Hormone Replacement Therapy And Weight Gain

Frequently Asked Questions

    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?

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      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.

    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.

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      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.

    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.

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      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.

    Can I lose 40 pounds in 4 months with Insanity?
    I'm 15, 5'6 and around 160-165 pounds. I really want to weigh 120, or at least 130.
    Yeah, 4 months, it's kind of a deadline for an event I'm going to.
    And any tips for not cheating on the diet or procrastinating? :l
    I always stop in the midweek or first week.
    OH AND I'm going on hormone replacement therapy soon (testosterone), (I am a transmen/ftm/transgender). Will the testosterone make me lose weight faster/gain muscle easier too?

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      Yes that is a very possible goal, but you will need to eat right and do the workouts. The best way to stay motivated is to surround yourself with positive pictures, quotes and as weird as this may sound; workout gear. If you can print out positive pictures, write quotes on your walls and cute workout clothes that you actually want to wear. Also, to avoid worrying about what to eat and risk getting super hungry and cheating...Plan your meals, every meal for every day, week by week. I would suggest 5 meals. Breakfast, Lunch Dinner and 2 snacks to get your metabolism running and keeping you full throughout the day so you dont run and grab something bad. The first week is the hardest, but after that you will begin to feel results within yourself and after 3 weeks you will see a definite change in your body. Also, I do believe that the test will help you build muscle and shed weight faster because that is what gives men the ability to get into noticeable shape better than women. Good Luck and you will be so glad you did this!!

    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.

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      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.

    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.

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      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.

    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?

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      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.

    How do I reverse low testosterone/high estrogen naturally?
    Please help me with hormone problems
    I've done a lot of research online regarding testosterone replacement therapy and feel I have a pretty good grasp of knowledge on the subject but there's one thing I can't seem to find any information on.

    So my testosterone levels was 199 and my estrogen was 70, so too low and too high, respectfully. My brother went through this but went straight to injections and estrogen blockers bc that made more sense for him. However I'm trying really hard to avoid HRT.

    I've been working out and counting my calories, staying away from foods that I can't measure accurately (with myfitnesspal) and have been under 2k calories a day for 2 weeks. I eat pretty healthy, nothing bad but could stand to eat more fruit and veggies. Yet my weight has not really dropped and I have been working out but my body imposition hasn't changed.

    What I want to know is, does excess estrogen and low testosterone actually prevent weight loss and muscle gain? I should've lost 6-7 lbs by now according to myfitnesspal.

    I really want to get my testosterone and estrogen levels to the normal range naturally but all I can find on the Internet is to "lose weight." Well I'm trying everything I can think of and nothing is happening.

    Any help or advice is appreciated. Also I am 6 ft 241 lbs last I stepped on a scale

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      I don't know but see my source, he knows :D

      Good Luck.

    How can I fight weight gain because of hormonal imbalance?
    My right ovary was removed 5 years ago and since then I'm gaining weight. My friends told me it's because I already have hormonal imbalance. Even I go dieting...it's no use! Still I'm gaining more pounds every year. Now my weight has doubled compared to my original weight.What is the best regimen for me? Now I'm suffering from frequent asthma attacks and I do have palpitations because of too much weight gain. Will somebody help me on this. Thanks.

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      In general, hormone replacement therapy is somewhat controversial due to the known carcinogenic and coagulative properties of estrogen; however, many physicians and patients feel the benefits outweigh the risks in women who may face serious health and quality of life issues as a consequence of early surgical menopause. The ovarian hormones of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are involved in the regulation of hundreds of bodily functions; it is believed by some doctors that hormone therapy programs mitigate surgical menopause side effects such as increased risk of cardiovascular disease , and female sexual dysfunction. There are many options for hormone replacement currently available and a considerable controversy exists in regards to synthetic versus natural or bio-identical regimens

    How safe is it to consume protein shakes thrice a day to avoid carbs, cut calories & build muscle not fat?
    Protein Powders are available in some delicious flavours like Strawberry, Vanilla & Chocolate. Plus they are great meal replacement therapy along with vigorous exercise. Having them as shakes reducing cravings throughout the day. Is it a good pattern to follow?

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      Protein drinks are fine as a diet supplement, but not as a meal replacement. (Except those specially designated as meal replacements) Protein without fat can be fatal. (Diarrhea starts first)

      You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you'll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      Your body won't release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow your metabolism to compensate and store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering your calories, it will continue lowering that set point, til you can survive off nothing and store fat on anything. The body will only release it's fat stores if it knows there is plenty of food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) and exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of the Atkins program is converting your body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). You need to keep your fat levels at >65% of your calories, if you don't your body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes minimum of 3 days to convert your body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycosis) you will probably feel sluggish the first week but most people feel better than ever thereafter.

      Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

      Simple carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want "something" have huge omelets for breakfast, with bacon, a lil onion, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger and unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

      Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup of water, cinnamon, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle and nuke for 1.5 min. for hot cereal or 2 min. for more of a muffin type thing. Great low carb, high fiber treat. Suggested for daily fiber needs.

      The first 2 weeks you can have several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce and celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers and more variety of vegetables thereafter add 5 grams per day additional (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) every week til you gain weight, then you subtract 10 carbs. That would give you your personal carb level (everyone is different and it depends on how active you are.) As long as you remain <9 carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control, and shouldn't gain weight.

      Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.

      Dr.Atkins was a cardiologist, low carb was a health plan easier sold as a "diet" Read any of his books for easily understandable science. Lutz "Life without Bread" & Taubes "Good calories, Bad calories" are excellent books that dispel all the nutrition myths.

      Reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass will have you in awesome shape in no time. Good luck!

    Does hormone replacement therapy cause weight gain and/or breast growth?
    I may have to go on HRT depending on the results of my estrogen/estrodiol (progesterone was already found to be low) test and am wondering if it causes bodily changes like the aforementioned? Albeit, I could stand to gain a little bit of weight but would rather not have it be as a side-effect of medication. I'm still very young, only 20 years old, and why this happened to me remains a mystery.

    Thanks all.

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      Hey, Don't fret too much. If you are seeing a Doc then the the test and that are needed. As for going on HRT, depending on what the other test come back like you can expect to gain a little bit of weight and yes the size of your bust to grow.
      Now normally the doc will not allow you to be on it for that long I would bet they are thinking to put you on it for X amount of months and then slowly take you back off it because of your age, I would guess that they are hoping that it will jump start your own bodies ability to make the right hormones!

    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.

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      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.

    What do you use as a natural hormone replacement therapy and does it cause weight gain?

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      My friend uses a natural progesterone cream made from wild yam. It hasn't caused any weight gain. It's not as strong nor quite as effective as the synthetic prescriptions, but it doesn't have the bad side-effects, either.

    What is a good hormone replacement to help relieve crying spells during menopause?

    Talk talk, I disagree. It is much better to learn from those who have actually taken the medication and find out how it helped or didn't help rather than to pay for a prescription from the dr and go thru a trial period of hell only to find out that the medication is not helpful with this symptom at all.

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      I took medoxyprogesterone and estropipate for one year while transