oligomenorrhea without fertility drugs?

    • ANSWER:
      What is the treatment?
      Treatment of oligomenorrhea depends on the cause. Oligomenorrhea in teenagers and women near menopause requires no treatment at all. Serious athletes may need to vary their training routine and improve their eating habits in order to resume a regular menstrual cycle. Oligomenorrhea is often treated with birth control pills to improve the woman's hormonal balance. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome also are treated with hormones. Anorexia nervosa is a complicated eating disorder that affects the patient's physical and mental health. If an eating disorder is causing the symptoms, the disorder must be addressed through a combination of medical treatment and psychotherapy. If symptoms are caused by a tumor, the tumor may need to be surgically removed. Alternative treatments for oligomenorrhea include natural hormone replacement therapy, glandular therapy, acupuncture, herbal therapy, and meditation. Your doctor can help find the right combination of treatments for you. Most women who follow a treatment plan that results in more frequent periods find that they are able to conceive a child when they are ready.

      Self-care tips
      Always check with your doctor if you miss more than one menstrual period, especially if you are sexually active and have not used birth control. If you are overweight, avoid extreme diets that deprive you of the calories you need to stay active and maintain a normal energy level. If you have an irregular cycle, try keeping a record of when your period starts and stops each month. This information will be helpful if you need to see your doctor about your symptoms. Avoid cigarette smoking, recreational drugs, and excessive use of alcohol. Also avoid situations that you know cause extreme stress. If you are involved in strenuous physical activity, you may need to cut back on your program to help your periods become regular again.

  36. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy from unprotected sex while on "white" birth control and my period?
    I had unprotected sex while on the "White" birth control pills (sugar pills) and started my period that same day. I didn't realize I was having my period till after I had sex. Can I get pregnant? Should I take the "Plan B"?
    I've only been on the pill fro 2 months I will be starting month 3.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. They all administer the same hormones by different delivery methods. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  37. QUESTION:
    Kind of an odd question, but can you answer it, please?
    Ok. For about three years now, my head has not stopped itching like crazy. I've tried using special dandruff shampoos; I've tried salt and oil; I've tried scratching the hell out of my head until it started bleeding, but the itching just wont go away. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Neptunia

      Look closely at the causes of dandruff below. The blood has toxins and you need to do some cleanses (colon and liver). This will assist your internal organs to rid of the toxins and clear up your blood for long term health.

      Cause
      It is frequently due to digestive disturbances, and is highly related to the general health of the entire body.

      The most common cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, a mild scalp inflammation with excessive fatty secretions that usually starts as dry or greasy scaling of the skin, but may progress to yellow-red scaling bumps along the hairline, behind the ears, in the ear canals, on the eyebrows, on the bridge of the nose, in the folds around the nose, or on the breastbone. Don`t pick or your scratch scalp, as this will only exacerbate your condition.

      When infants get dandruff, it is called cradle cap, which is a yeast problem. Many skin experts in Europe consider dandruff in adults to also be a yeast problem. In other words, dandruff is often an external symptom of an internal problem. Therefore, dandruff treatments can be similar to those for treating candidiasis.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures for Dandruff
      Aromatherapy: Patchouli, rosemary, and/or tea tree oil can be massaged into the scalp.

      Diet: Increase raw foods as part of an overall organic, whole foods diet. Also eat more salads and green vegetables, avoid fried foods, and significantly reduce your intake of fats, sugar, dairy products, chocolate, seafood, and nuts.

      Flower Essences: Crab Apple can help with feelings of poor self-image due to dandruff.

      Herbs: Rinse your hair and scalp with a strong infusion of nettle, sage, and rosemary, and drink a cup of nettle tea and take evening primrose oil (three capsules) daily.

      Homeopathy: Arsen alb., Graphites, Lycopodium, Thuja, Sepia, Sulfur, and Cantharis are useful homeopathic remedies for dandruff.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment.

      Nutritional Supplementation:
      The following nutrients are all useful for helping to prevent and reverse dandruff: vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids (particularly omega-6), vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc. Kelp tablets can also help.

      Topical Treatment: Soak your hair in a warm apple cider vinegar solution, the wrap your head in a towel. After one hour, wash your hair. In addition, you can apply vitamin E oil to your scalp each night for three weeks. Tea tree oil shampoo is also recommended.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of dandruff: Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy

      Best of health to you

  38. QUESTION:
    anyone to talk to about endometriosis and treatments?
    ok i'm 22 and i was diagnosed with endometriosis at 16. i had a laparoscopy and laser treatment to burn the endo away and was put on the drug provera for three months to give me the hormones of pregnancy to discourage the endo from growing back. they also fitted me with a mirena coil. this worked for four years then the pain, fainting, cramps, heavy twice a month periods, pain during sex and general discomfort came back with a vengeance. i once got a pain so bad during sex that i fainted. my boyfriend was seriously freaked out!

    so, just before christmas i had the same operation again. i am now on a six month course of injections that have given me a fake menopause. they gave me this because there was stuff on my ovaries that couldnt be burned away. the effects of this injection are supposed to last for five years. i had the last one last month. i am bloated, seriously moody and am getting terrible hot flushes all the time. i was reccommended to go on HRT hormone replacement therapy but when i researched it, i saw that it can kinda promote breast cancer which my family already has a history of so i am not taking it.

    i was hoping to find someone who has gone through this or something similar to talk to as no one that i know can really understand. i lost touch with most of my friends because i had to keep cancelling nights out or go home early because of pain, so i dont really have anyone to go to for advice or just to talk. can any one help me out?

    also is there a natural alternative for HRT that doesnt promote breast cancer?

    sorry this was so long and thank you for reading

    • ANSWER:
      I am 29 years old, just found out in Jan that I have Stage 4 Endo. I had a 4cm bleeding cyst removed and also the Endo that my doc could burn off, she did during my laproscopy. My doc then informed me that I needed to get on Lupron injections (which it sounds like you just got off of). I had 2 injections, I have refused to take the next 4 months of injections, this has been by far, the worst 2 months of my life. I experienced many of the same side effects from the injection as you.

      My doc has taken me off and placed me on Birth Control to help with the Endo. I actually went in today for an ultrasound to see what, if any, help the injections had done for my Endo. The shot helped wonderful, but I cannot get back on them being that I had the horrible side effects.

      I am going next week to get a 2nd opinion concerning my Endo since it is so bad. My DH and I do want a child soon, so we are needing to see what steps we can take to have a child before I have to have a hysterectomy, which I was told is probably going to happen in 1-2 years.

      If I were you, Id try another opinion if necessary. Always research and ask any questions you may have before starting any other treatment options. If something just doesnt sound right to you, then ask.

      You may also want to check out weareendo.com. I have recently joined and its a wonderful website for ladies with Endo. So much support from ladies who are going through the exact same things we are.

      I feel your pain!
      GL

  39. QUESTION:
    could the copper coil be disagreeing with me?
    I had the copper coil inserted a year ago and since then my periods have got increasingly worse. They are so so heavy and have big clots. I am feeling tired and have bad headaches. Could it not be agreeing with me and could I be anaemic?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal IUD and Copper Coil, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  40. QUESTION:
    Would like to know in depth info on Pueraria Mirifica.?
    How useful/harful is it to take Pueraria Mirifica as a supplement towards preventing breast cancer and enhancing the bust?Would it have any side effects or negative effect towards fertility?Is there an age limit in consuming Pueraria Mirifica?

    Please state your source if applicable.Tks alot in advance for those who answer me. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Pueraria mirifica (also known as Kwao Krua) is a root found in northern and north eastern Thailand and Myanmar.In Thailand, the plant “Kwao Krua” is considered to be a rejuvenating drug and has a history in folk medicine.

      Yhe region where this plant is grown is remarkable for its low rate of breast cancer and impressive longevity.The plant tuber contains phytoestrogens such as miroestrol, deoxymiroestrol, which are found only in Peuraria mirifica. They are much stronger than soy or red clover isoflavones, and are under investigation for possible use in hormone replacement therapy .

      It works really well for PMT and estrogen dominance, even where progesterone and lesser herbals, such a Black Cohosh, have failed.

      Side effect or bonus?

      But beware if you take it. You may end up with enlarged breasts! This is almost a side effect but Pueraria mirifica is now being promoted commercially for breast enhancement. You can buy it on eBay. Someone is even producing a chewing gum called B2Up (Bust-up Gum). Predictably, I suppose, it was a big hit in Japan, where girls long for (supposed) Western-style melons on their chest.

      Surprisingly, all this is borne out by science. Tests carried out by Thailand's Chulalongkorn University found Pueraria mirifica therapy was able to enhance breast size by up to 80%. Further tests carried out in England found that the plant had a beneficial effect on the skin, and hair, as well as the breasts.

      This blessed little herb is truly a gift to women tormented by their hormones.It actually works as well as the drug Tamoxophen, to reduce risk of breast cancer cells proliferating. This would make sense if it displaces estrogen mimics. There is much more to research on this incredible story, which it appears should be in the diet of every women from adolescence on, so that we bring breast cancer rates down to what is proven to be the lowest in the world .

      N there is no age limit.. but recommended 18+ as there will b release of natural harmones in body.

      Link:
      http://www.alternative-doctor.com/anti-ageing/pueraria.html

      How Pueraria Mirifica Enlarge Breasts

      http://www.articlesbase.com/women%27s-issues-articles/how-pueraria-mirifica-enlarge-breasts-133159.html

  41. QUESTION:
    Is there any other treatment for perimenopause symptom other than hormone replacement therapy?
    I have been experiencing spotting for about 8 weeks now. It started after having irregular periods. I was thinking that reaching menopause would be a breeze for me. I started when I was 12 years old. I'm now over 50. I've been having a very irregular period, very light, with spotting in between periods. Last month, I was very normal. I talked to my health care professional and she said that if the progesterone treatment didn't work that I would need to start hormone replacement therapy or even birth control pills. I am very reluctant to start birth control pills and especially HRT (hormone replacement therapy) because of the serious health risks. I don't bleed heavily nor am I experiencing any pain from the bleeding. I am very aware of the health risks concerning cancer. My mother died from cervical cancer 20 years ago. My parents divorced because of my father cheating on my mother. The oncologist believed my mother had HPV complications. This is before the research confirming the link between cervical cancer and HPV. He said that she had an STD at some point and the scarring from the disease brought on my mother's cancer. My father had been having numerous affairs with other women. My mother was faithful to my dad. She had post menopause bleeding and lost dramatic amounts of weight.
    This is why I don't want to risk my health to an HRT. I know the links between heart disease, strokes and other female cancers. I don't want to be tortured by the menopause symptoms either. Is there a safe alternative to HRT? Why do conventional doctors only know one therapy for menopause? They should know the serious risks to this kind of therapy but yet still adhere to it. I'm very irritated. I'm trying to do my best with everything. Has anyone had similar experiences with perimenopause? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I went to the health food store and got some herbals.
      Unfortunately, I don't remember the names. They actually have menopause blends, just ask.
      I'm done now, but other than some hot flashes, it just went away.
      No mood swings, no stupidity (any more than usual), the hot flashes were rare and didn't last long.
      Having spent many years in the medical field, I can tell you that no doctor will tell you to try the natural way first.
      Best of luck to you!

  42. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of dandruff?
    I currently have dandruff buy was informaed that this is due to a dry scalp. I have tried all the dandruff shampoes and found the only thing that will work is if i apply baby lotion to my head to prevent dry scalp. But this must be dont once per day as soon as I get out of the shower. What I am looking for is something that would only need to be appied every few days or once a week. Any help would be great

    • ANSWER:
      HI TruckerKid

      Look closely at the causes of dandruff below. The blood has toxins and you need to do some cleanses (colon and liver). This will assist your internal organs to rid of the toxins and clear up your blood for long term health.

      Cause
      It is frequently due to digestive disturbances, and is highly related to the general health of the entire body.

      The most common cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, a mild scalp inflammation with excessive fatty secretions that usually starts as dry or greasy scaling of the skin, but may progress to yellow-red scaling bumps along the hairline, behind the ears, in the ear canals, on the eyebrows, on the bridge of the nose, in the folds around the nose, or on the breastbone. Don`t pick or your scratch scalp, as this will only exacerbate your condition.

      When infants get dandruff, it is called cradle cap, which is a yeast problem. Many skin experts in Europe consider dandruff in adults to also be a yeast problem. In other words, dandruff is often an external symptom of an internal problem. Therefore, dandruff treatments can be similar to those for treating candidiasis.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures for Dandruff
      Aromatherapy: Patchouli, rosemary, and/or tea tree oil can be massaged into the scalp.

      Diet: Increase raw foods as part of an overall organic, whole foods diet. Also eat more salads and green vegetables, avoid fried foods, and significantly reduce your intake of fats, sugar, dairy products, chocolate, seafood, and nuts.

      Flower Essences: Crab Apple can help with feelings of poor self-image due to dandruff.

      Herbs: Rinse your hair and scalp with a strong infusion of nettle, sage, and rosemary, and drink a cup of nettle tea and take evening primrose oil (three capsules) daily.

      Homeopathy: Arsen alb., Graphites, Lycopodium, Thuja, Sepia, Sulfur, and Cantharis are useful homeopathic remedies for dandruff.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment.

      Nutritional Supplementation:
      The following nutrients are all useful for helping to prevent and reverse dandruff: vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids (particularly omega-6), vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc. Kelp tablets can also help.

      Topical Treatment: Soak your hair in a warm apple cider vinegar solution, the wrap your head in a towel. After one hour, wash your hair. In addition, you can apply vitamin E oil to your scalp each night for three weeks. Tea tree oil shampoo is also recommended.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of dandruff: Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy

      Best of health to you

  43. QUESTION:
    What are some herbal supplements my sister can take for premenopausal symptoms?
    Trying to help my sister find some alternatives to Hormone/Estrogen Replacement Therapy. She is 44 yrs old, however she had a partial hysterectomy at the age of 33 leaving only her ovaries. She is beginning to have slight depression, headaches, sex drive has gone out the window.... type of symptoms.

    If anyone has tried any natural supplements, I would like to hear whether they've helped or done nothing at all.

    Thank you in advance.
    You mean to tell me they have a women's health sections and no one on here has this problem or has used herbal supplements for hot flashes or depression?

    • ANSWER:
      One common problem that happens is this. I have been there and done that. You have to figure out what it is first that is destroying her sex drive. If shes on medication like birth control or anti-depressants that is something to think about and do research on. Other then that it could just be stress, maybe the kids, really anything that makes your life stressful can do this and lower the libido.

      One thing I tried that seemed to work while I was doing it was exercising. I just felt sexier doing it which kind of boosted my libido. However it wasn't the best solution for me. My friend told me about these herbal enhancers that are made from natural herbs and don't cause any side effects besides having wild sex. She said it's the female version of viagra that you should suggest to her. I had to find out.

      I would always have a weak orgasm too (if I had one at all), which after trying this sex enhancer, it boosted them tremendously. I don't get multiple orgasms but I've had plenty since being on these herbs. It's seriously like the best vibrator ride you've ever experienced. These things make me horny all the time, some days I don't even take them because the urge is just too strong.

      Don't try out single herbs because they don't do it like the blend of herbs these scientists and researchers pick out. I've tried a couple of them by itself and they did crap. The stuff that I'm on is called Hersolution, at the time I saved money on it at herenhancement.com . Make sure she gets the 3 month supply that way you fall under the guarantee/return policy if the herbs don't work for her, she can return them with no questions ask. I bet they will work though and you won't have any problems. Also if shes on medication of any sort, check out the gel because if your like me, you wouldn't want to swallow any thing that might react with the medications your already on.

      Well have a good day and hopefully you solved your problem.

  44. QUESTION:
    What do people know about Lupus?
    A friend was recently diagnosed and I am trying to offer support and advice is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Just Me

      Here are some answers and ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating Lupus: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork, Cell Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Enzyme Therapy, Guided Imagery, Homeopathy, Juice Therapy, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Qigong, Rolfing, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to both of you

  45. QUESTION:
    Can you still orgasm after having ovaries removed (complete hysterectomy) without hormone replacement therapy?
    I am only 24 years old and I have the breast cancer gene BRCA2. Unfortunately, this gene can cause more than breast cancer. It is associated with an increased risk of ovarian, breast, and melanoma cancer. Ovarian cancer is very difficult to diagnose in its earlier stages and often it is too late once symptoms do occur. This means that my doctor has advised me to have my ovaries removed after I have my children, which will probably be in my thirties. Also, I cannot take Hormone Replacement Therapy because of the BRCA2 gene. Like I said before I am very young and my husband and I have an awesome sex life. He is very patient, caring, and understands about female physiology and biology. I always orgasm when we have sex because I orgasm by clitoral stimulation during intercourse. I'm worried that once my ovaries are removed, which is imminent, that I will never enjoy sex again. In my opinion sex helps me with depression, pain such as headache cramps, and even anxiety. In fact, the part of the brain responsible for anxiety shuts down during orgasm and your pain threshold increases. I think orgasm is a very important part of my health.

    I have been reading many hysterectomy blogs and I think it is crazy when I hear woman say that "sex is still good but I don't have orgasms" or "the desire is mostly gone but it feels the same." If you have no desire to have sex why are you having sex? In my opinion if I don't have the desire and you’re doing it anyway do you not feel like you’re being raped? Secondly, if you’re not having an orgasm that means that sex is not feeling good enough to make you orgasm. Anyone who has ever had an orgasm knows that the best part of sex is right before you orgasm. I live in a very conservative town and dread having to discuss this with my very conservative doctor. I will eventually talk to my doctor but I would like to hear from woman who have actually been through this. I find that anecdotal records can be very enlightening.

    If you have had your ovaries removed be honest and let me know if you still have orgasms. If you do, how do you have them (clitoral or vaginal). Do you think it takes longer to orgasm? Do they feel the same? Can you still orgasm by manual stimulus of clitoris or does it have to be with help by a vibrator or other aids? Make sure you include if you had Hormone Replacement Therapy because like I said before, I cannot take hormones. Or maybe you have never had an orgasm and the surgery did not have and affect on it.

    I know Some studies say that woman report no change in their sex life but this raises many questions for me. Were these woman satisfied with their sex lives before the surgery? Did they have orgasms pre and post surgery? Do orgasms feel the same pre and post surgery? Do they feel sexually aroused as often as they did before the surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      I had ovarian cancer at 19, and fought for many years to keep one ovary, but eventually had it out at age 33 (but I take hormones--more on that later). I've been to a lot of ovarian cancer advocacy meetings and support groups and all that. And my honest answer is: sex will change. And you may very well find you can't orgasm at all with no hormones. Some can, though it is occasional and not as intense. And there's huge misinformation out there, because when they talk about whether you can or you can't, or whether sex is better or worse, most of the things people cite pertain to HYSTERECTOMIES only.

      Anyway, I'm trying to be honest here, because I want you to get a clear picture, but I also want to present a few possible alternatives that you can explore with your doctors--and I recommend you go to a doctor at a teaching hospital, not your own small town doctor, because the teaching hospital doctors will be up on the research more. And get third and fourth opinions, too. And at least one of those opinions should be from a gynecologic-oncologist. So a few potential alternatives--I don't know if the docs will say these are OK or not. First of all:
      1) being on birth control pills for 10 years restores the risk of those with familial breast and ovarian cancer down to the risk of someone without BRCA1 or BRCA 2. So what about if you went on birth control pills for 10 years before having surgery? Or get breasts removed and get implants and use birth control pills?

      2) Do you have to get them out at age 24? I thought the recommendation for those with BRCA1 or BRCA 2 was at age 35.

      3) What about getting breasts and ovaries removed, yet being on replacement hormones? Can you take hormones if you have had your breasts removed? I'd choose hormones over keeping my breasts any day. You can have implants so they'll look the same. Hormones have MUCH MUCH more importance on your health, well-being, quality of life, mental faculties, and even personality, than do natural breasts. (I use hormones, because my tumor didn't metastacize.)

      Anyway, those are my thoughts. I'm sorry if this sounds really overwhelming. Feel free to email me if you like. Good luck!

      *I wrote a really long answer--longer than this. And it wouldn't let me post it because it was too long. So I shortened it. But if you want more info, email me.

  46. QUESTION:
    has anyone tried seasonale birth control if so do you like it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  47. QUESTION:
    Is my Wife Menopausal?
    My wife has been experiencing Hot sweats, sleeplessness, irritability and her periods have stopped 6 to 8 months ago and she has gained weight. She is 49.

    She has several blood tests which have proved she is NOT going through the Menopause?

    So what is happening? The Doctor thinks she may be showing some symptoms, which is the reason she has put her on a low dose of HRT.

    Are there any other women this has happened to who have found out what has been happening to there bodies and what treatment were you prescribed.

    Are there any alternative medical suggestions and tests and any alternative natural therapy.

    The Doctor has prescribed her 1mg of Elleste Duet, a low dose of Hormone replacement therapy, but she is worried about taking medication for something that hasnt been correctly diagnosed and which could be detrimental to her health?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment always seems to be HRT (hormone replacement). My mother refused this and soldiered on through mild depression, night sweats, hot flushes and some weight gain.
      15 years later there is still the odd hot flush but as she said all through it "It will pass" - and it did.
      There is advice and a 'herbal HRT'.
      Google Uk alternative therapy for menopause.
      Treat her kindly, it isn't very pleasant at times!

  48. QUESTION:
    I am about to start the Birth Control called Loestrin24FE, i was wondering if it increases your breast size?

    • ANSWER:
      If it does increase your breast size, do you think that's a healthy thing? I don't.

      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. They all administer the same hormones by different delivery methods. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  49. QUESTION:
    What natural alternatives to hormone therapy can I offer my mom who insists she is not in menopause?
    My mom will not let go of an article she read ten years ago about menopausal hormone replacements causing cancer. There have been many medical advances in this area since then and 3 doctors I have asked say there is no risk in modern hormone therapy. My mom is very defensive saying that we are the ones with the problem and she is and feels perfectly normal. She is not normal and is pushing her family away by being so difficult and just plain mean and viscous. I just want her to be informed and she refuses to even read on the internet about it. She is comfortable being depressed and miserable and likes to make everyone else as miserable as she must feel. I love my mom but please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      you could say to your mother that the great majority of cancer sufferers have never used hormones.
      Hormones are natural to the body. Replacement with herbs is not natural. How many people does your mom know who have black cohosh in their bodies naturally from birth?
      Natural means replacing like with like. I recommend the site by Uzzi Reiss an expert on balancing hormones.He has also written informative books
      Untreated menopause is more likely to trigger serious illness. We need hormones to maintain health but as your mom is feeling vulnerable she isn't certain what to do at this stage and we are frequently bombarded with scare stories about hormone therapy. I use Bio Identical hormones and feel wonderful on them.
      Your mother must be feeling unhappy to be so depressed but it is all part of suffering untreated hypogonadism and oestrogen deficiency is known for causing depression and anger.

  50. QUESTION:
    can transsexuals get hormones from birth control pills?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2


natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy

Natural And Herbal Remedies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What kind of natural/herbal remedies are there for Asthmatics?
    I am currently looking into natural/herbal remedies to help my gf reduce her asthma attacks. Problem is she hates teas and coffee. Is there anything else out there that might work? She also has several different allergies and a heart condition. So I'm a little hesitant to try any of this stuff on her.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the website below. Look up the following:
      Formulas 1,2, Cell Activator/Niteworks/Herbalifeline/Schizandra/Rose Ox/NRG/21 Day Cleanse/Mega Garlic/Herbal Aloe Drink. All natural and safe for asthmatics and heart conditions. As long as she does not have any dietary restrictions, all of these would be fine. Good Luck

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know a natural herbal remedy to reduce the scars I have after a bout of chicken pox?
    I had chicken pox in Feb of this year, and have a few scars left. One of them is bothering me abit at times as it tends to be painful sometimes. I would like a natural herbal remedy that would get rid of them. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      ...it will go away on its own...over time...

  3. QUESTION:
    What is a natural/herbal remedy for allergies?
    I suffer from ragweed pollen allergies, and between mid-Aug thru mid-Nov I'm pretty miserable. i do not want to take pharmaceuticals like Claritin... what natural/herbal remedies can help me? Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Stinging nettle or bayberry is for allergies. If you want a natural cure, I suggest that you get allergy desensitization shots. These are a tiny extract of the pollen and they slowly build up the dosage over several years.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the best natural remedies to cure asthma?
    Please list out the best of the natural, herbal remedies for asthma.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy for Asthma :-

      Dyspnoea aggravates during winter, worse from exposure to dust, change of weather, cold drinks, exertion, inhaling smoke and in the morning.Hoarseness of voice. Cough with pain in the chest Cassia Sophera Q(Mother Tincture) or 30, 4 hourly

      Dry cough; worse rest; dyspnoea at 4 P.M Penicillinum 200, 4 hourly

      During acute attack; when there is anxiety, fear and dyspnoea Aconite.Q and Ipecac.Q 1/2 hourly, 5 -10 drops alternatively

      In children with spasm, secretion of mucous and infection (as an intercurrent remedy) Bacillinum 1M fortnightly (6 Doses)

      In adults with spasm, secretion of mucous and infection (as an intercurrent remedy) Tub-koch.1M fortnightly (6 Doses)

      In sycotic patients; worse during daytime; better knee-chest position and sea side Medorrhinum 200 or 1M, fortnightly (3 Doses)

      For patients coming for homoeopathic treatment after taking steroids etc, bad affects of chilly patient Thuja 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      For chilly patient; worse after taking cold drinks or being angry; anxiety, restlessness and unquenchable thirst Arsenic Album 30, 2 hourly

      In children with history of worms Cina 10M or 50M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Bronchial asthma with high eosinophil count; thyroid disturbance Thyroidin.1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Better while lying on the back with arms and legs spread apart Psorinum 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Worse on falling asleep and after sleep, worse after taking sour food or vinegar etc Lachesis 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Excessive dyspnoea, cough and much mucous secretion, emphysema Antim Ars 6X or 30X, 3 hourly (6 Doses)

      Dyspnoea in the middle of night and early morning; wants windows open Sulphur 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Respiratory trouble due to foundry or traffic pollution Acid Sulphurosum 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Patient cannot breath properly only while standing Cannabis Sativa 200 or 1M, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Asthma of stone cutters, silk/cotton mill workers (should be used with great care) Silicea 30 or 200, 4 hourly(S.O.S)

      Smell of flowers causes asthma Ailanthus-G 30, 4 hourly

      Desires fanning during acute attack though body may be cold Carbo Veg 30, 1/2 hourly

      Difficult and hurried breathing; feels as if every breath is last; loss of thirst Apis Mel 30, 4 hourly

      Attacks during rainy season and dampness with loosening of bowels at each attack Natrum sulph 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Due to nervousness; spasm and constriction of chest; better drinking water Cuprum met.30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Due to anger; suffocative tightness of chest Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Worse in dry, cold weather and better in damp weather Hepar Sulph 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Patient cannot breath properly while lying in bed Grindelia.Q and Blatta Or Q, 2 hourly, 5-10 drops alternatively

      Asthma worse at night, when well selected remedies fail Syphilinum 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Due to suppressed emotions; grief (psychosomatic); little expectoration; worse inhaling smoke Ignatia 1M or 10M, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Amelioration while passing stools; worse inhaling dust Pothos Foe 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Difficulty in getting air into the lungs, better at sea; worse after coming on land; asthma of seafaring man Bromimum 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Want of breath on least motion; to stimulate respiratory centers to increase oxygen on the blood Aspidosperma Q 2 hourly, 5 -1 10 drops

      Due to strong odours; of gastric origin; dyspnoea and constriction of chest Sanguinaria 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Collapse due to acute attack; paralysis of lungs; cyanosis Acid-Hydro.30 or 200, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Catarrhal asthma; desire for open air; uterine disorders Sabina 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Dry, splenic asthma; dyspnoea and stiches in chest Scilla Mar 30, 4 hourly

      Hysterical asthma; cough;worse warmth of bed Nux Moch 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Nervous, spasmodic asthma; chocking on falling asleep Valeriana Q or 30, 4 hourly

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some good websites with information on herbal healing?
    I am really interested in natural, herbal remedies and herbal healing. Can you suggest any good websites where I can start to learn about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few that i know of :-
      http://www.hpathy.com/
      http://www.alternativemeasures.net/
      http://www.bachfloweressences.co.uk/
      http://www.moonslipper.com/HealingwithBachFlowerRemedies.html
      http://www.botanical.com/
      http://www.aarogya.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=117&Itemid=121
      http://www.sandmountainherbs.com/

      I hope it helps you in your search.
      Take care and God Bless

  6. QUESTION:
    what is the best and more effective chinese/herbal remedy to get rid of gallbladder stone?
    I need info alos on how to detox the gallbladder using proven natural herbal remedies?
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      8 oz of apple juice night and morning only. Malic acid will help soften the gall stones and prevent them from getting stuck. Do this for 30-90 days.

      Ingredients needed. MUST BE EXACT, NO “CLOSE” OR ‘IT IS THE SAME AND WILL WORK” STUFF

      - 1 can (not bottle, glass, etc) Coca Cola Classic (not new taste, not diet, not anything else.)
      - 1 lemon (not imitation juice, not anything else)
      - 6 oz of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (
      - 10 oz of Citrate of Magnesia – (kruse’s fluid magnesia in Australia) (again, no milk of magnesia, no substitutions, must be citrate of magnesia) – you can get at places like Walgreen’s near the other laxatives and it usually comes in a glass bottle on the top or bottom shelf, and may come in cherry flavor, lime or original. As long as it is citrate of magnesia.

      You will need one day when you can hang around at home in the bathroom to do this.

      Put 5 oz of the coke in a glass with 6 oz of Olive oil and take half the lemon and squeeze it into the glass. Then go to sleep (wait for 8 hours) and in the morning drink 10 oz of Citrate of Magnesia. Then be very near a bathroom for another 8 hours at least.

      The citrate of magnesia is a laxative and you will have lots of diarrhea. You will pass little green pea type things which are the gall stones.

      Remember, you must get rid of the cause of your gallstones otherwise you will just be treating the symptoms.

  7. QUESTION:
    Natural Herbal or acupuncture treatment to unblock Fallopian tubes?
    Has anyone had success with natural or herbal remedies to unblock their Fallopian tubes? Even Acupuncture? At this point I am trying everything before IVF and I have heard that there are natural ways to open them.

    • ANSWER:
      The most important thing to do is a fallopian tube massage technique taught in Chinese Fertility Massage. It's extremely gentle and painless, because you practice it on yourself while watching a DVD of a Massage Therapist demonstrating the techniques.

  8. QUESTION:
    Good websites that have SAFE natural herbal remedies?
    Just looking for websites with safe and natural herbal remedies that I can make at home? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Swansons vitamins.

  9. QUESTION:
    I have Asthma, Rhinitis and Sinusitis; are there any herbal remedies to unblock my sinuses?
    Having asthma is a pain in the butt enough, but I also have sinusitis and rhinitis; my sinuses are clogged all the time and I can barely breathe through my nose. It really sucks having to breathe loudly through one nostril or to mouth-breathe and I really hate side effects of my medications, does anyone happen to know any natural or herbal remedies for rhinitis and sinusitis?

    • ANSWER:
      My brother used to have the same problems as you!

      Anyway, if you have asthma, you don't want to use herbal remedies, because you could be allergic to the herbs and cause yourself even worse problems.

      Try salt water rinsing (sniffing up luke warm salt water through your nose and letting it drain through your sinuses). This is a natural way to clear them out with no side effects. My brother got addicted to it! You can also take steamy showers and drink warm liquids. Spicey food will help too. If you have a lot of thick mucus, try taking Mucinex. There are NO side effects, and it will thin your secretions so that they will drain more easily.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any herbal remedies for tobacco withdrawls?
    I am a smoker, and i really want to quit. I smoke about a half a pack a day, and i have tried a few times to quit cold turkey and it has never worked for me. Do any of you know any natural or herbal remedies to help me quit? I would really appriciate it.
    fieldhouse- Do you know where I could buy the licorice sticks? Would it be at a natural food store?
    You guys all had really great answers. I may try all of them. The licorice sticks sound like a great idea, i am going to try to go buy some tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      My sister taught quit smoking classes for years and I've heard this remedy for so long I can repeat it in my sleep.
      Natural Licorice sticks. No, not the candy, the herbs from the health food store. My mother, used them to quit smoking and she's been smoke free for over ten years, I have to think hard about the last time I remember her smoking. But, I do remember that summer when she carried a box of licorice sticks in her pockets, she would chew on them whenever she wanted to smoke. My sister said that the licorice sticks had a little nicotine substance in them, but you'd really have to plow through one of those sticks to fully satisfy your need, if you are trying to quit, its enough to get you over the rough spots. If you hang in there I know you can quit smoking.
      My sister received big notice and accolades for her success in helping so many people quit smoking with this natural remedy.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I remove hair cheaply and painlessly from my genital region?
    Sure I could get it professionally waxed but that costs - and it hurts. Suggestions for natural/herbal remedies would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      razor or nair

  12. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any creams for psoarisis, which actually do work?
    I have psoarisis on my face, i always seem to get them at this time of year. Do any fellow suffferer's of this condition know of any good products on the market which heal the scabs quickly? I'm mainly interested in hearing about natural, herbal remedies. I willl not use any creams containing steroids.
    Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      I have psoriasis and unfortunately there is no quick remedy to clear you up.

      I use a cream called Cerve which is 100% perfume free. It helps with my stubborn spots to heal fast and not cause any permanent marks. You may want to check with the doctor who is treating you for this condition.

      There are so many new products on the market today that don't have any steroids in them. Good luck!!!

  13. QUESTION:
    Having terrible nights sleep, please advise some good (realistic) herbal remedies?
    Please advise me some good/effective natural herbal remedies please, thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I went to a store in my area and I got Natural Factors samples. I'd been having a bad nights sleep the last few nights before that and I got some peace and rest 30 minutes after taking something called Tranquil Sleep (melatonin, 5HTP, and one other thing). Look it up.

  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used herbs to aid in getting pregnant?
    I'm looking into some natural herbal remedies to help us get pregnant. We've been trying for a year now with no luck. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. I would recommend taking Dong Quai and/or red rasberry leaf to help regulate your hormones and keep your cycle on track. This will make it easier for you to know exactly when you are ovulating and better enable you to conceive at the right time. Good Luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Ways to get rid of psoriasis/seborrhea on the scalp?
    I've had this before and used coal tar shampoo to get rid of it. I'm trying that again (2-3 times a week), but it doesn't seem to be working this time. Other than going to a dermatologist, is there any other way to get rid of it or at least lessen it? My next step is to try the salicylic acid shampoo, but I would like to hear about some natural, herbal remedies also.

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with SerenaSkin herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the scalp, and took anti-psoriasis extract internally. This treatment cleared my scalp just in a couple of weeks. A year later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there an herbal remedy for breast cysts that won't decrease my milk production?
    I have several cysts in my left breast. They were recently diagnosed by ultrasound. I'd like to avoid needle aspiration if possible and really like the idea of a natural or herbal remedy. I'm still breastfeeding my almost 5 month old daughter and don't want to jeopardize my milk supply though. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, but you must see an acupuncturist for an accurate pattern diagnosis
      something to read: Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San (Moutan & Gardenia Rambling Powder)
      in this link. http://74.6.116.140/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=kun+bu+and+breast+feeding&fr=fp-yie8&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=kun+bu+and+breast+feeding&d=5020700923859373&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=e4663cb4,ee12df9a&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=JZA.zazM8_vwGxAoJ5VCyQ--

      kelp, or seaweed is fairly easy to obtain

  17. QUESTION:
    Does a nutritionist count as a family doctor/health care provider?
    I don't agree with some (not all) MDs pushing meds or pills and would prefer the idea of having someone for my family and future kids who will use alternative approaches first. Also, someone I can ask questions to regarding natural herbal remedies and proper diet and nutrition needs. Are there some family practitioners (mds) who do this? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you can find health care providers that use alternative medicine. a nutritionist is not a doctor.

  18. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural, herbal remedies for depression?
    I realize I do need medication, but I am very hesitant about putting all those chemicals in my body, and I despise the pharmaceutical industry. I know there are lots of herbal remedies out there for helping with other ailments, but those are more physical then mental. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      The only natural things I can suggest are: meditating, music, weed, friends, and nature. Other than that, there's not many natural ailments to be found. Good luck with your depression, and the answer usually can always be found within our selves, really.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there any insurance company in canada that does not cover acupuncture and natural medicine?
    i am specifically looking for insurance companies that service in canada that DO NOT cover acupuncture, natural medicine, herbal remedies, and/ or other alternative medicine.

    thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      You posted to the USA board, but generally, "alternative medicine" of any kind is not covered by insurance.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can one deal with baaaaad mood swings?
    What are your tips?

    And also, is there any kinda natural herbal remedy for this sorta problem?
    @ dancer ~ lol no

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a good thing to do. Get out and do some physical activity. You can work out your frustration and get some benefits. Drink some herbal tea. Celestial Seasonings has one called Tension Tamer, Wal Mart and Kroger carry it. It helps me. Chamomile tea is good too.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some natural or herbal remedies for sleep paralysis?
    I have terrible sleep paralysis and im a naturalist so what are some herbal or natural remedies?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you are looking for ways of dealing with your sleep paralysis then you will find this article very relevant. Go through it as it looks at the causes and offers solutions.

      Sleep paralysis does not harm the body in any way but it can leave you feeling very tired and weak after a sleepless night. If you are experiencing frequent episodes then you might want to know if there is anything you can do to prevent sleep paralysis. You need to appreciate that this condition is a function of the mind and can be brought about by many things.

      Some places that offer extensive, detailed information and remedies include any one of the following: how do you Stop Sleep Paralysis, Stop Sleep Paralysis, remedies to sleep paralysis

      If you want to know how to prevent it then you must know how it is caused and what triggers. In all the cases anything that will disrupt your normal sleep cycle will trigger sleep paralysis. People who are under a lot of stress and tension are also likely to experience sleep paralysis.

      Try to be in a relaxed mood when you go to sleep. You could try and channel out your stress and frustrations through exercise. The idea is to go to sleep with a stress free mind. There are also stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and tobacco that are capable of disrupting your sleep. If you want to prevent sleep paralysis then avoid taking these substances at night or before you sleep.

      There are two things that will kick the brain out of sleep, light and sound. It is advisable to sleep in a dark room with all the appliances off. Keeping the radio and TV on while you sleep does little to improve the situation. Mantaining a regular sleeping schedule is also recommended.This will make sure the body gets used to waking up and sleeping at certain times only.

      There are many ways in which you can prevent sleep paralysis. The techniques that I’ve talked about here are just some of the things that you can do. You can also get to know how other peoplel have dealt with the condition.

  22. QUESTION:
    Will undereye circles/bags every go away or are they permanent? And what kind of potato do I use for them?
    I've read that putting slices of raw potato underneath the eyes are effective in treating undereye circles/bags, but I can't find out which kind of potato!

    I also developed allergies to my cat which I think caused the circles; is there a natural herbal remedy or natural product to get rid of this? I already have a hepa allergen filter.

    I've had these undereye circles for more than 6 months; with proper care is it reversible or am I stuck with them forever?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      get rid of the cat & get more sleep

  23. QUESTION:
    Natural treatment to unblock fellopian tubes?
    Has anyone had success with natural or herbal remedies to unbloack their fellopian tubes? At this point I am trying everything before IVF and I have heard that there are natural ways to open them.

    • ANSWER:
      http://ayahuasca-wasi.com/urine-therapy/

      its very rare to see something this does not work on.

      Remember after you make it 15 mints has gone by do not drink it forms germs after 15 min.
      before that it seems to be ok. aut theropy.

      their was 100 years of medical research done on this. results are in
      works great! bad for business no $ in it..

      knowing this stuff its way beyond coconut oil.. I would try it.

      http://www.amazon.com/Your-Own-Perfect-Medicine-Incredible/dp/0963209116/

      buy the book if you want to "I did" and she's right!

      remember collect in "glass" jar only safe to drink with in the first 15 min of making it.

  24. QUESTION:
    what are some herbal remedies to help pregnant ppl sleep?
    does anyone know some natural sleep aids or herbal remedies to help me sleep? im pregnant, and by the way my first dr app. is in a week and a half soo cant ask a dr. til then

    • ANSWER:
      There aren't any sleep aids of any kind that my doctor said were alright, and I asked. She said that the only thing you can really do is drink warm milk because it has L-tryptophan. That's the same thing in turkey that makes everyone sleepy. Steer clear of herbal remedies and natural sleep aids. Being labeled as "herbal" or "natural" doesn't make something safe to take, especially during pregnancy.

  25. QUESTION:
    what are some herbal remedies to help pregnant ppl sleep?
    does anyone know some natural sleep aids or herbal remedies to help me sleep? im pregnant, and by the way my first dr app. is in a week and a half soo cant ask a dr. til then

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    what are some herbal remedies to help pregnant ppl sleep?
    does anyone know some natural sleep aids or herbal remedies to help me sleep? im pregnant, and by the way my first dr app. is in a week and a half soo cant ask a dr. til then

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural herbal remedy that increases male libido?
    Awhile back I heard of a natural supplement that can increase the male libido (sex drive) and would like to find it again. PLEASE don't send me advertisements for expensive pills designed for this (gimmicks, usually!!). I just would like to know which natural herbal supplements are able to increase sex drive in men.
    Also, have you used it and did it work for you or your partner??? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there are several things you can take to help "ignite your passions". The most popular natural passion products are Tribulus, Maca, Horny Goat Weed, Yohimbe, Avena Sativa, Tongkat Ali (or LongJax), L-Arginine, and L-Citrulline. Each of those help a different aspect of sexual health, so you might need to try a few

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of acne scars quickly?
    I'm 18 and I had some acne and they left some scars. They are not too dark but they are visible on my complexion. I'm thinking about some natural or herbal remedy to fix them asap. I can wait a month to get results but I want a safe method. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Applying lemon on the scar before you go to sleep helps. Also try some alpha arbutin. U can get it for a reasonable price on himistry.com and it helps in lightening scars

  29. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used this herbal remedy for Erectile Dysfunction called Ikawe?
    I was wondering how effective is it? And how long does it take for it to take effect?
    I'm trying to look for natural remedies and not use Cialis or Viagra.
    Anyone know of other natural herbal medication that works well?

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment for erectile dysfunction can depend on its cause - which may even be psychological. Exercise and diet can be very important and watch your alcohol consumption, too. Read more at:
      http://www.helium.com/items/575496-erectile-dysfunction-and-how-to-treat-with-ed-medications

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any remedies for hair loss?
    I suffer from heriditary hair loss. I had been using rogaine which was actually going well but now I am pregnant and can no longer use it. My new hair is almost all gone and I'm getting very anxious. Does anyone know any kind of natural or herbal remedies I can use until after my pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had very good results using Nioxin . Get the shampoo, scalp conditioner, and foam. I use it everyday (for almost 2yrs} and it has helped my hereditary hair thinning. I am no longer trying to cover scalp showing! I have heard you need to continue to use it or the effects won't continue but it is just part of a usual routine so that's not difficult. It is not inexpensive, but not crazy expensive either. It is fairly available at salons or your hairdresser can get it. {I think I even saw it at the Walmart beauty salon in passing} I got mine as a gift and I am grateful everyday. Good Luck with your hair and the pregnancy.

  31. QUESTION:
    natural remedies for ageing skin of the neck?
    i would like to know if there are natural (herbal) remedies for ageing skin of the neck.

    • ANSWER:
      Really just exercises, tense and let go. Also Retin A.

  32. QUESTION:
    Any natural remedies to help with bronchitis?
    I am prone to getting bronchitis which is made worse in the winter.
    What herbal remedies will help it? Possibly cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      My bronchitis improved dramatically just by watching the air quality and the humidity inside. You can improve indoor air quality by moving to natural cleaning products instead of commercial products and being careful about burning candles, spraying fragrances, etc. Commercial products people think of as "clean" usually have warning labels telling you that they can e harmful. Run a humidifier and keep your humidity at 40%.

  33. QUESTION:
    I'm a Angular Cheilitis Sufferer. What are Recommended Natural Treatment Methods for Angular Cheilitis?
    I need to know about some natural herbal methods or alternative remedies for treatment of angular cheilits condition for men.

    My cousin also has this. She has cracked lips corners. Are there any different natural treatment methods for women?

    Let me know, how can i cure myself?

    • ANSWER:
      I had painful cracks on my lip corners about 2 months ago. Applied a cream but i was allergic to it. I tried a natural remedy for angular cheilitis. My condition improved a lot and i stopped using the creams. I was cured in about a week. The natural methods were cheap but worked great for me.

  34. QUESTION:
    how can I keep my son quiet for an important weekend.?
    I will be visiting my inlaws for next weeked with my 6 month old baby boy.They are very strict and old fashoned in their attitudes,but I really want them to think he is a good boy.My problem is that I can't find any over the counter medication to to keep him quiet.I have tried antihistamine but he is still active and demanding even after a double dose. Are their any natural/herbal remedies I could try to Zonk him out for about 48 hours until we get home.
    I dont want to medicate him,just give him a nateral/herbal sedative to keep him quiet for a few days,I am a responsible parent,thats why i want to use a nateral product.

    • ANSWER:
      that's not right. Children are supposed to be active at 6 months. Screw what they think! It's your child not theirs. If you don't want them to complain about your child either don't go or leave him with a babysitter. Don't worry about what others think

  35. QUESTION:
    what would be a good herbal remedy for stress relief or aleviating mild anxiety?
    I get a bit anxious in my work sometimes and would like to know what herbal remedies can help me keep calm. I dont blow up or let off steam but sometimes I find myself rushing to the toilet or sweating a lot. My stomach gets tense and I cant concentrate on simple tasks.
    there are some issues that trouble me but they have nothing to do with work and are health related

    • ANSWER:
      Here is what I like

      Magnesium relaxes you and your muscles. You may want to try it especially if you have other symptoms along with your anxiety like mild constipation, muscle tension or cramping, and difficulty sleeping at night. Best taken at night before bed. This is the best I've found
      http://www.petergillham.com/product-line/peter-gillhams-natural-calm.php

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there anybody that knows any natural remedies for people that r psychotic?Or have a mental illness?
    Any natural remedies to calm someone down?

    • ANSWER:
      There are herbal alternatives to depression which is St. Johns Wort. And herbal alternatives to mood disorders in Sam-e. Some people swear by these alternatives and others do not. My theory is Everyone is different and its more or less a trial and error attempt to get what works best for U. Good luck to U.

  37. QUESTION:
    I have 1 testicle removed. Does the other testicle take care of my needs?
    I had one of my testicles removed. Does that mean that my ability to have sex with a woman is less than it was when I had both of my testicles? How does it affect my sex drive? I don't seem to be as horney as before, is this because I only have 1 testicle now? What can I do to be as horney as before and want sex more often again? Are there any natural herbal remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      i came from my daddy's right nut and he is the biggest horn dog in the southern USA

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone take a natural remedy for anxiety that is really effective?
    Want to know of any natural remedies for anxieties that work well. Have tried Vitamin B and Magnesium without much help. Please only people who have had anxiety themselves.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a long term anxiety sufferer. Things that have worked for me :

      Don't smoke
      Don't drink alcohol
      Don't take and illegal drugs
      No Caffeine
      Eat Healthy
      Exercise for 40 minutes daily
      Reduce television and any video games to 1 hour or less daily
      Read up on and start to practice meditation daily

      I love melatonin to help me sleep. I am a "night" worrier as well. You can pick up this supplement from any health food store or local drug store.

      This may not be the answer you were looking for but after years and years I have discovered there is no quick-fix pill, well none that you won't get addicted to.

      And in my opinion most herbal supplements are a waste of money. I promise you , if you really follow the above guidelines you will feel so much better.

  39. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any natural remedies for extreme mood swings?
    I just want to be happy. I have gone to psychiatrists and they won't give me medication because I do not STAY depressed for at least two weeks without being happy. My moods right now usually vary from day to day. I am looking for something such as herbal remedies, vitamins, homeopathic remedies, etc. Something I don't need a doctor's prescription for but will help not just level out my moods but help me be relatively or even very happy as well.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      St. John's Wart?
      Are you Bi Polar? Did they not see that?
      If they won't give you medication, tell them to refer you to someone who will.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does natural remedies really help with breast lifting?
    I'm interested in natural ways to lift and firm my very large boobs. Even if I can have the illusion of it. I've be very happy. Anyways I heard that using natural herbal supplements, breast massaging, exercising can all help with this..What are your thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      Pl. try breast massage.
      Breast massage as a method of natural breast enlargement and breast health has actually been used for years as a means of stimulating healthy breast growth and promoting breast tone, pliability and firmness.

      Breast massage is one of the best ways to help create a more beautiful bustline by helping to shape, tone and promote growth of the breast and the area surrounding the breast.
      By massaging the breasts on a regular basis, many ladies have claimed it has enhanced the shape, size and overall attractiveness of their breast.

      Here are some guidelines for breast massage you may want to follow:

      1.) Use Olive Oil or any other cream of your choice to help prevent friction and increase the enjoyment and relaxation of the massage for a more pleasurable and therapeutic experience. This can be an herbal mixture - there are some good ones out there that really do help to promote firmess and breast tone, while creating a larger and more rounded look.

      2.) Light to moderate massaging using a gentle back and forth gentle “swishing” action is best. This can be in a counterclockwise circle around the breast to help promote maximum lymphatic drainage.

      3.) To gain maximum benefit and therapeutic effects, breast massage should be practiced daily, as part of a routine - perhaps when fresh out of the shower, since the skin is still somewhat moist and the room may still be steamy, for a smoother massage which may be more easily lubricated since there will still be moisture in the air. If you prefer, even several times a day can be a great benefit. It depends on what fits into your schedule. A few minutes at a time should suffice.

  41. QUESTION:
    What natural allergy remedies are there?
    I am looking for some alternative natural remedies for allergies. Lorratadine works for me but I don't want to keep taking tablets. I already do the washing hands, changing clothes and rinsing face things. Are there any foods or supplements that would help?

    • ANSWER:
      we and this "infernal " problem...
      I know it gets on every body's nerves... but unfortunately the only way to get ride off chemical drugs is to get ride of the causes of your kind of allergy itself!

      some points to be cautioned of though are :

      1-Try to expose your bedroom to sun and fresh air.keep your room dry.

      2-do not get any pet with you at home.

      3 - Wear dusts masks.

      4- Do not leave your old books in your bed room.

      5- Sponge pillow is better than cotton,and polestar is better than sponge..

      6- Try breathing steam from hot water.and of courseot water.

      ofcourse there are other alternitive remedies and herbal medicens...but they take long time to show thier action ...+ they need complicated structure...adding one tea spoon of ginger and one spoon of honey into boiled water,could be usfull to reduce the sneezing and calm down the irritation in your nasal passeges.

      -well at the end that seems as a list of punishment though !

  42. QUESTION:
    Bias against the natural approach to health?
    Why do you think the medical community has an axe to grind against the natural approach to health?

    (herbal remedies, holistic pracitioners, midwives etc)

    Please excuse the spelling errors, its early!

    • ANSWER:
      Because they have no ways to cash in on it.
      That's also why we hear the health care community condemning natural alternatives as being 'unsafe' in order to make what they do and the drugs they push look better.
      And it's sad how too many people fall for their antics and actually join in on tooting that biased horn.
      Natural remedies and methods are much safer than any medical intervention or prescription drug on the market.
      It's very unfortunate b/c they claim to care for our health, yet money is much more important.

  43. QUESTION:
    what good information is availabe on herbs and herbal remedies?
    I am looking to eventually to grow and use my own herbs. I am also looking for good reliable information on herbal remedies, safe daily doses adn potential side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Tons of good sites. Here are a few I keep bookmarked for such questions. You might also check YA! for more questions like yours, I'm sure not everyone answers the same ones all the time, you might pick up a gem or two looking back at old ones.

      http://www.altnature.com/
      http://www.herbs2000.com/
      http://www.herbaleducator.com/index.html
      http://www.vitaminstuff.com/herbs.html
      http://www.localharvest.org/ (not as much about herbs, but more local network stuff, could be useful to you)

      Something else to consider - you may not have to grow your own so much as locate natural sources. My favorite, and wild growing, http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/m/mulgre63.html
      You just need to find and protect the source and process properly.

      My mother-in-law used to collect and process her own chamomile, and a good friend and herbalist found St. John's Wort growing freely on her property and did that same, making salves and other products with it.

      That should get you started. Best to you in a very healthful, herbal education!

  44. QUESTION:
    fibromyalgia, have you tried any herbal remedies for stamina, stress, pain?
    I have found some ancient herbal remedies for the above conditions. All natural, healing, how cool is that?

    • ANSWER:
      Shea Oil has been showing absolutely astounding results in reducing inflammation of all kinds at our practice. The product FlexNow is advertised for joint pain, but we have seen people suffering from various and extreme amounts of pain benefit from this.

  45. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any good herbal remedies for hirstuism?
    I have polycystic ovarian syndrome which unfortunately causes excess facial hair growth. I am disgusted and frustrated with this problem. I've tried the pill(side effects didn't agree with me) and I can't affort the pricey hair removal treatments. Can anyone out there offer me any advice for this problem? I wonder if anyone has tried any supplements or herbal remedies that have worked?

    • ANSWER:
      Hirsutism is caused by excess of androgens in the body of the woman. It can be caused by exposure to androgens in diet and environment. It can also be caused by excess stress which really affects the whole body not just your mind. It can also be caused by hypothyroidism which causes a host of other problems in the body. It can be accompanied by tumors or not.

      Hirsutism can cause social anxiety and mental distress because of how women, women's body and "beauty" are viewed in society.

      I have had hirsutism for the last 5-6 years. I am 31 at the moment so it's definitely not a menapause or age related thing. At first it was minimal, and so I attributed it genetics. but about a couple of years ago, my hair started growing so profusely and rapidly that it scared the crap out of me. I did some research and took some herbs that literally slowed down and sometimes even stopped the growth. I also discovered that I had hypothyroidism which is part of the cause of the hirsutism. Also, intense mental stress, which had a lot to with my social and family environment and with traumatic experiences of childhood, caused my body to react the way it did.

      I still take the herbs because it takes time for the herbs to effect the system and heal it. I believe that the right medication, lifestyle, diet, environment, mindset, can all help to heal the disease.

      I use Saw Palmetto quite a bit. A tea or decoction of the following herbs is quite helpful.

      Vitex Chaste Berry
      Saw Palmetto
      Black Cohosh
      Fenugreek
      Goat's Rue
      Stinging Nettle
      Pygeum Africans
      Schizandra Berry

      I also take other herbs that all affect the sexual hormones of the female body. For example, the following herbs really help with my painful menstrual cycle and general overall hormonal health... which in turn helps the issues of hirsutism amd hypothyroidism.

      Dong Quai
      Schizandra Berry
      Shilajit
      Shatavari etc.

      I take things that help with hypothyroidism which can be a cause of hirsutism.

      Seaweed especially Bladderwack
      helps a lot.

      I also take things that help to de-stress the system.

      Kava-kava
      Gotu Kola
      Chamomile
      Lavender
      St. John's Wort
      Valerian
      Flax seeds
      almonds or almond oil etc.

      Raw foods help a lot. I absolutely do not use non-organic dairy. I am even picky with the organic dairy that I buy for not all organic companies allow a healthy diet and lifestyle for the cows. I would recommend, if you can do it, getting off dairy completely for a while. It helps slow down the hair growth. Only do organic foods and cut out sugar. If you want to do sugar than I have found maple syrup, honey, agave to be better substitutes. I also found Rapunzel Rapadura to be an excellent and more nutritious substitute for regular sugar.

      Don't forget exercise especially Yoga helps a lot. And so does meditation. Creating a soothing sacred environment in you home and work place if possible really helps to heal the mind and body. We are really unaware of how our environment and the people we are around affects our bodies and minds.

      I would also recommend staying away from regular cleansers, bleaches, detergents and switching to more natural products that don't hurt the body. We may not realize it but they do end up in our system and affect the organs of hormone secretions. Minimizing use of plastic, styrofoam and other such volatile materials that break down easily and get into our food, water and body directly affect our hormonal health. I no longer use plastic bottles or eat in or with plastic materials. I no longer use the microwave to heat food. I filter my water with a reverse osmosis filter which is very important.

      By the way, a lot of the hormones injected into the cows get defecated and urinated out of the their system and end up in our water supply. It takes months for them to break down and they don't get filtered out before they come through our tap.

      Also, doing liver, kidney and colon cleanses helps quite a bit. Liver health and balance is really important for metabolizing all the hormones and what not in our system.

      These are some ways that have helped and are still helping me to heal from hypothyroidism and hirsutism. It takes time but it works.

  46. QUESTION:
    what are some natural/ herbal remedies for jaw pain?
    my husband recently had his wisdom teeth removed and in doing so they needed to dislocate the right side of his jaw. He is experiencing a lot of pain. I've been on line searching for herbal/natural remedies for his jaw pain but i can't find anything substantial. Can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      comin from a redneck from the south - a can of copenhagen.

  47. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies/herbs for a sluggish thyroid?
    I believe I may have a underactive thyroid. I have many of the symptoms, but I don't want to go on a synthetic drug and be stuck on it for the rest of my life. Is there anyone here who has tried any natural or herbal remedies for a sluggish thyroid? Did it help? Thank you for any responses.

    • ANSWER:
      hi there :)

      everyone has given great advice, and the bladderwrack really is the best. i was recently diagnosed with endometriosis, and according to my blood tests, my thyroid level is fine but is on the low end and i have been having hypo symptoms as well. i am genetically wired to have hypothyroid--my mom, grandma and great grandma all have/had it (my ggma died of goiter!), so unless i take some action it will only get worse. yesterday i went to see a naturopath, and she immediately knew i had low thyroid and put me on a bladderwrack/wild lettuce/irish moss tincture, along with some other supplements since the thyroid is involved in hormone production which has been part of my endometriosis problem. they're all connected.

      i would suggest, if you can afford it, to get your thyroid checked with your regular doctor, and then take those results to a naturopath. most insurance does not cover the naturopath, but it cost me less than 0 to see one (not including the supplements). most are willing to work with you, because they are genuinely concerned about your health. by seeing the naturopath you can make sure you're getting exactly the amounts you need so you dont cause other problems! i definitely think it is worth it to have the advice and guidance of someone who understands how our bodies work a little better than we do.

      good luck and best of health to you!
      ~josey~

  48. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for psoriasis?
    Natural remedies for taking the scales and patches away. What

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. If you google "natural remedies for psoriasis" you will see that there are many on the market. Omega-3 supplement (available in Vitamin section) is thought to be beneficial for psoriasis. For my psoriasis I use with great success the herbal ointment and spray from Champori.com Try it: it is fast and the effects last for months.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  49. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any herbal/homeopathic remedies for eye strain and the accompanying headaches?
    Natural remedies only, please.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a headache due to eye strain take the Homeopathic remedy NATRIUM MUR in 30 potency three times a day half an hour before or after meals and keep me posted about your progress after taking it for atleast three days.

      Here are more Homeopathic remedies for headache and migraines due to different reasons and with different symptoms :-

      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT(s) FOR SINUSITIS / HEADACHES / MIGRAINES (Without any side effects or complications) :-

      SINUSITIS :-

      Right sided frontal sinusitis; discharge thick, yellowish; worse by cold,damp and exertion Penicillinum 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Sinusitis after mastoid operation Helka lava 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      In acute or chronic sinusitis; catarrh with stringy discharge Kali Bich 30X 4 hourly

      Tearing pain in head; from root of nose, extending to forehead with nausea; dryness of mucous passages Natrum Mur 30X, 4 hourly

      Pain begins at the back of head and settles over the eyes; worse under a fan Silicea 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic cold with loss of smell and yellow green phlegm; better in cool, open air Pulsatilla 30X or 200X 4 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy Bacillinum 200X or 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints worse early morning; aversion to take bath Sulphur 200X weekly (3 Doses)

      HEADACHE :-

      With constant nausea; clean tongue Ipecac 30X, 3 hourly

      With severe throbbing and rush of blood towards head Belladonna 30X, 3 hourly

      Due to over eating; stomach disorders; tongue thickly whitish coated; worse bathing specially after river bathing Antim Crud 30X or 200 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Due to exposure to dry, cold wind; sudden with anxiety Aconite Nap.30X or 200X, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      With watering of eyes and sensitiveness to bright light Euphrasia 30X, 3 hourly

      Headache; better by bending backwards; due to nerve injury Hypericum 30X, 3 hourly

      Headache with humming in ears; due to nervous weakness Kali Phos.6X or 30X, 3 hourly

      Hammering headache; worse during menstrual cycle going in sun; school girls head ache, Natrum Mur.30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Headache starts from nape of neck and shift over to the head; patient desires to lie down quietly; better passing urine Gelsemium 30X or 200X, 3 hourly

      Violent headache due to working under gas light; sun-stroke Glonoine 6X or 30X, 2 hourly

      Bursting headache; worse by stooping and movements; excessive thirst and constipation Bryonia 30X or 200X, 3 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nervous headache; after grief, disappointment; worse inhaling smoke Ignatia 200X or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Headache; due to sinusitis, pressure and pain at the root of nose Kali Bich 30X, 4 hourly

      Due to eating rich fatty food, loss of thirst, better in open cold air Pulsatilla 30X, 4 hourly

      Due to eye strain; disturbances of accomodation of eye sight Ruta Grav 30X, 4 hourly

      After taking alcoholic drinks; sedentary habits; chilly patient Nux Vomica 30X, 4 hourly

      Sun haedcahe; aggravation from sun rise to sunset; from cardiac origin Kalmia Lat.30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Of school children; crushing headache, pressure on top of head Acid Phos 30, 4 hourly

      Headache localised; at the nape of neck; worse by walking and noise Pneumococcin 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Frontal headache; neuralgic pain above and behind the right eye; heaviness of head. Better by rest, lying down and eating Penicillinum 30X or 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Headache worse early morning;empty gone sensation at 10 -11 A.M. Sulphur 200X or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      MIGRAINES :-

      From mental work; cold, uncovering head, pressure, sitting upright or sun-stroke Glonoinum 30X, 3 hourly

      For nervous, gastric, bilious individuals. Migraine due to mental over exertion in teachers and students. Right sided, specially Sunday migraine, blurred vision, hemiopia; blindness; often burning pain in entire gastro-intestinal tract with violent acid vomiting at the height of attack; worse hot weather; spring and fall; better after vomiting or sufficient night sleep Iris v.200X or above, 10 min (3 Doses)

      For irritable hypochondriacs of bad temper; cholerics, neuropathics; from abuse of alcohol, coffee, spices, tobacco, vexation and worry, mental over exertion, business worries, sexual excesses, sedentary habits, cold dry air and winds Nux Vomica 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      For pronounced vasomotor individuals (irritable and full of fear) during pre-climacteric and menopausal stage.Tired expression, head congestion, circumscribed red cheeks; pain above right eye, throbbing, stitching, rhythmic pain, often in every 8 days, early morning, beginning in nape, extending upwards, locating in the region of eye, rising and falling with the sun; sensation of heavy congestion Sanguinaria C 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

      For weak, fat and irritable patient; often apathetic, changing moods, strange changes of character (egocenteric), memory weak, due to disturbance during climacteric period, results of tobacco abuse. Person with shallow complexion, yellow saddle across the nose; pain located on left temple; throbbing, stitching pains Sepia 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

      For neuropathic persons, full of fear caused by noises, change of weather or worms; with face pale, located above left eye; specially left pupil (ciliary neuralgia); sharp, shooting, tearing, stitching, periodical pain from occiput to left eye; slowly rising in intensity with sun. Bile vomiting at the height of attack, slowly improving with setting sun. Feeling as if head were open along sagittal suture Spigelia 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Left sided; worse during and after sleep; before menstruation; heat; during menopause Lachesis 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Intercurrent remedy Bacillinum 200X or 1M, fortnightly (3 Doses) .

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine
      Feel free to email me if you do not understand anything or if you want to discuss anything.

      Take Care and God Bless you !

  50. QUESTION:
    where other then on the internet can you buy kc defense?
    my dog has what i think may be kennal cough and i would really like to know where in this country you can buy the natural herbal remedy for kennal cough kc defense i can only see that you can buy it in america please help.

    • ANSWER:
      your dog should've beent treated for that through vaccinations. go see your vet


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What do you think about natural hormone replacement treatments?
    Have you ever heard of or visited the clinic which offers bioidentical hormone replacement treatments?
    Any experience with human growth hormone treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had very good results using natural bio-identical hormones at a specialty clinic. I did not use HGH though, so I don't know about that.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long should a Hormone replacement , be taken.?
    How long should a hormone replacement be taken. Is there a time frame, in order to stay safe.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are taking hormone replacement at natural age of menopause (age 44 and older), the rule is to take it for the shortest amount of time and in the smallest dose to get you through your symptoms. If you are a younger woman and are taking it to replace hormones because you had your ovaries removed, then you should take it till age of natural menopause (around age 50).

  3. QUESTION:
    How does hormone replacement therapy work? How do they determine what should have?
    I am a guy having difficulty with my girlfriend. She had to have a hysterectomy and for the past three years I have suffered because she said the first time she had hormone replacement it made her sick. So she gave up. She shut out the world and on Valentines day she couldn't tell me she loved me. I blew up and told her she needed help because she has been ignoring my needs and I have tried everything to get her interested again. And her bad habits have made her physically incompatible to me. I am frustrated beyond belief. She hates herself calling herself ugly and fat. And I told one of her girlfriends and she got mad at me saying her parts are her own business and I told her she needs to get over it. If I can have 100 people looking at mr happy for my kidney stones, ONE of her friends can know about her issues and give her some help because guys don't know what to do. I also told her if she wanted something she could ignore she should have went to the humane society and bought a cat! Can hormone replacement help her with being frigid? Can it help her feel the world is a bit more likable? Can it help her lose weight? How do they figure out what hormone mixture she needs?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement CAN help with all of those things, if done right, and if her body is responsive. Hormones are the body's fuel. They're supposed to have them, and without them, there are all kinds of problems. The body produces hormones in amounts and types and at times that are very complex. There are hundreds of different hormones. But when you take hormone replacement, you're taking perhaps 2 hormones. Which you take once per day, rather than having it 24/7, in small, highly responsive amounts. Most doctors don't give a shit. That's why taking HRT can often make you sick. Complicating matters is that the most commonly prescribed hormone replacement is Premarin (horse estrogen from the urine of pregnant mares). It's not the same as human estrogen, plus it overloads you with a large dose when you take it orally, then plummets to nothing throughout the day. It's as if you were told you could eat as much as you want, except that you can only have ice cream, and you can only eat on Tuesdays. It's not natural nor is it how the body works. There are ways to work around this: tell your girlfriend to try estrogen patches. It's the closest you can get to the slow, natural, 24/7 administration of small amounts of estrogen that your ovaries produce. Have her at least try that. Then, encourage her to try testosterone. In Europe, it's standard to give hysterectomized women testosterone. In the US, they almost never do it. But without it, it's like you're castrated. Also, FYI: estrogen plays an important role as a neurotransmitter in the brain. Without it, you can become depressed and angry.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is the decrease in secretion of human growth hormone natural as we age or should it be treated as a disease?
    And therefore need to administer hormone replacement therapy? Is the body "supposed" to have decreased levels as we get older? Are there any negatives to replacing it?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, good question. Whether it is "natural" or not, it is ubiquitous. I think of it as inseparable from the aging process since it is tied in to virtually every aspect of our well being. It fortifies our immune system, builds muscle, and burns fat.

      Natural release of HGR by the pituitary is stimulated by many things, sleep, exercise, caloric restriction. It is restricted by some dietary items (simple carbohydrates/sugars and "protein" - quotes because it is just certain amino acids and not the whole protein molecule) and stimulated by other amino acids (Arginine, Ornithine, Tryptophan for instance).

      The only reason I can think of not to try and stimulate the release (I am not in favor of injections except for extreme cases) is if there is a pre-existing cancerous growth - it could cause that growth to be stimulated.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any suggestions about treatments for menopause other than hormone replacement therapy?
    My mom is 50yrs old and she has been going through menopause since last Jan. She uses progestercare cream from the health food store but she doesnt want to do hormone replacement therapy or premprose because they increase the risk of breast cancer. Her doctor is telling her that she will develop osteoporosis if she doesnt get on some sort of HRT though. Can anyone give her any advice on what to do? Are there any natural ways that anyone has tried that worked? And does anyone know if not going on HRT can really cause osteoporosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom is on the right track using natural progesterone. It's the ONLY substance that has been shown to REBUILD bone, from the inside out.

      (Natural progesterone does NOT cause cancer like synthetic HRT does. In fact, it helps protect against cancer.)

      Estrogen (in the synthetic HRT) only delays bone breakdown, and it only works for four to five years. The problem is that it actually stops the bone from performing its natural cycle - breaking down old bone and rebuilding new to replace it. If old bone is not being broken down, there is no new bone being rebuilt! After five years on HRT, bone will be brittle.

      Have her read Dr. John Lee's book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause". He explains it very well!
      He also gives guidelines for finding a quality progesterone cream. She may want to compare the one she's using to his recommendations.

      Your mom's doctor is not fully informed. Dr. Lee says, "You can educate your doctor, or find a new one."

  6. QUESTION:
    What are some good natural remedies for female AND male menopause.?
    I am beginning menopause and dont really want to do the hormone replacement thing. Are there any good otc natural remedies to help with the many symptoms? also, lucky us, my husband, I believe is going through male menopause, are there any mens' otc help? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of women get relief from Remifemin which continas black cohosh.

      Can't help your husband. Are you sure he's going through menopause? Could he be going out in sympathy? A friend's husband would feel things on her behalf (no joke) and the doctor told her that it was so bad that he would likely feel the labour pains when she gave birth.

  7. QUESTION:
    What hormonal birth control does not contain synthetic hormones?
    I'm looking for a birth control bill/patch/shot that does not contain synthetic hormones but actually contains natural hormones. I can find information on non-synthetic hormone replacement but not non-synthetic birth control. What's that about? Menopausal women can have options but sexually active fertile women can't?

    • ANSWER:
      You know, this is a really interesting question, to which I had no idea of the answer. Well done! So I hit up google and this is what I found.

      As far as I can tell, the answer is that there isn't any nonsynthetic hormonal birth control out there. Why? I'm also unsure of the answer to this one but I can make a guess.

      1. Availability: Progesterone and estradiol, the two hormones used in synthetic form, do not occur in nature outside of the human body. The people who pursue natural alternatives would presumably have an ethical problem with the extraction of these from living people:)
      2. Cost: It is cheaper to make a synthetic product than rely on natural sources. As an example, so-called natural progesterone is extracted from yams... but what if one year's bad weather destroys the yam harvest? All your customers are hosed. Or if some yams have much higher hormone levels than others? It'd take a lot more work to get a consistent, high-purity product that would pass the strict FDA regulations, and big pharma companies don't want to spend the money or time.
      3. Demand: If an unregulated natural therapy fails to help your menopausal symptoms, what happens? You have hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, etc. Usually they will go away on their own in a few years, or you can live with them. If a birth control method fails you're stuck with an unwanted pregnancy, leading to an abortion, adoption, or 18+ years of caring for a kid. The consequences are more severe, making people more inclined to try a vasectomy or Copper-T IUD or condoms than purchase a possibly ineffective drug.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is there a good way to stop night sweats without taking hormones?
    After a hysterectomy. I had one 5 years ago and recently went off of my hormone replacement meds and now am hot cold hot cold... all night sweating then freezing, is there any good natural way to fix it?
    Thanks froggy for the helpful insight there! lol

    • ANSWER:
      I will not be knowing.
      At least you're not biT*hy. lol

  9. QUESTION:
    How safe is hormone replacement therapy?
    Just how safe is it for a woman over 53 to take Hormone Replacement Therapy, have heard two GP give different opinions on this

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure there are a lot of dangers like most drugs.

      a search should turn up these

      here is one article..the institute of health did a study and said the risk of taking it outweigh the benefits as is correlated with increased breast cancer, strokes, Alzheimer's etc..also can be made of horse urine which also increases the risk

      http://www.ehow.com/about_5467345_dangers-hormonereplacement-therapy.html

      why not try a natural product..

      My sister had a lot of problems with hot flashes and was NOT a believer in natural treatments at all being in the health field but in desperation she tried this cream below I recommend and she told me all of them went away after she began using ti and was very happy and surprised that it worked so well

      It looks like this and may be found at some health food stores or online

      http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0PDoTCil0RPJnkAfdGJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dnatural%2Bprogesterone%2Bcream%26ei%3DUTF-8%26fr%3Dytff1-tyc%26fr2%3Dtab-web%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D2&w=300&h=320&imgurl=www.raysahelian.com%2Fimages%2Fprogesterone.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.raysahelian.com%2Fprogesterone.html&size=21.1+KB&name=Natural+Progesterone+Cream+by+Source+Naturals&p=natural+progesterone+cream&oid=5ced1e16b6ba7a381811faabf2d007d7&fr2=tab-web&fr=ytff1-tyc&tt=Natural%2BProgesterone%2BCream%2Bby%2BSource%2BNaturals&b=0&ni=32&no=2&tab=organic&ts=&sigr=11c5i2fme&sigb=13s3hj9c1&sigi=11bee8lui&.crumb=SjKDKKhlzhI

      another super great product is Dr Schulze's female formulas and his products are I feel are the best on the market

      https://www.herbdoc.com/index.php/Our-Products?cid=15

      click on product info for each and find the one.s you feel best apply ..be sure to click on each of the tags at the top of the popup..how it works why you need it and so forth to be sure you read all the info on it (you would want either female formula or female shot not female plus which is more for pms than menopause)

      and more info on these are found here

      http://curezone.com/schulze/handbook/female.asp

      I never took anything and other than some hot flashes in peri- menopause that I did not realize what they were as AI was so young I have had no symptom,s at all and never took drugs or natural treatments and have been 12 years since menopause.So putting all these women on this for years and harming them is so not necessary not with these natural treatments.

      why take a risk..if you are the one who winds up with breast cancer which I have had and it is not fun or strokes yikes it will prove to be a costly mistake more than buying these products would be

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there a cream that can help hair seem thicker?
    Since stopping hormones my hair has thinned somewhat particularly at the top back. I am quite good at covering it over with my hair however it is really causing me concern.

    Is there a a natural product that I can swallow or rub into my hair?
    I have heard that the natural hormone replacement tablets PROMENSIL are good because they have a high level of soy in them which apparently helps the hair follicle. Help please.

    • ANSWER:
      there's this stuff called nourkrin that is supposed to be really good:
      http://www.hair-thinning.co.uk/
      it comes in tablet form, but they also do shampoo and conditioner.
      there is also a keihl's product called the ultimate thickening shampoo:
      http://www.kiehls.com/_us/_en/hair/ultimate-thickening-shampoo.htm
      and i actually have that as i have really thin hair - and i have noticed a massive difference since beginning to use it.
      good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    I am 24 and recently had a hysterectomy,how can I reduce the hot flahes?
    My doctor offered hormone replacement therapy,but I refused because it can cause cancer.He also offered Birth control cause it also has hormones in it.But I refused it cause it can make you gain weight.I'm looking for some thing natural.

    • ANSWER:
      the hormones, though have been reported to be a catalyst to somes cancers, is not that dangerous, they will monitor you, & to be safe take also the progesterone, if th e dr tells you its needed.

      Soy products are rich in ingrediants for menopausal women. & if you go to Swanson.com , they can really assist you as to what herbs to take & have very reasonable prices.

      Black currant oil ,,or evening primrose oil capsules, & many other things are out there, but get a health expert to help you.

      Meanwhile,carry something you can use as a fan. & Drinking LOTS of ice water helps.

  12. QUESTION:
    Do Men Lose Most of Their Strength if The Testicles Are Removed?
    Do men lose the majority of their strength if the testicles are removed?

    I understand 95 percent of testosterone comes from the testicles, thus making men stronger than women.

    After an incident riding horses I am being told I may have my testes removed..

    I have gotten generic information regarding hormone replacement therapy, but wonder what the natural effects of life without testicles will be like.

    Is this an extremely rare event, or is there solid knowledge about this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a common misconception but it does affect one way or the other. Testicles "contain" and produce our male hormones called testosterone. Once removed (depending if one or both are removed), the number of hormones will drop significantly. But it does not make anyone weak. It just means the "drive" lowers. Just as a car with a flat tire, it will still run but it wouldn't be as quick as a car without flat tire. Case also varies from person to person, some people lose the control over their whole package (aka paralyzed from waist down) but they still continue life as is.

  13. QUESTION:
    How does a hormone imbalance affect a woman's mental health?
    Can an imbalance in woman's hormones cause you to become overly emotional and what role does

    stress factor in on this? What are other symptoms of an imbalance and what rememdy is there

    besides taking hormone replacements?

    • ANSWER:
      There are natural ways to remedy a hormone imbalance. I would look into supplements first, especially a vitamin D complex. Exercise and changes in diet help too.
      An imbalance can make you feel like you're going bonkers. I have had some terrific mood swings and bouts of depression in the past thanks to this...
      I wouldn't rush right to synthetic hormone replacements though. They have side effects. Things like hot flashes, weight gain, increased odds of certain types of cancer. Some can even cause your body to stop producing your own, making you dependent for the rest of your life on the pill.
      So, make sure do your research.
      Seeing an endocrinologist and having tests done is a good idea. That way you know what to look for when you are considering the best way to treat yourself.

  14. QUESTION:
    How long will I continue to have hot flashes?
    55 yrs old. Quit having periods 4 years ago, but the hot flashes and insomnia are still going on. Hot flashes extremely severe, especially at night. I've read reports that these types of symptoms should only last about a year. I have congestive heart failure, so I cannot use hormone replacement therapy. How much longer am I going to have to live with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat dark leafy vegetables (mustard greens) and drink a hot tea with honey before going to bed and see. Take natural thyroid products too!

  15. QUESTION:
    Natural Herbal Remedy for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
    My teenage daughter has just been diagnosed with it. I don't want to put her on hormone replacement therapy to bring on her periods (which occur about twice per year). We have extensive breast cancer in the family, and hormone therapy is frightening. Does anyone know of any natural remedies that are safe? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Ovarian Cysts, Ovary Pain Neuralgia, Ovaritis

      #Apis mellifica. [Apis]
      Few remedies cause as many ovarian symptoms as Apis. It has an active congestion of the right ovary going on to ovaritis, with soreness in the inguinal region, burning, stinging and tumefaction. Ovarian cysts in their incipiency have been arrested by this remedy; here one of the indicating features is numbness down the thigh. It has also proved useful in affections of the left ovary. Tightness of the chest may also be present, with the occurrence of a reflex cough and urging to urinate. Mercurius corrosivus. Hughes prefers this remedy in ovarian neuralgia. Peritoneal complications also indicate it. Bovista has also cured ovarian tumors.

      #Belladonna. [Bell]
      As this remedy is one particularly adapted to glandular growths it is especially useful in acute ovaritis, and more so if the peritoneum be involved. The pains are clutching and throbbing, worse on the right side, the slightest jar is painful, and the patient is extremely sensitive. The symptoms appear suddenly; flushed face and other Belladonna symptoms are present. Platinum. Ovaries sensitive, burning pains in them, bearing down, chronic ovarian irritation with sexual excitement. Much ovarian induration is present. Palladium. Swelling and induration of right ovary. It lacks the mental symptoms of Platinum, such as mental egotism and excitement. Aurum. Ovarian induration. Lilium. Ovarian neuralgias. Burning pains from ovary up into abdomen and down into thighs, shooting pains from left ovary across the pubes, or up to the mammary gland. Staphisagria. Very useful in ovarian irritation in nervous, irritable women. Hypochondriacal moods.

      #Lachesis. [Lach]
      Pain in left ovary relieved by a discharge from the uterus; can bear nothing heavy on region. Hughes and Guernsey seem to think that Lachesis acts even more prominently on the right ovary; others believe the opposite, the tendency of affections being, however, to move from the left toward the right side. Suppuration and chronic enlargements of ovary may call for Lachesis. Zincum. Boring in the left ovary relieved by the flow, somewhat better from pressure; fidgety feet. Graphites. Swelling and induration of the left ovary; also pains in the right ovarian region with delayed scanty menses. Argentum metallicum. Bruised pain in left ovary and sensation as if ovary were growing large. Naja. Violent crampy pain in left ovary. Dr. Hughes valued it in obscure ovarian pains not inflammatory in nature.

      #Arsenicum. [Ars]
      Burning tensive pains in the ovaries, especially in the right. Ovaritis relieved by hot applications. Patient thirsty, irritable and restless. Colocynth. Ovarian colic; griping pains, relieved by bending double; stitching pains deep in right ovarian region. It is also a useful remedy,according to Southwick, in ovaritis of left ovary with colicky pains. A dropsical condition may be present. Hamamelis. Ovaritis and ovarian neuralgia. Ludlam praises this remedy in the sub-acute form of gonorrhoeal ovaritis; it allays the pain and averts the menstrual derangement. Ovaritis after a blow. There is agonizing soreness all over the abdomen. An external application of hot extract of Hamamelis acts marvelously in subduing the distress and pain consequent to ovaritis. Iodine. Congestion or dropsy of the right ovary. Dwindling of the mammae; dull, pressing, wedge-like pain, extending from right ovary to uterus like a plug, worse during menstruation. Thuja. Left-sided ovaritis, with suspicion of veneral taint, calls for Thuja. Grumbling pains in the ovaries all the time, with mental irritability, call for Thuja. Podophyllum has a pain in the right ovary, running down the thigh of that side. Numbness may be an attending symptom.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/ovary-sym...
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      Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease, complete symptoms of the patient(Mental and Physical) are taken into consideration to find the appropriate remedy which is the most similar to the patients symptoms. When prescribed according to the patients symptoms Homeopathic medicine are known to work very fast and without any side effects or complications of any kind and once cured there are no relapse or comebacks 100% cure. For more either post your complete symptoms or better to consult a reputable Homeopathic Practitioner for the successful treat ment of your ailment. Giving just the name of the disease or disorder is showing someone the tip of the iceberg what lays underneath is what you have to treat and cure. And that is the key to the success of Homeopathic Medicine.

      I hope the provided information proves to be of help. Wishing you the best of health.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is best to take with chamomile tea to help me sleep- like a natural sleep aid?
    I heard valerian helps
    What can I take that would really help?

    I have post-menopause so sleep is hard to get
    I do not want to take a prescription hormone replacement to help with sleep- I tried that during menopause and it made me moody
    I do take melatonin and it works very little if at all
    susan, I SAID NATURAL, so next time read the question
    Also I have reflux so your whole list is redundant

    • ANSWER:
      Try Ateril. It has Valerian Root, Melatonin, Hops, L. Tryptophan & other herbs. You can find it at Rite Aid or Wal Mart. Also if you're lucky enough to have a store with Koma Unwind it will help the best! It is a relaxation drink made with herbs like melatonin, valerian root and other herbs.

  17. QUESTION:
    What happens on hormone replacement therapy? Do you lose the eggs to reduce children?
    Me and my boyfriend now are trying to both have children of our own. We are gonna adopt but I want kids of my own and i know he wants one of his. We want a total of four. I'm already depressed enough I can't have my own babies naturally. I WISH I CAN. I sometimes wish I was a natural born girl so I don't feel this way. But I'm really curious because I really wanna actually raise a family and I don't want no complications at all because I have a passion for animals and children. Their so inteligent and delightful. I just find it a beautiful thing that babies existed, you get that unconditionally love from your child..

    No rude responses, just help!
    I am transgender by the way, and my boyfriend is biological male. Me and him both want children, will hormone replacement therapy stop MY SPERM from creating eggs? I ment to say that. I'm sorry for any enconvienence.
    ** Inconvienence **

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, but if you weren't born with a uterus, no amount of hormone therapy will enable you to 'grow' one, and if you weren't born with ovaries, no amount of hormone therapy will 'grow' them either. The hormones serve to raise your voice, decrease your muscle mass, increase your body fat, grow breasts, etc, but you will never be able to carry children unless you were born with a uterus.

      There is nothing wrong with adoption. They would still be YOUR children.

  18. QUESTION:
    I have Hypothyroidism what vitamins do I need to take to increase my energy levels?
    I always feel tired and never have any energy. I feel like I have been in a triathlon on no sleep.

    I am on a hormone replacement med which has been adjusted several times but I still feel the same.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Dandy Lyons

      Cause:
      Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

      Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

      Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto`s disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies that attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

      Alternative Professional Care: If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hypothyroidism include: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga.

      Best of health to you

  19. QUESTION:
    can't start HRT for a while, is there anything that I could take to slow down testosterone?
    If I'm a transsexual and I have to wait a little while before I start any Hormone Replacement Therapy (for cost reasons, among other things) is there anything that I could start taking now that would slow down my production of testosterone?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, no.

      Prior to puberty, GNRh antagonists are used to halt pubertal changes. After puberty there is nothing that is over-the-counter or natural that is going to affect your testosterone production to any significant degree. Androgen blockers must be prescribed by the same doctor who prescribes your estrogen. Taking androgen blockers at doses required to suppress testosterone without adding estrogen leaves your body devoid of sex hormones, which is unhealthy.

      HRT is very inexpensive, though the doctor visits and blood tests can cost a lot if you don't have insurance. If you are under 18, you need parental permission for any prescription drugs.

  20. QUESTION:
    what could i take to replace estrogen and progestin?
    breast cancer runs in family and i heard that hormone replacement may be linked to it.I'm going through perimenopause at the time. I need something else to replace the hormones any one know of any good replacements? I will be checking with my doctor too, just wanted some input on the subject.

    • ANSWER:
      Read the book "What your doctor may not tell you about breast cancer". The other book by the same group of authors is "What your Doctor may not tell you about perimenopause (another on menopause)" It will direct you to the natural compounds and give you the reasons why. I would stay far away from anything that is synthetic - which is what you will get from a main stream MD. Also the family connection to breast cancer only increases your chance by 7% - it is not a sure thing - ain't that nice to know! Once you start reading all you can on the subject you will find that soy may not be an harmless as it seems. Should you go the natural progesterone route I have gotten it from 2 different places (Vitamin Research Products in Carson City NV gave me no problems) one product caused my arms to itch like crazy.
      Just a heads up - I didn't connect the itching until I gave a jar to a friend and she complained of upper body itching. Good luck - this hormone stuff is tough on a lady.

  21. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural alternative to the male hormone replacement gel androgel?
    This is for a medical condition that I am being treated for and I am looking for a natural vitamin or supplement that helps with low testosterone.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a couple ways to answer this, but I would check with a doctor before taking any of these to make sure they would be safe for you first.
      That being said, there are a few natural products that help to support Testosterone production. Some of the big ones are DHEA (which your body converts into whichever sex hormone it needs), Tribulus, and a product I've seen called "Youth Tissue Extract" (which is from an egg ovum where the nutrients are). All of those can help with increasing Testosterone, but again, be sure to check with a doctor to make sure it would be safe for you and/or the proper doses. Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    R there ligaments in pelvis an ovary could be attached to?
    I had a complete hysterectomy with oopherectomy. Hormone replacement doesn't work for depression neither does antidepressants.Simply wanting ovary transplant that would come from my sister.

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard of an ovary transplant. Your ovaries work in conjunction with your uterus and tubes.That ovary would not produce any hormone to help with your Depression. You might try some natural remedies to help with hormone replacement. If you are taking conjunctive estrogen pills{ they are a little purple pills} and they come from female horses urine. There are hormone pills that are made from soy and work much better. Do a little research on hormone replacement.

  23. QUESTION:
    can you have flat chest without surgery and get muscle mass while on T?
    i am currently an ftm and how to boost t naturally without steroids or hormone replacement? i dont want to increase breasts. i'm trying to loose weight to get rid of fat. when i'm skinny, i'll get on natural t booster and help me get muscle mass even after weight loss.

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Should a woman be on hormone replacement therapy if she's not having menopause symptoms?
    I have a friend who is using a natural patch on her own, without the advice of a doctor. Could she be putting herself at risk?

    • ANSWER:
      no need at all.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is a good name for this business?
    The business provides hormone replacement therapy for women, but it is all natural, not synthetic. Any suggestions out there? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Since it's natural I'd say go with "Organic". We assimilate organic with natural in today's world.
      2. Since it's therapy I'd leave it at "therapy" so that people know what you actually do.
      3. For women, I think it would be wise to use something like "her" or "for her".
      4. How to explain that it's "hormone replacement" therapy is a good question... But make sure it's in real people language instead of doctor.

      A few suggestions:
      Her Organic Hormone Therapy;
      Organic Menopause Therapy; (If I understand correctly :))
      etc...

  26. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried HRC Medical Center for Hormone replacement?
    Has anyone tried HRC Medical Center and been treated with the Amour Vie Pellets for hormone replacement? I know that doctors offer similar medications but HRC claims to be a more natural alternative. Just wondering if anyone has had positive results or if this is just another scam...

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there any other options other than taking hormone replacement therapy drugs?
    I have hypothyroidism. And I am now have symptoms of a hormone imbalance. I am only 41 years old. My doctor has not gotten my thyroid regulated. Last month it was too low and I feel I am also having symptoms of hyperthyroidism. I don't want to start on the hrt because of the negative side effects (hair loss and cancer). I have read about the bioidentical hrt drugs, but I am still unsure about these also. I was just wondering if someone knew of other ways to improve the imbalance with natural herbs, or vitamins etc. Thanks.
    By the way, I am a female.
    I have not taken any hormone replacement medicines. I haven't had any hair loss. I am just trying to find a more natural way of dealing with the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      I helped my younger sister out with some pretty extensive research a while back. Basically what I came up with is that Elatus Thyroid Formula is a supplement that contains several vitamins, nutrients, and natural herbs that help get your body back on track. She really thought it helped a lot, so maybe it would work for you?

      I wish you luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    How to grow a natural female mustache?
    My girlfriend wants to grow her mustache a natural way. Are there any ideas to grow a natural female mustache? Please no rude answers. Thank you, Russell

    • ANSWER:
      Shave what you have already and watch it grow.. You really cannot force your body hair to grow beyond it's normal and natural means.

      The only other option, which would be drastic would be hormone replacements, and this would create excess body hair but not just in the mustache area.

  29. QUESTION:
    Would it be possible to extend the life of the female reproductive system with hormone replacement therapy?
    When a woman enters menopause she no longer has the ability to bear life and she is given synthetic hormones to help her body maintain the levels of the natural hormones she was used to producing. Since these synthetic hormones help to keep her system functioning at the level it had been accustomed to over the years, would it be possible then that we could also use synthetic hormones to extend the life of her reproductive system.

    • ANSWER:
      To be brief, women are born with a set number of eggs in her ovaries at birth and cannot create any additional eggs. As women age, their ovaries become depleted from ovulation through the years and the ovum tend to develop genetic mutations over time that could result in embryos that are not compatible with life or have severe birth defects. Thus, it is not possible to use synthetic hormones to extend life of the reproductive system. Also, even if an ovum was available, the sensitive balance of hormones in pregnancy would be highly difficult if not impossible to reproduce with synthetic hormones. Hope this helps.

  30. QUESTION:
    What might cause treatment-resistant hypothyroid?
    I am a mature woman who has had profound hypothyroid since the age of about 16. It seems that I am not digesting my hypothyroid medications properly. Or, for some reason, they are inhibited and/or failing to assimilate. It seems that I have no natural thyroid function to compensate.

    I was on T3/T4 (Armour™) for many years, and it worked fairly well; then it suddenly ceased to be effective. I am currently trying levothyroxine (T4, Synthroid™) + liothyronine (T3,Cytomel™) which seems to hardly register at all. (These have been separated so that we can adjust the dosages individually.) Among other casebook symptoms, I am now losing all of my head hair. The hair on my legs does not grow at all. My muscles are wasting so that I can hardly stand or walk.

    I am digesting other things at least somewhat-- like progesterone. It registers in labs. But I am not sure that I am digesting food fully.

    My endocrinologist is baffled and doesn't know how to advise me.

    I am very conservative about chemicals and medications. I take no other drugs except Cortisol for Addison's Disease and natural hormone replacement. (My corrected adrenals test in the normal range.) I do not drink alcohol or smoke.

    Does this ring any bells? Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this treatment-resistant situation? Where can I turn for reliable information on this subject? What are the proper buzz words to use?

    I am on a strict protein + plant-based diet. (Egg whites, chicken breast, and turkey breast. [I simply cannot tolerate fish.] I must avoid gluten, fungi, and sugar.) I take a full compliment of high-quality supplements to include extra D3-K, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and so forth. (I follow Doug Kaufmann, Richard Becker, et al.)

    Websites would be VERY helpful. (I have looked at a few, but I am not finding what I need.) I am interested in researching this phenomenon fully-- including the autoimmune angle. (Hoshimoto's.) I am pro-alternative healthcare.

    Thank you for your help.
    I have always taken my thyroid meds on an empty stomach. I take my Synthroid/Cytomel twice each per day.
    All of my other functions are excellent ("enviable")-- sugars, cholesterol, lipids, etc. My pulse and heart rate are normal to low.

    • ANSWER:
      The T4 synthetic is converted into T3 within the peripheral tissues - mainly the liver and kidneys - using Cortisol (a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands). The T3 enters the body's cells, connects to the right receptors, and the energy is released.

      A lot of things can go wrong in the chain. Too little Cortisol, taking Synthroid with food or while food is in the stomach, Synthroid not breaking down into T3 at sufficient levels or much of the T3 is not going to the right receptors.

      One possible solution is to have the doctor take a blood lab of your T3 levels, Cortisol level, Selenium level, and Cytokine levels. Too many Cytokines can inhibit T4 medications. Too little Selenium, a trace element in the body, can block T4 medications.

  31. QUESTION:
    What might cause treatment-resistant hypothyroid?
    I am a mature woman who has had profound hypothyroid since the age of about 16. It seems that I am not digesting my hypothyroid medications properly. Or, for some reason, they are inhibited and/or failing to assimilate. It seems that I have no natural thyroid function to compensate.

    I was on T3/T4 (Armour™) for many years, and it worked fairly well; then it suddenly ceased to be effective. I am currently trying levothyroxine (T4, Synthroid™) + liothyronine (T3,Cytomel™) which seems to hardly register at all. (These have been separated so that we can adjust the dosages individually.) Among other casebook symptoms, I am now losing all of my head hair. The hair on my legs does not grow at all. My muscles are wasting so that I can hardly stand or walk.

    I am digesting other things at least somewhat-- like progesterone. It registers in labs. But I am not sure that I am digesting food fully.

    My endocrinologist is baffled and doesn't know how to advise me.

    I am very conservative about chemicals and medications. I take no other drugs except Cortisol for Addison's Disease and natural hormone replacement. (My corrected adrenals test in the normal range.) I do not drink alcohol or smoke.

    Does this ring any bells? Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this treatment-resistant situation? Where can I turn for reliable information on this subject? What are the proper buzz words to use?

    I am on a strict protein + plant-based diet. (Egg whites, chicken breast, and turkey breast. [I simply cannot tolerate fish.] I must avoid gluten, fungi, and sugar.) I take a full compliment of high-quality supplements to include extra D3-K, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and so forth. (I follow Doug Kaufmann, Richard Becker, et al.)

    Websites would be VERY helpful. (I have looked at a few, but I am not finding what I need.) I am interested in researching this phenomenon fully-- including the autoimmune angle. (Hoshimoto's.) I am pro-alternative healthcare.

    Thank you for your help.
    I have always taken my thyroid meds on an empty stomach. (First thing in the morning and fasting for one hour in the afternoon.) I take my Synthroid/Cytomel twice each per day.
    All of my other functions are excellent ("enviable")-- sugars, cholesterol, lipids, etc. My pulse and heart rate are normal to low.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      I am afraid I am very orthodox, I'm a retired GP.

      If you have had the combination of underactive thyroid and under activeadrenals for any length of time, presumably you have also been tested for pan-hypo-pituitarism, (of the anterior pituitary)?

      I would like to suggest next that you increase the security of your medication, - unless you are sure you have no covert enemies who could be messing with it.

      Presumably this deterioration has taken place in spite of demonstrably adequate, blood levels of T4 and T3? You are not just being re-assessed on your TSH alone?

      Has your specialist considered the possibility that your metabolic rate is being affected by factors other than your thyroid hormone level, - I.e. that you now have either "Metabolic Syndrome," or you have sugar diabetes, on top of your other problems?

      The degree to which the metabolic rate is controlled other than by thyroid hormone, is a subject on which I don't claim to be an expert. I have alway thought of thyroid hormone as being the prime driver of metabolic rate. But other things can affect it.

      Sugar diabetes could account for muscle wasting and loss of weight, couldn't it. Perhaps you could consider an up-to-date urine test for sugar, and a blood test for Hb-A1c which returns your average blood sugar level over the previous month.

      One also wonders whether you might have a "thyroid resistance," in the same sense as the well-established condition of insulin resistance. There is an interesting Wiki article about that, here, (right click and choose open in a new tab), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyroid_hormone_resistance

      I hope these ideas are of some help.

      Best wishes,

      Belliger
      retired uk gp

  32. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I take for hot flushes?
    I have reluctantly given in to the menopause and have started to get hot flushes (though I tell other women I don't get them). Can any of you ladies recommed a tried a tested natural remedy or do I have to go to my GP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sue, regular physical exercise is necessary to protect against bone loss. Exercise has many other benefits as well.

      A diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits and vegetables is important.2

      Vitamin E supplementation may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.,,

      Calcium is important in maintaining bone mass.

      Magnesium intake is often low in women with osteoporosis. Low magnesium intake is associated with low bone mineral content (BMC).

      Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption.

      Boron reduces urinary calcium loss and increases serum levels of 17 estradiol (estrogen).

      Essential fatty acids can help prevent dryness of the hair, skin and vaginal tissues.

      Soy supplementation has been suggested as a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Soy isoflavones act as estrogen-like compounds. Forty-five grams of dietary soy, per day for 12 weeks was shown to decrease post-menopausal hot flashes.

      Certain herbs such as black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice and dong quai have shown to have a beneficial effect in managing many of the menopause symptoms.
      Jason Homan

  33. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural gentle way to stimulate a sluggish thyroid?
    I cannot tolerate thyroid extracts, natural or synthetic.

    • ANSWER:
      I am glad you asked this question now. because once you go on thyroid replacement; you are pretty much stuck there for the rest of your life!

      I have a friend whose thyroid is not producing enough of the hormone. She has several family members who take Synthroid, and dod not like what the medicine has done to them; so she began researching the problem, and she has done the following.

      1. eat two boiled eggs every day,
      2. Eat fish three times a week
      3, uses only iodized salt.

      and that is working for her. Her thyroid continues to function well enough so she does not need the synthroid.

      There are two other alternatives.

      1. Go to an accupuncturist who practises TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

      2. Dr. Robert Martin has a talk show on Sundays, and he addresses subjects such as this, and he does have a website. Maybe you could find some help via the radio show, or the website.

  34. QUESTION:
    Could male to female hormone replacement therapy cause breasts to grow in natural women?
    They make breasts grow in males, couldn't they also encourage breast growth in young women with minimal breast tissue? I understand there would be health risks, I'm just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      In theory Yes because it contains the necessary hormones for breast production.

  35. QUESTION:
    How common is sex horomone imbalance in women and what are the symptoms?
    Because, I've always had a lot of (mostly minor) problems that are usually associated with sex hormones, I've been wondering for a long time if I might have a sex hormone imbalance. I won't go into the details because I'm not looking for a sample diagnosis, but I want to know more about this topic, so that I can decide if I should get tested or not. What kind of tests should I get to start off, how expensive are they, and will a doctor agree to do the blood tests based on my request alone? Maybe you could show me some websites to look at. I've googled it, but I don't really know what I'm doing.

    • ANSWER:
      Women are often mistakenly informed that various health conditions are caused by an imbalance in female hormones. Although a disruption of the natural rhythm and balance of sex hormones can compromise a woman's health, the underlying cause is likely due to stress.

      When a woman experiences prolonged stress, pregnenolone, a hormone essential for both coping with stress and producing female hormones, is diverted from the normal hormone pathway. As a result, the production of female hormones is compromised. This condition can cause a multitude of symptoms including irritability, mood swings, headaches, sleeplessness, and weight gain.

      Female hormone imbalances are often treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Although HRT can be temporarily effective at eliminating the symptoms of hormone imbalances, it does not address the probable root cause: stress. Before a woman begins hormone therapy, it is necessary to assess whether her hormones are reacting to factors that are internal or external.

      BioHealth Diagnostics offers an easy-to-use saliva test that can determine whether or not stress is the cause of female hormone imbalance.

      BioHealth also offers comprehensive female hormone testing for both pre- and post-menopausal women. Like the stress test, these laboratory assessments utilize saliva samples, and can be performed in the comfort and privacy of your home.

  36. QUESTION:
    Menopausal acne oral treatments: HRT, BC pill, herbal supplements. Does any work?
    Has anyone tried hormone replacement therapy ( natural synthetic or herbal) or birth control pill to combat menopausal acne? Which brand/name? Did it work? Please tell your experience. Your input is highly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've been in that situation and there is really nothing you can do about it. There are things you can do to try to reduce the blemishes and get rid of acne/pimples temporarily but you will always be finding yourself cleaning your face or your body depending on where it's at.

      I mean of course your acne should go away eventually but for some this is the case their whole life.

      I'm 29 years old and have been suffering from these little pests since I was a teenager. I tried all sorts of face washes from the local grocery store and what not, but nothing seemed to work. If anything it would just make my skin dry and itchy.

      Literally the best acne face wash I've ever used has been this stuff called clearpores. It has got rid of the acne to quickest and has been a success ever since I got it. It's unique cause of it's herbal supplement you take a long with it that helps your skin from the inside out. I saved money on it at skincleansingsystem.com at the time which was helpful.

      You should really look into this stuff and if you can to assure the best results, get the 3 month supply because if it doesn't work it will still save you butt on the return policy.

      Well good luck and best wishes.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can hormone replacement therapy make you gain weight?
    My ovaries were removed in August and my doc prescribed EstraTest, which contains a bit of testosterone (he said it is natural for a 30yr old to have some). In a few weeks I started sprouting hairs on my chin so I asked for something without male hormone. I have been taking straight estrogen since and have been gaining weight like CRAZY! Could it be the hormones, or am I just pulling the wool over my own eyes?

    • ANSWER:
      I've been on premarin for a few years and have no problem with weight gain. I have been on other types of meds that do make me gain weight but not the hormones. You could read your pharmacy packet and see if weight gain is a side effect of your drug or call your pharmacist and ask. Good luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    What are some simple things I can do (or natural cures) for Hypothyroidism?
    I'm looking for natural cures or simple things I can do in my life to fight Hypothyroidism. Any ideas or suggestions? Do you have this? Had this? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There is only one treatment for hypothyroidism. Prescription replacement thyroid hormones. See your doctor for blood tests and prescriptions. Repeat as necessary.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is Levoxyl's method of synthesis and what is it's natural source?
    I'm writing a paper about Levoxyl and I need to know how it is made. I can't really find anything other than Levoxyl is synthetic thyroid hormone. Also, I need to cite my work so a link or something would be helpful. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      levoxyl = synthetic T4

      "Levothyroxine sodium is the sodium salt of the levo isomer of the thyroid hormone thyroxine.  Thyroid hormones affect protein, lipid, and carbohydrate metabolism, growth, and development.  Orally administered levothyroxine sodium is used as replacement therapy in conditions characterized by diminished or absent thyroid function, such as cretinism, myxedema, nontoxic goiter, or hypothyroidism.  Levothyroxine sodium may be used to suppress the secretion of thyrotropin in the management of simple nonendemic goiter, chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, and thyroid cancer." http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm161266.htm

  40. QUESTION:
    What are the best vitamins to take for increasing thyroid?
    My husband has a low thyroid and we were wondering what kind of natural vitamins are best for increasing it. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid hormone molecule hasTyrosine (an amino acid which you can buy OTC) at the centre with 4 iodine atoms hanging off that. A shorthand for this arrangement is T4. You can think of T4 more as your body's reservoir of thyroid hormone. If treated, this is what you are given, usually in a synthetic form.

      When it's needed, the body then knocks an iodine off to make T3, which is the really active form. The enzyme that does this neat trick needs Selenium, and is poisoned by Mercury.

      You say you want something natural. Did you know that there is a natural thyroid supplement, called Armour Thyroid? It contains T4 and T3, in the human body's required ratio of about 4 to 1. It's made in a standardised form from desiccated pig thyroid gland. Don't be alarmed! It's available on prescription in the US. I am in the UK and get a prescription for it, but I have to send that to a particular pharmacist who imports it from the US. But it was a long journey to get outside the usual box of synthetic hormone replacement. Try the website in sources below for information. If your husband has tested low and a doctor is convinced he needs hormone replacement, but you would rather do natural things, he may be lower than mere supplements can reach. I have to say that although I tried all these things, and in theory they should work, since they meet the body's need for thyroid building blocks, I was still not well enough and needed the actual hormone. But everyone is different.

      So you could try Tyrosine (say 500mg/day), Iodine (you can take too much iodine - be careful. Kelp is a good source of natural iodine, to give you say 150micrograms iodine per day, I think), Selenium (say 200 micrograms per day) and keep your teeth free of mercury fillings if you can, and try to avoid contaminated fish (while still having enough omega3 oils of course!).

      Read any labels carefully regarding dose. I checked my supplies for all but the Kelp, which is not in the cupboard for some reason, but I think it's 150micrograms

      This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. You should always consult a qualified physician. Unfortunately I have to say that! This is a contentious subject.
      There are herbs that help too, but off the top of my head I can't remember them.
      Good luck

  41. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between anabolic steroids and legal testosterone boosters?
    What's the difference between illegal anabolic steroids and the "natural" legal testosterone boosters I keep seeing at GNC?

    • ANSWER:
      Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone . They are often used to promote growth of muscle and bones because of their ability to increase cell growth and division but can also increase growth in other bodily tissues as well.

      There are many different types of anabolic steroids and they each have a different combination of anabolic and androgenic characteristics. They are sometimes referred to as AAS or Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids.

      First discovered in the 1930's anabolic steroids have many medicinal uses. Bone growth, appetite, puberty and muscle growth can all be stimulated with use of anabolic steroids. They have also been proven successful in treatment for chronic wasting in cancer and AIDS patients. Anabolic steroids work for these purposes because they increase protein synthesis, muscle mass and strength. On the other side of the spectrum, however, are the negative effects that overuse of anabolic steroids can produce. These include increases in LDL cholesterol and decreases in HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure and liver damage.

      Even with the great benefits anabolic steroids have for medicinal purposes, they are controversial because athletes have found benefits in using them for training purposes. Thus, anabolic steroids have also had many effects on competitive sports.

      Because of the potential health effects of anabolic steroids, they are a controlled substance in the United States and other countries.

      Medical Uses of Anabolic Steroids

      Anabolic steroids have been researched for medicinal purposes since the middle of the twentieth century. The most popular medical use for steroids is to help counter the effects of chronic wasting by stimulating appetite and increasing muscle mass. However, they have many different and successful uses. These include the following:

      • Bone Marrow Stimulation: Anabolic steroids are now being replaced by synthetic proteins.
      • Growth Stimulation: Since the 1980's use of anabolic steroids has been replaced with growth hormones instead.
      • Hormone Replacement Therapy: This helps men with low levels of natural testosterone.
      • Puberty Induction: While testosterone is most widely used, anabolic steroids have been used to help boys who have extreme delays in the onset of puberty.

  42. QUESTION:
    I am obese and have had a total hysterectomy. I need a healthy diet to lose the weight.?
    I'm 45 and am having some issues; hair thinning, facial hair growth, fatigue. I want to use natural methods to improve my health. I don't take hormone replacement therapy; I don't have hot flashes or mood swings. Any help will be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Ideal body weight calculator for children and adults:
      http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/growthcharts2/l/bl_ibw_calc.htm

      Experts recommend, "Slow and steady weight loss. Depending on your starting weight, experts recommend losing weight at a rate of 1/2 to 2 pounds per week. Weight loss may be faster at the start of a program." www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/choosing.htm#responsible

      And, "Men and very active women may need up to 2,500 calories daily. Other women and inactive men need only about 2,000 calories daily. A safe plan is to eat 300 to 500 fewer calories a day to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week." www.fda.gov/opacom/lowlit/weightls.html

      This web site from the National Institutes for Health tells how to take charge of your weight: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/weightcontrol.html

      Calorie Needs Calculator: http://calorieneedscalculator.com/

      This page explains how to eat a balanced diet for different calorie levels. Although this page is intended for diabetics, this is the same balanced diet that is recommended for everyone. http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/eating_ez/index.htm

      A healthy exercise program addresses all five of the basic aspects of physical fitness: aerobic endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body fat composition.

      Suggested workout to accomplish this.
      Five to seven days per week:
      >Yoga, 20 min, 8 to 10 postures that work all major muscle groups
      >Brisk walk, 30 min, walk two miles
      Every other day, two to four days per week:
      >Weight training, 20 min, one set of 8 to 12 repetitions of 8 to 10 exercises that work all major muscle groups

      ---

      Exercise Recommendations for People Aged 18 to 64

      Do both aerobic activities and strengthening activities.

      Aerobic Activities
      • Do at least 10 minutes at a time.
      • You can combine moderate and vigorous activities.
      • Slowly build up the amount of time you do physical activities. The more time you spend, the more health benefits you gain. Aim for exercising twice as long as the minimum times below.
      • If you choose activities at a moderate level, do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes a week.
      • If you choose vigorous activities, do at least 1 hour and 15 minutes a week.

      Muscle Strengthening Activities
      Do these at least 2 days a week.
      • Include all the major muscle groups such as legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms.
      • Exercises for each muscle group should be repeated 8 to 12 times per session.

      From the U.S. Federal government: http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/pdf/adultguide.pdf
      Also see: http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/
      ---

      ExRx.net explains how to design a healthy workout, gives directions for specific exercises, explains how to stay motivated, and much more. http://www.ExRx.net

      You may find it motivating to compare your progress to the fitness standards of the U.S. military:
      http://www.military.com/military-fitness/

      A couple of good sites from the U.S. government:
      http://www.healthierus.gov/index.html
      http://www.fitness.gov/

  43. QUESTION:
    What is your experience with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement treatment? Did it work?
    Did you get any more energy? I'm using the cream and am in my 4th day and was wondering how long it took to see a change?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what exactly you are taking, but for me, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I take some estrogen/progesterone in a pill, and then added in some 2% testosterone cream [yes it's natural bioidentical too] and all I can say is WOW! it took about 3 weeks to notice a good difference, by 5 weeks I was swinging from the chandeliers. I even had to cut back a lot on the cream. I advise everyone trying this, has made my life much better.

  44. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative ways to treat menopause symptoms without using any hormone replacements?
    I really do not want to use any HRT therapy, even bio-identicals. Can you recommend a type of Dr. to see that can treat menopause symptoms without a prescription of some type?

    • ANSWER:
      I was told years ago by a dental hygenist that when hot flashes and mood swings begin to up the intake of calcium. This I have done for nearly 10 years. What a difference this has made! I breezed through menopause. It really works for me. So, I tell all women about it. With calcium, you want to be sure you are getting a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Be sure if you are taking at least 1200 mg of calcium a day, that you get at LEAST 400 mg magnesium. The very best form of magnesium is magnesium glycinate with the Albion chealate process. Unfortunately, this is not found in every store and for sure it is not found combined in calcium supplements. I got mine on line. A good calcium supplement is better than none though. You also want to be sure you are getting enough Vit.D and Vit.D3 is the best form of that. Vit D helps the body absorb calcium as does magnesium. You can get the best VitD from the sun. 15-20 minutes a day is usually sufficient. Those who live in mid-northern states probably do not get enough sun in the winter, which means we have to supplement. Calcium is always in combination with magnesium, so one has to add a tablet of the gylcinate form of magnesium to reach the correct daily ratio. Women in this stage of life need 1500 mg of calcium, 400-700 mg of magnesium and 800-1000 units VitD3. Try this and see if you notice some changes within a week or so. If you notice some loose stools gradually add the magnesium. Many women I know also use wild yam extract cream which is a natural product women have been using for centuries without problems. Try the calcium trick first. If it doesn't work then add the cream. All one usually needs of this is 1/4 tsp once or twice a day rubbed on the thin areas of the skin. Directions where, are found on all containers of wild yam cream. Another thing I have found that works for me is a product found here: www.stemcellfacts.info I would try these first before looking for a naturopathic doctor or a holistic doctor. I do consult these doctors once in a while for other matters, but I have had no problem with menopause once I added the calcium program. When you get everything in balance, IF you should have a hot flash again, look to adding a bit more calcium for a day or two. Good luck! Let us now here how it is working for you.

  45. QUESTION:
    Anyone recently or trying to conceive with hypothyroidism?
    I have hypothyroidism and have fairly high hormone levels, which my naturopath has told me will make it difficult, if not impossible to conceive. Has anyone here conceived with hypothyroidism?
    I should add: I am not on thyroid medication, other than natural treatments.

    **Naturopathic medicine (also known as naturopathy, or natural medicine) is a complementary and alternative medicine which emphasizes the body's intrinsic ability to heal and maintain itself. Naturopaths prefer to use natural remedies such as herbs and foods rather than surgery or synthetic drugs.

    • ANSWER:
      I have conceived with hypothyroidism and am trying again. Are you taking thyroid replacement (such as Armour, the natural replacement or levothyroxine, the synthetic)? I conceived our first baby while I was on Armour. After he was born, my Integrative Med doctor added some levothyroxine in addition to the armour. My TSH, Free T4 and Free T3 are all in good ranges for conception again. A TSH around 1 seems to be good for a lot of women. If your TSH is too high and your Free T4 too low, then yes, it might be impossible to conceive. Until I started on armour, my cycles were quite uneven, and my BBTs were dismally low (they've improved by and average of .4 degree at least!) and etc, but I never actually tried to conceive until after I was put on replacement.

  46. QUESTION:
    After a hysterectomy, is it necessary to have hormone replacement therapy? If so how long for?
    Im 46 and have to have a hysterectomy. If the ovaries are taken out, will i still produce any hormones? If not, how will this effect me? If I had to go on hormione replacement therapy how long would I have to do it for?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,, and generally yes, if you have a complete hysterectomy your doctor will want to put you on hormone treatments. But at your age you shouldn't have to take them for more than a few years. Most women are thru menapause by 55. And yes your body will still put out some estrogen but not enough. If your 46, you've probably already started going thru menapause so you know about hot flashes and night sweats. They may become worse after the operation. But, actually,, no you don't have to have hormone therapy if you don't want it. There are natural ways to get the hormones you need. I have had a heart condition since I was 37 and was advised not to take hormones by my obgyn, as they can cause heart attacks in women who have heart trouble. So I've never taken hormones. I do use natural hormones tho. I take flaxseed oil capsules and eat flaxseed on my cereal,, soy is great for hot flashes,, you can get this in many different forms. I really like Soymilk,, the brand I use is Soy Silk. There are many different brands of natural hormones. I've attached a link that tells you about natural hormones. It also tells you about synthetic hormones. Did you know that one of the hormones doctors give you for estrogen comes from horse urine?? It's something most women don't know and should. Anyway,, hope this link helps. And good luck with your surgery

  47. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies to assist metabolism and hormone levels?
    I've been advised that I have a disfunction of the hypothalamus gland, and after ready some information on the subject, I'm concerned with how this will effect my body in the near and distant future. My physician recommended taking hormone replacement medication, but I rather not due to the possible known side effects. Are there any natural aids that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      There are tons of natural treatments out there, you could look into the following "womens herbs":

      *Black Cohosh
      *Dong Quai
      *Vitex

      and a product called thyrosense sounds right for you because it:

      Supports Optimal Thyroid Health, Improves Energy and Metabolism

      What to expect from this product:

      *For those with low thyroid:
      *Supports thyroid health
      *Improves conversion of T4 to T3
      *Enhances weight loss
      *Improves energy
      *Supports proper hormone balance
      *Improves sensitivity to temperature

      http://www.thyrosense.com/

  48. QUESTION:
    What exactly will happen when i go in for a hysterectomy inc taking the ovaries away due to endometriosis.?
    need to know what the best hormone therapy will be best? Endometriosis is affecting my quality of life so hysterectomy is only option for me now i've exhausted all other treatments. How will it make me feel once the op is done.

    • ANSWER:
      The trouble is that endometriosis may be deposited in many different areas of the pelvis, thus the last resort plan of hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy ( removal of tubes and ovaries) must be all that is left for you.

      Your gynaecologist must decide on your hormone replacement. He will probably choose oestrogen only, since you have no uterus there is no increase in uterine cancer risk. I quite like premarin, it is a natural oestrogen, the one from pregnant mares urine, but it is sometimes better tolerated than the synthetics.

      It tends to elevate mood and helps prevent osteoporosis. I suspect once things have settles down you will feel better than pre-op.

      Breast cancer risks on hormone replacement don't seem to rise until after 50 years, so you will probably be kept on oestrogen until then.

  49. QUESTION:
    did humans evolve from pigs and not monkeys?
    i know u re thinking another troll..but listen.i just heard in my biology class that people who go for valve replacement they use pig valves because it is very similar to humans and the body does not reject it.also people who go for natural thyroid hormone replacement do with capsules made out of dried pigs thyroid gland-for same reason.
    so are humans evolved from pigs?

    • ANSWER:
      There was a documentary released in the UK some years ago called "When pigs ruled the Earth".The theory was based on a prehistoric time when all the land mass was in one place,the consequence of this,low rainfall hence little vegetation.Pigs with their long snouts were able to access plants that grew in small divots cracks etc.The documentary laid claim at that time pigs may have been the most successful land animal.So not saying we evolved from pigs but there was and may still be a link of some kind.Hope that helps.

  50. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative ways to treat menopause symptoms without using any hormone replacements?
    I really do not want to use any HRT therapy, even bio-identicals. Can you recommend a type of Dr. to see that can treat menopause symptoms without a prescription of some type?

    • ANSWER:
      I was told years ago by a dental hygenist that when hot flashes and mood swings begin to up the intake of calcium. This I have done for nearly 10 years. What a difference this has made! I breezed through menopause. It really works for me. So, I tell all women about it. With calcium, you want to be sure you are getting a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Be sure if you are taking at least 1200 mg of calcium a day, that you get at LEAST 400 mg magnesium. The very best form of magnesium is magnesium glycinate with the Albion chealate process. Unfortunately, this is not found in every store and for sure it is not found combined in calcium supplements. I got mine on line. A good calcium supplement is better than none though. You also want to be sure you are getting enough Vit.D and Vit.D3 is the best form of that. Vit D helps the body absorb calcium as does magnesium. You can get the best VitD from the sun. 15-20 minutes a day is usually sufficient. Those who live in mid-northern states probably do not get enough sun in the winter, which means we have to supplement. Calcium is always in combination with magnesium, so one has to add a tablet of the gylcinate form of magnesium to reach the correct daily ratio. Women in this stage of life need 1500 mg of calcium, 400-700 mg of magnesium and 800-1000 units VitD3. Try this and see if you notice some changes within a week or so. If you notice some loose stools gradually add the magnesium. Many women I know also use wild yam extract cream which is a natural product women have been using for centuries without problems. Try the calcium trick first. If it doesn't work then add the cream. All one usually needs of this is 1/4 tsp once or twice a day rubbed on the thin areas of the skin. Directions where, are found on all containers of wild yam cream. Another thing I have found that works for me is a product found here: www.stemcellfacts.info I would try these first before looking for a naturopathic doctor or a holistic doctor. I do consult these doctors once in a while for other matters, but I have had no problem with menopause once I added the calcium program. When you get everything in balance, IF you should have a hot flash again, look to adding a bit more calcium for a day or two. Good luck! Let us now here how it is working for you.

  2. QUESTION:
    What can I expect right after oopherectomy as far as menopause symtoms?
    I'm having my last ovary removed next week. Will the menopause symptoms hit right away? Am I in for a nightmare or just a bumpy ride. I have to wait a couple weeks before starting any hormones due to endometriosis.

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as you are estrogen deficient, you will notice hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, etc. It may take a little longer for vaginal dryness, but by then you may have already started your hormone replacement therapy. Hope the surgery goes well. Good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does hormone changes and menopause last?
    Hi. My dad has this girlfriend. They've been seeing each other for about 2 years. She just got out of a 30 year marriage 2 years ago. The thing is, she has these freak outs where they'll see each other and have a great time as boyfriend and girlfriend and the next day, she won't talk to him. She said she loves my dad. She has a lot of menopause symptoms like 30/34 and I know she's going through hormonal changes. She hasn't seen my dad in a month because she's stubborn. I tell him it's hormones and he said it doesn't last that long. The question is, could hormones and menopause last a month or so? Please no rude comments. Thanks
    The thing is, she won't get help because she doesn't think there's anything wrong...
    By the way, she 48 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      OK, menopause can last for YEARS. This will play out much longer then a month. You don't say how old she is although if she got out of a 30 year marriage she's probably about mid 50's? I started when I was in my 40's. Fortunately for me and everyone around me, mine wasn't bad. I had a few night sweats and that was that. Also every woman is different and also different every month. You cannot compare this woman to anyone else. We are full of surprises thanks to Mother Nature.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to take black cohash AND hormones to help menopause symptoms?
    The doc gave me prempro hormones but my symptoms are still pretty bad...can I mix the black cohash with them? Or is it one or the other?

    • ANSWER:
      Black cohosh isn't going to help if your'e already taking hormones. It would be like pissing in the ocean. Instead, you should go back to the doctor and get different hormones. Prempro are absolutely the worst hormones to take, but they're also the most commonly prescribed because they've been around the longest so when your doc went to med school and they talked about hormones for one class session, that's what they were told to give. But taking Prempro for your hormone needs is like spending your life eating oatmeal only for your food needs--it might taste bad, it might not meet your nutritional needs, it might be low in protein and monotonous, but it's a quick solution. Prempro consists of Premarin, which is made from PREgnant MARes uRINe, and has horse estrogen in it. It's very cruel to the horses to collect. If it was your only solution, then I'd say use it. It was cutting edge technology in the 1960s. But you wouldn't use a washing machine from the 1960s, so don't use medicine from the 1960s--there have been a LOT of advances since then. Sothere are many other, better solutions. Here's what you should try: Vivelle Dot. It's an estrogen patch, and contains the exact same estrogen your own body makes. It also delivers it 24/7 in small amounts, just like your ovaries used to. Ask your doc for the 0.1mg patch to try out. That's the highest dose. You can always go lower if it's too much. Are you taking .625mg of estrogen in your Prempro. This will be more. Meanwhile, your oral Premarin gives you a big jolt of estrogen after you take it, then it is used up throughout the day. I'm betting that around 16 hours after you take the Premarin, it's mostly used up and you start getting hot flashes and feeling symptoms of menopause? That's typical. Meanwhile, the "pro" part of Prempro is Provera, an artificial progesterone. It's looking increasingly like this isn't the best progesterone to take. Women taking Prempro had an increase in heart troubles and breast cancer, while women taking just Premarin did not have these problems. You NEED progesterone but there are other kinds to take! Which may (or may not) be better. But are NOT worse. In the lab, they're better, but no large scale studies have been done comparing Provera to them in humans. But try them. One kind to try is Prometrium, identical to the progesterone in your own body. Or norethindrone, which is more popular in Europe than Provera, but hasn't caught on here as much, likely due to insufficient marketing.

  5. QUESTION:
    can the menopause be helped by good living alone?
    I was wondering if eating well and exercise also relaxation can help menopause symptoms. My friend seems to have started the menopause and she is one of those persons who avoid taking anything but she is a little cranky etc and I should like to help her. Can anyone give me some tips via the fruit and veg and exercise route please. I don't think she will even go for supplemented vitamins. Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      hi
      its like with anything good living can help but but from what ive read most woman need some type of hormone replacement therapy, ive enclosed a website to read up on this, nice to know she has a caring friend like you.
      http://www.amarantmenopausetrust.org.uk/faq.php

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a good support group for young women going through surgical menopause?
    I am 29 and underwent a complete hysterectomy last december i have no ovaries or anything left. I am truly suffering with extreme severe hot flashes constantly and sweating alot as well. I would like to talk to others like myself who are young and experiencing severe menopause symptoms caused by surgical menopause.
    I live in a very small town. We have no groups like that here. I was wanting to meet other women online to discuss this problem. People who are going through this as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I can relate to your situation. I had a complete hysterectomy also when I was 27 and also live in a small town.There is just no support groups out there for young women like us! I can give you some advice on certain things.First of all you need some Hormone Replacement Treatment for those Hot Flashes and Mood Swings,Second you need to give yourself time to heel,it takes usually around a year for your body to get back to normal,so don't rush things.One more thing (Always Remember...Your Still Are and Always will be A Complete Woman) Please feel free to contact me anytime!! I do know what you are going through.

  7. QUESTION:
    How risky is Hormone Replacement therapy?
    I am 45 and had a hysterectomy with one ovary removed when I was 41. I took a low dosage of HRT for two years and slowly reduced and stopped it. I am having severe menopause symptoms again and am miserable.Considering trying low dosage HRT again but worried about breast cancer risks. I am confused and weighing my options. What do you think about the risks versus the benefits of HRT?

    • ANSWER:
      It's actually not that risky. And there are benefits to HRT that offset the risk of the HRT. And in the biggest study of HRT, done by the WHI in the early 2000s, they found that women who take premarin plus provera (Prempro):

      For every 10,000 women taking Prempro, each year:

      8 more will develop breast cancer
      7 more will have a heart attack or other coronary event
      8 more will have a stroke,
      and 8 more will have blood clots in the lungs

      That's probably the thing you've been hearing about. BUT!!!!! they also found:
      "After careful consideration of the data, NIH has concluded that with an average of nearly 7 years of follow-up completed, estrogen alone does not appear to affect (either increase or decrease) heart disease, a key question of the study. At the same time, estrogen alone appears to increase the risk of stroke and decrease the risk of hip fracture. It has not increased the risk of breast cancer during the time period of the study."

      You are not taking provera, because you do not have a uterus. You are only taking estrogen. And estrogen alone does not appear to increase risk of breast cancer!

  8. QUESTION:
    How long does the menopause actually last for please?
    I think my sister who is 50 is starting to get menopause, her symptoms are signs of being nasty which is nothing like her at all and mood swings, also she is strange psychologically, this is all coming from her 16 year old daughter. Please can you give me some sort of reassurance to what is going on with her?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause usually starts between the age of 45-55. It lasts the rest of a person lives. Such symptoms can be irritable/depressed/hyper moods. Hot/cold flashes. They can just seem off personality wise. Forgetfulness, weight gain/loose. There is many symptoms. These can be treated with a hormone supplement so that it is easier for her to feel better and easier on the people around her. Menopause is difficult for the first while until your body follow transforms.

  9. QUESTION:
    Would taking Black Cohosh pills help naturally enhance my breasts?
    I'm in my early 20's, I'm a 32AA, I've been very athletic and fit all my life. I have a wonderful b/f who loves me for who I am, but I just always wanted normal sized breasts. I really don't want to do surgery and I know there are a lot of fake breast enhancing products out there. I know that Black Cohosh helps balance female hormones and relieve menopause symptoms and it's one of the few ingredients in EVERY breast enhancing formula out there; I was wondering, do you think it would work?

    • ANSWER:
      becuase you are athletic, that may be the problem. Look up women body builders..they only have FAKE boobs. There is no cream, pill or anything besides surgery that will make them larger. Please do not fall for those pill scams. Your breasts are normal for you. Everyone is different. I think you are going to be like all those other girls out there that will hope for a miracle in the pills and spend hundreds on false hope.

  10. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of menopause symptoms be really really bad?
    I have just started menopause or at least the part with no more periods. And for the last 8 years I have had anxiety and panic attacks. Well now that my periods are gone ( no periods in 4 months) I feel like I am going crazy. My anxiety is so bad I can't stand myself. I forget everything and the hot flashes are 6 to 8 times and day. I tried permpro and the naxiety got even worse. Can anyone help. Anyone have any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes they can be bad, it depends upon the person, every one has different symptoms to menopause. Talk to your doctor, She/He will tell you what to take or they might suggest that you take hormone therapy or talk to a holistic doctor, no need to go throough this without help. Try to stay away from the caffeine it triggers the hot flashes.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of acne and facial hair on women?
    Hi, I am 32 years old and still fighting symptoms of black corse facial hair on my chin and throat and upper lip. I also get acne however it's not as bad as it used to be. I had the clearest skin, everyone used to comment on my complexion and when I turned 26 I broke out in server cyst like acne, it was terrible.. I seen doctors, specialist, naturopaths, more doctors, beauty therapist ect ect... Than the hair started... It grew thicker and thicker. I was told I had a hormonal imbalance so was sent to do tests and the results came back normal, I did more hormone tests resulting normal.. Ultrasounds to determine polycyclic ovaries, but that also was good. The only thing they found was a small fibroid on my uterus wall, which wouldn't have a bad effect... Apparently.. I've tried different contraceptive pills, medication, anacor, retin-a, benzoyle peroxide and heaps more, I've tried all types of skin care, pro active, thalgo, cosmedix, doctor skin care prescriptions, micro microdermabrasion, Aesop, dermalogica. I've taken health food supplements.. Naturopath to detox me from the inside out.. Last year I seen a hormone specialist who did test after test and said everything was normal, she couldn't figure it out... Her exact words were, you seem to be getting menopause symptoms but everything's normal.. Even she was clueless... It got to the point where it was effecting my life, I wouldn't leave the house. I literally have days where I would want to get a knife and skin my face. Hair growths is also a problem and not sure what to do... I'm not overweight, nothing adds up
    I've bought a no no hair remover.... I've used it religiously for 12 months but hasn't done a great deal. I have had laser from a clinic which also has not helped but worked amazingly on my legs, it's not menopause and I'm also currently 8 month pregnant.. But symptoms still the same

    • ANSWER:
      I was gonna say you sound like your going through menopause which you probably are. If you started puberty at a really young age your going to through the change soon too. Id say if you can afford to do all that and see all those specialist might as well have laser hair removal or buy one of those nono things I keep seeing on the TV. I have seen old women with thicker facial hair than myself this may be a permanent effect of the change for you. Also shaving your face will cause this if you ever shaved instead of waxed you could have created this yourself. Women should never shave their faces ever it will lead to facial hair. put some foundation on or get a wax.

  12. QUESTION:
    Have you had any relief from menopause symptoms WITHOUT any HRT?
    I am interested in learning about treatments without any type of hormones. I do not even want the bioidenticals. Please let me know if you have tried anything else for hot flashes, dry skin, dry mouth, irregular sleep patterns, stiffness, etc. Thank You very much.

    • ANSWER:
      Get enough calcium. A woman going through menopause needs 1000 mg to 1500 mg of calcium a day. Avoid excessive amounts of salt to reduce bloating associated with hormonal changes. More information and remedies at http://useinfo4.blogspot.com/

  13. QUESTION:
    I am menopausal can I still get pregnant?
    I have been perimenopausal since I was about 33. Over the last seven years, I have been able to have unprotected sex without ever getting pregnant. Recently, my menopause symptoms have increased to add vaginal dryness into the mix. I still get my period but it's very irregular. Even with all of the above issues, I still have not gotten pregnant. I do not want to get pregnant at age 49. Should I worry if my period hasn't started and I believe that it should have? My last period was about a month ago. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot be sure that you are not ovulating, if you are still menstruating clearly hormone estimations will not show that you are post menopausal, so although pregnancy is unlikely it is not impossible. A mirena coil will give you 5 years contraceptive cover with a single insertion procedure and would ease your mind.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to take black cohosh for periods if i am a teenager? please answer?
    Black Cohosh is supposed to be used for menopause symptoms relief, but can i use it for period pain like cramps, stomach upset, bloating etc? I'm 15 years old, so will this be detrimental to my 'womanly' health? Also i can't find any other pain killers so this is my only option.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't take it. It probably contains some hormones that would not help your system. If you don't have tylenol in your house, why don't you try to get some from a friend or relative. Maybe ask your neighbors for some pain relievers.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to go through menopause at age 15?
    Im a virgin, havent had a period sence January, and I have all but maybe 6 or 7 of these symptoms from this website, http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/
    Im just worried that I wont be able to have children. :/
    I got my first period around March in 2009.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are having those symptoms you need to see a doctor. It could be your hormones are off or something is going on with your thyroid. See a doctor.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I reverse the lack of sex drive now that I am going thru menopause???
    I used to have an extremely high sex drive....now that I've been going thru all the menopause symptoms I don't have such a high drive and things take much longer if you understand. Also I have a problem with dryness but I know how to combat that already thanx to a cool shop not far from my house.

    • ANSWER:
      When women go through menopause, they should be under the care of their GYN. There are a lot of hormonal changes that take place and women usually need medications or supplements to keep their hormones in line. Usually, a lack of sex drive and arousal means that you have a low testosterone level so you may need that. Only a doctor can tell after doing some blood work.
      They also have medications that will take care of the dryness problem.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you start menopause when you are on birth control pills?
    Or, will you know you are starting menopause when you are on the pill? Will you still have normal periods? I am 32 and a bit young but the females in my family go through menopause young. I was just wondering because I am having horrible hot flashes at night and was wondering if the pill would mask menopause? Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The oestrogen provided in the BCP (birth control pill) may be enough to control menopausal symptoms if you happened to be going through it whilst on birth control pills so in a way yes it could mask the fact that you were going through the menopause (depending on the level of oestrogen you are on) . Having said that, the night sweats can be side fx of the pill.
      With regards to periods, the bcp causes a monthly period so there is no reason why that would necessarily stop because you may be going through an early menopause. They would stop however, if you were definitely going through menopause and not on the bcp!

      If you are concerned and really want to know then a trip to the Doc to check your hormone levels esp FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH ( lutenizing hormone) (used to determine if you are in or about to enter menopause) would be best but am not sure if they can test that if still on the bcp, but I'm sure they'll clarify that for you!

      (",)

  18. QUESTION:
    Does Hormone Replacement Therapy after menopause restore the normal menstrual cycles in a woman?
    If not why, since HRT replaces the hormones back in the body? Also can a post menopausal woman who underwent HRT become pregnant again?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is no to both questions.

      The hormones in HRT only relieve menopausal symptoms (hot flashes). They do not restore periods. Once you hit menopause (periods stop), they stop for good.
      Women who take HRT cannot become pregnant due to no ovulation due to menopause.

  19. QUESTION:
    My Mom's menopause symptoms are driving our family crazy?
    Is there anything she can take like vitamins etc to calm her nerves & moodiness? She doesn't wanna take hormones & we don't want her to either because we heard it can higher her risk for cancer.
    @Matthew I don't live with my Mom.

    • ANSWER:
      On Dr Oz show, Siberian rhubarb extract was recommended for relieving menopausal symptoms. You can find this extract in the dietary supplement, Estrovera.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best thing to do/take to relieve menopause symptoms?
    Menopause Relief

    • ANSWER:
      There are medications that can help with the nerves and some for the hormones. But basically you just have to sweat it out.Personally I take ativan for my nerves. Nothing can be done for the hot flashes.Just think of the the benefits from menopause.. no more babies yipee no more periods double yipee.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you know when will you be menopause?
    I had my first period when i was 12. Can we calculate the estimated time of our menopause? Somebody told me to add 30 to the age I had my first period and that'll be my age to be menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      34 Menopause Symptoms

      Menopausal symptoms affect about 70% of women approaching menopause. Typical menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes or night sweats, are caused by changing hormonal levels in the female reproductive system. Almost all women notice early symptoms while still having periods. This stage of gradually falling and fluctuating hormone levels is called perimenopause, which often begins in the early 40s.

      The symptoms of menopause usually last for the whole menopause transition (until the mid 50s), but some women may experience them for the rest of their lives. The most common symptoms are: Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Irregular Periods, Loss of Libido, and Vaginal Dryness.
      However, there are a variety of treatments that can be considered to deal with these symptoms.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can my strange dreams be related to the start of menopause?
    I think I maybe be starting menopause. I do have an appointment with my gyno. But I have been having some really strange dreams lately. They are really effecting my sleep. I don't know why else I would be having these dreams. Has anyone else experienced this at the onset of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Quite possibly, yes. I find that I have very strange dreams in the couple of days before my period, so I guess maybe there is some connection between hormone levels and weird dreams! The other thing I've heard is that when your body temperature is higher than usual, you don't sleep as deeply, and so you're more likely to remember your dreams. I don't know much about the menopause, but I know one of the symptoms is hot flushes, so it could be that your night time body temperature is a little higher than usual.

      So maybe your dreams are always that weird and you don't usually remember them!

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I am going through Early Onset Menopause?
    The only real symptom I have is a screwed up menstrual cycle. I work with menopausal women that say I am about to go through the change. I am only 42. No night sweats, in fact I am always cold.

    • ANSWER:
      You should talk to your doctor but here's some information.
      http://www.epigee.org/menopause/early.html

      Early and Premature Menopause

      When we hear the word menopause, we usually think of older women above the age of 60. Very rarely do we ever think of ourselves. However, menopause is not a stage necessarily relegated to elderly women. Early or premature menopause is more common than most women realize - it affects about 1% of women between the ages of 15 and 45. Early or premature menopause can occur for a variety of reasons, but in the end it leaves an imprint on the lives of all of the women it affects.

      What are Early and Premature Menopause? Early onset menopause is often confused with premature menopause, but actually the two are different things. These terms hinge on the age of the woman involved; if menopause occurs before the age of 45, it is considered early menopause; if menopause occurs before the age of 40 it is considered premature menopause.

      Because doctors are finally beginning to recognize the symptoms of menopause in younger women, more and more women are being diagnosed with early or premature menopause. As a result, women who are experiencing infertility or are dealing with menopause symptoms at a young age no longer have to wonder why.

      What Causes Early and Premature Menopause
      More often than not, doctors are unable to determine a cause for menopause in younger women. This can be very frustrating for women as it makes it difficult to accept and deal with this new stage of life. Sometimes though, there are very obvious causes of premature or early menopause.

      Premature Ovarian Failure (POV): Premature ovarian failure is another name for naturally-occurring premature menopause. Women with POV have ovaries that aren’t functioning properly. Either they stop producing eggs or no longer produce the hormones needed to ovulate. POV can occur for a variety of reasons. Autoimmune disorders are responsible for more than 65% of POV cases. With these disorders, the body sees itself as an invader and develops antibodies to its own products, including ovum and menses. Genetic factors may also be involved in POV. Five per cent of women seem to follow in their mothers’ footsteps, entering into menopause early. Some women are born with irregularities in their X chromosomes, interfering with egg production before menopause should begin. Other women are just born with very few eggs, causing menopause to occur years before it should.

      Surgical Menopause
      Surgical menopause involves the conscious decision of forcing women into menopause for specific health reasons. Women who suffer from endometriosis, polyps, or ovarian cancer may have to undergo an oopherectomy (removal of the ovaries) or a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and sometimes ovaries). These surgeries dramatically cut off ovarian function causing estrogen levels to drop suddenly and forcing the woman into menopause.

      Menopause Caused by Cancer Treatment
      Menopause can be caused by chemotherapy or radiation cancer treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation kill cancer cells but, unfortunately, they also kills healthy cells. Hair cells, digestive cells, and ovarian cells are particularly at risk. Some women who have undergone cancer treatment temporarily enter menopause, while others permanently enter menopause.

      Infection
      Infection is also linked with premature menopause. Infections such as the mumps and tuberculosis can infect the ovaries, affecting your hormonal balance. This is extremely rare, however.

      Early Menopause Symptoms
      Premature menopause symptoms are essentially the same as those of natural menopause. Women commonly suffer from night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, headaches, and joint or muscle pain. Body shape changes are also common, causing you to put on weight around the abdomen. Additionally, water retention and menopause commonly go together.

      Menopausal women can experience emotional ups and downs, including anxiety, depression, cravings, and forgetfulness. All of these symptoms are triggered by the fluctuation of hormones in the body during menopause. In particular, estrogen levels reduce dramatically during the onset of menopause, causing a variety of changes in the body’s functions.

      Early and premature menopause tends to be associated with more severe symptoms than menopause occurring after the age of 45. Because early menopause is often due to illness, surgery, or genetic issues, there is a rapid decline in the amount of estrogen (known as "estrogen crash") in your body. This causes you to enter menopause more quickly than other women. Estrogen crash can cause extreme hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, and depression in some women. In a survey of early menopausal women, 100% of women who experienced surgical menopause experienced a number of menopause symptoms in quick succession. 90% of these women complained that their symptoms were severe and lasted more than 8 years.

      Treatment Options
      Unfortunately, there are no menopause cures. Menopause treatment has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years, though. It is suggested that most women who have undergone early or premature menopause seek out hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Menopause symptoms will be very sudden and severe, especially after surgery, and can be lessoned by taking appropriate doses of estrogen. If oral medication is too difficult to take directly after surgery, estrogen patches that release hormones through the skin can be used to help lessen symptoms.

      A good support network is also recommended to help you through the difficult times. You may be unprepared for such an immediate entry into menopause and friends, family, and other menopausal women can really help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Living life after menopause isn’t so bad – in fact, it can be a very rewarding time when you have the right support.

  24. QUESTION:
    At what age do men start to see the signs of male menopause?
    At what age do the signs of male menopause begin?
    Do all men reach menopause?
    How often do you hear cases of men suffering from male menopause?

    Men do suffer from symptoms similar to menopause.
    That's why it's called male menopause
    I beg to differ J John. infertility is when a man stops producing sperm. Cancer can also be a cause for a mans infertility.

    • ANSWER:
      to answer your question i did a little research and no all men go through menopause! here is what i found:

      Unlike menopause in women which represents a well-defined period in which hormone production stops completely, male hormone (testosterone) decline is a slower process. The testes, unlike the ovary, does not run out of the substance it needs to make testosterone. A healthy male may be able to make sperm well into his eighties or longer.

      However, as a result of disease, subtle changes in the function of the testes may occur as early as 45 to 50 years of age, and more dramatically after the age of 70 in some men.

      If you or a loved one is considering androgen replacement therapy, talk to a doctor to learn more. Your doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes, such as a new diet or exercise program, or other medications, such as an antidepressant, to help with some of the symptoms of male menopause.

      hope this helps
      good luck and have a good day
      Hiedi

  25. QUESTION:
    How is a hysterectomy induced menopause likely to last?
    I had a full hysterectomy a year ago and have been going through an induced menopause ever since, I was just wondering how long it is likely to last as i know it is not as long as a normal menopause. I will not take HRT.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman. Nobody can tell you how long you will experience the symptoms. Through research i have done ( i had a hysterectomy also ), it can be 1 to 10 years. Some women never have any symptoms at all ( hard to believe, but it's true ). Other women seen to experience symptoms for many years. I took hormones, and i regret it now. I have thyroid disease, and cancer. I believe taking hormones for 15 years caused both conditions. It may help with the symptoms, but it's not worth the risk. If i had it to do all over again, i would not have taken them. Having a hot flash is better then having cancer. Good luck. Hang in there :-)

  26. QUESTION:
    Ladies I have a Q on menopause symptoms and how to dodge them?
    what have you experienced besides the (in)famous hot flashes and what did you do about it? (Apart from SHT hormone therapy which I can't do) Txs!

    • ANSWER:
      I went through menopause without really knowing too much that I was,as I was still on the pill. I still had the hot flushes tho. Many of my friends go to health food stores there are many alternative treatments there, most work really well Good Luck

  27. QUESTION:
    Is 45 too young for Menopause and can an unhealty spine cause early menopause?
    I'm experience Menopause symptoms. Hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, short term memory loss, anxiety and more. On March 2nd I'll be having my second operation for my 3rd herniated disk. Could my spine be the reason for early Menopause. I'm sorry if this makes no sense. Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer my question

    • ANSWER:
      No, 45 isn't too young. You're probably in perimenopause, the transition between having periods and not having them.

      Menopause = 1 year with no periods.

      My own perimenopause began at age 38, and my last period was at age 47. For those 9 years I had hot flashes, irregular periods, irregular hormones, mood swings, fatigue, memory problems, and every single symptom that a perimenopausal woman could have.

      Not everyone's perimenopause lasts that long. Some women take only a few months; some take years.

      It's doubtful that your spine conditon and operation are causing this, although stress and illness can affect your menstrual cycles.

      If you haven't talked to your doctor about your symptoms, please do so. Perimenopausal women often have thyroid issues too, so you may benefit from some testing. And there are medications (both herbs and hormones) that may help you.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are some of the signs that you are beginning menopause?
    I've always been a 28 day girl you could set you clock by my period, now it can be 25 days 23 days and then back to 28 days. I and 46 so could this be a sign the I and beginning menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the transition period in a woman's life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether.

      Menopause is a natural event that normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Once menopause is complete (called postmenopause), you can no longer become pregnant.

      The symptoms of menopause are caused by changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. As the ovaries become less functional, they produce less of these hormones and the body responds accordingly. The specific symptoms you experience and how significant (mild, moderate, or severe) varies from woman to woman.

      In some women, menstrual flow comes to a sudden halt. More commonly, it tapers off. During this time, your menstrual periods generally become either more closely or more widely spaced. This irregularity may last for 1 to 3 years before menstruation finally ends completely.

      A gradual decrease of estrogen generally allows your body to slowly adjust to the hormonal changes. When estrogen drops suddenly, as is seen when the ovaries are removed surgically (called surgical menopause), symptoms can be more severe.

      Because hormone levels fall, changes occur in the entire female reproductive system. The vaginal walls become less elastic and thinner. The vagina becomes shorter. Lubricating secretions from the vagina become watery. The outside genital tissue decreases. This is called atrophy of the labia.

      Symptoms : The potential symptoms include:

      - Hot flashes and skin flushing
      - Night sweats
      - Insomnia
      - Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      - Irregular menstrual periods
      - Spotting of blood in between periods
      - Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      - Decreased sex drive
      - Vaginal infections
      - Urinary tract infections
      In addition, the long-term effects of menopause include:

      - Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      - Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

  29. QUESTION:
    Does coffee disrupt your hormones and if so how?
    I heard coffee can cause weight gain because it can disrupt your hormones. How does it do this? What is in coffee that makes it do this?
    Ever since I started drinking 4servings of Folger's coffee with 24ounces of water, I have noticed that I have abnormal food cravings.

    • ANSWER:
      CAN EXCESSIVE CAFFEINE CAUSE HORMONAL IMBALANCES?
      By August McLaughlin

      Americans consume about 45 million pounds of caffeine each year, according to the University of Washington. The bitter substance that adds stimulant properties to soft drinks and energy drinks also occurs naturally in coffee, tea and cocoa beans. Although moderate intake is considered safe and potentially beneficial, excessive caffeine intake may interfere with your hormones -- chemical messengers that play an important role in your moods, energy and reproductive health.

      CAUSE/EFFECT
      The "buzz" brought on by caffeine happens when your adrenal glands release the stress hormones adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol. If these glands become overworked, your daily levels of the hormone cortisol may be too high or low. Caffeine may also reduce your body's sensitivity to the hormone insulin. While excessive caffeine may not trigger hormonal imbalances in everyone, it can cause or worsen imbalances in some people, according to a WomentoWomen.com article by Dr. Marcelle Pick, an obstetrician, gynecologist and co-founder of Women-to-Women Clinic in Yarmouth, Maine -- particularly if you are sensitive to caffeine or drink caffeinated beverages habitually, Pick says.

      RISK FACTORS
      Your risk of hormonal complications of caffeine increases as you grow older, according to Pick. Having a condition that disrupts healthy hormone levels, such as thyroid disease or Addison's disease, or experiencing hormonal shifts associated with menstruation, pregnancy or menopause, may also increase your risk. In a study published in "Cancer" in June 2009, researchers analyzed the effects of caffeine, tea, decaffeinated coffee and coffee on sexual hormone levels in 524 premenopausal and 713 postmenopausal women. A significant link was found between coffee intake and reduced levels of female sexual hormones in both groups. Only postmenopausal women experienced increased levels of the hormone known as sex hormone-binding globulin. In other words, the study showed that postmenopausal women may be more likely to experience hormonal shifts after consuming caffeine.

      COMPLICATIONS
      Symptoms of caffeine-related hormonal imbalances vary, depending on your sensitivity to caffeine and overall health. The amount of caffeine you can tolerate also varies. Caffeine's effect on stress and reproductive hormones may contribute to premenstrual breast swelling and discomfort, according to MayoClinic.com internist Dr. Sandhya Pruthi. If caffeine interferes with thyroid medications, you may experience increased symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue, depressive moods and headaches, or hyperthyroidism, such as anxiety, a rapid heartbeat or insomnia. Caffeine-related hormonal imbalances may cause similar symptoms in the general population.

      SUGGESTIONS
      If you are particularly sensitive to caffeine, you may benefit from limiting your consumption. Most healthy adults can tolerate moderate intake, or 200 mg to 300 mg of caffeine -- the amount in two to four cups of coffee -- per day. Pick recommends consuming a nutritious, low-glycemic snack with your caffeine source to make problems less likely. Low-glycemic foods, which have a mild impact on your blood sugar, include whole grains, nuts, low-fat milk and yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables. Take caution when consuming energy drinks, which may contain between 48 mg and 300 mg of caffeine per serving and may also contain additional stimulants, such as ginseng or guarana. Less obvious sources of caffeine include medications, such as certain over-the-counter pain relievers.

  30. QUESTION:
    At what age does menopause begin or atleast its symptoms start to become explicit?
    I am doing a esearch paper for my A' Level group work on the the hormonal system- this includes the mentrual cycle because its actually mostly based on your hormones.

    Really simple question but I cant seem to find the answer on the internet- so many different pieces of info

    Thanks =)
    Thanks mirical baby due 14/04/10 it was really helpfull. =)
    A Levels does suck! LoL =)

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/Pages/Introduction.aspx

      this page has everything you need and can point you in the right direction to get more info.

      bear in mind it changes for all women and it is usually hereditary when it starts!! my mum was 30 (which is really really young) but then her mother was 45, which they say is "normal" im nowhere near 30 yet but you never know what could happen, dr says maybe i would be the same, just wait and see.

      good luck, a-levels suck lol xx

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the exact symptoms of the menstrual period?
    I used to think that the first and second day of the menstrual period was the hardest, then it seemed like the third was hard, but now it's switched to the fourth day seeming to be particularly difficult. These symptoms seem also to be improved by gentle exercise, (but not too intensive) and usually I assume it's not a good idea to be out doing much, except sometimes other experiences can improve it. What can you expect for each day, is it different, worse, better, or does it vary?

    • ANSWER:
      Usualy the second day is the heaviest for the menstrual flow but you were right ,everyone is different some stert out with a bang and day one is heavy and taper off until day three or four and by day five its gone and that also changes as we get older your cycle can vary from time to time and certainly inyour earlier years when you first start your period and again as you get into your late thirties and on when your body starts making less hormones to the point of total cestation of your period (menopause).also Its good to stay active even with your period if you can some are to uncomfortable and thats fine too ,although exercise is great at anytime the only drawback at period time is you may flow more but you judge for your self if your uncomfortable slow down.improving your period is like a cold it just has to run its coarse but yes you can do things to make it easier like if your in pain a warm heating pad on your belly helps or like you said some light exercise if all else fail some tylenol and some hot herbal ted and relax.take heart in knowing your not alone .we all deal with this mostly every month.

  32. QUESTION:
    What will happen if I go through menopause with no hormone replacement or medications at all?
    I have tryed bioidentical hormone replacement and had severe symptoms. I was currently given prometrium and estropipate. I read the possible side effects including increased risk of dimentia and I dont want to take that risk. Alzheimer's runs in my family. ( I am only 47).

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is a stage in life when a woman stops having her monthly period.It is a normal part of aging, marking the end of a woman's reproductive years.Get enough calcium. A woman going through menopause needs 1000 mg to 1500 mg of calcium a day. Avoid excessive amounts of salt to reduce bloating associated with hormonal changes. More information and remedies at http://useinfo4.blogspot.com/

  33. QUESTION:
    Is Estrogen something I should be taking for my menopause? What does Estrogen do?
    I am going through menopause and I get all the hot flashes and mood swings, but I also feel like my body is missing something, I don't feel right on my insides. I'm also diabetic and I have hypothyroidism and asthma.

    • ANSWER:
      You should be taking estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Menopause symptoms are made worse with a thyroid problem. Estrogen strengthens the bones, improves moods, helps prevent incontinence stops hot flashes, improves your skin and hair. It also wards off arthritis raised cholesterol and depression not to mention osteoporosis. Bio identical hormones are your best option

  34. QUESTION:
    How severe can heart palpitations be for a woman going through menopause?
    I had my heart checked and it is healthy, but these palpitations are really bad, I can't stand it. I am having menopausal symptoms, so I think they are due to that.

    • ANSWER:
      Get on hormone replacement. That will help with the heart palpitations. Good Luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    MenopauseWhen you have finished going through Menopause is there any Oestrogen still in your body?
    I had a surgical menopause and I am coming off HRT. When you have no ovaries is there a difference to the menpause when you keep your ovaries. Serious and professional answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there is a significant difference between surgical menopause and natural menopause. With natural menopause, the ovaries do continue to produce low levels of hormones. But with surgical you have none of that and your estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone will be noticably lower in many cases than the levels of a naturally menopausal woman. For this reason, surgical menopause is generally a lot tougher and has worse symptoms than natural menopause. They've also found that women who are surgically menopausal and do not take hormones before the age of 42 or so have twice the mortality of women who are menstruating normally, with average life expectancy reduced by about 8 years. Here is a useful website to tell you about surgical menopause:
      http://surmeno.blogspot.com/

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the menopause?
    My mother is beginning to enter the menopause and I was wondering what health problems it can cause. Anything like depression? Anxiety? Heart problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms
      Every woman experiences menopause differently. Even the age at which menopause begins may be unique to you. Some women reach menopause in their 30s or 40s, and some not until their 60s, but menopause most often occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Your signs and symptoms also are likely to be very individual. You may breeze through menopause with few signs and symptoms. Or you may experience a number of physical and emotional changes, including:

      Irregular periods. Your menstrual periods may stop suddenly, or gradually get lighter or heavier and then stop. The unpredictability of your periods may be your first clue that menopause is approaching.
      Decreased fertility. When ovulation begins to fluctuate, you're less likely to become pregnant. Until you haven't had a period for a year, however, pregnancy is still possible.
      Vaginal and urinary changes. As your estrogen level declines, the tissues lining your vagina and urethra — the opening to your bladder — become drier, thinner and less elastic. With decreased lubrication you may experience burning or itching, along with increased risk of infections of your urinary tract or vagina. These changes may make sexual intercourse uncomfortable or even painful. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently or more urgently, and you may experience urinary incontinence.
      Hot flashes. As your estrogen level drops, your blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing your skin temperature to rise. This can lead to a feeling of warmth that moves upward from your chest to your shoulders, neck and head. You may sweat, and as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you may feel chilled, weak and slightly faint. Your face might look flushed, and red blotches may appear on your chest, neck and arms. Most hot flashes last from 30 seconds to several minutes, although they can last much longer. The frequency, as well as the duration, of hot flashes varies from person to person. You may have them once every hour or only occasionally. They can occur any time during the day or night. They may be a part of your life for a year or more, or you may never have them.
      Sleep disturbances and night sweats. Night sweats are often a consequence of hot flashes. You may awaken from a sound sleep with soaking night sweats followed by chills. You may have difficulty falling back to sleep or achieving a deep, restful sleep. Lack of sleep may affect your mood and overall health.
      Changes in appearance. Many women gain a modest amount of weight — about 5 pounds on average — during the menopausal transition. The fat that once was concentrated in your hips and thighs may settle above your waist and in your abdomen. You may notice a loss of fullness in your breasts, thinning hair and wrinkles in your skin. If you previously experienced adult acne, it may become worse. Although your estrogen level drops, your body continues to produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. As a result, you may develop coarse hair on your chin, upper lip, chest and abdomen.
      Emotional and cognitive changes. You may experience irritability, fatigue, decreased memory and diminished concentration as you approach menopause. These symptoms have sometimes been attributed to hormonal fluctuations. Yet other factors are more likely to contribute to these changes, including sleep deprivation and stressful life events — such as the illness or death of a parent, grown children leaving home or returning home, and retirement.

      Complications
      Several chronic medical conditions tend to appear after menopause. By becoming aware of the following conditions, you can take steps to help reduce your risk:

      Cardiovascular disease. At the same time your estrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women as well as in men. Yet you can do a great deal to reduce your risk of heart disease. These risk-reduction steps include stopping smoking, reducing high blood pressure, getting regular aerobic exercise and eating a diet low in saturated fats and plentiful in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
      Osteoporosis. During the first few years after menopause, you may lose bone density at a rapid rate, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures. Postmenopausal women are especially susceptible to fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. That's why it's especially important during this time to get adequate calcium — 1,500 milligrams daily — and vitamin D — 400 to 800 international units daily. It's also important to exercise regularly. Strength training and weight-bearing activities such as walking and jogging are especially beneficial in keeping your bones strong.
      Urinary incontinence. As the tissues of your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity, you may experience a frequent, sudden, strong urge to urinate (urge incontinence) or incontinence with coughing, laughing or lifting (stress incontinence).
      Weight gain. Many women gain weight during the menopausal transition. You may need to eat less — perhaps as many as 200 to 400 fewer calories a day — and exercise more, just to maintain your current weight.

  37. QUESTION:
    What type of hormone imbalance causes you to wrinkle at an early age?
    I saw this condition being diagnois on a health channel on a tv show where the doctors give you a person's symptoms and the viewers had a multiple choice guess what they thought it was. I missed the cause of this reaction and would like to know. Did anyone remember seeing it or know what it is?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a genetically transmitted disorder called progeria that can cause severe premature aging.

      Premature menopause, either following a hysterectomy or as a result of early "shutdown", can cause premature wrinkles.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what the symptoms of thyroid problems are?
    My sister told me see was having blood work done because her doctor thinks her symptoms may be explained by a thyroid problem. What are some common symptoms? She says one of her symptoms is her hair falling out. I can't find anything about that symptom as related to thyroid problems!

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid gland, which is in your neck, sets the rate at which you produce energy from your body's stores by the release of thyroid hormones.

      Hyperthyroid
      If you're producing too much hormone, and the gland is overactive, you're said to be hyperthyroid. You'll have too much energy, lose weight, feel warm and may have symptoms such as palpitations.

      There are many causes of an overactive thyroid and you may need blood tests and scans to find out what's responsible.

      The most common reason is when your body's defences falsely recognise your own tissue as an invader and begin to attack it. This is called autoimmune disease and it stimulates the thyroid to produce more hormones.

      If you have a cyst or growth in the thyroid, it may also produce too much hormone.

      Hyperthyroidism symptoms may include:

      weight loss
      rapid heartbeat
      tremor
      excessive sweating
      heat intolerance
      anxiety
      muscle weakness
      goitre
      irregular periods

      Hypothyroid
      If your thyroid is underactive - not producing enough hormone - you'll have too little energy and will feel slow, tired and lethargic. You'll become hypothyroid.

      Again, there are many causes, but for some it seems to be part of the ageing process. Hypothyroidism is especially common in women after the menopause. Look for the following symptoms:

      exhaustion, tiredness, sleep problems
      difficulty concentrating or remembering
      weight gain
      dry hair, skin and nails
      depression or anxiety
      constipation
      poor libido
      breathlessness and swelling of feet
      hoarseness
      cold intolerance
      face swelling and puffy eyes
      in women, heavy periods

      How many people are affected?
      Hyperthyroidism affects up to one in 50 people and is ten times more common in women than in men. It can occur at any age but is most common between the ages of 20 and 50.

      Hypothyroidism is ten times more common in women than in men and usually occurs over the age of 40.

      What's the treatment?
      It's difficult to prevent thyroid illness. Hypothyroidism is treated with thyroid hormone medication. Treatment of hyperthyroidism may involve medication to reduce the production of thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine therapy or a thyroidectomy (removal of part of the thyroid gland).

      This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks in July 2006

  39. QUESTION:
    If I was 42 when I had a total hysterectomy, how much longer will I have to endure menopause?
    I was forced into menopause (hot flashes, night sweats) after my total hysterectomy. I use a hormone patch which works very well, but I wonder how much longer I'll have to use it.

    • ANSWER:
      Women who go through surgical menopause will sometimes have menopause symptoms until natural menopausal age.

  40. QUESTION:
    How long does the lutenizing hormone stay up before and after ovulation?
    I went to have my hormones tested, and when the doc called, she said my lutenizing hormone was up which indicated ovulation...

    I had sex the night before the test, and then not again til 6 days later (husband out of town)

    We are TTC, and I'm about to go on medication to regulate my ovulation and menstruation.. but how likely is it I was ovulating at the time of intercourse... or within 72 hours before or after intercourse?

    I obviously need to wait and find out if I'm pregnant before I start the medication.. I'm just wondering if anyone knows the duration of elevated lutenizing hormone... so I don't get to excited that I might be...

    • ANSWER:
      LH reaches its peak about 36 hours before ovulation but the level is usually somewhat elevated for about 2-3 days total before ovulation.
      However, just because your LH was high on one test does not indicate ovulation. If you aren't having regular cycles and your LH tested high then it is more likely that you have an underlying condition causing your LH to be consistantly high, such as: Premature menopause, Turner Syndrome, PCOS, Thyroid disease, Adrenal Disease, ovarian tumor.
      The most likely cause is PCOS, do you have any of the other symptoms of PCOS, such as weight gain, hair loss, male pattern hair growth--chin, face, breats?

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of early menopause?
    I am 27 years old and think I may be approaching early menopause. I have an appointment to see my doc in a months time but in the meantime would like a little info.
    My doc referred me to a specialist which is why the lengthy wait. I have had two children and am experiencing some symptoms but not all. It could be menopause, or not. But I suspect it is b/c my mother in law also went through it early and there are many similarities.

    • ANSWER:
      Early menopause can be thought of in two different ways. You can think of early menopause in the area of perimenopause that precedes menopause or menopause that begins immediately due to surgery.

      Early menopause is similar to menopause in the effects that the female body is changing. Estrogen levels are dropping and the body is experiencing reactions due to the changes in hormone levels. Natural menopause is where the ovaries have stopped producing estrogen entirely. When menstruation ceases for a full twelve months than a physician will diagnose a women as being in the process of menopause.

      Signs of menopause can be broken up into two categories:
      physical symptoms and mental symptoms.

      Many of these symptoms can be relieved by changes in diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious meals and finding ways to lower stress levels can help lessen menopause symptoms. Herbal remedies such as using black cohosh, Hawthorne flower or other herbal extracts can often help with hot flashes and night sweats. There are also hormone creams such as Hot Flash Freedom or there are prescription medications available, but with all of these methods prior to beginning a new regimen, you should consult your physician first.

      Early menopause is nothing to fear or to worry over. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing early or perimenopause, speak to your physician. He or she can help you in better understanding what is best for you and your body.

  42. QUESTION:
    Has anybody had a partial hysterectomy? What are the pros and cons?
    My Ob/Gyn discussed two option with me. One was burning the lining of my uterus and the other a partial hysterectomy. He said my ovaries would be left in so I wouldn't have to worry about my estrogen. I am only 37 years old -- I am looking forward to no more periods, however I am scared that my body will change drastically because of this. Does it decrease your sex drive? Do you go through menopause symptoms?
    I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you-

    • ANSWER:
      I assume you must be having problems with very heavy periods, which is why you have the choice between the ablation and the hysterectomy. Since they would be leaving the ovaries behind, you would simply not have periods any more. Your ovaries will still be functioning, producing an ova each month until you actually experience menopause. Then you would go through menopause just as every other woman does- with the exception that your periods would already be gone. Until then, they function and release hormones right on the usual schedule. As far as the effect on your sex drive- most of that exists between your ears, not in your uterus. I doubt you feel very much drive at the moment, having the gyn problems- so solving that would tend to improve things in that department if you want them to be improved. As a matter of fact, one of the things post menopausal women do enjoy is freedom from the worry of pregnancy, and the monthly period- with all the benefits of an active sex life. Speaking for myself- I assure you things do get better in that department. Once you have recovered from the procedure, which takes a few weeks- and you get your clean bill of health from the doctor- it will be up to you to determine how sexy you feel, and how sexy you want to feel. If you want to chase the mister around the house, go for it. In fact, after it's all done and the dust settles, you will probably discover life in that department has taken on a new life completely. And you will think how funny it was you dreaded it to begin with. Go for it, all you have to lose is the uterus, and the hassle that brings with it- and from the sounds of it, you aren't going to miss any of it at all. Good luck, and welcome to the freedom club.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is there a test to determine if someone is going through premature menopause?
    I have found lists of symptoms for premature menopause, but am looking for something more definitive. Is there such a thing as a test for this condition? If so, how readily available is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. YOu get your FSH tested. This is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that is very low when your ovaries are working normally, and very high when they're not working. The only reason it would get high in someone who is not of menopausal age is if her ovaries have stopped working due to premature menopause. The doc will also test you estradiol level.

  44. QUESTION:
    What happens when a person doesn't take their menopause supplements?
    What happens when a female/male does/doesnt take it?
    What are some of the major signs of withdrawal?
    What do menopause supplements help with?

    • ANSWER:
      hormones are the only effective treatments to deal with menopause. Withdrawl will cause the return of menopausal symptoms.
      Hormone treatments effectively prescribed in the right dose will eliminate the great majority of unpleasant symptoms. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are the main ones but these can be supplemented with low dose DHEA and melatonin for insomnia.

  45. QUESTION:
    Do you have any symptoms after having a partial hysterectomy?
    I'm just having my uterus removed (it's enlarged and prolapsed and is causing alot of issues...I'm not having any bleeding problems etc,) my tubes and ovaries will be left alone. I know I won't get a period any longer, but since I won't be needing hormones, I should be OK, right? No mood swings or any other symptoms I'm hoping. I'm not going through menopause, I've been tested via bloodwork and also a uterine biopsy.

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends...you will feel moody and will still feel like you normally did at your "time" of the month for a while and I do still 23 years later. I had a partial and then years later ended up having the rest removed. I'm 48 and now am "going through the change". It isn't as bad as people say. I cannot take hormone replacement therapy because I've had cancer. You will have some mood swings but you'll be able to work through them, trust me. If you cannot, talk to your Dr. Good luck. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
      Peace & Love :)

  46. QUESTION:
    How long a woman has to undergo pains of menopause?
    I am 49 year old and I stopped mensurating in the last 9 months and I have a horrible experince of menopause. I have hotflush, moodswings, flucuating high blood pressure and some funny feeling in the skin and palputations. Can some one suggest how long this goes on for a woman once it starts

    • ANSWER:
      Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause :-
      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart. Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
      ______________________________________

      Please read my answer to this question too about Menopause and its Homeopathic Treatment :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AuDZpbpnTutG2J6Bx5qFoSHty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20070813073654AAdv6Ha&show=7#profile-info-eXe749CZaa

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      I hope this proves to be of help to you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  47. QUESTION:
    What were your first premenopausal symptoms?
    I'm 41 and am 3 weeks late for my period. How do you know if you are starting menopause? Would you go from 28 years of regularly timed periods to no period at all when you are starting menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      I was 55 when I started going through menopause. I skipped a couple of months and so went to the GYN, she said I still needed periods so she gave me some pills, I had a pregnancy test and I took them and damn I had a period. For a year I had a period about every 3 or 4 months. They did a biopsy to make sure I was ok and I was. I did not get any hot flashes but I got a clammy feeling. I had my last period nov 2009, but i still have weird cravings, I get a tingling in my legs, my face gets oily and I get a zit, clammy feeling just no blood. I'm 58 now. The GYN will test your hormone level.

      Every one is different.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the the best treatment for pre-menapause symptoms apart from hormone replacement therapy?
    I am a lady, 44 years of age and am going through the pre-menapause symptoms especially headaches, hot flashes, irregular periods and digestive disorders. Ive been to my GP and said he can only prescribe HRT if my symptoms get worse and only gave me some pain killers. I understood clearly the reasons why the GP could not prescribe the HRT and i would like to go through the process without them. I have done some browsing on the internet and im trying a few things which are not giving me an immediate relief i need as i have to work almost daily. If there is someone who knows what i am talking about, can they share their experiences so i can learn from them.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.nutrihealth.org/pages/menopause.html

  49. QUESTION:
    Is it harmful for a person going through menopause to take a birth control pill?
    I am getting married soon and want to start the pill. I have prescription for it. However, I started missing my periods and have had tests that show that I am starting menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      No it is not harmful...but you might want to talk to your doctor about alternatives. Birth control pills are hormone based (as I'm sure you know) and menopause is a hormonally challenging time and there is one school of thought that says that it is not ideal to further mess around with hormones, and another which says it helps moderate menopause symptoms. You may want to use an IUD instead, and may want to look into the Mirena IUD which can be left in situ until you have come out the other side of menopause and it also stop your period, which you may or may not like.

      I would do some research, talk to your doctor, consider your options and then enjoy.

      ps congrats on your wedding, and if you do start bc pills make sure you do it so you are not having your period on your wedding day or honeymoon :)

  50. QUESTION:
    How long until my period is regular, and when does menopause happen?
    I hate that my period's irregular! I always think that I'm fine and then I go and bleed all over my underwear at school when I can't just change them and wash them, and the blood sets in. I've had my period for just over a year, so I know that it can still be bouncing around, but for how long?
    And around what age does menopause occur? On second thought, what is menopause exactly?

    • ANSWER:
      My period was irregular for years. You just need to keep a back up pad or tampon in your purse. Whenever you feel like its coming, like suddenly feeling really wet, go to the bathroom and check!
      Menopause is in your 50s or 60s. Its when you stop ovulating, and your hormone levels change. You don't get you period anymore, but most women get hot flashes and other symptoms.


hormones for menopause symptoms

Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes And Sweats

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to reduce hot flashes after the ovaries have been removed?
    I recently had partial hysterectomy ( I still have my uterus ) and the hot flashes began soon after.Night sweats very often disturb my sleep,anxiety with no apparent reason and depression.I'm not very good at taking medications and looked into natural remedies.Primrose oil,black cohosh,magnesium etc.However,studies show that there's no proven effectiveness and there are side effects too,like damaging the liver.I need help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Take hormones. The hormones are better than the menopause.

  2. QUESTION:
    what is a natural remedy for hot flashes?
    My mother is 52 and experiencing hot flashes and night sweats. She says it's so bad that it wakes her up at night and she always seems tired. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Bring your own portable/ folding fan and take it with you everywhere.
      Dressed lightly, avoid turtlenecks, wear sleeveless.
      Drink more liquid because you're losing them from sweating.
      Rest.

      I've talked to several women who took some supplements and didn't do much good for them. It just made them gained weight.

      I have a 4" electric fan plugged by my bed, and only goes to my face, and dh can't feel it. Battery hand-held fan for works great, too! Found at Rite-Aid. I also have a very nice folding Asian 99cents fan, just take it out as often as you want.

  3. QUESTION:
    Relief from perimenopausal symptoms with apple cider vinegar or Black Molasses?
    Have any women experiencing symptoms like night sweats, hot flashes and irritabilty tried any natural remedies like apple cider vinegar? If you can share any postive changes directly linked to the apple cider vinegar, what amount did you use and when did you notice a change in symptoms? Does anyone have a dosage for the vinegar, molasses and I think pure honey?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, there aren't any benefits to using vinegar or molasses for perimenopause. There's a site called Healthboards similar to this one where you can ask questions or get answers and I've read of some women getting relief with Black Cohosh, some with fish oil, and lots of other natural remedies.

      http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=85

  4. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I take for hot flushes?
    I have reluctantly given in to the menopause and have started to get hot flushes (though I tell other women I don't get them). Can any of you ladies recommed a tried a tested natural remedy or do I have to go to my GP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sue, regular physical exercise is necessary to protect against bone loss. Exercise has many other benefits as well.

      A diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits and vegetables is important.2

      Vitamin E supplementation may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.,,

      Calcium is important in maintaining bone mass.

      Magnesium intake is often low in women with osteoporosis. Low magnesium intake is associated with low bone mineral content (BMC).

      Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption.

      Boron reduces urinary calcium loss and increases serum levels of 17 estradiol (estrogen).

      Essential fatty acids can help prevent dryness of the hair, skin and vaginal tissues.

      Soy supplementation has been suggested as a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Soy isoflavones act as estrogen-like compounds. Forty-five grams of dietary soy, per day for 12 weeks was shown to decrease post-menopausal hot flashes.

      Certain herbs such as black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice and dong quai have shown to have a beneficial effect in managing many of the menopause symptoms.
      Jason Homan

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some remedies for hot flashes?
    My daughter is 41 years old and has been suffering with hot flashes for years. She has several other conditions and is on a lot of medications. She needs something that wont impact her current medication.

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes and night sweats are two symptoms of menopause that can really affect a woman's quality of life as the natural levels of estrogen decline. And, Senay says, there's no question that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to provide relief. The problem is that the symptoms of menopause often recur if the treatment is stopped. More evidence suggests that the commonly-prescribed combination hormone therapy is not a good idea for long periods of time.

      See the resource also

      Of course, as with all therapies, there are some risks involved. The public usually takes herbal therapies in the form of supplement pills, not as a preparation made directly from the herb by a trained herbalist. Keep in mind that herbal supplements are not as closely regulated as prescription drugs. The amount of herbal product, quality, safety, and purity may vary between brands or even between batches of the same brand.

  6. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on natural meopause relief for my wife? Will an herbal menopause remedy help?
    She's in her early 40's and has gradually been getting hot flashes, night sweats and as always - MOOD swings. ;)

    • ANSWER:
      An herbal menopause remedy has the ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

      For natural menopause relief, See the webpages cited below for more info and where to buy:

  7. QUESTION:
    In the world of Woman's life change, what natural remedy's can be used for these blooming "Hot Flashes"?
    I know that I am going through the change.

    I am okay with that for it is apart of the circle.
    I choose to go through this naturally without the chemicals of man, approved by the FDA,with their warnings of serious side effects and possible death.

    What I am going through is natural and natural is how I select it to be.
    My question is how and what I may do for the "Hot Flashes" naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic remedies for hot flashes

      Women experience a variety of symptoms of menopause, but the hot flash is the one most discussed. During menopause the body produces less estrogen and progesterone. As a result, the thermostat in our brain, the hypothalamus, gets mixed signals: is it hot or cold? It is as if it cannot decide between these states. This oscillation causes our blood vessels to expand and contract on an irregular and unpredictable basis. With an increased blood flow in the body, a feeling of heat and a flush starts on the face, the neck, and continues to the chest. Some women perspire, others really sweat! Sometimes a chill follows a hot flash.

      Clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk) can disperse heat away from the body. It is more practical to dress in layers so that clothing can be removed and added as needed.

      Hot flashes deplete our bodies of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase our consumption of these nutrients [don't forget Calcium].

      Triggers for hot flashes include spicy food, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, white sugar (sugar can also cause palpitations), stress, hot weather, hot tubs and saunas, tobacco and marijuana and anger, especially when unexpressed,

      Herbs commonly used to alleviate hot flashes include ginseng, black cohosh, vitex agnus castii, blue cohosh, dong quai, wild yam root [natural progesterone, licorice root, false unicorn and sarsaparilla. Experiment with using one herb or several in combination.

      Evening primrose oil alleviates hot flashes and promotes restful sleep. These benefits may be due to the gamma linolenic acid in the oil which is said to influence prostaglandin production. (Evening primrose oil is used to relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and tenderness of fibrocystic breasts). Depending on the amount of primrose oil in each capsule, effective dosages vary from 2 to 8 capsules a day.

      Chickweed tincture (25 to 40 drops) once or twice a day reduces the severity and frequency of hot flashes.

      A few homeopathic remedies suggested are:

      Lachesis: For mental irritation and hot flashes. Lachesis 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Pulsatilla: For hot flashes followed by intense chills and emotional upset. Pulsatilla 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Valeriana: For intense sweating and insomnia and Sepia for flashes that make you feel exhausted and depressed. Valeriana 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      There are no side effects or complications from homeopathic remedies if taken as directed. Do not exceed the given dosage under any circumstances and do not try to mix any remedies.

      Avoid chocolates, mints, coffee, red meat, alcoholic and carbonated drinks, spicy rich food while taking any homeopathic remedies and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat, strong smells and perfumes and store in a cool dark place (not refrigerated).

  8. QUESTION:
    what remedies or natural medications is there for hot flashes?
    I am looking for natural supplements not prescirbed medications I try to avoid that as much as possible

    • ANSWER:
      Women experience a variety of symptoms of menopause, but the hot flash is the one most discussed. During menopause the body produces less estrogen and progesterone. As a result, the thermostat in our brain, the hypothalamus, gets mixed signals: is it hot or cold? It is as if it cannot decide between these states. This oscillation causes our blood vessels to expand and contract on an irregular and unpredictable basis. With an increased blood flow in the body, a feeling of heat and a flush starts on the face, the neck, and continues to the chest. Some women perspire, others really sweat! Sometimes a chill follows a hot flash.

      Clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk) can disperse heat away from the body. It is more practical to dress in layers so that clothing can be removed and added as needed.

      Hot flashes deplete our bodies of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase our consumption of these nutrients [don't forget Calcium].

      Triggers for hot flashes include spicy food, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, white sugar (sugar can also cause palpitations), stress, hot weather, hot tubs and saunas, tobacco and marijuana and anger, especially when unexpressed,

      Herbs commonly used to alleviate hot flashes include ginseng, black cohosh, vitex agnus castii, blue cohosh, dong quai, wild yam root [natural progesterone, licorice root, false unicorn and sarsaparilla. Experiment with using one herb or several in combination.

      Evening primrose oil alleviates hot flashes and promotes restful sleep. These benefits may be due to the gamma linolenic acid in the oil which is said to influence prostaglandin production. (Evening primrose oil is used to relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and tenderness of fibrocystic breasts). Depending on the amount of primrose oil in each capsule, effective dosages vary from 2 to 8 capsules a day.

      Chickweed tincture (25 to 40 drops) once or twice a day reduces the severity and frequency of hot flashes.

      A few homeopathic remedies suggested are:

      Lachesis: For mental irritation and hot flashes. Lachesis 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Pulsatilla: For hot flashes followed by intense chills and emotional upset. Pulsatilla 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Valeriana: For intense sweating and insomnia and Sepia for flashes that make you feel exhausted and depressed. Valeriana 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      There are no side effects or complications from homeopathic remedies if taken as directed. Do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances and do not try to mix any remedies.

      Avoid chocolates, mints, coffee, red meat, alcoholic and carbonated drinks, spicy rich food while taking any homeopathic remedies and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat, strong smells and perfumes and store in a cool dark place (no refrigerated).

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the simptoms and stages of Metapause? and what are some remedys?
    What are the symptoms of menopause and the name as some remedies to help with the symptoms

    • ANSWER:
      These are the some of the symptoms of menopause.

      • Irregular or skipped periods
      • Insomnia
      • Mood swings
      • Fatigue
      • Depression
      • Irritability
      • Racing heart
      • Headaches
      • Joint and muscle aches and pains
      • Changes in libido (sex drive)
      • Vaginal dryness
      • Bladder control problems
      • Hot flashes

      You can do Exercise and take proper diet.Add lots of vitamins in your diet. There are some of the natural herbs which helps you to get relief from menopause symptoms like Wild yam helps to give relief from night sweat. Red clover, guggle gam, chaste berry these are some of the key herbs which helps you to get relief from menopause symptoms.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does a person with estrogen dominance have to stop drinking coffee to balance hormones?
    Does a person with estrogen dominance have to stop drinking coffee to get better?

    • ANSWER:
      During the years leading up to menopause, a woman’s hormone levels may fluctuate, resulting in hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness and other common premenopausal discomforts. Symptoms of "estrogen dominance"—a term popularized by the late John R. Lee, M.D., a leading researcher and author on the subject of hormonal fluctuations—may respond well to natural remedies and lifestyle changes.

      Progesterone
      Progesterone, like estrogen, is manufactured in the body and during most of a woman’s reproductive years; her body produces both of these hormones in a balanced ratio. When estrogen levels spike, however, she may benefit from a natural source of progesterone to bring her estrogen levels under control.

      Wild yam cream, available in health food stores, is the main source of natural progesterone, replacing its synthetic counterpart, progestin, which is available only by prescription. By extracting the active ingredient, diosgenin, from wild yams, this plant-based formulation may be more readily accepted by a woman’s body. A dosage of 20 to 30 milligrams (mg) per day applied topically to the skin may offer relief of perimenopausal symptoms due to estrogen dominance. Any woman currently under a doctor’s care for her symptoms should consult her physician about starting a natural progesterone replacement regime. At higher dosages, side effects may include drowsiness, temporary water retention and yeast infection.

      Some natural supplements may assist in reducing the symptoms of estrogen dominance, including a daily dose of up to 1,000 mg of grape seed extract, up to 4 grams of taurine or a daily capsule of fish oil (derived from deep-water fish). Adding a calcium supplement may also help protect a woman’s bones.

      Diet and Lifestyle
      A healthy low-fat diet may minimize symptoms. Choose foods high in natural fiber, such as carrots, celery, and whole grain cereals and breads, while reducing or eliminating caffeine and alcohol.
      Embark on a regular exercise routine that includes at least 30 minutes of gentle aerobic exercise daily, such as brisk walking, swimming, aerobics or indoor cycling class. Clear any new exercise program with your doctor before beginning.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of early menopause?
    I am 27 years old and think I may be approaching early menopause. I have an appointment to see my doc in a months time but in the meantime would like a little info.
    My doc referred me to a specialist which is why the lengthy wait. I have had two children and am experiencing some symptoms but not all. It could be menopause, or not. But I suspect it is b/c my mother in law also went through it early and there are many similarities.

    • ANSWER:
      Early menopause can be thought of in two different ways. You can think of early menopause in the area of perimenopause that precedes menopause or menopause that begins immediately due to surgery.

      Early menopause is similar to menopause in the effects that the female body is changing. Estrogen levels are dropping and the body is experiencing reactions due to the changes in hormone levels. Natural menopause is where the ovaries have stopped producing estrogen entirely. When menstruation ceases for a full twelve months than a physician will diagnose a women as being in the process of menopause.

      Signs of menopause can be broken up into two categories:
      physical symptoms and mental symptoms.

      Many of these symptoms can be relieved by changes in diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious meals and finding ways to lower stress levels can help lessen menopause symptoms. Herbal remedies such as using black cohosh, Hawthorne flower or other herbal extracts can often help with hot flashes and night sweats. There are also hormone creams such as Hot Flash Freedom or there are prescription medications available, but with all of these methods prior to beginning a new regimen, you should consult your physician first.

      Early menopause is nothing to fear or to worry over. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing early or perimenopause, speak to your physician. He or she can help you in better understanding what is best for you and your body.

  12. QUESTION:
    what is a home remedy for cold sweats?
    a luke warm bath did not help and neither did baby powder... it turned into paste O.O i think my mom's going through menopause and she feels really hot and really cold at the same time and she needs some home remedies please thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen hormone level decreases when a woman begins menopause and this triggers physical changes to occur. There are natural remedies available that can alleviate menopause symptoms including night sweats, vaginal dryness, digestive problem and hot flashes. Herbal remedies such as black cohosh, Dong quai root, licorice root and Maca Root help regulate body temperature and reduce hot flashes and sweating. They are available in a pill form or in the form of a herbal tea. Your mom can try these herbal supplements which contain natural plant estrogen that balances women's menopausal hormones. It is best to consult a doctor first before taking any herbal supplements. There are a lot of available resources online (check source below) related to menopause and how to relieve its symptoms that you can refer to in order to better understand how menopause affects women like your mom. I hope this helps.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why do i sweat alot when sleeping?
    For the past month, iv been sweating alot when i sleep. I wake up wit my shirt all wet, on my back, near my collar, and under my armpits. COuld this be a sign of puberty? Im a 15 year old boy that still has a high voice, and im very short.

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive sweating while sleeping is known clinically as sleep hyperhidrosis. Sweating while sleeping causes are often harmless, so I urge you not to panic. Panic attacks while sleeping won’t help you curb your rising body temperature as you try to get a good night’s sleep.

      Medication side-effects: Study enough labels and you’ll find that night sweating is one of the most common side-effects of potent prescription drugs. If you’re really experiencing a drenching night sweats, discuss your medications with your physician.
      Infections: Even minor infections can cause you to sweat at night. However, you should also be on the lookout for more serious infections which may cause profuse night seats. These include tuberculosis, endocarditis (heart valve swelling), osteomyelitis (bone inflammation) and an AIDS infection from the HIV virus.
      Abscesses: You might think this should fit under infections, but a long list of seemingly simple abscesses can cause severe sweating while sleeping. This includes boils and even dental infections (yes, tooth decay can cause night sweats). Note that some of these, like appendicitis, can be very, very serious.
      Diabetes and Hypoglycemia: Individuals suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia who are taking insulin or other medications to moderate their blood sugar may suffer from sweating while sleeping.
      Hormonal Changes: As I mentioned earlier, women experiencing menopause often experience hot flashes at night. But that’s not the only time our body’s may experience radical shifts in body temperature. Men may experience a kind of andropause and it isn’t unusual for individuals to experience night sweats during adolescence or during pregnancy as well.

      Here are some simple, natural remedies for treating your night sweating. Please note that these are meant for people who are experiencing genetic or environmental night sweats. If you’re confident you’re experiencing unusually severe sweating while sleeping, I urge you to consult with your physician.

      Let’s start simple. Keep a cool glass of water near your bed while you sleep. Should you awaken, take a sip of the cool water.
      Keep a couple ice cubes in that glass to make sure it is useful for this next tip: if you feel your temperature rising, place your wrists against the cool glass and hold them there for several seconds. As your blood flows through this junction, it will cool and then cool the rest of your body as it flows on. (This is a great trick to use anywhere and anytime, by the way.)
      Use specially designed bed devices to help you cool yourself. I suggest the chillow and if you really want to get elaborate, try the bedfan. These two devices provide an entirely natural and comfortable way to reduce your sleeping temperature in a safe and effective way. I usually only suggest them for more severe situations, but many people enjoy their benefits, even people who don’t specifically suffer from night sweats.
      This won’t help if you’re suffering from night sweats in men, but if you’re suffering from menopause, you might try taking black cohosh. This natural herbal remedy has helped many (though not all) women suffering from menopause hot flashes sweating.
      Try a small amount of tryptophan-heavy foods an hour before bed (peanut butter is tasty, easy and high in tryptophan).
      Try some relaxing herbal remedies, such as chamomile and valerian. You might also try melatonin, which helps your body reset its sleep cycle through a naturally-occuring hormone.

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  14. QUESTION:
    63 and night sweats, what can I do to stop them?
    What is a natural remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      *Thinner women may experience more hot flashes since fat cells convert hormones secreted by the adrenals into estrogen [in other words, it's wise to retain a little extra weight during menopause.
      *The low incidence in Japan has been linked to high soy bean consumption which stimulates estrogen production, which is why many women have turned to natural plant estrogen's, aka soy phytoestrogen / isoflavones.
      *Clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk) can disperse heat away from the body. It is more practical to dress in layers so that clothing can be removed and added as needed.
      *Hot flashes deplete our bodies of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase our consumption of these nutrients [don't forget Calcium].
      *Triggers for hot flashes include spicy food, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, white sugar (sugar can also cause palpitations), stress, hot weather, hot tubs and saunas, tobacco and marijuana and anger, especially when unexpressed.
      *Natural remedies work in conjunction with a healthy diet and adequate exercise and tend to work more slowly.
      Hope this helps some. :)

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the names for natural supplements to use for menopause, hot flashes etc.?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      #Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above article is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause...

      I hope this helps, take care and God bless.

  16. QUESTION:
    Any remedies for peri menopause hot flashes at night? I have 3 to 4 each night and am getting really tired.?
    I am interested in natural remedies first then prescription if I have to. But I have concerns about HRT and possible side effects or risks associated with taking it.
    Also anything that others have found make them worse too I would like to hear about.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it's menopause and not the night sweats associated with lymphoma? Good luck with some of these- check the last one- that might be what you're looking for.

      http://www.menopause.org/default.htm

      This link provides wicking clothing as relief:
      http://www.haralee.com/store/

      Hot-Flash Relief In a Nasal Spray?
      http://www.webmd.com/news/20000427/hot-flash-relief-in-nasal-spray

      Hot Flash Relief - An article by an MD- doesn't look too helpful: http://bellaonline.com/articles/art17482.asp

      Effexor XR- an antidepressant with hot flash relief properties.
      Paxil may help as well.

      Hot-Flash Relief- Time Magazine article:
      http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,997466,00.html

      Non-Hormone Therapies Offer Some Hot-Flash Relief
      http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=61331

      All About Hot Flashes
      http://www.breastcancer.org/bey_cope_meno_hotFlash.html

      Alternative Medicines for Hot Flash and Night Sweat Relief
      http://www.healthwayrx.com/womenshotflashrelief.htm

  17. QUESTION:
    Can Fluoxetine be used to treat menopause?
    How is the antidepressant Fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Fluoxetine:
      Therapeutic Category: Antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.
      Use: Treatment of major depression; treatment of binge-eating and vomiting in patients with moderate-to-severe bulimia nervosa; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

      No relationship between menopause and fluoxetine.

      If we offered you a miracle remedy that prevents after effects of "Menopause" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Menopause.

      Treatment: Although menopause cannot be avoided, it can be postponed for as long as 10 to 15 years and it can be made a smooth affair when it comes, with a proper nutritional programme, special supplements and the right mental attitude. When a woman is affected by the menopausal change to any marked extent, it is a sure sign that her body is in a toxic condition and in need of a thorough cleansing. For this purpose, she should undergo a course of natural health building treatment. Diet is of utmost importance in such a scheme of treatment. In fact the problems at menopause are often much more severe than that at puberty largely because the diet has been deficient for many years prior to its onset, in many nutrients such as protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamins D, E, and pantothenic acid. The diet should be made up from three basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts, and grains (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits. The emphasis should be on vitamin E-rich raw and sprouted seeds and nuts, unpasteurised high quality milk and homemade cottage cheese and an abundance of raw, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Plenty of freshly made juices of fruits and vegetables in season should also be included in this diet.

      All processed, refined and denatured foods, such as white sugar, white flour and all articles made with them, should be completely eliminated. Take special supplements such as vitamins C, B6 and pantothenic acid, which have a specific property of stimulating the body’s own production of estrogen or enhancing the effect of the existing estrogen. During menopause, the lack of ovarian hormones can result in a severe calcium deficiency. For this reason, a larger than usual intake of calcium may help greatly. Vitamins D and F are also essential for assimilation of calcium. Any woman having difficulty at this time should supplement her daily diet with 1,000 units of natural vitamin D, 5000 milligrams of magnesium and two grams of calcium daily, which can be supplied by one quart of milk. During the menopause, the need for vitamin E soars 10 to 50 times over that previously required. Hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms of menopause often disappear when 50 to 100 units of vitamin E are taken daily. The symptoms recur quickly if the vitamin is discontinued.

      Of late, it has become popular to take estrogen to prevent or postpone menopausal symptoms. Although hormone therapy is apparently successful and will, in many cases, help the patient to feel and act younger, it cannot be recommended in all cases because of its carcinogenic effect. If, however, estrogen therapy is undertaken, it should never be administered at the same time as vitamin E therapy. Ingestion of estrogen and vitamin E should be separated by several hours. Beet juice has been found very useful in menopausal disorders. It should be taken in small quantities of 60 to 90 ml at a time thrice a day. It has proved much more permanently helpful than the degenerative effects of drugs or synthetic hormones. Carrot seeds have also been found valuable in menopausal tension. A teaspoonful of the seeds should be boiled in a glassful of cow’s milk for about 10 minutes and taken daily as a medicine in this condition.

      Plenty of outdoor exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming, horse riding, or cycling, is imperative to postpone menopause. Other helpful measures in this direction are avoiding mental and emotional stress and worries, especially worry about growing old, sufficient sleep, and relaxation and following all general rules of maintaining a high level of health. The healthier a woman is, the fewer menopausal symptoms she will experience.

      The menopause can be made a pleasant affair by building bodily health and a sane mental outlook. From puberty to menopause, a woman has been somewhat of a slave to her female glands. At specified intervals she was inconvenienced by her menstrual periods. She bore children, enduring the pain and discomfort of pregnancy. Menopause relieves her of this bondage to her femininity. She can now experience some of the happiest days of a woman’s life. A whole new life is given to her, if she is wise enough to prepare for it and accept it as such.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  18. QUESTION:
    what can my wife do for hot flashes and night sweats during this menopause?
    she had a partial hysterectomy and these are really giving her serious griefs. is there anything that's natural that can help, she don't want to take hormone pills.

    • ANSWER:
      During my menopause I took soy tablets, and the flushes stopped completely. I don't recommend the use of any other "natural" or "herbal" remedies as they are still being tested and some, like black cohosh, have reported adverse side effects. But the soy supplements are harmless unless you have a thyroid problem in which case you can't take soy.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of pre or peri menopause?
    i'm maybe a bit young being only 45 but anyway, would erratic menses be one of them?? ie ~ occurring 2 weeks before they're due..... i've had a pap smear and there was no irregularity so my next thought is perhaps it's time for the change of life for moi.

    any help appreciated.... thanx in advance

    cheers

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause and Pre-Menopause

      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      #Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above article is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

      I hope this helps, take care and God bless.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I cope with my hot flashes! ?
    I just started getting hot flashes and night sweats this month, and I also missed my period. I'm not sure if I'm going through menopause, since I haven't been diagnosed by a doctor yet, but I'm 43 years old so it seems like it's that time. These hot flashes and night sweats are driving me crazy, when they happen I just want to rip off my clothes.
    I heard hormone replacements aren't safe, what can I do naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're starting to miss periods and having hot flashes, you are probably entering pre menopause.

      One way to cope with hot flashes is to avoid common triggers, such as caffeine, spicy foods, hot drinks, or anything else that heats you up.

      There are many herbs and vitamins that MAY help, each woman is different. Vitamin E and the herb black cohosh are a couple of them. If you're going to take vitamin E, be sure to get the natural form (d-alpha tocopherol) and NOT the synthetic form (dl-alpha tocopherol). The synthetic form is not healthy.

      I work outside in 100+ degree weather (another trigger for hot flashes) and to deal with that I use a spray bottle filled with water that I stick in the fridge so it's nice and cool. It works.

      For more natural remedies, check out http://www.natural-approaches-to-menopause.com/Hot-Flash-Remedy.html

  21. QUESTION:
    what is the reason for the women having bleeding at the age of 56years, after menopause ,?
    My wife is having slight bleeding at the age of 56 years , but after menopause she don't having any bleeding for more than 10 years, is it possible and normal, or any other reason ?

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding After Menopause

      Menopause is the transition phase in the life of a woman in which her ovaries stop producing eggs, body produces less progesterone, and estrogen, menstrual cycle becomes less frequent, and her period stopping altogether. Early Menopause symptoms also known as Premature menopause symptoms, may include irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, and sleep deprivation. There are treatments for Menopause which includes hormone replace therapy, and herbal remedies. Herbal remedies may include natural supplements and foods made from soy.

      If you have bleeding after menopause, make sure to call your Doctor!
      A woman will be fully menopausal if she has gone at least 1 year or 365 days without having her period. If bleeding continues after being fully menopausal, it may be only confined to spotting, this is also known as post menopausal bleeding. It is not considered unusual for this to happen. There are situations when post menopausal bleeding maybe a sign of a more serious condition.
      Spotting may occur if you are undergoing therapy for hormone replacement HRT but it can also occur if you aren’t. Generally, spotting occurs due to the hormonal balances persisting after menopause. Breast tenderness in addition to spotting can be a sign that you’re experiencing an actual menstrual period. If this occurs, you will need to wait 1 full year from your last menstrual cycle to be fully menopausal.

      Estrogen levels need to remain stable or it can cause spotting. Having low estrogen levels can cause irregular spotting and high estrogen levels may cause a heavy menstrual cycle. Progesterone levels may also rise because the endometrial lining is atrophying.

      There are women who may develop Type II diabetes after experiencing menopause. Women who are insulin resistant have higher estrogen levels than women who aren’t diabetic. A woman who is insulin resistant can experience progesterone converting into estrogen, which can result in post menopausal bleeding that is unusual.

      Rapid weight loss can cause you to spot or bleed after experiencing menopause. Estrogen is stored in fat tissue in a woman’s body so when rapid weight loss occurs, the estrogen goes into her bloodstream, her hormones are disrupted, and she may spot or bleed.

      Although it maybe a benign condition, post menopausal bleeding should not be ignored. Make sure to bring this to your Physician’s attention due to the fact that it maybe a serious health issue. Post menopause bleeding may originate from the vagina which may have dried up and atrophied from lack of estrogen. May also come from lesions and cracks on the vulva, and can also occur from intercourse. Upper reproductive system bleeding can come from endometrial cancer, hormone replacement, cervical cancer or lesions, endometrial polyps, ovarian cancer, uterine tumors or from tumors that secret estrogen. Most common reason for post menopause bleeding is hormone replacement therapy also known as HRT.
      There are good remedies in Homeopathy too.

  22. QUESTION:
    Abnormal bleeding in a 53 year old woman?
    So I live with my aunt's who is 53 years old and lately she's been having abnormal bleeding. I'm not quite sure how often it is, but I think bleeds like once a month for like 4-7 days, but I'm not positive. A few years ago, she went on a pill that made her periods stop. She went to the doctor a few months ago and they didn't find anything usual (like a cancer or something). What do you think this could be? Is it just her period or is it something more serious?! thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause makes the body go a little nuts. Does she complain about hot flashes? disturbed sleep (waking up 1 - 4 times every night sweating)

      Google menopause and read the symptoms you might surprise yourself with the information you find. It could be that.

      Edit: If she is feeling under the weather with sweating and hot flashes. You might want to tell her that she can take natural remedies that can help how she feels. If she can't sleep she can take; Skull-Cap and 3 mg of Melatonin. For the hot flashes she can take; Evening Primrose oil gel tablets, Sage Tablets and MENOsmart plus that Lorna Vanderhaeghe has put out in the health food stores.

      Also soy milk shakes and tofu added to the diet helps a great deal.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for Hot Flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to beat a hot flash is naturally. Hot flashes have a lot to do with the low levels of estrogen in your body, but other factors can cause your temperature control to go out of whack. Recent studies show that medication is not always helpful. Instead of estrogen therapy, look at less drastic measures first, partly because estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women with a history of breast cancer—but also because you should always begin with the least aggressive approach to treating your menopausal symptoms.

      If you can identify the things that trigger your hot flashes, you've made the first step in getting the upper hand. Keep a record of when they occur and what you were eating or doing, or how you were feeling at the time. Many women find that stress tops the charts as a trigger. Was that hot flash in the boardroom a random hit, or were you feeling under pressure at the time? Was it a full day of pressure without a break?

      Solution: Ease the pressure. Give yourself more time to plan your work, to rehearse your presentation, to deliver your assignments, to arrive where you're going. If you are doing a series of presentations, give yourself a chance to relax and cool off between sessions. And plan your schedule so you avoid meetings or decision making when you're most likely to be in a sweat.

      Other hot flash triggers:

      * alcohol
      * caffeine
      * diet pills
      * spicy food
      * hot food
      * hot tubs
      * saunas
      * hot showers
      * hot beds
      * hot rooms
      * hot weather
      * smoking

      * Dress in layers, so you can peel off one layer after another as you get warmer.
      * Don't wear wool, don't wear synthetics, and be wary of silk. That leaves cotton, linen, rayon, and more cotton. (Look at the bright side: You'll save on cleaning bills, and you can stop worrying about moths.)
      * Avoid turtlenecks. Stick to open-neck shirts.
      * Keep ice water at hand that you can sip to cool down your insides.
      * Where possible, lower the thermostat. Maybe it's time for a decent air conditioner or a ceiling fan. Or maybe you'd prefer one of those little hand-held battery-operated fans or the foldable kind you flutter in front of your face. You can find perfectly adequate paper fans for about a dollar.
      * Wear cotton pajamas or a nightgown. If you perspire a lot at night, your nightclothes are easier to change than the sheets.
      * Use cotton sheets only, not synthetics.
      * Get a bigger bed if you and your partner are on different heat planets but you still want to stay in close orbit.
      * Take a cool shower before bed.
      * Try a mild medication like Tylenol
      * Arrive at meetings early so that you can get the coolest seat.
      * Use your freezer liberally. A number of women talked about opening the freezer at home (or in the supermarket) and sticking their head in when a hot flash hits.

      Lifestyle changes to alleviate hot flashes

      Exercise: Increasing your level of activity (for example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator) can reduce hot flashes and have a positive impact on just about every other symptom attributed to menopause and growing older, including:

      * insomnia
      * mood swings
      * eroded self-image
      * loss of libido
      * fatigue
      * elevated cholesterol levels
      * heart, bone, and muscle health.

      Relaxation and stress reduction: It isn't unusual to have trouble dealing with stress, especially if you've undergone treatment for breast cancer. You may find that one of the following techniques will help you minimize the devastating effects of stress on your body:

      * relaxation exercises
      * breathing exercises
      * meditation
      * visualization
      * massage
      * hypnosis
      * yoga
      * biofeedback techniques.

  24. QUESTION:
    Are there any "natural" things to stimulate ovulation without using prescription drugs?
    I am trying to find something to stimulate ovulation without using prescription drugs such as clomid. I lost a baby a year ago after years of trying and really want to get pregant again. I don't have the finances to do IVF or anything of that sort, so I need something I can get at maybe a heath food store or similar. Any help would be great

    • ANSWER:
      Although herbs can be potent and may stimulate ovulation, the most important aspect about taking herbs is to address the underlying pattern of imbalance, rather than addressing lack of ovulation, which is what Clomid does.

      Herbs like wild yam and vitex have been found to encourage ovulation, but only if you have the imbalance known as kidney yang vacuity (which includes luteal phase defect and low progesterone levels,) according to the pattern differentiation of Chinese medicine. If you are deficient in yin energies (like estrogen), taking wild yam and/or vitex will make your scenario worse.

      I stress that the most important thing you can do to return your body to fully functioning reproductive help is to address the underlying pattern of imbalance. For example, women who are not menstruating because of low estrogen levels will not ovulate or menstruate until their follicles start producing estrogen. If low body fat is the reason for the low estrogen, then weight gain will be the only effective initial remedy. Then we can use the appropriate herbs to help restore balance to the hypothalamic-pituitary ovarian axis. Herbs tonify only what is deficient, address and remove any obstruction, and then the body does what it is supposed to do - ovulate on its own.

      Yin deficiency symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, dry eyes, mouth, vagina, lack of cervical mucus, etc. Herbs like angelica and asparagi would be appropriate here to restore reproductive balance.

      Yang deficiency symptoms include low back pain, cold hands and feet, nighttime urination, low libido, etc. Herbs like vitex and wild yam will help this scenario restore endocrine health

  25. QUESTION:
    PLEASE SUGGEST HOME REMEDIES FOR HOT FLUSHES DURING PRE MENSTRUAL STAGE?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Black Cohosh

      Black Cohosh is a plant used widely in Europe for treating menopause and hot flashes. Studies show Black Cohosh to be just as effective as pharmaceutical estrogen in providing hot flash relief and one study showed Black Cohosh was effective at preventing excessive sweating.

      2. Flaxseed Oil

      Fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed oil, have been thought to be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. Flax contains plant lignans which are similar to estrogen, possibly causing estrogen levels to stabilize in menopausal women.

      3. Evening Primrose Oil

      A general tonic for women’s reproductive health, evening primrose has a cooling effect on the skin and regulates the production of estrogen. It can act as a sleep aid due to its high gamma linolenic acid count, and increased prostaglandin production.

      4. Chickweed Tincture

      Daily doses of this herb have been reported to lower both the number and severity of hot flashes.

      5. Red Clover

      A plant containing high amounts of phyto-estrogens known as isoflavones has been shown to help reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes.

      6. Homeopathic Remedies

      Homeopathic treatment options such as Ferrum phosphoricum (good for reducing redness), Belladonna (an excellent herb for sporadic, rapid hot flashes), Sanguinarina (counteracts hot flashes on the face, neck and ears) and Kali Phosphoricum.

      7. Other Western Herbs

      Other similar-acting plants include sarsaparilla, spearmint, licorice root, damiana, chasteberry, wild yams, motherwort, and red raspberry leaf.

      8. Sage

      Try drinking a few cups of organic sage tea daily. Sage tea can be found at your local grocery store or online. Besides providing hot flash relief, sage helps with digestion, infant diarrhea and headaches.

      9. Vitamin C

      Some women have found that bioflavanoids found in Vitamin C can help reduce the frequency of hot flashes. In order to get hot flash relief, I would recommend eating more foods with Vitamin C.

      10. Vitamin E

      Studies have shown that antioxidants in Vitamin E play a significant role in reducing the symptoms of hot flashes.[1] In order to get hot flash relief, take the recommended dosage of a Vitamin E supplement or eat more foods with Vitamin E.

      11. Natural Progesterone Cream

      Most women are actually estrogen dominant due to the amount of soy in foods. In most cases of menopause doctors actually prescribe more estrogen. I highly recommend using a cream to help balance menopausal hormone levels and to reduce hot flashes.

  26. QUESTION:
    What do you do to get relief from symptoms of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen hormone level decreases when a woman begins menopause and this trigger a lot of physical changes. Some of the common symptoms that women going through menopause experience are irregular menstrual cycle, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood swings, fatigue, vaginal dryness and unexplained weight gain, among others. Women have the option to take prescription drugs, such as estrogen replacement, progesterone creams, vitamin supplements etc. or try natural remedies to relieve the symptoms. There are natural remedies available in the form of herbal supplements or tea that can reduce hot flashes and night sweats. Herbs like Don Quai, black cohosh and licorice root contain natural plant estrogen that can help balance women's menopausal hormones. You can also try acupressure. It can help fight fatigue and also reduce hot flashes. It is best to consult your doctor before you take any supplements. Women also have to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you want to learn more about the signs and symptoms of menopause, how it affects women and how to find relief here's some help...

  27. QUESTION:
    anyone that has polycystic ovarian syndrome ?
    i recently found out i have this , i was just wondering if there is any advice anyone can give me on anything .

    • ANSWER:
      Following a strict diet and exercises routine makes a drastic difference. Limiting your carbs, staying away form food dye and corn syrup-which can worsen dark spots and male pattern baldness from the pcos-really helps. Exercising regularly helps get you the hormones the PCOS takes away from you. Also getting on a birth control pill will help you get your period again, lighten dark spots, help with weight loss, help with hair growth, and kind of counteract the elevated male hormones the PCOS gives you. Taking care of your body makes such a difference. Natural foods will help your body work effectively and help with female hormone production. Working out will help increase serotonin levels-serotonin is what makes you feel mentally good and stable and helps with depression and anxiety- working out also helps kick your bodies good female hormone production into gear. It rids your body of toxins and helps you lose weight. It also can help you get your period because your body's endocrine system-the system that provides our bodies with the hormones we need, like estrogen, insulin, dopamine, serotonin- will learn to work more efficiently. It can also help lower your insulin levels which will help lighten the dark thick patches you may find throughout your body. The dark spots are usually caused by unstable insulin and blood sugar levels.

      Getting on a birth control pill, eating right, exercising, staying away from fake unnatural foods, and even taking some herbs and roots will help with counteract PCOS symptoms.

      *EDIT

      PCOS is something you do have to worry about. Having PCOS quadruples your risk for heart related problems, like high blood pressure and heart disease, and triples your risk for ovarian and cervical cancer, it can keep you from having children, and it literally affects every part of your body. From your vision, to your skin, to your joints, to your mental well being, even to your ears. You are at higher risk for infections and skin problems like acne and dandruff; you are at higher risk for dehydration. Your liver, pancreas, kidneys, and thyroid can all be affected. And your endocrine system is what is most affected. Without your endocrine system working properly your thyroid gets affected, without a proper functioning thyroid system and endocrine system, your heart, liver, colon, kidneys, sweat glands, pancreas, digestive system, circulatory system, nervous system, immune system-all of these can be effected. PCOS works against your endocrine system. It can cause simple thing from hot flashes, to cold sweats, to urinary track infections, to headaches, to nausea, to sensitivity to motion, to mood swings, to pimples, to depression, to eating disorders, to metabolic disorders. It can affect your period, decrease/increase your sex drive, make your breasts sensitive, make you get food cravings, cause weight gain, weight loss, affect your appetite. PCOS can affect/give you all these things. Maybe right now you don't feel any of this, maybe right now you are ok, but if you let PCOS go untreated, whether by not eating healthy or exercising, or even not taking certain medication, mark my words your body will be affected. With PCOS your body has to work harder. It has to work harder on insulin production and hormone production. With PCOS your body doesn't work efficiently. I mean it’s called a disease for a reason. It is up to you to help your body and work in sync with it.

      Don't get me wrong, just because you have PCOS does not mean you can not live a normal healthy life. It is just that PCOS causes your body to miss out on things it needs and to help your body get those things it needs you need to work with it. You need to give it those things it needs-maybe in the form of medication or natural remedies, maybe from something simple such as diet and exercise.

      I have done a lot of research, talked to many doctors, talked to a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a dermatologist, did some research on how the body and it's systems work, read studies and findings from top medical sites, read books and blogs, watched T.V programs, looked up different medications and remedies. I am not speaking out of my rear here. There are some doctors who don't know some of the stuff I know, and I found that out from a doctor LOL, there are some doctors that will play it down, say that it is nothing to be worried about. It is. I have had for a while now, experienced the worst of its symptoms, and now that I know how to treat it I have seen many improvements. You would be surprised what knowledge can do for you. All in all, take care of yourself. Talk to your doctor, and know your body.

  28. QUESTION:
    what are the best natural remedies for night sweats and heat flashes? (I'm recovering from a hysterectomy)
    I had a hysterectomy a month ago, and the only inconvience i am having is heat flashes and night sweats, I prefer natural replacements or alternative medicines to synthetic. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest all natural Menopause Balance Complex.

      Uses compounds found in plants call phytoestrogens to ease mood swings, sleeplessness, and hot flashes.

      Contains a standardized extract of Black Cohosh as well as Soy Isoflavones and Flaxseed. Also contains a proprietary phytoestrogen blend of dong quai, red clover and licorice. No artifical colors or flavors. No synthetic preservatives.

      My friend had been taking HRT but started having some of the bad side effects. She tried the Menopause Balance Complex and has been using ever since. It has worked very well for her.

      Hope this helps and best wishes. For more info, feel free to contact me.

  29. QUESTION:
    What natural/herbal remedies can I use for hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are far fewer in asian countries where diets are high in soy. Studies also confirm soy helps minimise or prevent menopausal symptoms. Phytolife by blackmores is one of the products on the market that can help. The ingredients contain Glycine max (Soy bean) extract equivalent to dry seed (standardised to contain isoflavone glycosides 50 mg) - 33.5 g (33,500 mg) and Calcium hydrogen phosphate 450 mg. >>>http://www.blackmores.com.au/products/phytolife

      "If you're fed up with menopause, move to Japan. In the Land of the Rising Sun, hot flashes and night sweats are virtually unheard of. Researchers believe that it has more to do with their traditional diet. Besides providing more vegetable protein and less animal protein than a Western diet, it's also low in fat and high in soy products such as tofu. These foods are rich in plant compounds known as phytoestrogens, which seem to mimic some of the biological activities of female hormones."

      In addition to soy and tofu products, women can help combat hot flashes by eating more calcium-rich foods, magnesium-rich foods and foods rich in vitamin E -- like cold-pressed oils, green leafy vegetables, nuts and almonds, as well as plenty of mineral- and fiber-rich foods, like whole grains and fresh vegetables."

      You can avoid hot flashes by changing your diet>>>
      http://www.naturalnews.com/019538.html

  30. QUESTION:
    What herbal medicine works the best for "YOU" for menopausal?
    moods and hot flashes...Now I know everyone will be different. I welcome your answers!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic remedies for Menopause and Pre-Menopause:-

      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
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      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a "natural" cure for severe hot flashes?
    I am in my 40's and I am currently taking Prempro that has helped tremendously for hot flashed. I know I can't take them forever because of the bad side efffects. When my doctor tried to ween me off of them recently, they came back with a vengence. Is there something natural or even something medical that maybe has less side effects that I can take? Help. Serious answers only please....

    • ANSWER:
      I find that Dr. Andrew Weil, the premier natural healing and health specialist, always has good and practical techniques/cures. Here is what his website says about hot flashes:

      Hot flashes can make your life miserable, but luckily in most cases, they do go away on their own, usually within six months to a year. Of all the alternative remedies, black cohosh is the best studied, but as you've learned, it doesn't work for all women. A number of other options are available, none of them fool-proof but all worth trying:

      Soy foods: As you may know, soy foods contain plant estrogens, and Japanese women whose diets contain a lot of soy don't suffer the way western women do from hot flashes. Although we have no proof that soy is the reason (other elements of the Japanese diet and lifestyle may play a role), eating soy foods may help. I suggest two helpings daily of whole soy foods such as tofu, tempeh, edamame (green soy beans in the pod) and miso.

      Promensil: This is a dietary supplement that combines the plant estrogens genistein, biochanin, daidzein and formononetin. The manufacturer claims that four clinical studies have shown that the product can reduce the frequency and severity of night sweats. I'm not sure it is as safe as black cohosh, but it may be worth trying.

      Low doses of bio-identical estrogen: Believed safer and more natural than traditional estrogen replacement therapy, these drugs have a chemical structure that closely approximates a woman's natural estrogen. The prescription drug Estrace is a bio-identical estrogen, and you also can get customized formulations prepared by special compounding pharmacies recommended by your physician.
      The supplements dong quai, vitamin E and evening primrose oil can also help relieve menopausal symptoms but, like black cohosh, they don't work for everyone.

      On the conventional medicine front, a Mayo Clinic study recently found that the anti-seizure drug gabapentin relieved the frequency of hot flashes by 66 percent and also lessened their intensity. More research is needed to confirm these results, but the investigators said that in the meantime, the drug is a reasonable alternative for women with hot flashes resistant to other treatments. The most reliable remedy is estrogen replacement, which you might want to consider on a short-term basis if nothing else helps.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do you beat BO that isn't accompanied by sweat?
    I use deodorant and shower every day. However, I still have daily underarm BO. It's really annoying. It's not unbearable, but I think it's gross. I have to change my shirt and re-apply deodorant every day when I get home from work. But even then I start to smell again within a few hours. Throught this whole process, I won't have sweated once. The odor isn't accompanied by sweat. What's the deal? How do I fix it? I'm desparate! Help!

    • ANSWER:
      It can be from multiple things. Maybe its what ur eating soo you should try eating something new and get a new diet or if uve been eating the same food for a while u might wanna eat something different. If youve been eating junk food u should try to start eating food thats more healthy,Read this: Drinking and eating certain foods can cause body odor. Caffeinated beverages, spicy foods, onions, garlic, cumin, curry and fish are just some of the culprits that can make body odor even worse.

      Certain drugs like antipsychotic medications used in treating mental disorders, morphine and analgesics found in over the counter pain-relievers.

      In males, a low level of the male hormones testosterone known as hypogonadism, can cause hot flashes and excessive sweating.

      Sometimes heredity can be a factor in overactive body odor.

      People with diabetes who must take insulin or oral medications, can experience more sweating than normal. Usually this occurs when there is a drop in their blood sugar.

      An overactive thyroid can also cause you to perspire more than normal. When the thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine, it can cause you to sweat more than you normally would.

      In many people hyperhidrosis is the cause of overactive body odor. The condition is caused when nerves that control the sweat glands become overactive. While the problem is not as uncommon as it used to be, there are still some doctors who are not aware of the problem.

      Once you have determined the exact cause of your overactive body odor, the next and final step is finding a solution to the problem. An increase in self-care, a natural approach or a difference in the fabric you wear are just a few of the ideas that can be found you can try:

      Wearing natural fabrics like cotton, silk and wool will allow your skin to breathe. Natural fabrics tend to absorb perspiration better than artificial materials. If you find that your feet tend to sweat, try buying a pair of shoes made from a natural material such as leather.

      A change in your diet can help eliminate overactive body odor. Try eliminating caffeinated drinks and foods with strong odors in them. Instead opt for a diet rich in fiber and zinc. A lack of zinc in your diet can bring out body odors since it controls how your body handles waste.

      Showering more than once a day may also help in decreasing sweat and odor. Afterwards try using a deodorant with antiperspirant. Using a deodorant alone can only mask odor but not perspiration.

      If you can’t use antiperspirant deodorants or they don’t help, the French swear by “Le Crystal Nature” which is a mineral salt that helps odor and perspiration without irritating skin. The product is available here in the United States in many health foods stores.

      If your deodorant soap or body wash isn’t helping your situation, check out your local pharmacy for an antibacterial surgical scrub. If you can’t find them, ask your pharmacist.

      If you’d much rather try a natural approach towards eliminating overactive body odor, sage tea is said to help minimize body perspiration.

      Another natural approach to try is yoga. Yoga or any form of meditation can help you to relax and reduce the stress that triggers perspiration. Try your local library for a free source in yoga and meditation books, cds and videos.

      Tomato juice could be another thing to try. An old folk remedy used in deodorizing family dogs that have been skunked, is said to work in eliminating overactive body odors as well. Pour two cups if tomato juice in your bath water and soak for at least 15 minutes.

      Some people say that boric acid works for body odor. Apply the acid where you perspire after bathing. If you choose this method, use it wisely. Boric acid can irritate the skin if you use too much and it is dangerous around children and pets.

      If you find that none of these solutions work for you, a visit to your family doctor may be needed. Your doctor can diagnose you properly and rule out any health conditions that may be the cause. Your doctor can then prescribe a medication or suggest treating the problem with Iontophoresis. In rare cases he or she may want to even schedule surgery.

      or you can try this this called Anti Persperinte Soap. It will help get rid of ur BO. Or maybe you have bacteria. ttry this thing called crystal deodorant. Itsssss all natural and it kills the bacteria that causes odor!!! http://www.thecrystal.com/index.cfm If your really not finding anything that is working go to your docter and he will tell you what to do. I looked on some websites and found some other information:

      I suggest you try different brands of deodorant. I have the very same problem only with sweat. I could list 10 deodorants that work for a short time but a few actually work well all day. For me Degree works the best. You could try that but what I'm saying is try different brands. It is very good as a female that you avoid anti-perspirants as sweating is a way of your body to excrete toxins. By preventing this natural process toxins are harbored and can enter breast tissue and cause breast cancer. This is what I have be told. Anyways try different brands and avoid anti persp like you have been! good luck!

      Oh another thing I feel I should mention is that sweat does not cause odor rather bacteria (I know eew but your covered in it from head to toe even inside and out!) living in your underarms cause it. You could talk to a Dr. and see if there is some sort of supplemental creme or antibiotic(overprescribed i know) that may help reduce the bacteria present on your skin

  33. QUESTION:
    Any medical minded buffs out there?
    I have been going through the menopause for a year or so now and thought that these horrible sweats would subside eventually. Unfortunately, they are getting worse, not only in the night, I now have them most of the day and it's interfering with my everyday life and work.. I have not opted for hormone replacement, so is there anything, other than that, which will calm these sweats down?? Also, is there a time limit that I should be looking forward to?? Thanks, I would really appreciate any decent advice...

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, these symptoms and discomfort are very typical, and they do take a while, there is not a set "time limit".

      Most "natural" remedies do not seem to be as effective as HRT, from what I had read and heard. But then some women swear by them.

      Check this out:

      HOT FLASHES: HERBAL AIDS

      Herbal remedies for women with hot flashes include

      1. plants that cool the system, such as chickweed, elder and violet;
      2. plants that nourish or increase oxygen utilization in the liver, such as dong quai, dandelion, Ho Shou Wu (polygonum multiflorum) and yellow dock; and
      3. plants rich in phytosterols, such as black cohosh.31

      Herbs and supplements found helpful by Dr. Susan Lark in her medical practice include dong quai, black cohosh, blue cohosh, unicorn root, fennel, sarsaparilla, red clover, wild yam root, yam, bioflavonoids and vitamin E. Dr. Michael Murray finds the four most useful herbs for treatment of hot flashes to be dong quai, licorice root, chasteberry (vitex) and black cohosh.

      Hot flashes deplete vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Frequent use of red clover or oatstraw infusions will help replace these needed nutrients,31 or these nutrients can also be found in food, or taken as supplements.

      Dong quai is an emmenagogue that has been found very helpful for menopausal problems such as regulation of hot flashes, and it is reported to help relieve mental and emotional upset.35

      Dong quai has been shown to both contract and relax uterine muscles in anaesthetized dogs, cats and rabbits. The contractive (excitatory) ingredient is felt to be a water and alcohol soluble, non-volatile oil component, whereas the relaxing (inhibitory) component is considered to be a volatile oil with high boiling point. This, not an estrogenic effect, is felt to be the mechanism underlying the effectiveness of dong quai in dysmenorrhea.34

      The effectiveness of dong quai in treating hot flashes may be due to stabilization of blood vessels.19 However, if you feel hot much of the time dong quai may not be your ally.31

      Chaste berry (Vitex) has been found to affect pituitary function and has many uses, particularly in regulating hot flashes and dizziness. Beneficial effects in menopause may be due to its role in altering LH and FSH secretion.19 Vitex lowers estrogen levels and increases progesterone levels, thus keeping bones and vaginal walls strong. Daily use enhances progesterone and luteotropic hormone but inhibits others such as FSH and prolactin. It also increases production of the brain chemical dopamine. It contains flavonoids, glycosides and micronutrients, but lacks phytosterols, making it a slow-acting tonic. Results become evident after 2-3 months of use, and permanent improvement requires a 1-year commitment.4

      Black cohosh was widely used by the American Indians and later by American colonists for relief of menstrual cramps and menopause. Recent scientific investigation has upheld the effectiveness of black cohosh as a treatment for dysmenorrhea and menopause. Clinical studies have shown extracts of black cohosh to relieve not only hot flashes but also depression and vaginal atrophy. In addition to these vascular effects, black cohosh reduces LH levels; thus the plant has a significant estrogenic effect.19 The use of 10-15 drops once or twice a day for several months significantly reduces LH but not FSH. Black cohosh has also been found to aid digestion by increasing digestive juices; use 3- 5 drops with meals.31
      Contraindications: Do not use black cohosh if you have menstrual flooding or suspect you may be pregnant. The irritating effects (headache, dizziness, visual disturbance, nausea) of black cohosh and other members of the buttercup family are more common and more troublesome in preparations made from dried, powdered roots. Given its estrogenic component, pregnant and nursing women should probably avoid the herb. Some herbalists extend this warning to women with estrogen-dependent cancer and women who are taking birth control pills or estrogen supplements after menopause. The same precaution applies to individuals with certain types of heart disease or those taking sedatives or blood pressure medications.

      Motherwort has been found to lessen the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes, ease stressed nerves, relieve anxiety, and relieve insomnia. For best results with hot flashes, use this herb frequently for 3 months. A common dosage for hot flashes is 15-25 drops of tincture, 1-6 times a day. Do not use if you are experiencing menstrual flooding as motherwort can aggravate this.31

      Licorice root contains a saponin-like glycoside, glycyrrhizin (glycrrhizic acid)33 and has historically been used for a variety of female disorders and also as an expectorant and antitussive in treatment of respiratory tract infections and asthma. It is believed to reduce estrogen while increasing progesterone and is used for this reason by Dr. Michael Murray in his cli

  34. QUESTION:
    How can I overcome anxiety?
    I have bad anxiety and I have some MAJOR phobias. Can anyone offer any good advice so, i can live a normal life with less fear and stress?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course, you can always see a psychiatrist and there are a lot of drugs that can be prescribed to help you. I assume you are looking for a natural remedy. Kava Kava, Valerian Root and St. John's Wort are all effective mood enhancers. The first two will have a pronounced calming affect but may not be suitable for driving. Also, B-vitamins are very important for the nervous system, so always take a good multi-vitamin. A little bit of exercise helps release endorphins, which will ease the anxiety, so try a brisk walk or maybe a little dancing in front of the television each day.
      Many people have a problem called "adrenal fatigue". I don't know if this may be what is ailing you but it's symptoms are:
      nervousness
      night wakings
      phobias and fears
      panic attacks
      fatigue during the day, especially afternoon but difficulty falling asleep
      sweating hands and feet, chills, and 'hot' flashes
      If these symptoms fit you, gentle daily exercise and good vitamin supplements will help (there is no 'medical' remedy)
      Good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    I am 41 years old and suffering from terrible hot flashes and night sweats, Do you have any remedies?
    I was told to take red clover, I have never heard of this, however, I have been taking Black Cohash it has done nothing for me.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest Shaklee's Menopause Balance Complex.

      This complex uses compounds found in plants called phytoestrogens to ease mood swings, sleeplessness, and hot flashes associated with menopause.

      These natural herbs - centuries old, but now clinically studied - help relieve the common symptoms of menopause.

      Ingredients:

      Contains a standardized extract of Black Cohosh as well as Soy Isoflavones and Flaxseed. Also contains a proprietary phytoestrogen blend of dong quai, red clover, and licorice. No artificial colors or flavors. No synthetic preservatives.

      A friend of mine has had great success with this product.

      Hope this is helpful and best wishes.

      For more info or questions, feel free to contact me.

  36. QUESTION:
    at 53 I am starting to have menopausal symptoms.I was told that wild yam cream would help..How does this work
    Any other natural product that might help with the hot flashes ,night sweats and weight gain ?...thank you

    • ANSWER:
      No,there is another excellent remedy,so simple and that's the natural Bee Pollen..try it,2 teaspoonful before meals for a period at least a month and you alone will see what a mirracle is it..Best of luck!!

  37. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been taking estrogen for hot flashes-?
    how long did you take it before hot flashes, sweating subsided?
    Did your period start again and if so, how long were you taking it before you started your period again? was it immediately like days or weeks?
    Were you in full menopause..i.e.was it more than one year since your last period?
    thanks everyone for the warnings and am sorry about your hear attacks...

    I am just consudering this and have read extensively on the literature...however nothing I read addresses how long it takes to see improvement....and how long you are on it before your period may kick in ..
    that is what I was curious about...sorry if I didn't make myself clear
    also yes I agree their are downsides...however I have been using soy for over 3 years, exercise, thin and am currently taking Black cohosh , and a myriad of other herbal remedies for sometime..yet I still have over 15-20 hot flashes each day with sweating and night sweats too..this is debiltating..when you drench your clothes in meetings

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are among the most uncomfortable symptoms that menopausal women complain about, reports Dr. Susan Lark. She goes on to say, "The most common medical treatment for this problem is estrogen replacement therapy" which may be effective in stopping the flashes, but is not curative.

      Although the cause of the hot flash is unclear, hormonal changes involving elevation of the hormones FSH and LH during and after menopause are thought to be responsible. In an effort to elevate decreasing estrogen levels these pituitary hormones can be 1,300 percent greater during the menopausal years than before.31

      Hot flashes are regarded by the medical profession as deficiency of estrogen and can be triggered by a variety of stimulants such as:

      • Spicy food (cayenne, ginger, pepper)
      • Acidic foods (pickles, citrus, tomatoes)
      • Hot drinks
      • Caffeine (coffee, black tea, cola, chocolate)
      • Alcoholic drinks, including wine and beer
      • White sugar
      • Hydrogenated or saturated fats (meat, margarine)
      • Stress
      • Hot weather
      • Hot tubs and saunas
      • Tobacco or marijuana
      • Intense exercise, especially lovemaking
      • Anger, especially if you can’t express it

      During a hot flash, flushes of heat sweep the body (and often the face), reddening the skin and promoting free perspiration. The reddening may be blotchy or even and the perspiration slight or copious. A hot flash may last from a few seconds to four or five minutes, occasionally fifteen minutes, and rarely more than an hour.31

      If you begin to experience hot flashes, dizziness, heart palpitations, emotional uproar, sleep disturbances, night sweats, depression and/or headaches you may slip from feeling "in control" to the sense that things are beyond your control. The idea of controlling these unwelcome symptoms with drugs becomes very attractive, as we are conditioned to believe that menopausal changes are in some way considered an illness. It is possible to influence these changes more effectively with herbal alternatives that carry with them few, if any, side effects when considered carefully.31

      A hot flash at night is called a night sweat, which may be accompanied by feelings of anxiety or terror. A solution may be to keep a glass of water and a bottle of motherwort beside you at night, and take 10-15 drops and a swallow of water if a night sweat awakens you. Not everyone experiences hot flashes, and only some of those who do also experience night sweats. Many women, however, experience both.31

      Exercise directly decreases hot flashes by decreasing the amount of circulating LH and FSH, by nourishing and tonifying the hypothalamus, and by raising endorphin levels (which plummet with hot flashing). As little as 20 minutes three times a week may reduce flashes significantly.31 Other natural measures that address underlying reasons for hot flashes include diet, nutritional supplementation and plant-based medicines.

      HOT FLASHES: HERBAL AIDS
      Herbal remedies for women with hot flashes include:

      plants that cool the system, such as chickweed, elder and violet;
      plants that nourish or increase oxygen utilization in the liver, such as dong quai, dandelion, Ho Shou Wu (polygonum multiflorum) and yellow dock; and
      plants rich in phytosterols, such as black cohosh.31

      Herbs and supplements found helpful by Dr. Susan Lark in her medical practice include dong quai, black cohosh, blue cohosh, unicorn root, fennel, sarsaparilla, red clover, wild yam root, yam, bioflavonoids and vitamin E. Dr. Michael Murray finds the four most useful herbs for treatment of hot flashes to be dong quai, licorice root, chasteberry (vitex) and black cohosh.

      Hot flashes deplete vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Frequent use of red clover or oatstraw infusions will help replace these needed nutrients,31 or these nutrients can also be found in food, or taken as supplements.

      Dong quai is an emmenagogue that has been found very helpful for menopausal problems such as regulation of hot flashes, and it is reported to help relieve mental and emotional upset.35

      Dong quai has been shown to both contract and relax uterine muscles in anaesthetized dogs, cats and rabbits. The contractive (excitatory) ingredient is felt to be a water and alcohol soluble, non-volatile oil component, whereas the relaxing (inhibitory) component is considered to be a volatile oil with high boiling point. This, not an estrogenic effect, is felt to be the mechanism underlying the effectiveness of dong quai in dysmenorrhea.34

      The effectiveness of dong quai in treating hot flashes may be due to stabilization of blood vessels.19 However, if you feel hot much of the time dong quai may not be your ally.31

      Chaste berry (Vitex) has been found to affect pituitary function and has many uses, particularly in regulating hot flashes and dizziness. Beneficial effects in menopause may be due to its role in altering LH and FSH secretion.19 Vitex lowers estrogen levels and increases progesterone levels, thus keeping bones and vaginal walls strong. Daily use enhances progesterone and luteotropic hormone but inhibits others such as FSH and prolactin. It also increases production of the brain chemical dopamine. It contains flavonoids, glycosides and micronutrients, but lacks phytosterols, making it a slow-acting tonic. Results become evident after 2-3 months of use, and permanent improvement requires a 1-year commitment.4

      Black cohosh was widely used by the American Indians and later by American colonists for relief of menstrual cramps and menopause. Recent scientific investigation has upheld the effectiveness of black cohosh as a treatment for dysmenorrhea and menopause. Clinical studies have shown extracts of black cohosh to relieve not only hot flashes but also depression and vaginal atrophy. In addition to these vascular effects, black cohosh reduces LH levels; thus the plant has a significant estrogenic effect.19 The use of 10-15 drops once or twice a day for several months significantly reduces LH but not FSH. Black cohosh has also been found to aid digestion by increasing digestive juices; use 3- 5 drops with meals.31

      Motherwort has been found to lessen the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes, ease stressed nerves, relieve anxiety, and relieve insomnia. For best results with hot flashes, use this herb frequently for 3 months. A common dosage for hot flashes is 15-25 drops of tincture, 1-6 times a day. Do not use if you are experiencing menstrual flooding as motherwort can aggravate this.31

      Licorice root contains a saponin-like glycoside, glycyrrhizin (glycrrhizic acid)33 and has historically been used for a variety of female disorders and also as an expectorant and antitussive in treatment of respiratory tract infections and asthma. It is believed to reduce estrogen while increasing progesterone and is used for this reason by Dr. Michael Murray in his clinical practice. Licorice has a steroid component that can change to the estrogen precursors estradiol and estrone, and it can therefore provide mild estrogenic properties. Glycyrrhizin has a regulatory action over estrogen metabolism, i.e. when estrogen levels are too high it inhibits estrogen action, and when estrogen is too low, glycyrrhizin potentiates it. This is a useful factor for many female hormonal problems, including PMS.33

      Licorice is considered a powerful drug that is useful in treating a number of conditions, such as peptic ulcers, malaria, abdominal pain, insomnia and infection. This herb’s uses have been substantiated by modern research, and it is generally considered very safe in moderate doses.33 German health authorities consider maximum doses of up to 100 mg of glycyrrhizin (the major active component of licorice) a day acceptable and safe. However, it should not be taken for more than 4-6 weeks without medical advice.23

      CAUTION: *Regular use of licorice can cause high blood pressure and edema (water retention). Women predisposed to these conditions should drink no more than one cup (250 ml) per day or chew on a licorice stick only as needed.31 In large doses it can cause sodium retention and potassium depletion and is not recommended for those with heart or blood pressure problems.33 Certain individuals need to be particularly careful: pregnant and nursing women, those with high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes, kidney or liver disease; or those taking hormonal therapy (licorice may interfere with it). Anyone taking digitalis (sensitivity to it may be increased if your system suffers from potassium loss) or who has had a stroke or heart disease should only do so under the directions of a doctor. Persons with eating disorders who may already be predisposed to hypokalemia for other reasons may be at heightened risk for pseudoaldosteronism. Some sources recommend that anyone who has a cardiovascular-related disorder not consume licorice at all.23

      Essential oils basil or thyme may ease hot flashes when inhaled or used in a bath or foot rub or mixed with massage oil. For a portable hot flash remedy, place a few drops of an essential oil or cologne on a tissue, or cotton ball and place in plastic wrap. It may provide instant relief when you open and inhale any time a flash strikes.31

      HOT FLASHES: HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
      Susun Weed writes that Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, a naturopathic physician, finds homeopathic remedies effective 80 percent of the time in relieving menopausal symptoms. One of her favorite remedies for hot flashes is Lachesis. She describes these remedies below:

      Lachesis: If your flashes emanates from the top of your head, are worse just before sleep and immediately upon wakening and are accompanied by sweating, headaches, or easily irritated skin

      Sepia: if your flashes make you feel weak, nauseated, exhausted, and depressed

      Pulsatilla: if you flash less outdoors, but your flashes are often followed by intense chills and emotional uproar

      Valeriana: if your face flushes strongly during the flash, and you have intense sweating and sleeplessness

      Ferrum metallicum: if your flashes are sudden; your general health is good but ordinary activities bring exhaustion

      Sulfuricum acidum: if your flashes include profuse sweating and trembling, are worse in evenings or with exercise

      Sanguinaria: if your cheeks are red and burning, feet and hands hot

      Belladonna: if the flash centers on your face, which burns and turns bright red; you

      One of the most difficult decisions many women make is whether to begin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause. The combination of estrogen and progestin relieves many menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal atrophy. It also helps protect bone against osteoporosis and has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. But HRT has also been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

      Many doctors have advised women that the advantages far outweigh this risk. As a result, HRT is among the most commonly prescribed therapies in the United States. Indeed, Premarin, a brand of estrogen, is the best selling prescription drug in America. But several new studies raise questions that may upset this widely accepted risk-benefit balance and make the ultimate decisions of whether to take HRT-and in what form-more difficult than ever.

      The Breast Cancer Link Strengthens A study published in the Jan. 26, 2000, journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that women who take estrogen in combination with progestin are at greater risk of developing breast cancer than women who take estrogen alone. Women with a uterus are often prescribed a combination of estrogen and progestin because estrogen alone has been shown in studies to increase the risk of endometrial cancer two- to fifteenfold.

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      For the JAMA study, researchers from the National Cancer Institute examined data from interviews and questionnaires completed by 46,355 postmenopausal women enrolled in a national breast cancer screening program. They compared the records of 2,082 women who developed breast cancer between 1980 and 1995 with those of women who did not and found that those who were taking estrogen and progestin or who had taken it within the previous four years were 40 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who took neither drug. Women who were taking estrogen alone or had taken it within the previous four years were 20 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who did not take HRT.

      They researchers determined that the risk increased with the length of time women took HRT Those who had recently taken estrogen and progestin together saw their risk increase by 8 percent for each year of use, while those who had recently taken estrogen alone saw their risk increase by 1 percent for each year of use.

      In an accompanying editorial, Walter C. Willett, M.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues wrote that the study will have a major impact on weighing the benefits and risks of HRT They noted that breast cancer risk should not be a major concern for women who use hormones for two or three years to relieve hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. But they said women with a uterus should carefully weigh the risks and benefits of long-term use. HRT is often prescribed to reduce the risk of fractures and heart disease, which generally take a decade or more after menopause to become a problem.

      The Heart Link Weakens

      Indeed, several recent studies raise questions about whether HRT truly benefits the heart. The first study to raise this question, the Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Study, reported in 1998, found that four years of treatment with the HRT combination did not lower the risk of new heart attacks in women who already had heart disease. A new study backs up that finding. Researchers from Wake Forest University randomly assigned 309 postmenopausal women with heart disease to receive Premarin, an estrogen-progestin combination or a placebo, or inactive, pill. Doctors measured the women's heart arteries at the beginning of the study and again after four years and found no difference in the progression of the disease.

      "Me results are indeed somewhat surprising in view of the large body of evidence indicating that estrogen does have a favorable effect on cholesterol and heart disease," the study's director, David Herrington, M.D., told the Associated Press (March 14, 2000). "We can't say for certain there is no benefit, but we can rule out a large effect."

      Definitive answers, including answers about the effects of HRT on women who do not have heart disease, are expected to come from the federally sponsored Women's Health Initiative. The results of the study, which is looking at the effects of HRT on more than 27,000 women ages 50 to 79, are expected in about five years. But preliminary results are not promising.

      Study participants on March 31, 2000, received letters warning that those who had been randomly assigned to take HRT were having slightly more heart attacks and strokes than those who had been assigned to receive placebos.

      Claude Lenfant, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, said in an April 3, 2000, statement that the results are preliminary, do not address long-term benefits and risks and "should not influence current medical practice." But Jacques E. Rossouw, M.D., acting director of the study, told The New York Times he felt morally obliged to inform the women about the finding (April 5, 2000) .
      This wasn't anticipated when they enrolled," he said. "We told them all about the risks and benefits, but we didn't tell them there might be an increased risk of heart disease."

      "A lot of the women are taking [estrogen] because they've been told by their doctors that it will prevent a heart attack," Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women's Health Network, told The New York Times. "Those are the women who should be sitting up and taking notice and going to their doctors and saying, Why am I taking this? What's the point of this?"'

  38. QUESTION:
    I am already on Paxil 30mg daily for menopause however lately, I feel more depressed. do I need something else?
    I have been on Paxil 30 mg once daily, for several years. I was first prescribed it by my dr. for anxiety and symptoms of peri-menopause. I am now 100% into menopause and now am feeling 'blue'. I find my level of concentration, my memory as well, my tolerance, has changed. Do I need hormone therapy, or another drug?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause and Depression

      Menopause that brings on depression is a difficult part in woman’s life. Most of the time this happens when a woman goes into menopause and then starts to gain weight. No woman wants to be over-weight, with rolls and layers of fat on her abdominal area. Depression caused because of Menopause makes a woman feel that they she is of no use and that her life will never be the same again.

      menopause and depression

      Sometimes symptoms get aggravated when their children grown up and they realize that that they can’t bear children anymore they become depressed and then start to feel that the symptoms are unbearable. This needs to be taken seriously because it is during this time that a woman needs all the support she can get and also having a talk with your doctor regarding depression will be good.

      You will be prescribed an anti-depressant that has no side effects. This stage in a woman’s life can get quite rough as their lives will never be the same again ever. Several other menopause symptoms also cause and create a difficult time for a woman in menopause. There are also natural menopause remedies that can be used to maintain the required weight and get rid of the excess kilos, and also make a woman feel good about herself. During perimenopause, with the drop in estrogen, women experience hot flashes and night sweats. This is due to the lack of sufficient amounts of estrogen and also due to the other hormonal changes. While exercise will help with the weight that you gain you have o check with your family doctor before trying out any form of exercise. Many women are turning to alternative medicine and natural medications because of the lack of side effects. Black cohosh, Dong Quai, flaxseed; and, borage are some of these.

  39. QUESTION:
    Has anybody found a good natural remedy for night sweats?
    I've tried Estroven, St. Johns Wort, calcium. Any suggestions besides HRT?

    • ANSWER:
      Dong Quai tends to help balance the hormonal system. It relieves hot flashes and painful menstruation or too frequent menstruation

  40. QUESTION:
    5 years of menopause and period comes back?
    My mom's period stopped when she was 45 and she's had hot flashes and all that jazz every since because of menopause. Today her period came and she's hurting. She doesn't even wanna walk just lay down all day. A couple of days ago she has weird rashes/bruise looking things in her chest and her nipples hurt. What's going on? is this normal?!?!?!
    she just told me this happened two year ago. and since it came her boobs and nipples don't hurt

    • ANSWER:
      What Causes Postmenopausal Bleeding?

      Most women become menopausal between the age of 45 to 55 years, however, for some women, the onset of menopause may take place at an earlier age due to lifestyle-related issues. Since menopause refers to the cessation of menstruation, women often get alarmed if they experience bleeding after menopause. Given below are some of the factors that may be responsible for causing menstrual bleeding after menopause.

      Hormone Replacement Therapy: During the transitional period that precedes menopause and postmenopause, hormonal changes bring about a lot of distressing symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, headaches, irregular heartbeat, excessive sweating, weight gain, reduced sex drive, fatigue and sleep disturbances. If the symptoms are unmanageable, hormone replacement therapy is recommended. Women opting for this treatment usually take synthetic hormones orally or transdermally. Hormone replacement therapy may alleviate some of the symptoms to some extent, but it may cause certain side effects, one of them being postmenopausal bleeding.

      Uterine Growth: Development of a benign growth in the uterus could also be responsible for causing postmenopausal bleeding. Development of fibroids or polyps on the walls of the uterus could be the reason why a woman may have a menstrual period even after approaching menopause. Polyps or the benign tumor-like growths that appear in the cervix or on the uterine walls may lend a distorted appearance to the uterus and cause bleeding. Fibroids, which are benign tumors filled with fibrous tissues, can also cause heavy bleeding. These growths must be removed as soon as possible.

      Cancerous Uterine Growth: Since menopausal bleeding could also be associated with malignant growth in the uterus or ovaries, gynecologists often conduct a pelvic examination and examine the cervix and the vagina. Pap smear, ultrasound and endometrial biopsy may also be conducted to examine the reproductive organs and ascertain the presence of a cancerous growth. These tests can help the doctors measure the thickness of uterine lining, which in turn, may help in the diagnosis of the initial stage of uterine cancer or endometrial hyperplasia. If left untreated, hyperplasia may progress into uterine cancer. Due to the serious nature of the disease, timely diagnosis and treatment is extremely essential for averting serious complications.

      Vaginal Atrophy: Vaginal atrophy is a condition that is associated with the thinning of vagina. This is caused due to the decrease in the production of estrogen by the ovaries. Due to the drying and thinning of the vaginal lining, the vagina becomes fragile and quite prone to injuries, which is why, postmenopausal women may experience spotting or bleeding after intercourse. This condition also makes women prone to vaginal infections. Use of vaginal creams, vaginal estrogen ring or tablets can help in treating this condition.

      Besides the following conditions, nutritional deficiencies may also bring about a hormonal imbalance and cause menstrual bleeding after menopause. Women who suffer drastic weight loss at this time, are also prone to experiencing vaginal bleeding after menopause. Symptoms that are experienced during this time usually stress women out, so, they need to stay relaxed and calm their frayed nerves. Since bleeding after menopause may be indicative of a serious disease, a proper medical checkup becomes extremely essential. Drug therapy, natural remedies and lifestyle-related changes may help in managing the symptoms. Growths within the uterus or the reproductive organs may need to be removed through surgery.

  41. QUESTION:
    natural remedy for hot flashes and night sweats?

    • ANSWER:
      it is called estroven. You can get it a walmarts or on-line. It has plant hormones from soy. It really works.....

  42. QUESTION:
    Can I lower my libido?
    I'm suffering from a perfect storm. I was a late bloomer for one. I started using depo provera for birth control at 18 and continued using it until last year (I was 29). I stopped using it because I was having all the symptoms of early menopause; hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety attacks, irritability, mood swings, zero sex drive, etc. so my Dr. recommended I get a non-hormonal IUD instead. I did that in January of last year and she warned me that I could expect some gradual side-effects as my progesterone levels normalized such as acne, increased energy, and a higher sex drive. All but the acne sounded great and my boobs have even been getting bigger. Wahoo right?!

    Except then the increased sex drive went from wahoo to 'omg make it stop!' and my husband asking (quite seriously) 'what is wrong with you?'. Yeah ... I'm acting like a 21 year old boy lately. It's all I think about, all I talk about, all I want to do, enough is never enough and it's driving me insane. Add to that the fact that 30 is supposedly a woman's 'peak' and I'm in so much trouble.

    Never mind the fact that my poor hubby can't ever hope to keep up with me even if he were superman (and in my eyes he's pretty darn close) but it's affecting my ability to do my job, spend time with friends, and have any semblance of a normal life. I've even considered doing something that I know I would regret for the rest of my life and that is completely out of the question because I love my husband and I would never ever want to go that route.

    I asked my Dr. about some way to decrease my drive but all she can suggest is hormones which means I would be right back to the night sweats, hot flashes, etc. and that was also royally messing up my life so I don't want to go there. Toys aren't cutting it despite the fact that my lovely hubby has spent a small fortune to amass a collection that would probably make Hefner blush.

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of some natural, homeopathic, herbal, non-hormonal remedies (besides cold showers because they actually only make it worse). Some kind of food that has the opposite effect of an aphrodeziac maybe? I dunno, I'm getting desperate at this point. If I can't find something that works then I'll have to go back on hormones but I really want to explore every other option first (well, all of them except the one that would inevitably destroy my marriage ... that's just not an option).

    Ideas?

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    what roles do reproductive hormones have on menopause, andropause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopausal Symptoms And Safe Hormones

      Menopause has its direct impact on women. It changes their behavior and creates some symptoms which are very uncomfortable to them. Hot flashes and dryness are very common when they face menopause. Recently it is found that women feel some unpleasant effects later if their packets at hormones are thrown away.

      Actually women are not free from absolute risk factors while taking hormone replacement therapy. Women want to have their hormone under control, but many women are successful to pass through menopause without any problem like dropping sweat from hot flashes. Some of them have felt more or less the same amount of discomfort. The common problems with menopause are hot flashes, night sweating, depression, vaginal dryness, insomnia, moodiness, heart palpitations, fear about memory losing etc. It is notable that women of age 30 to 40 are seen to have some of these problems.

      Many women are trying to treat it as a natural part of aging by using medication. But they are still in confusion about their future. However they need to maintain some rules. They must be careful about doing physical exercise, learn about the ways to reduce to stress etc. These would help them to suffer less. Why should they suffer anymore because of their ignorance? Nowadays many facilities to remove symptoms have been discovered. They can accept any way, but the notable thing is that, they must do physical exercise, eat healthy foods regularly that may be small in a amount, drinking a lot of water. These things must not be avoided.

      Women prefer to take estrogen and progesterone. Actually these things are used when women have little of them. Many doctors are suggesting using progesterone as creams. The body absorbs this cream and lets it to mix with the blood stream. But these hormones should be taken within some limitation. Taking too much is risky.

      Menopause Acupressure is another way that women are trying to remove symptoms. It has no side effect. Actually this works by using fingers. Some parts of the body are pressed by fingers. It can help to increase metabolism, fight fatigue etc. It does great against hot flash problems.

      Natural treatment is very effective. Nature has also provided hormones for them. Black Cohosh, Licorice root and fever few etc are very effective against these problems. Natural remedies are the best solution but some of them should be used with great cautions. Especially pregnant women, they should consult with a doctor before using these.

      There is no confusion to state that hormones should be used with care as it works for a blessing. But using it as harmful is not expected. Hormones may be bio-identical or not, that is not a factor. Women must take them in appropriate ways. Nowadays many healthcare providers are available for discussion about women’s concern regarding these problems, though some of healthcare providers do not have proper knowledge about herbal and nutritional preparations. The best way is to understand these things seriously and always work to find pleasure from it.

  44. QUESTION:
    what homeopathic remedy can i use for monopause?
    i'm looking for a vitamin fro
    m a health food store

    • ANSWER:
      Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause :-
      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart. Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.
      Homeopathic remedies are prescribed according to the individual symptoms of the patient from head to toes(Mental and Physical Symptoms). If your symptoms are not given above please post your complete symptoms or consult a Homeopathic Practitioner in your area.
      Best of health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  45. QUESTION:
    remedies for hot flashes?
    natural remedies and over the counter

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.
      Homeopathic remedies are available at most Health& herb stores all over USA and EU.

      I hope this helps, take care and God bless.

  46. QUESTION:
    anxiety not sure really what to do for it?
    Ok i thought i should include everything just for the best response anyways i have anxiety and i had my first panic attack in december i woke out of my sleep and i was having hot & cold flashes and sweats and i kept drinking water, i felt like i was dying, and that scared the shi* out of me so much i was having them for about a week straight, i tried a mood stabilizer that starts with p for about a day which didnt work and then i tried vistril witch made me feel like a zombie and caused more panic attacks, i wasnt sleeping good either before this started i would goto bed at 4am and wake up in the afternoon, and geeze the list keeps going lol i had a injured led and i was on crutches AND i had no cable just movies i was bored all the time, and yes mental health problems run in my family such as bipolar and adhd depression and anxiety (now the list is over) and well now im on just one medication called trazodone which works out for me but not completely it makes me forgetful and tired and not correctly in tune with my emotions it also doesnt work completely either i still get a feeling of tightness and my chest and other feelings from anxiety every so often and i dont take them very correctly either i take one 50mg tablet at bedtime and i usually stay up till 11 or 12pm i think i probably take it to late but anyways, i want to get off them and get onto another med something that doesnt make me feel messed up or something i can take as needed for anxiety, i also heard something about natural remedies online or vitiman c or something, stuff i know nothing about, so i need help, some suggestions on what i should do im working on a psychiatrist because my last one sucked, but i want suggestions from people at this moment not doctors please help.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else experienced early menopause?
    I'm 24 and may be experiencing premature menopause...just wondering if I was alone or not. My FSH level is now at 106.1 :(

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause and Pre-Menopause

      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      #Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above article is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause...

      I hope this helps, take care and God bless.

  48. QUESTION:
    i am going through menopause and hormones are off what can i take natural and i have a lot of belly fat?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot Flashes
      Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common complaint of women during the menopause transition. While estrogen is very effective in alleviating vasomotor symptoms, there are alternative therapies that work quite well for some women.

      •Black Cohosh
      Black cohosh is a nutritional supplement derived from a plant in the buttercup family. It has been used for centuries as a remedy for menstrual disorders and menopause symptoms.

      •Flaxseed Oil
      Flaxseed and flaxseed oil contain plant estrogens and oils that are used as a treatment for breast pain and hot flashes.

      •Soy
      The research on whether or not soybeans and soybean products are helpful with menopause symptoms has been mixed. Part of the mystery may have been solved by a study that showed a reduction in symptoms for women who produced an estrogen called “equol” when they ate soy.

      •Red Clover
      Red clover is another plant estrogen that some women find effective for reducing hot flashes. Studies show a very modest effect of red clover on hot flash symptoms.

      •Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
      Slow, deliberate, deep breathing and progressive relaxation techniques have been shown to decrease hot flashes by up to 60%. Breathe in slowly through your nose, counting to five. Then breathe slowly out through your mouth, counting from five back to one.

      •Acupuncture
      Acupuncture does seem to help hot flash symptoms. It’s not clear whether this is because of the acupuncture itself or because you relax during the treatment. One study suggested that true acupuncture and “pretend” acupuncture had the same effect on hot flash symptoms.

      Mood Problems
      Mood changes are another major complaint for women during menopause. Women describe themselves as “wanting to bite someone’s head off” or “sad for no reason at all.” The more sensitive you are to hormone changes, the more likely you will notice some mood swings with menopause.

      •St. John’s Wort
      St. John’s Wort has been shown in studies to help mild to moderate depression in the general population and menopausal mood problems for some women.

      •Vitamin D
      Vitamin D plays a role in moderating many body processes. It has been linked to prevention of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and many other chronic diseases. It has also been proven to moderate mood in people who are deficient. The current recommended daily dose of vitamin D (400 IU) is seen by many health practitioners as too low to maintain optimal levels of this vitamin in your system. It is generally agreed that doses of 1,000 IU per day are not harmful and can help correct a vitamin D deficiency.

      •Kava No More
      For many years, kava or “kava kava” was recommended for mood disorders. Recent research shows increasing evidence that it is toxic to the liver, so it is not recommended as a natural remedy for menopause symptoms.

      Insomnia
      Natural remedies insomnia may work for you if your sleeplessness is ongoing. If you have tried sleep hygiene and are still finding yourself wrestling with wakefulness, there are natural approaches that may help.

      •Melatonin
      Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle. It is relatively safe when used in small doses and may help you get back to a pattern of solid sleep. It is not recommended to be used for more than two weeks, so if you haven’t resumed a normal sleep pattern after using it for a couple of weeks, check with your doctor about other choices.

      •Acupuncture
      Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese medicine, and research shows that it can be more effective than prescription medications for insomnia in women.

      •Relaxation
      If you are having trouble getting to sleep or can’t get back to sleep once you wake in the night, learning relaxation techniques can save the day (or night).

  49. QUESTION:
    menepause.Does anyone know if, after u go through it.........?
    u go back to the person u were before?im 37 and have bad hormone imbalance that makes me so out of character. i dont want to go anywhere, im mean, hot flashes etc.

    so im wondering if my hormones will go back to normal so i can b my regular happy, outgoing self! please help me! thanx!
    ive been to the ob/gyn and had a sonogram and he put me on megestrol to stop the bleeding(sorry)

    • ANSWER:
      I had menopause in my late 40's, I didnt take any hormones at all,it was about a year before I finally got over the hot flashes and night sweats.I never had a mood disorder. Post menopausal I became afraid to drive, wouldnt go out, wasnt mean just had some really hard days. I am now on an SSRI(antidepressant) for depression and anxiety, it has worked wonders for me. Sometimes I think your brain can become chemically unbalanced during this time and after as well. I just dont think it has been recognized yet by medical professionals and I am a medical profesional.

      My opinion on hormone therapy is that is can be and is dangerous. I would ask for something for the mood disorder and maybe try some of the natural remedies for the hot flashes and night sweats.

  50. QUESTION:
    I have been taking black cohosh and evening primrose for hot flashes and night sweats but its not working?

    Have tried three different HRTs. Did the job but they caused water weight gain, itching, and joint pain.

    • ANSWER:
      try .Dr. Richard Schulze's female formula

      http://herbdoc.com/p42.asp

      Take this with a progesterone cream or wild yam cream (my sister had good luck with a progesterone cream, but she can't remember the brand name she used.) I have never had natural and alternative treatments fail me.

      Increase soy products (tempeh/soybeans/soynuts/miso/soy burgers etc --not soy milk or soy sauce though as they don't work for this purpose although they may be healthy food items)

      HRT is not safe or natural for humans

      The poster above who says all herbal and natural therapy is crap obviously is not aware of the tens of thousands of studies that confirm that many folk remedies work.

      It is not the herb that is crap but the processing and absorption route.. Use only organic or wildcrafted herbs and generally use a tincture rather than a capsule. History is full of cases of natural/herbal/alternative treatment helping even what doctors say is alternative.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What happens after hormone replacement when a woman has too much testosterone and receives estrogen?
    I'm 17 years old and I have too much testosterone. Being a girl who wants to wear bikini's and all in the summer and cannot whatsoever because I feel uncomfortable with my body really sucks. Hair has been my biggest issue growing up and i've never been so sure with what to do about it. The hair is well, everywhere it should and shouldn't be and it's way too much. And it's also very coarse so when I shave, it cuts me. My voice has been deeper than most girls growing up and it still is, and my body structure is more "manly" than most. I've never felt girly because of all this and I also don't have much breasts and it really gets to me emotionally and mentally, so I never have confidence. People have suggested hormone replacement with me and that's what I want. But what happens with your hair and voice and body structure after that? Please please get back to me. I would really appreciate it. Thanks. :)
    I've also googled as much as possible and I haven't found any answers. :(

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    What would happen if a woman take testosterone hormone shots regularly?
    Always hear about problems with women hormone replacement! I hear that male hormone replacement has very little problems. If that is the case, why not testosterone shots?

    • ANSWER:
      Her bones become stronger
      Her muscles stand out like an athlete
      She has 10 times the energy

      She will pick fights

      Become hyper sexual and attack her male friends

      Women have low levels of testosterone, just take a lower dose then no problem

  3. QUESTION:
    How does hormone replacement therapy work? How do they determine what should have?
    I am a guy having difficulty with my girlfriend. She had to have a hysterectomy and for the past three years I have suffered because she said the first time she had hormone replacement it made her sick. So she gave up. She shut out the world and on Valentines day she couldn't tell me she loved me. I blew up and told her she needed help because she has been ignoring my needs and I have tried everything to get her interested again. And her bad habits have made her physically incompatible to me. I am frustrated beyond belief. She hates herself calling herself ugly and fat. And I told one of her girlfriends and she got mad at me saying her parts are her own business and I told her she needs to get over it. If I can have 100 people looking at mr happy for my kidney stones, ONE of her friends can know about her issues and give her some help because guys don't know what to do. I also told her if she wanted something she could ignore she should have went to the humane society and bought a cat! Can hormone replacement help her with being frigid? Can it help her feel the world is a bit more likable? Can it help her lose weight? How do they figure out what hormone mixture she needs?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement CAN help with all of those things, if done right, and if her body is responsive. Hormones are the body's fuel. They're supposed to have them, and without them, there are all kinds of problems. The body produces hormones in amounts and types and at times that are very complex. There are hundreds of different hormones. But when you take hormone replacement, you're taking perhaps 2 hormones. Which you take once per day, rather than having it 24/7, in small, highly responsive amounts. Most doctors don't give a shit. That's why taking HRT can often make you sick. Complicating matters is that the most commonly prescribed hormone replacement is Premarin (horse estrogen from the urine of pregnant mares). It's not the same as human estrogen, plus it overloads you with a large dose when you take it orally, then plummets to nothing throughout the day. It's as if you were told you could eat as much as you want, except that you can only have ice cream, and you can only eat on Tuesdays. It's not natural nor is it how the body works. There are ways to work around this: tell your girlfriend to try estrogen patches. It's the closest you can get to the slow, natural, 24/7 administration of small amounts of estrogen that your ovaries produce. Have her at least try that. Then, encourage her to try testosterone. In Europe, it's standard to give hysterectomized women testosterone. In the US, they almost never do it. But without it, it's like you're castrated. Also, FYI: estrogen plays an important role as a neurotransmitter in the brain. Without it, you can become depressed and angry.

  4. QUESTION:
    How long should a Hormone replacement , be taken.?
    How long should a hormone replacement be taken. Is there a time frame, in order to stay safe.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are taking hormone replacement at natural age of menopause (age 44 and older), the rule is to take it for the shortest amount of time and in the smallest dose to get you through your symptoms. If you are a younger woman and are taking it to replace hormones because you had your ovaries removed, then you should take it till age of natural menopause (around age 50).

  5. QUESTION:
    What will happen if I go through menopause with no hormone replacement or medications at all?
    I have tryed bioidentical hormone replacement and had severe symptoms. I was currently given prometrium and estropipate. I read the possible side effects including increased risk of dimentia and I dont want to take that risk. Alzheimer's runs in my family. ( I am only 47).

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is a stage in life when a woman stops having her monthly period.It is a normal part of aging, marking the end of a woman's reproductive years.Get enough calcium. A woman going through menopause needs 1000 mg to 1500 mg of calcium a day. Avoid excessive amounts of salt to reduce bloating associated with hormonal changes. More information and remedies at http://useinfo4.blogspot.com/

  6. QUESTION:
    What happens when a woman takes the transvestite therapy?
    What happens when a woman starts hormone replacement therapy like men trying to be women do,wouldn't she just become more womanly and look more feminine?
    and btw i mean transgendered sorry!!
    and yes i know menopausal women take it thank you,but u still did not answer my question.

    • ANSWER:
      You will turn into a freak. Avoid it.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women?
    8)Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been shown to be one way to reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, however recent clinical trials have indicated there are dangerous increased risks of heart disease, stroke and various cancers associated with HRT. What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women and when do women need to start being concerned about this?

    • ANSWER:
      I think the best method to help prevent osteoporosis is exercise. Exercise strengthens the bones in men and women.

      Also there are good medications on the market to help prevent this condition:

      If the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis is the only issue under consideration, then bisphosphonates such as alendronate, ibandronate, or risedronate are more effective than menopausal hormone therapy in preventing osteoporotic fractures, and less likely to be associated with substantial adverse effects. So far, bisphosphonates are the most effective category or prescription medications for treating postmenopausal osteoporosis.

      hope this helps..

  8. QUESTION:
    What can you do for thinning hair in women?
    I am a post menopausal woman who does not take hormone replacement therapy, and have had a total hysterectomy. My hair seems to be getting thin. Is there anything that can be done to make my hair thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      There is Rogaine for women now. It works good, you can get it at Wal-Mart

  9. QUESTION:
    What hormonal birth control does not contain synthetic hormones?
    I'm looking for a birth control bill/patch/shot that does not contain synthetic hormones but actually contains natural hormones. I can find information on non-synthetic hormone replacement but not non-synthetic birth control. What's that about? Menopausal women can have options but sexually active fertile women can't?

    • ANSWER:
      You know, this is a really interesting question, to which I had no idea of the answer. Well done! So I hit up google and this is what I found.

      As far as I can tell, the answer is that there isn't any nonsynthetic hormonal birth control out there. Why? I'm also unsure of the answer to this one but I can make a guess.

      1. Availability: Progesterone and estradiol, the two hormones used in synthetic form, do not occur in nature outside of the human body. The people who pursue natural alternatives would presumably have an ethical problem with the extraction of these from living people:)
      2. Cost: It is cheaper to make a synthetic product than rely on natural sources. As an example, so-called natural progesterone is extracted from yams... but what if one year's bad weather destroys the yam harvest? All your customers are hosed. Or if some yams have much higher hormone levels than others? It'd take a lot more work to get a consistent, high-purity product that would pass the strict FDA regulations, and big pharma companies don't want to spend the money or time.
      3. Demand: If an unregulated natural therapy fails to help your menopausal symptoms, what happens? You have hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, etc. Usually they will go away on their own in a few years, or you can live with them. If a birth control method fails you're stuck with an unwanted pregnancy, leading to an abortion, adoption, or 18+ years of caring for a kid. The consequences are more severe, making people more inclined to try a vasectomy or Copper-T IUD or condoms than purchase a possibly ineffective drug.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can anyone explain to me what a Compounding Pharmacist is?
    As related to hormone replacement for women.

    • ANSWER:
      A Compounding Pharmacist is a pharmacist who has had special training in making compounds from various medications. It can be beneficial if you are on several different medication in that they can, essentially, grind them up and combine them into one pill/day, rather than several pills. They also make compound creams, etc. My kids' pediatrician prescribes a 'butt balm' for diaper rash that has to be compounded into the paste/cream form. Compounding cannot be done for all medications, especially extended release meds. Be sure and check with a Registered Compounding Pharmacist, and do NOT try to do this yourself.

      Now, as it relates to hormone replacement for women...I have no idea.

  11. QUESTION:
    How safe is hormone replacement therapy?
    Just how safe is it for a woman over 53 to take Hormone Replacement Therapy, have heard two GP give different opinions on this

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure there are a lot of dangers like most drugs.

      a search should turn up these

      here is one article..the institute of health did a study and said the risk of taking it outweigh the benefits as is correlated with increased breast cancer, strokes, Alzheimer's etc..also can be made of horse urine which also increases the risk

      http://www.ehow.com/about_5467345_dangers-hormonereplacement-therapy.html

      why not try a natural product..

      My sister had a lot of problems with hot flashes and was NOT a believer in natural treatments at all being in the health field but in desperation she tried this cream below I recommend and she told me all of them went away after she began using ti and was very happy and surprised that it worked so well

      It looks like this and may be found at some health food stores or online

      http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0PDoTCil0RPJnkAfdGJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dnatural%2Bprogesterone%2Bcream%26ei%3DUTF-8%26fr%3Dytff1-tyc%26fr2%3Dtab-web%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D2&w=300&h=320&imgurl=www.raysahelian.com%2Fimages%2Fprogesterone.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.raysahelian.com%2Fprogesterone.html&size=21.1+KB&name=Natural+Progesterone+Cream+by+Source+Naturals&p=natural+progesterone+cream&oid=5ced1e16b6ba7a381811faabf2d007d7&fr2=tab-web&fr=ytff1-tyc&tt=Natural%2BProgesterone%2BCream%2Bby%2BSource%2BNaturals&b=0&ni=32&no=2&tab=organic&ts=&sigr=11c5i2fme&sigb=13s3hj9c1&sigi=11bee8lui&.crumb=SjKDKKhlzhI

      another super great product is Dr Schulze's female formulas and his products are I feel are the best on the market

      https://www.herbdoc.com/index.php/Our-Products?cid=15

      click on product info for each and find the one.s you feel best apply ..be sure to click on each of the tags at the top of the popup..how it works why you need it and so forth to be sure you read all the info on it (you would want either female formula or female shot not female plus which is more for pms than menopause)

      and more info on these are found here

      http://curezone.com/schulze/handbook/female.asp

      I never took anything and other than some hot flashes in peri- menopause that I did not realize what they were as AI was so young I have had no symptom,s at all and never took drugs or natural treatments and have been 12 years since menopause.So putting all these women on this for years and harming them is so not necessary not with these natural treatments.

      why take a risk..if you are the one who winds up with breast cancer which I have had and it is not fun or strokes yikes it will prove to be a costly mistake more than buying these products would be

  12. QUESTION:
    How does a hormone imbalance affect a woman's mental health?
    Can an imbalance in woman's hormones cause you to become overly emotional and what role does

    stress factor in on this? What are other symptoms of an imbalance and what rememdy is there

    besides taking hormone replacements?

    • ANSWER:
      There are natural ways to remedy a hormone imbalance. I would look into supplements first, especially a vitamin D complex. Exercise and changes in diet help too.
      An imbalance can make you feel like you're going bonkers. I have had some terrific mood swings and bouts of depression in the past thanks to this...
      I wouldn't rush right to synthetic hormone replacements though. They have side effects. Things like hot flashes, weight gain, increased odds of certain types of cancer. Some can even cause your body to stop producing your own, making you dependent for the rest of your life on the pill.
      So, make sure do your research.
      Seeing an endocrinologist and having tests done is a good idea. That way you know what to look for when you are considering the best way to treat yourself.

  13. QUESTION:
    How to differentiate between a shemale and a true women?
    One of my friends working in Thailand 6 years ago as a manager. While he was working there he meets a girl that is beautiful and meets his requirement. The girl is from Thailand. After 2 years in a relationship they decided to get married. So they took a blood test to test for any diseases such as (STD) sexual transmitted diseases, HIV, or Hepatitis. When the result were out it turn out to be that the women is actually a man that has gone a surgery to hormone replacement therapy and/or through breast augmentation , Sex reassignment surgery male-to-female, Hair removal, Facial Feminization Surgery and other surgical procedure . Have you or your friends ever encountered such crisis

    • ANSWER:
      Ewww god. "Crisis" is the right way to put it. What a bunch of gross shit - and even worse - the former woman didn't say anything about it.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do women get through the change of life without HRT?
    Saw my doctor last night to discuss the menopause (which has been confirmed by blood tests). He is reluctant to prescribe Hormone Replacement Treatment as I have high blood pressure which he prescribed medication for instead. I get the sweats during the day which is really embarrassing cause I work in an office and have to keep having a quick blast of my desk fan. Has anyone got any real suggestions how I can combat this. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are symptomatic, and many very fortunate women do sail though the menopause with few symptoms, then HRT has never been bettered as a method of relieving symptoms. Only yesterday I read a journal article critical of its current under-use due to a failure to balance risk with benefit. Both patients and doctors are almost as guilty in this respect.

      If your blood pressure is controlled and of course it should be, you can still be prescribed HRT. If as it seems your GP is very unsure of his ground, ask him to refer you to a Specialist Menopausal Clinic. Here you will get all the information as to both the risks and the benefits for you as an individual.

  15. QUESTION:
    Hormone Replacement Therapy in young woman?
    My best friend is at a loss right now and is looking for support from other women dealing with the same issues she is regarding needing hormone replacement therapy, but she is in her early 30's and is not in or nearing menopause. She is not having much luck with doctors and is starting to get very down. Does anyone have any suggestions of a chat room, message board or online community where she could find other women to connect with, share stories and tips.
    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      One place she may be able to find support is thru the Women's health messageboard at WebMD.com

      Also, check through Yahoo Groups because you can find a group for just about every subject so there may be something there as well to help her find resources.

      A 3rd site that may help you find information for her is at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health

  16. QUESTION:
    Why do men need need testosterone shots if they lose their testicles?
    Explain something to me.

    When a man loses his testicles, he is given hormone replacement therapy so that he can become aroused.

    But women have no testicles (obviously) and very little testosterone and we still have plenty of sexual urges.

    So is it really necessary for men to receive the hormones? Or can a man still become aroused without them?

    • ANSWER:
      Women have testosterone in their system as well, and it helps with their arousal. The various hormones work differently in male and female systems. A man can become aroused and function sexually even without testosterone. Notice all the hard-ons little boys can get, and all the mischief they sometimes get up to? Testosterone has other functions in the male body besides strengthening sexual arousal. Men get testosterone therapy to allow their body to function correctly.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are some good hormone replacement therapies/supplements for women?
    I know every woman's pretty much different in their needs but I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations to try. I'm also on a tight budget so I can't try too many at one time.

    I'm particularly looking for supplements for post menopausal women.

    • ANSWER:
      What I found helpful was a cobination of black cohosh, dong quai, and soy. I've heard from other women that it did reduce the hot flashes. I didn't have hot flashes but I suffered headaches to the point of fainting---and it did help. However, if you are on heart medication then you need to talk to your doctor.

      I cannot remember the exact name of the product I took--but you can find them everywhere--including Walmart. Just ask the pharmarcist there and they will find it for you. It's also not very expensive--I paid around 10 dollars for 120 tablets....

  18. QUESTION:
    What do you women out there do for hot flashes?
    I am 55 years young and having hot flashes around the clock.
    The night sweats are wicked. My mother had breast cancer, so I am worried about hormone replacement.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know what to do. I am taking it as a mission to tell young women what a serious problem this is - all my life I heard Hot Flashes and scoffed. I live in Florida, I'm used to the heat, etc. I didn't know it meant hour-long shifts of discomfort in the nite, I can't sleep whether I'm sweating or not (I am, profusely).
      If younger women knew how bad it is, and we older women would talk about how bad it is, maybe they could find some safer solutions. I've lost a job and a boyfriend, and the best medical advice I can find is "stop smoking." That's great, but what about those of you who don't smoke?

  19. QUESTION:
    What is a good name for this business?
    The business provides hormone replacement therapy for women, but it is all natural, not synthetic. Any suggestions out there? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Since it's natural I'd say go with "Organic". We assimilate organic with natural in today's world.
      2. Since it's therapy I'd leave it at "therapy" so that people know what you actually do.
      3. For women, I think it would be wise to use something like "her" or "for her".
      4. How to explain that it's "hormone replacement" therapy is a good question... But make sure it's in real people language instead of doctor.

      A few suggestions:
      Her Organic Hormone Therapy;
      Organic Menopause Therapy; (If I understand correctly :))
      etc...

  20. QUESTION:
    Any doctors out there that can explain what would happen if a woman in menopause was given birth control pills
    Just wondering what would happen if a woman, say in her mid 50's was given birth control pills? Is this the same thing as hormone replacement? Even though the woman would not ovulate naturally, could the pill help with the side affects of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      It can, since it introduces synthetic estrogen into your system. But this shouldn't be given to women past menopause, as the risk of developing cervical cancer is great. It also contains synthetic progesterone. It is supposed to make your body think it is pregnant. Your body stops creating lining to your uterus after menopause, so the synthetic hormones in BCPs can cause uncontrolled bleeding in post-menopausal women.

      If a woman needs hormone replacement therapy due to menopause, she should not use BCPs.

  21. QUESTION:
    If a man would take estrogen and progesterone hormones, what will happen?
    My spouse is taking hormone replacement for testosterone. Just wonder what would happen if he would take female hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      He would start to get moody like how women get during they're period and pregnancy. Oh, and his nipples would itch. LOL

  22. QUESTION:
    I have gained alot of weight since my hysterectomy what is a good way to lose weight without hormones?
    I am 33 and have faught breast cancer and also had a full hysterectomy and am not allowed hormone replacement, I've gained substantial amount of weight and find it hard to lose. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      A gradual approach by increasing your metabolism will help you long term lose weight and keep it off.

      For any weight loss program its important to understand how to increase your RMR or metabolism. Your RMR or resting metabolic rate is the amount of energy you burn in your daily activities.

      Do you know someone who can eat anything they want and they are skinny as a rail even if they dont workout? Well that person has a very high RMR.

      There are several ways to increase metabolism but lets look at the factors that drive your metabolism RMR first.

      1. Genetics - you have very little control, but you are not a prisoner of your genes.

      2. Lean Muscle Mass - this one throws most people off because women think, oh no I dont want muscles and men think I guess I have to look like a body builder. Lean muscle mass is simply your weight minus the weight of your organs, bones, fluids and fat. You increase lean muscle mass primarily through eating properly, resistance exercise, and a lifestyle that doesnt promote catabolizing activites (smoking, heavy drinking and drug use)

      3. Frequency of meals - the more meals the more the metabolic processes take place in your body and the faster your metabolism.

      4. Water Intake - dehydration is a major drag on metabolism.
      Most people are dehydrated and they dont know it.

      5. Sleep - getting enough rest allows the body to function at a higher metabolic level.

      For more information check my source. It tells you more information than you even knew about your metabolism. It also goes into greater detail about different ways to speed your metabolism.

      http://www.jtfit.com/metabolism/

  23. QUESTION:
    Does mtf hormone therapy make you infertile ?
    I want to go on male-to-female hormone replacement therapy (just to soften my face and have more of a feminine shape) - however I didnt go through with it as I heard it makes you infertile - I've come across some transgender woman who, however stop hormones for a short period and then conceive a child normally (without sperm banking) is this true ?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Shane with one further caution: Some people don't get any facial change from hormones at all.

      So you want to "soften your face" at the risk of:

      Possibly permanent sterility

      Loss of normal male sexual function

      Shrinkage of your penis and testicles

      Difficulty getting an erection or maybe even loss of the ability to do so.

      Loss of upper body strength

      Increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (which can kill you)

      You must be very desperate to think this is wise.

  24. QUESTION:
    Do hormones have any effect on the skeleton?
    I read somewhere that the index finger tends to be shorter than the ring finger for guys, and vice versa for girls. Should a guy start hormone replacement therapy and start receiving estrogen, would the index finger grow slightly to be just as long (or longer) than the ring finger?

    If not, than what part of the body determines how the bones should be? If a bone is broken, it'll heal. If whatever causes bones to heal were to change, would the skeletal system try to "correct" itself by removing parts of the bones and growing other parts?

    • ANSWER:
      Bones stop extending in your teens or very early twenties. The Epiphyses unite with the bone and the join ossifies. The mechanism of control is still beinf sorted out in detail.
      Once the bones have finished growing they may become denser or less dense - a woman past the menopause tends to lose bone density - hence littlw old ladies being more fragile.

  25. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to adjust to lower hrt levels?
    I am 35yrs old and went into early menopause 5yrs ago. I have been taking oral contraceptives for hormone replacement for 3years. My doctor had me on a very high dose for two years of these years. Less than three months ago I lowered my dose. I was wondering how long does it take for my body to adjust to this change or has it already?

    • ANSWER:
      It might not adjust. When you go through early menopause, you could very well experience menopausal side effects until you reach the normal age of menopause--so like for 20 years. The National Institute of Health recommends that women with premature menopause be on higher dosages of hormones because their younger bodies need it. It's not the same as an older, naturally menopausal woman. The risks are greater by NOT taking hormones than by taking hormones.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for an MTF transsexual to enlarge her penis?
    I'm planning on getting hormone replacement therapy and I want a nice big penis to go with my feminine appearance. If it is, how do I do it?
    I want to be a shemale porn actress.

    • ANSWER:
      Not even a funny troll.
      A real MTF transsexual woman does not want, need, desire, or use as pre-op a penis. That is for a transgender shemale type.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I take precautions for Breast Cancer?
    My mother has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. It is not hereditary & she is healthy. She has in her DNA some predisposition to getting it based on certain environmental factors. I am assuming this is related to hormone replacement therapy drugs she took when she was going through menopause.

    Understandably so, there is a risk factor associated with breast cancer and these drugs that were studied and this conclusions still remains to be proven.

    My question is my choice to get on birth control, as it is one form of hormone replacement. Will this heighten my own risk to get breast cancer down the line? I am early 30s and healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      The link between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer has been established. However, birth control does not increase the risk. The amount of hormones used in the pill was decreased in the 1970s and has remained quite low. The only real precaution you can take is to have annual mammograms when it is time. Most of the risk factors are out of our control. 75% of all breast cancers occur in postmenopausal women.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are some good natural remedies for female AND male menopause.?
    I am beginning menopause and dont really want to do the hormone replacement thing. Are there any good otc natural remedies to help with the many symptoms? also, lucky us, my husband, I believe is going through male menopause, are there any mens' otc help? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of women get relief from Remifemin which continas black cohosh.

      Can't help your husband. Are you sure he's going through menopause? Could he be going out in sympathy? A friend's husband would feel things on her behalf (no joke) and the doctor told her that it was so bad that he would likely feel the labour pains when she gave birth.

  29. QUESTION:
    Do Men Lose Most of Their Strength if The Testicles Are Removed?
    Do men lose the majority of their strength if the testicles are removed?

    I understand 95 percent of testosterone comes from the testicles, thus making men stronger than women.

    After an incident riding horses I am being told I may have my testes removed..

    I have gotten generic information regarding hormone replacement therapy, but wonder what the natural effects of life without testicles will be like.

    Is this an extremely rare event, or is there solid knowledge about this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a common misconception but it does affect one way or the other. Testicles "contain" and produce our male hormones called testosterone. Once removed (depending if one or both are removed), the number of hormones will drop significantly. But it does not make anyone weak. It just means the "drive" lowers. Just as a car with a flat tire, it will still run but it wouldn't be as quick as a car without flat tire. Case also varies from person to person, some people lose the control over their whole package (aka paralyzed from waist down) but they still continue life as is.

  30. QUESTION:
    Are any transgendered people physically born that way?
    This question is about transgendered people. For instance are there people born & grow up looking like a woman, with breasts & stereotypical female shape, but with male genitalia? Or is this phenomenon caused by hormone replacement therapy later in life?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Trinidad.

      Please do not listen to Snotalia as usual he has no clue about what he is talking about.

      Transsexualism is a congenital birth condition. A transsexual woman is born with a brain (gender identity) that reflects they are female and a body (sex) that reflects they are male. This is called a brain body mismatch. A transsexual woman must receive estrogen to grow breasts and for her body to be feminized she is not born that way. However she does have male genitalia between her legs. until she has Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS)

  31. QUESTION:
    What do you guys think about taking hormone replacement therapy?
    I am asking this for my mother. Her doctor wants her to stay on hormone pills for the rest of her life, but she is worried about breast cancer, and only wants to take the lowest dose for a short amount of time (couple years). Should she stand up to her doctor? PS She is NOT in a high breast cancer risk group

    • ANSWER:
      If your mother feels uncomfortable with "traditional" hormone replacement therapy, she should ask her doctor about bio identical hormones. They are developed with products from plants. If her doctor is unfamiliar with them, she can call a compounding pharmacy and ask the pharmacist to recommend a doctor in your area. A compounding pharmacy will "tailor" your mother's hormones to suit her needs.

      A couple of words or warning about bio identical hormones. They may not be fully covered by your mother's health insurance and can be expensive. And, since they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, there is no way to know if they are actually "safer" than traditional hormone replacement therapy.

      Hormone replacement therapy is essential for women. As long as your mother has periodic examinations, and since she is not at high-risk for breast cancer, I would suggest she consider hormone replacement therapy.

  32. QUESTION:
    Will taking estrogen pills make me look like a female?
    I'm a transgendered male (17 years old) and I'm considering Hormone Replacement Therapy or taking Estrogen pills (which seems like a simpler process than HRT). What's the difference between them, which is better, and will either of them make me look like a female?

    • ANSWER:
      Diane gave a fine answer, but she didn't address one key point:

      If you want to take estrogen you are probably NOT a transgender male. This is a page with some pictures of trans men:

      http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TSsuccesses/TransMen.html

      If you want to take estrogen, which is hormone replacement therapy, you are a transgender female. because of the many negative side effects you shouldn't take estrogen unless you plan on transitioning. What side effects? Well if you are simply a cross-dresser and not a transsexual woman estrogen can and will do the following:

      Destroys your normal male sexual response.
      Makes erections more difficult or even impossible.
      Shrink your penis and testicles.
      Possibly render you sterile.
      Make you more prone to blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, both of which can kill you.

      If you're fine with that... see a gender therapist and get referred for hormone replacement therapy.
      .

  33. QUESTION:
    What are alternatives to horomone therapy after hystorectomy?
    I just underwent a complete hystorecomy. Due to illness, everything was taken, including my ovaries. I am looking for alternatives to hormone therapy because of the risks involved with this therapy, such as bloodclots and stroke. What are the alternatives available to me, besides hormone replacement therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a Homeopathic Doctor......but I know FOR A FACT that the herbal supplement combo of Soy and Black Cohash works. I work at an OBGYN office and the doc prescribes that all the time. Its why you never see many Asian women with hairy faces or excessive wrinkles after menopause - soy is a heavy part of their diet.
      Plus the progestin in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is know to cause blood clots in some women.

  34. QUESTION:
    I am 24 and recently had a hysterectomy,how can I reduce the hot flahes?
    My doctor offered hormone replacement therapy,but I refused because it can cause cancer.He also offered Birth control cause it also has hormones in it.But I refused it cause it can make you gain weight.I'm looking for some thing natural.

    • ANSWER:
      the hormones, though have been reported to be a catalyst to somes cancers, is not that dangerous, they will monitor you, & to be safe take also the progesterone, if th e dr tells you its needed.

      Soy products are rich in ingrediants for menopausal women. & if you go to Swanson.com , they can really assist you as to what herbs to take & have very reasonable prices.

      Black currant oil ,,or evening primrose oil capsules, & many other things are out there, but get a health expert to help you.

      Meanwhile,carry something you can use as a fan. & Drinking LOTS of ice water helps.

  35. QUESTION:
    How did the drug Premarin come about ?
    I am doing a research assignment on Premarin and am struggling to find any information on how it came about .

    I have found that scientists first discovered that they could extract estrogens from the urine of pregnant women back in the 1920's (for therapeutics). They then found that women and horse (mare) urine was very similar so started to extract estrogens from mare urine instead .

    Does anybody have any more information about the origins of this drug or any hormone replacement therapy relating to Premarin ?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the word Premarin comes from "Pregnant mares urine".
      now it is synthetically made.

  36. QUESTION:
    I had a complete hysterectomy in 2004-age 49. Will the hot flashes ever stop completely?
    I'm not taking any hormone replacements; have gained weight since-that I cannot take off-no matter what I try! But I mostly want to know if I have to live with these hot flashes for rest of my life. They do not make a woman feel very attractive. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      Unfortunatly you probably will get hot flashes for the majority of your remaining life.
      They should be nowhere near as bad as they were in 2004. I would seek medical advice from your GP or better- the surgeon who carried out the procedure.

      Is there a reason you are not taking the hormone replacements?

      Regarding weight gain, most women will experience gaining some weight- usually no more than around 5-8lbs. If you have become seriously over weight- you should also consult a professional medical opinion.

  37. QUESTION:
    Could male to female hormone replacement therapy cause breasts to grow in natural women?
    They make breasts grow in males, couldn't they also encourage breast growth in young women with minimal breast tissue? I understand there would be health risks, I'm just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      In theory Yes because it contains the necessary hormones for breast production.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there a way around your penis becomeing small and unuseable when taking estrogen and/or t blockers?
    I want to start hormone replacement treatment but the only thing keeping me from doing so is being scared about is my penis becoming small and unusable.

    • ANSWER:
      No, no way around it. People taking that are mostly trying to turn into women anyway.

  39. QUESTION:
    How dangerous is using Hormone Replacement to stop abnormal menopausal bleeding? ?
    My girlfriend is 47, and is probably going through menopause, but I understand using Hormones can cause a person to have to take blood thinners possibly the rest of their life, among other side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Not very dangerous, frankly. HRT has gotten a bad rap because it's slightly risky. But it also has benefits. So it's a cost/benefit analysis. It's often quite worth it for some women who are having a lot of menopause problems. I've not heard of women using HRT going on blood thinners. If the person has a clotting problem, they shouldn't be on HRT. But here's something important: oral estrogen does raise your risk of blood clots. But non-oral estrogen does NOT raise risk, so if blood clotting is a concern, then the person taking the HRT should think about using an estrogen patch instead.

  40. QUESTION:
    What kind of hormone replacement therapy works best for you?
    I have been taking Premeran for about two years now, and after many level changes, it has been working. But after talking to a few other women, I was wondering if there are better treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      That stuff promotes breast cancer.

      When the population cut down on using HR a few years ago the incidence of breast cancer dropped dramatically. Its the estrogen that is the problem. (Many breast tumors depend on estrogen to grow is the most likely reason for the drop.)

  41. QUESTION:
    Women only...does anyone know of a homeopathic remedy to ease the frequency and intensity of hot flashes?
    I am not a good candidate for surgery or hormone replacement therapy due to my family history of ovarian cancer. I have tried all the standard herbal cures, Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, Wild Yam, etc. Yesterday I did a little research online and tried Motherwort and Basil oil as aromatherapy. I was awake all night and had a hot flash that lasted nearly two hours. This is starting to drive me a little crazy. Any suggestions? How about an online support group?

    • ANSWER:
      Apple cider vinegar cures everything from asthma to hot flashes. Just type in uses for apple cider vinegar...you'll be glad you did.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is it needed to take hormone therapy pills at the age of 64?
    I have been taking hormone replacement pills for 30 years to stop my nightly and daily sweats. Is it about time I stopped

    • ANSWER:
      If you mean hormones such as estrogen or progesterone, then read on. In any case, discuss your important question with your physician.

      Women are receiving estrogen replacement (ERT) alone, which is still commonly given to women who have had a hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries. The effects of ERT on women who no longer have a uterus are being studied.

      In the U.S., 38% of menopausal women take some form of HRT -- for several different reasons. Women find it especially useful to treat hot flashes, sleeplessness, moodiness, and other disruptive symptoms of menopause. It is also useful in preventing osteoporosis. And until now, HRT has been touted as a way to help prevent heart disease well after menopause.

      What Women Should Do Now - Researchers made the following specific recommendations on what to do now:

      "First, the therapy should not be continued or started to prevent heart disease. Women should consult their doctor about other methods of prevention, such as lifestyle changes, and cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering drugs"

      "Second, for osteoporosis prevention, women should consult their doctor and weigh the benefits against their personal risks for heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer."

      "Alternate treatments also are available to prevent osteoporosis and fractures."

      "Third, women should keep up with their regular schedule of mammograms and breast self-examinations."
      "Finally, while short-term use was not studied, women taking the therapy for relief of menopausal symptoms may reap more benefits than risks. Women should talk with their doctor about their personal risks and benefits."

  43. QUESTION:
    Does Hormone Replacement Therapy after menopause restore the normal menstrual cycles in a woman?
    If not why, since HRT replaces the hormones back in the body? Also can a post menopausal woman who underwent HRT become pregnant again?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is no to both questions.

      The hormones in HRT only relieve menopausal symptoms (hot flashes). They do not restore periods. Once you hit menopause (periods stop), they stop for good.
      Women who take HRT cannot become pregnant due to no ovulation due to menopause.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can hormone replacement therapy help a womans masculine face?
    just say a woman has a masculine or manly face could they perhaps see if they could get some kind of hormone treatment to achieve a n overall feminine face or would she go for surgery or what could she do?

    • ANSWER:
      As others have stated hormones can't change bone structure, but surgery can.

      http://www.drspiegel.com/facial-feminization-ffs/
      .

  45. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Can you get one of her female friends to intervene on this? Perhaps a woman will listen to another woman on this matter.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can dizziness be a side effect of hormone replacement therapy?
    I asked this a while back, no-one answered. Maybe this therapy is no longer so common. But if you are a menopausal woman on it and know anything about side effects, I really need to know. Thanks! (I've been on the therapy for 3 months and only had the dizziness for 6 weeks.)
    I take estradiol and medroxyprogesterone, both low dose, both at night. I have dizziness all day long, into the night.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends what you're taking and when. For example, if you take Prometrium, then it will make you dizzy, so that's why you should take it right before bed.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the genetic origin of women in bangkok who have male apparatus?
    I have been very close to "women" in bangkok who have penises. They have deflated scrotums, or lack of any testicles. Their penises seem to be real, they don't look like ad-ons. And I swear these are women, they have hips and smooth skin everywhere.

    Who / what are these people? I can't find any legitimate information on the web, but I have met them and touched them and they are beautiful, somewhat normal people.

    The best I could describe would be they are "women with penises".

    • ANSWER:
      They are pre-op transsexual women.

      A transsexual woman is a woman who was born into a male body, but she was never a man, her brain has always been female.

      They have obviously already started transition and have been on hormone replacement therapy, but haven't had sex reassignment surgery (SRS) yet. And some never get SRS because the money from sex tourists like you is too tempting. Sorry, just being honest.

  48. QUESTION:
    How to get on Hormone Replacement Therapy?
    I'm a 19 year old transgender woman who wants to get started on her hormones. As a college student, I'm not financially well off nor do I want to tell my parents about this until a later time. So I was wondering how I can start hormone therapy without having to pay for doctor visits.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey! Welcome to my world of a decade ago! ;) I started at 19, too, in college, and likewise too afraid to tell my parents yet.

      My solution at the time? DIY. First, you need information. And these people know bloody everything about doing DIY (including all the latest research; I've had three doctors since I did DIY, and not a one of them knew half what the average person on that list did about how to treat transsexuals).

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TsDoItYourselfHormones

      Want a general guide to get started?

      http://www.tsroadmap.com/early/transsexual-hormones.html

      My recommendations? Get on 200mg/d spironolactone (one pill in the morning, one in the evening), a non-oral estrogen (I currently use climara -- you'd use two patches), and a progestin (such as progesterone) to help with breast duct development. Avoid oral estrogens, as they increase the risk of pulmonary embolism and other clotting disorders (although it's mainly a problem for older TSs). With spiro, the main side effect to be aware of is that you retain potassium and lose sodium, so avoid salt substitutes and potassium supplements (you don't want to OD on potassium... although even on spiro, if you're young and have no kidney disease, that's hard to do)

      The spiro will cost you about 70 cents a day. The cost of the estrogen and progestin depends on what form you choose. If you have to cut one thing out, cut out the progestin. If you have to cut out two things, IMHO, also cut the estrogen. The spiro is the most important thing to stay on, as it blocks all further testosterone damage, buying you time until you can afford the estrogen.

      Email me if you have any Qs; I'd be glad to help you with whatever I can. :) I've been there. You're about to start an amazing journey, so fasten your seatbelt.

  49. QUESTION:
    How common is sex horomone imbalance in women and what are the symptoms?
    Because, I've always had a lot of (mostly minor) problems that are usually associated with sex hormones, I've been wondering for a long time if I might have a sex hormone imbalance. I won't go into the details because I'm not looking for a sample diagnosis, but I want to know more about this topic, so that I can decide if I should get tested or not. What kind of tests should I get to start off, how expensive are they, and will a doctor agree to do the blood tests based on my request alone? Maybe you could show me some websites to look at. I've googled it, but I don't really know what I'm doing.

    • ANSWER:
      Women are often mistakenly informed that various health conditions are caused by an imbalance in female hormones. Although a disruption of the natural rhythm and balance of sex hormones can compromise a woman's health, the underlying cause is likely due to stress.

      When a woman experiences prolonged stress, pregnenolone, a hormone essential for both coping with stress and producing female hormones, is diverted from the normal hormone pathway. As a result, the production of female hormones is compromised. This condition can cause a multitude of symptoms including irritability, mood swings, headaches, sleeplessness, and weight gain.

      Female hormone imbalances are often treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Although HRT can be temporarily effective at eliminating the symptoms of hormone imbalances, it does not address the probable root cause: stress. Before a woman begins hormone therapy, it is necessary to assess whether her hormones are reacting to factors that are internal or external.

      BioHealth Diagnostics offers an easy-to-use saliva test that can determine whether or not stress is the cause of female hormone imbalance.

      BioHealth also offers comprehensive female hormone testing for both pre- and post-menopausal women. Like the stress test, these laboratory assessments utilize saliva samples, and can be performed in the comfort and privacy of your home.

  50. QUESTION:
    How many women in the US are in high rist having breast cancer?
    Looking for statistics regarding women who are in high risk to have breast cancer in the US.

    • ANSWER:
      Women at high risk of developing breast cancer are those who carry one of the rare inherited genes known to be responsible for hereditary breast cancer.

      Hereditary breast cancer accounts for 5 - 10% of all breast cancer cases.

      If someone has inherited one of the BRCA genes from one of their parents, each of their children has a 50% chance of inheriting that gene.

      A female inheriting the gene has a 50 - 80% chance of developing breast cancer. A male inheriting the gene has in increased, though still very low, risk of breast cancer.

      Women carrying the BRCA gene are the only ones who can be considered at high risk of breast cancer. For all other women in the US, the chance of developing breast cancer is one in eight if they live into their late 70s/80s ( 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50).

      There are known risk factors for breast cancer; but none of them can be described as making someone 'high risk'; they are just things that increase an individual's risk of breast cancer occuring, and most people who have one, two or even all the risk factors don't get breast cancer.

      The greatest risk factor is being female; over 99% of those diagnosed are women.

      The second greatest is age - 80% of those diagnosed are over 50, only 5% are under 40, fewer than 0.1% are under 30 and it's almost unheard of in under 25s.

      Genetic – but only 5-10% of breast cancers are genetic/hereditary

      Other recognised risk factors are:

      Having children at an older age or not at all. The more children a woman has may also slightly lower her risk. Breast-feeding helps protect against the disease. The longer a woman breastfeeds her children, the more she lowers her risk.

      Starting periods at a younger than average age (under 12) or having a late menopause (after 55)
      .
      Taking the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causes a small increase in risk. However, the risk gradually returns to normal after you stop taking them.

      Being overweight (especially after the menopause).

      Regularly drinking more than 1 unit of alcohol per day slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

      Having a previous diagnosis of breast cancer increases the risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast.

      These are only risk factors though; ticking one, some or all these boxes does not mean you will get breast cancer, and many people who are diagnosed with breast cancer have none of these risk factors.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best form of hormone replacement therapy with the lowest risk for weight gain?
    Due to severe menopausal symptoms, my doctor has placed me on hormone replacement therapy. We decided on a pill that is plant based, Cenestin. However, I have taken Cenestin for 4-months and now noticed a slow weight gain. Can anyone suggest another hormone replacement therapy medication that is not known to cause weight gain?

    • ANSWER:
      I had to take Progyluton for irregular periods, and the info packet said it was for hormone replacement therapy too. And I didn't gain weight while on it.

  2. QUESTION:
    what are the steps in starting hormone replacement therapy?
    i am a transsexual, and i am wondering, i am going to do a hormone replacement therapy, but how exsactly is that done? what do i have to do to get it?

    • ANSWER:
      The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a step.

      Good answers above.

      You do need to start with a therapist. They will verify your condition so you can start HRT.

      It really is important to find a gender therapist. Try to get a referral if you can. Those with more experience with trans-folk can save you time and money by analyzing your condition quicker. They are also more knowledgeable and helpful in getting you started on the actual transitioning; explain the process, resources, what others have found during the journey, etc.

      The doctor will also examine you. Do blood tests, start you on a low dose, and explain what to expect next.

      Find a local group, we have several here in Michigan and they are lots of help and have many resources.

      Like Diane said lots of information on the web.

      Have a safe journey

  3. QUESTION:
    What do you think of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
    I am over 50 and considering bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      It looks like the latesst expensive gimmick...
      Compounded "bioidentical hormones" are plant-derived hormones that pharmacists prepare and label as drugs. The products are claimed to be biochemically similar or identical to those produced by the ovaries or body. However, the relevant chemicals (steroids) in plants are not identical to those in humans. To make products that work in humans, raw materials from the plants must be converted to human hormones synthetically. Thus, to the extent that they are potent, the "bioidentical" products would pose the same risks as those of standard hormones—plus whatever problems might be introduced during compounding.
      The FDA regards "bio-identical" as a marketing term that implies a benefit for which there is no medical or scientific basis. Some were also making unsupportable claims that their drugs are better than FDA-approved menopausal hormone therapy drugs

  4. QUESTION:
    How do i begin Hormone Replacement Therapy?
    I've finally decided to begin my transition (male-to-female) and i need to know how to begin, as i understand i need to begin with Hormone Replacement therapy and i wanted to know how i should go about doing that in Idaho (specifically, i live at the university of idaho at moscow). Thank you all in advance ~<3

    • ANSWER:
      Do what Tyler said and also read this guide, It will explain side effects, changes, dosages etc etc

      http://transhealth.vch.ca/resources/library/tcpdocs/consumer/hormones-MTF.pdf

      this Pdf will guide you through the processes of obtaining hormones

      http://transhealth.vch.ca/resources/library/tcpdocs/consumer/getting_hormones.pdf

  5. QUESTION:
    Looking for an Endocrinologist for MTF hormone replacement therapy?
    Im looking for an Endocrinologist in the Dayton or Cincinnati area who deals with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for MTF transexuals. So far my search has lead me to a lot of dead ends. Most of the people I have talked to do HRT but not for transgendered people or they do not do self pay.

    Hopefully someone will be able to help me narrow down my search.

    Thanks,
    Kyle.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you seen a gender therapist yet?

      The usual course is to see a gender therapist first. They will evaluate you and diagnose you as being transsexual. Then they will refer you to an endocrinologist. The therapist usually knows the local doctors who will prescribe HRT.

      A list of gender therapists can be found here:

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html
      .

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any suggestions about treatments for menopause other than hormone replacement therapy?
    My mom is 50yrs old and she has been going through menopause since last Jan. She uses progestercare cream from the health food store but she doesnt want to do hormone replacement therapy or premprose because they increase the risk of breast cancer. Her doctor is telling her that she will develop osteoporosis if she doesnt get on some sort of HRT though. Can anyone give her any advice on what to do? Are there any natural ways that anyone has tried that worked? And does anyone know if not going on HRT can really cause osteoporosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom is on the right track using natural progesterone. It's the ONLY substance that has been shown to REBUILD bone, from the inside out.

      (Natural progesterone does NOT cause cancer like synthetic HRT does. In fact, it helps protect against cancer.)

      Estrogen (in the synthetic HRT) only delays bone breakdown, and it only works for four to five years. The problem is that it actually stops the bone from performing its natural cycle - breaking down old bone and rebuilding new to replace it. If old bone is not being broken down, there is no new bone being rebuilt! After five years on HRT, bone will be brittle.

      Have her read Dr. John Lee's book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause". He explains it very well!
      He also gives guidelines for finding a quality progesterone cream. She may want to compare the one she's using to his recommendations.

      Your mom's doctor is not fully informed. Dr. Lee says, "You can educate your doctor, or find a new one."

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone or anyone you know have to be on hormone replacement therapy?
    Because that person is so low on estrogen, petuitary works fine, the doctors have to induce her puberty and she's been on hormone replacement therapy for 5 years to produce estrogen?

    It's that rare huh?

    If you know that person does that person have trouble with getting aroused at all?

    • ANSWER:
      I was on HRT for over 30 years. I felt fine and I had a great life and career. You don't state your age or this person's age. If they are a teen, why are you worried about their sexual arousal? All Estrogen does is make the body function like it should. All organs depend on it. Talk to the OBGYN or doctor that prescribed it if you don't understand the reasoning behind the therapy. This is not a rare condition. Talk your doctor face to face and get the facts.

  8. QUESTION:
    How safe is hormone replacement therapy?
    Just how safe is it for a woman over 53 to take Hormone Replacement Therapy, have heard two GP give different opinions on this

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure there are a lot of dangers like most drugs.

      a search should turn up these

      here is one article..the institute of health did a study and said the risk of taking it outweigh the benefits as is correlated with increased breast cancer, strokes, Alzheimer's etc..also can be made of horse urine which also increases the risk

      http://www.ehow.com/about_5467345_dangers-hormonereplacement-therapy.html

      why not try a natural product..

      My sister had a lot of problems with hot flashes and was NOT a believer in natural treatments at all being in the health field but in desperation she tried this cream below I recommend and she told me all of them went away after she began using ti and was very happy and surprised that it worked so well

      It looks like this and may be found at some health food stores or online

      http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0PDoTCil0RPJnkAfdGJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dnatural%2Bprogesterone%2Bcream%26ei%3DUTF-8%26fr%3Dytff1-tyc%26fr2%3Dtab-web%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D2&w=300&h=320&imgurl=www.raysahelian.com%2Fimages%2Fprogesterone.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.raysahelian.com%2Fprogesterone.html&size=21.1+KB&name=Natural+Progesterone+Cream+by+Source+Naturals&p=natural+progesterone+cream&oid=5ced1e16b6ba7a381811faabf2d007d7&fr2=tab-web&fr=ytff1-tyc&tt=Natural%2BProgesterone%2BCream%2Bby%2BSource%2BNaturals&b=0&ni=32&no=2&tab=organic&ts=&sigr=11c5i2fme&sigb=13s3hj9c1&sigi=11bee8lui&.crumb=SjKDKKhlzhI

      another super great product is Dr Schulze's female formulas and his products are I feel are the best on the market

      https://www.herbdoc.com/index.php/Our-Products?cid=15

      click on product info for each and find the one.s you feel best apply ..be sure to click on each of the tags at the top of the popup..how it works why you need it and so forth to be sure you read all the info on it (you would want either female formula or female shot not female plus which is more for pms than menopause)

      and more info on these are found here

      http://curezone.com/schulze/handbook/female.asp

      I never took anything and other than some hot flashes in peri- menopause that I did not realize what they were as AI was so young I have had no symptom,s at all and never took drugs or natural treatments and have been 12 years since menopause.So putting all these women on this for years and harming them is so not necessary not with these natural treatments.

      why take a risk..if you are the one who winds up with breast cancer which I have had and it is not fun or strokes yikes it will prove to be a costly mistake more than buying these products would be

  9. QUESTION:
    How effective can hormone therapy work for someone with prostate cancer?
    How long can it prolong a man life? I know someone who has had chemo twice radiation once and several hormone replacement therapy over a 6 year period. Now his testosterone test shows slightly high but has to get it checked in another 6 months just to see where it is. from everything how much longer would his survival be.
    They are using female hormones by giving a shot into the groin area.

    • ANSWER:
      Denise is flat out right, and she knows this disease.
      Give her the best answer.
      I am - or was until I retired - a chemotherapy specialist
      and I did not think any of my many chemotherapy drugs
      did anything to help prostate cancer patients.
      Hormone therapy was handled by the urologists in all the hospitals where I worked.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can I have antibiotics while being into hormone replacement therapy?
    Dear All,
    Thanks for passing by and reading my question, I do really concern regarding some infections, and how to treat them since I have kind of information confirming that using the antibiotics during Hormones Replacement Therapy is effecting negatively the last one, which is more important for me than treating the infections, if it matters the Hormone I take is Estradiol, since I suffer the Premature Ovarian Failure. and I use daily dose of CycloProginova for 21 days and stop for 7 days before restarting again.
    Thanks in advance for your kind interest..

    • ANSWER:
      If you must take any two drugs then it is a must that you cross check drug reaction with the doctors and the pharmacist and have all co-ordinate with each other, it may be possible to treat the infection first by even stop taking the hormones, if need be.

      Make an informed decision based on the experts advise in this case doctors and the pharmacist.

  11. QUESTION:
    Reaction between sunlight and hormone replacement therapy?
    Will anyone who has been on hormone replacement therapy please share with me any adverse reactions you may have had with exposure to real sunlight and or tanning beds.

    I have always been able to tan nicely. However, after recently beginning HRT my skin is not reacting as usual to extended exposure.

    • ANSWER:
      I know that tanning if using the patch type HRT is contraindicated because it affects the way the medication is absorbed.

      As far as oral HRT is concerned, the only contraindication I know of (and this is a biggie) is that your chances of developing malignant melanoma are increased if you tan, either naturally or via a tanning bed. Same with the patch.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have been on hormone replacement therapy for two years, and I'm wondering if its safe to?
    I have been doing fine for 2 years now on hormone replacement therapy, and I have started also taking feverfew for my migraine headaches, is there a danger taking both?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) you are on. If you are on stuff like Premarin or Prempro, I'd encourage you to explore other options. Those medications are made from pregnant horse urine and are NOT the same as your natural hormones. The studies that question the health risks of HRT ALL use those medications.

      However, if you are on bioidentical hormones and being followed by a gynecologist familiar with their use, then you are doing great and I encourage you to keep it up.

      As to the use of feverfew in conjunction with HRT, I have not heard of any problems with combining the two. However, if you are currently taking Premarin/Prempro and switch over to bioidenticial hormones, you might not need the feverfew. A hormone imbalance is often the cause of migraines, so once you get your hormones straightened out, the migraines may not be an issue.

      Another thought: have you tried cranio-sacral massage or chiropractics for your migraines? They have a good track record for that problem.

  13. QUESTION:
    Hormone Replacement Therapy in young woman?
    My best friend is at a loss right now and is looking for support from other women dealing with the same issues she is regarding needing hormone replacement therapy, but she is in her early 30's and is not in or nearing menopause. She is not having much luck with doctors and is starting to get very down. Does anyone have any suggestions of a chat room, message board or online community where she could find other women to connect with, share stories and tips.
    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      One place she may be able to find support is thru the Women's health messageboard at WebMD.com

      Also, check through Yahoo Groups because you can find a group for just about every subject so there may be something there as well to help her find resources.

      A 3rd site that may help you find information for her is at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health

  14. QUESTION:
    Can birth control be used for hormone replacement therapy?
    Okay so im a guy and im wanting to be a girl and i was wondering if birth control can do hormone replacement therapy??

    • ANSWER:
      It can have some effect, and so can using lavender soaps, but there are snags you should consider.

      First, it would not make you into a girl, but cause breast development, an awkward condition, as you would still have the broad shoulders of a male, ect.

      The hazard of female sex hormones (estrogens) is that if breast cancer runs in your family, then you have considerably increased your risks.

      Warning: some doctors prescribe spironolactone to promote breast development along with sex change surgery, but spionolactone promotes tumors called lipomas, that can occur anywhere, not just on the breasts, and this to can lead to breast cancer. I saw a man with a lump of fat on his face who was prescribed the drug for high blood pressure.

      http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/psychiatric_disorders/sexuality_and_sexual_disorders/gender_identity_disorder_and_transsexualism.html

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the pricing for therapy at HRC Medical centers?
    I've heard a lot about their services and am thinking of getting hormone replacement therapy, but am wondering what the cost would be. I am very interested because a lot of the reviews I have read are from people who have had success with similar symptoms to mine but I need to find out if this is something I could pay for. Does anyone have pricing information or know if they have billing plans that I could work with? Thanks a lot in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      They offer different pricing options based on their different types of treatment. Treatment depends on the types of symptoms you may be experiencing. There is plenty of information on their website.

      http://stories.hrcmedical.com/hormone-replacement

  16. QUESTION:
    what is the youngest age you can star ftm hrt (hormone replacement therapy)?
    I'm fifteen years old and would like to start hormone replacement therapy from female to male what is the youngest age you can start?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that would depend on where you live. Some places allow younger ages than others. I have heard of people starting at 12 and 13. Here in the states I believe it used to be 18 but im sure its younger now. If you are seeing a gender therapist and they approve. You should at least be able to start hormone blockers that will prevent any further feminizing from developing. One thing about starting on T it will make you catch up physically male in a hurry so as long as you prevent any estrogen effects in the mean time you will be fine.

  17. QUESTION:
    Does mtf hormone therapy make you infertile ?
    I want to go on male-to-female hormone replacement therapy (just to soften my face and have more of a feminine shape) - however I didnt go through with it as I heard it makes you infertile - I've come across some transgender woman who, however stop hormones for a short period and then conceive a child normally (without sperm banking) is this true ?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Shane with one further caution: Some people don't get any facial change from hormones at all.

      So you want to "soften your face" at the risk of:

      Possibly permanent sterility

      Loss of normal male sexual function

      Shrinkage of your penis and testicles

      Difficulty getting an erection or maybe even loss of the ability to do so.

      Loss of upper body strength

      Increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (which can kill you)

      You must be very desperate to think this is wise.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is Hormone Replacement Therapy of steroids from a licensed and FDA approved Dr. illegal?
    I would like to know if I contacted an FDA approved licensed Dr. in America at a Hormone Replacement Therapy clinic for treatment of true symptoms and began using these anabolic steroids for medicinal purposes is it illegal? Also, can I be fired from my job if I tested positive in a steriod drug screen for this prescription?
    Also, I have contacted this Dr. with this question and I am awaiting his answer.

    • ANSWER:
      If a licensed medical doctor prescribes medication then it should not be a problem with a drug screening. You should check the credentials of the doctor to see they have American Board certifications in their area of expertise, then ask questions about litigation past or pending relating to medical malpractice etc. Do your homework on what the program is offering, not all doctors are above board unfortunately.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are alternatives to horomone therapy after hystorectomy?
    I just underwent a complete hystorecomy. Due to illness, everything was taken, including my ovaries. I am looking for alternatives to hormone therapy because of the risks involved with this therapy, such as bloodclots and stroke. What are the alternatives available to me, besides hormone replacement therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a Homeopathic Doctor......but I know FOR A FACT that the herbal supplement combo of Soy and Black Cohash works. I work at an OBGYN office and the doc prescribes that all the time. Its why you never see many Asian women with hairy faces or excessive wrinkles after menopause - soy is a heavy part of their diet.
      Plus the progestin in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is know to cause blood clots in some women.

  20. QUESTION:
    What happens when a woman takes the transvestite therapy?
    What happens when a woman starts hormone replacement therapy like men trying to be women do,wouldn't she just become more womanly and look more feminine?
    and btw i mean transgendered sorry!!
    and yes i know menopausal women take it thank you,but u still did not answer my question.

    • ANSWER:
      You will turn into a freak. Avoid it.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is the decrease in secretion of human growth hormone natural as we age or should it be treated as a disease?
    And therefore need to administer hormone replacement therapy? Is the body "supposed" to have decreased levels as we get older? Are there any negatives to replacing it?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, good question. Whether it is "natural" or not, it is ubiquitous. I think of it as inseparable from the aging process since it is tied in to virtually every aspect of our well being. It fortifies our immune system, builds muscle, and burns fat.

      Natural release of HGR by the pituitary is stimulated by many things, sleep, exercise, caloric restriction. It is restricted by some dietary items (simple carbohydrates/sugars and "protein" - quotes because it is just certain amino acids and not the whole protein molecule) and stimulated by other amino acids (Arginine, Ornithine, Tryptophan for instance).

      The only reason I can think of not to try and stimulate the release (I am not in favor of injections except for extreme cases) is if there is a pre-existing cancerous growth - it could cause that growth to be stimulated.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do the hormones estrogen and testosterone have something to do with gayness?
    I have recently heard a lot of commercials for guys with "low T"

    Then I started wondering if gay guys are lacking it or something. Or if this is a completely different issue.

    I mean I was told that is was the balance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone that caused gayness. So now what I really have to ask is if any gay people undergo "hormone replacement therapy". I mean for reasons other than sexual preference.

    And does it change sexual preference. Or is it something deeper.

    Honestly, I don't mean to offend or anything. I am just curious about this whole issue. I am proud of being a lesbian

    • ANSWER:
      No, hormones don't have anything to do with gayness. The generally accepted theory nowadays is that gayness has the same cause as transsexualism - it is a product of developments in the womb, ie the brain is wired that way from birth.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do they make hormone pills?
    where do they get the hormones for things like hormone replacement therapy (for menopause) or trans-gender hormones? do they get it from some one else or do they have to make it? and how?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that they have pills but I'm on Vivelle dot patch 0.0375 Mg's. for menopause and they work great.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do you go into Hormone Replacement Therapy?
    How do you go into Hormone Replacement Therapy. I would like to know as i am a transgender and am think of getting a sex change.

    • ANSWER:
      generally you get 3-6 months of gender therapy and then get referred to a doctor, it you are a minor you need parents permission

      Here is a list of gender therapists to see who can help you get started in working out the issues
      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

  25. QUESTION:
    For Transgenders taking hormones why is it a life long commitment?
    For the Hormones Replacement Therapy
    Why do they have to take it for the rest of their life?

    • ANSWER:
      I already answered this here:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AqdPKZvpd50VFKWx278o1.Psy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20121227002138AAQbhvl

      Is there specifically something else you need?

  26. QUESTION:
    Am I supposed to gain or lose weight when taking hormone replacement therapy?
    My doctor just prescribed me cyclo-progynova (a hormone replacement therapy). I am 18 years old and she prescribed me this medicine to regulate my period. She didn't say much about what problems I have. She just said my ovaries are a little (I don't remember how she described it....sluggish ovaries or something like that?) lol sorry :)
    so my question now, am I supposed to lose or gain weight on this medication?
    most of the time I feel I eat less than anyone in my age and yet I'm chunky and all my friends who eat like me or sometimes even more than me are skinnier.

    • ANSWER:
      She put you on HRT just because your ovaries are sluggish? Did a test result show that? The "replacement" in HRT is to do just that, replace what your body is not making properly. If that is what this med is doing, then your hormone levels should be at normal and should not have side effects like weight gain. I hope that your Dr. is monitoring your hormone levels to make sure they stay within normal levels on this medication.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women?
    8)Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been shown to be one way to reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, however recent clinical trials have indicated there are dangerous increased risks of heart disease, stroke and various cancers associated with HRT. What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women and when do women need to start being concerned about this?

    • ANSWER:
      I think the best method to help prevent osteoporosis is exercise. Exercise strengthens the bones in men and women.

      Also there are good medications on the market to help prevent this condition:

      If the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis is the only issue under consideration, then bisphosphonates such as alendronate, ibandronate, or risedronate are more effective than menopausal hormone therapy in preventing osteoporotic fractures, and less likely to be associated with substantial adverse effects. So far, bisphosphonates are the most effective category or prescription medications for treating postmenopausal osteoporosis.

      hope this helps..

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I take precautions for Breast Cancer?
    My mother has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. It is not hereditary & she is healthy. She has in her DNA some predisposition to getting it based on certain environmental factors. I am assuming this is related to hormone replacement therapy drugs she took when she was going through menopause.

    Understandably so, there is a risk factor associated with breast cancer and these drugs that were studied and this conclusions still remains to be proven.

    My question is my choice to get on birth control, as it is one form of hormone replacement. Will this heighten my own risk to get breast cancer down the line? I am early 30s and healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      The link between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer has been established. However, birth control does not increase the risk. The amount of hormones used in the pill was decreased in the 1970s and has remained quite low. The only real precaution you can take is to have annual mammograms when it is time. Most of the risk factors are out of our control. 75% of all breast cancers occur in postmenopausal women.

  29. QUESTION:
    How long does it take inhouse pharmacy to ship to the us?
    I recently ordered supplies for hormone replacement therapy from inhouse pharmacy, and I was wondering how long I could expect them to take before they arrived. I placed the order on june 30, and they still have yet to arrive. Has anyone else in georgia placed a similar order, and if so, how long did it take to arrive?

    • ANSWER:
      It usually takes 7-14 business days, but can take longer. The site itself says it can take 4 weeks, so have patience.

  30. QUESTION:
    Would being on hormone replacement therapy decrease sexual desire?
    I'm 22 and been on hormone replacement therapy because my body does not produce hormones and estrogen on its own. At first I felt sexual desire and then after that I have no sexual desire whatsoever.

    Is that normal?

    I take premarin and progesterone.
    I've been on the pills for 3-4yrs

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your doctor. You may need to have one of your pills adjusted.

      I have been on the Pill for thirteen years for my hormonal problem and they have actually made me have sexual desire. Before I started taking them, I had none.

  31. QUESTION:
    What the first thing you notices when you start hrt?
    When a male to female transsexual start on hrt (Hormone replacement therapy) what is the first thing they notices that happens to their body?
    16 hours ago - 3 days left to answer.

    • ANSWER:
      that feeling of rightness.

      a dramatic improvement in my complexion. nice skin, generally. this was the first thing other people noticed.

      heightened emotions.

      that little pot of fat on my lower abdomen.

      breast tenderness, larger areolae.

  32. QUESTION:
    How Can I Lose weight effectively when excercise causes weight gain?
    I am 35 yrs old and have gone thru premature menopuase. As a result I was using HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy - which contains steroids) for 3 1/2 years. This as well as the menopuase has caused me to gain a lot of weight. I was not aware of the steroids and the effects until I came off the drug. I have been trying to exercise to get it off but I have found that exercising causes me to gain weight. I know weight training is supposed to help but will not be able to sign up for a gym until the next couple months (i'm paying for a vehicle). I would certainly appreciate any suggestions that you might have. The weight is affecting my asthma and I need to get rid of it before other complications set in. I am not used to the weight and have been a professional athlete for at least 15 yrs of my life. People cannot belileve how big I've gotten and it's too personal to explain to them why so I just make excuses although a lot of them believe that I've eaten myself to this state.

    • ANSWER:
      One thing to take into consideration is that the exercise maybe actually re-building muscle tone and unfortunately muscle weighs more than fat hence the weight gain.

      A work around for this maybe to take measurements using a tape rather than using scales which can be very disheartening.

      As for athsma perhaps look at swimming (a lot of the worlds best swimmers are Athsmatics who took it up to relieve the symptoms) or simply walking - you want to try and keep your heartrate low in the so called "fat burning" zone, which is the place where you can still talk comfortably, but arent just out for a stroll.

      Just remember that time is on your side - just done expect lightening quick results in your case - slow and steady will win the race. The benefit you have is that with your previous professional athlete status is that you should get fit quick and feel better in quicktime.

      One major hint is to drink lots of water. It will flush the system and the body gets used to having it regularly and as such wont look to retain fluid.

  33. QUESTION:
    How do I tell my doctor I want to start HRT?
    I am an 18 year old male who wishes to be a female

    I would like to start hormone replacement therapy as soon as possible.
    I have anxiety about telling my doctor this because I'm not sure what his reaction may be; as everyone has their own qualms about Gender reassignment.

    I really want to start HRT but my own anxiety is keeping me from doing so.
    How can I go about telling my doctor I want to start this process?

    • ANSWER:
      first....see a therapist well versed in gender issues. honey, if you are so afraid of it that you have qualms with talking with your doctor about it, you are not nearly ready.

      transition is about getting out there and living it.....all day, every day...in all circumstances and situations. talking with a professional medical provider is THE safest place on earth to be.....if you are afraid of that, you are way, way too afraid to face hrt and transition.

      you need to do a whole lot of work.....and then you'll not only be up to talking with your doctor about it, you'll be up to telling her with dignity and self confidence....like an adult capable of making such decisions, not like a scared, confused child.

      transition ain't for sissies.

      much love and hope. pj

  34. QUESTION:
    How long before the suicidal/depressed feelings go away when you start an antidepressant?
    These feelings started because of hormone replacement therapy and then I went for a few months before I was sent to a hospital and they started me on Lexapro last week. I am so ready to get my mind back in working order.
    Did you guys have suicidal thoughts? I never think I am going to do it, they scare me too bad. I am ready to feel better!!
    So did any of you have those feelings? They are irrational and crazy and I know they are not real. I am ready to be ME!

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is different, but when I started on Prozac, it was a couple weeks before I could tell anything was happening & almost 3 months before I could really say things were good..

  35. QUESTION:
    Am I supposed to gain or lose weight when taking hormone replacement therapy?
    My doctor just prescribed me cyclo-progynova (a hormone replacement therapy). I am 18 years old and she prescribed me this medicine to regulate my period. She didn't say much about what problems I have. She just said my ovaries are a little (I don't remember how she described it....sluggish ovaries or something like that?) lol sorry :)
    so my question now, am I supposed to lose or gain weight on this medication?
    most of the time I feel I eat less than anyone in my age and yet I'm chunky and all my friends who eat like me or sometimes even more than me are skinnier.

    • ANSWER:
      The general opinion is that hormone replacement therapy will cause you to gain weight. I'm quite a bit older then you but I've worn the estrogen patch for a long time and have not gained weight. Remember that everyone's metabolism is different. Some people can eat all day and not gain a pound.
      I wish you well.

  36. QUESTION:
    How did people survive without hormone therapy?
    i am going through a hell thanks to a low testosterone problem, how did people survive before they created hormone replacement therapy

    I dont understand how some men in the past used to cut their balls off for various reasons

    how did these people survive
    well I know you can survive, but I feel like hell like I have no motivation to do anything, how did people survive and function before hormone replacement

    I imagine there were alot of suicides or people just starved to death

    • ANSWER:
      You can survive with low testosterone. You may not be able to reproduce, and you may take on female characteristics but, you can survive.

  37. QUESTION:
    Will taking estrogen pills make me look like a female?
    I'm a transgendered male (17 years old) and I'm considering Hormone Replacement Therapy or taking Estrogen pills (which seems like a simpler process than HRT). What's the difference between them, which is better, and will either of them make me look like a female?

    • ANSWER:
      Diane gave a fine answer, but she didn't address one key point:

      If you want to take estrogen you are probably NOT a transgender male. This is a page with some pictures of trans men:

      http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TSsuccesses/TransMen.html

      If you want to take estrogen, which is hormone replacement therapy, you are a transgender female. because of the many negative side effects you shouldn't take estrogen unless you plan on transitioning. What side effects? Well if you are simply a cross-dresser and not a transsexual woman estrogen can and will do the following:

      Destroys your normal male sexual response.
      Makes erections more difficult or even impossible.
      Shrink your penis and testicles.
      Possibly render you sterile.
      Make you more prone to blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, both of which can kill you.

      If you're fine with that... see a gender therapist and get referred for hormone replacement therapy.
      .

  38. QUESTION:
    What the first thing you notices when you start hrt?
    When a male to female transsexual start on hrt (Hormone replacement therapy) what is the first thing they notices that happens to their body?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Kristine. The first thing I felt was being mentally whole. As I wrote my brother at the time: "I think I've found the missing ingredient in my recipe". I felt better from Day 1 and have never looked back. As far as my body goes... I noticed some tingling in the nipples after about 11 or 12 days.

  39. QUESTION:
    What can you do for thinning hair in women?
    I am a post menopausal woman who does not take hormone replacement therapy, and have had a total hysterectomy. My hair seems to be getting thin. Is there anything that can be done to make my hair thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      There is Rogaine for women now. It works good, you can get it at Wal-Mart

  40. QUESTION:
    What would happen if a military member started HRT while in the service?
    What would happen to someone in the military if they started Hormone Replacement Therapy(the first stage of a sex change) while still in service? I mean as long as it doesn't effect their job no one can do anything about it can they?

    • ANSWER:
      Angela and Mr Dot are correct.

      Don't think the repeal of DADT helps transsexual people because it doesn't.

      In the USA we are still considered unfit for military service. And as such they WILL administratively discharge you as soon as they find out you are a transsexual person. You don't need to be taking HRT. Just the fact you exist is anathema to them. And if you do start HRT how are you going to explain the changes?

      You only have 2 options:

      1. Keep everything bottled up until you get out.

      2. Be found out and be kicked out of the service.

      That's just the way it is.

      edit: The Palm Center did a paper on the military's attitude towards trans people a couple years ago. You can access it through this link:

      http://www.palmcenter.org/files/active/0/TransMilitary2007.pdf

      Another study was later sponsored by TAVA (Transgender American Veterans Association) and deals more with veterans issues:

      http://www.palmcenter.org/node/1137

      There is some good news. The VA now has guidelines in place for helping trans vets. The VA will now help with counseling, endocrinologists visits and HRT.

      http://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=2416
      .

  41. QUESTION:
    How would one find a HRT doctor who specializes in the use of pellets near Asheville, NC?
    The facility I have been driving to for over 10 years is in Augusta, Georgia. He is kind, but very expensive and the drive is about 4 hours and my car is feeling the ill effects of overuse.

    HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) pellets used for the treatment of loss of hormones. Mine due to the removal of ovaries and such 13 years ago because of familial ovarian cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      kool i live near asheville n.c!!!!

      its cold and haunted!

  42. QUESTION:
    Do hormones have any effect on the skeleton?
    I read somewhere that the index finger tends to be shorter than the ring finger for guys, and vice versa for girls. Should a guy start hormone replacement therapy and start receiving estrogen, would the index finger grow slightly to be just as long (or longer) than the ring finger?

    If not, than what part of the body determines how the bones should be? If a bone is broken, it'll heal. If whatever causes bones to heal were to change, would the skeletal system try to "correct" itself by removing parts of the bones and growing other parts?

    • ANSWER:
      Bones stop extending in your teens or very early twenties. The Epiphyses unite with the bone and the join ossifies. The mechanism of control is still beinf sorted out in detail.
      Once the bones have finished growing they may become denser or less dense - a woman past the menopause tends to lose bone density - hence littlw old ladies being more fragile.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you go aboat setting up an appointment to start HRT?
    I want to start taking Hormone Replacement Therapy but I do not know how to go aboat that. Which doctor should I contact?

    • ANSWER:
      Start with your OB/GYN if you have one. If not, your family doctor.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for an MTF transsexual to enlarge her penis?
    I'm planning on getting hormone replacement therapy and I want a nice big penis to go with my feminine appearance. If it is, how do I do it?
    I want to be a shemale porn actress.

    • ANSWER:
      Not even a funny troll.
      A real MTF transsexual woman does not want, need, desire, or use as pre-op a penis. That is for a transgender shemale type.

  45. QUESTION:
    Friend wants a hysterectomy to stop periods and prevent pregnancy. How long is recovery?
    A married friend of mine has cerebral palsy doesn't want to pass it on and she wants her periods to stop. She also plans to keep her ovaries so she doesn't need hormone replacement therapy. Will she need more than a week off from work?

    • ANSWER:
      Any competent Dr. will refuse to do a hysterectomy without just cause. If your friend does not want to get pregnant they can do a tube-ligation laproscopically and she can be back to work after just a few days.

  46. QUESTION:
    How long will I continue to have hot flashes?
    55 yrs old. Quit having periods 4 years ago, but the hot flashes and insomnia are still going on. Hot flashes extremely severe, especially at night. I've read reports that these types of symptoms should only last about a year. I have congestive heart failure, so I cannot use hormone replacement therapy. How much longer am I going to have to live with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat dark leafy vegetables (mustard greens) and drink a hot tea with honey before going to bed and see. Take natural thyroid products too!

  47. QUESTION:
    Help i need a place to do hormone replactment for me and im only 13 and im transgender?
    i am 13 and MTF trasngender and looking for hormone replacement therapy. every place i look at they all say 18 does any one know were i can get this and i live in whangarei in new zealand. Please only positive answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, we all want to be positive and supportive of your condition. But you cant always have what you want. At least not right away. As i'm sure you know at 13 your not at the age of consent and need your parents approval for treatment and you also need the doctor and therapist approval to start HRT. It doesn't seem fair but its actual a good thing in the long run and that's what we and you really want.

      Things are changing rapidly when it comes to treatment. I know at your age nothing is going to be fast enough but believe it or not, In your case, there really is tons of time to start HRT. I have heard of some countries ( Australia? ) putting younger Transkids on drugs that will stop any further physical changes until they believe you are ready to begin transitioning. Perhaps that 's a direction you can look into for a while until everything gets sorted out.

      Keep the faith, If its right for you it will happen

  48. QUESTION:
    Do endocrinologists accept referral letters for HRT from online therapists?
    I am looking for a therapist to provide a referral letter for HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and it seems that the online therapists are less expensive than seeing one in person. My question is will a endocrinologist or PCP accept a referral letter from them? I am starting HRT to transition from male to female. I am transgendered. If anyone has any advice or their own experience to offer I would really appreciate it....Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      All I can say is call and ask. Sorry I just don't know. I've only known a couple people who've used this route and they never really discussed this aspect of it.

  49. QUESTION:
    How does hormone replacement therapy work? How do they determine what should have?
    I am a guy having difficulty with my girlfriend. She had to have a hysterectomy and for the past three years I have suffered because she said the first time she had hormone replacement it made her sick. So she gave up. She shut out the world and on Valentines day she couldn't tell me she loved me. I blew up and told her she needed help because she has been ignoring my needs and I have tried everything to get her interested again. And her bad habits have made her physically incompatible to me. I am frustrated beyond belief. She hates herself calling herself ugly and fat. And I told one of her girlfriends and she got mad at me saying her parts are her own business and I told her she needs to get over it. If I can have 100 people looking at mr happy for my kidney stones, ONE of her friends can know about her issues and give her some help because guys don't know what to do. I also told her if she wanted something she could ignore she should have went to the humane society and bought a cat! Can hormone replacement help her with being frigid? Can it help her feel the world is a bit more likable? Can it help her lose weight? How do they figure out what hormone mixture she needs?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement CAN help with all of those things, if done right, and if her body is responsive. Hormones are the body's fuel. They're supposed to have them, and without them, there are all kinds of problems. The body produces hormones in amounts and types and at times that are very complex. There are hundreds of different hormones. But when you take hormone replacement, you're taking perhaps 2 hormones. Which you take once per day, rather than having it 24/7, in small, highly responsive amounts. Most doctors don't give a shit. That's why taking HRT can often make you sick. Complicating matters is that the most commonly prescribed hormone replacement is Premarin (horse estrogen from the urine of pregnant mares). It's not the same as human estrogen, plus it overloads you with a large dose when you take it orally, then plummets to nothing throughout the day. It's as if you were told you could eat as much as you want, except that you can only have ice cream, and you can only eat on Tuesdays. It's not natural nor is it how the body works. There are ways to work around this: tell your girlfriend to try estrogen patches. It's the closest you can get to the slow, natural, 24/7 administration of small amounts of estrogen that your ovaries produce. Have her at least try that. Then, encourage her to try testosterone. In Europe, it's standard to give hysterectomized women testosterone. In the US, they almost never do it. But without it, it's like you're castrated. Also, FYI: estrogen plays an important role as a neurotransmitter in the brain. Without it, you can become depressed and angry.

  50. QUESTION:
    I have acne only on my forehead and I have my period maybe 1 or 2 times every 5 months is it due to hormones?
    Im scared of birth control and i dont know if hormone replacement therapy is right for me. Im only 17 years old and i just wish to find something to help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lisa, don't take hormones, birth control causes problems of it's own...unless you actually need it for preventing pregnancy...

      About acne on the forehead, if you have bangs you may need to wash your hair more, or condition it less. It could also be a reaction to a hair product that you use.

      Eating less fat will reduce the oil content of your skin. Use a clean rinsing soap twice a day. Keep your hair clean, keep your clothes clean, keep your bedding clean, especially your pillow.

      Don't touch your face at all and ideally, don't wear makeup. Eat heathy fresh foods, especially fresh veges and fruits and whole grains. Avoid white flour, white sugar, white rice and butter, as well as foods that contain them. Drink plenty of water (not soda, juice or milk) every day and get adequate sleep and exersize.

      Everything I've said above will probably also help with the irregular period, but I wouldn't worry so much about that. I had irregular periods for my whole life, maybe 5 or 6 periods a year, until my mid 30s when it finally got regular. It was actually nice to not have to worry about it as often as my friends.

      Best wishes.


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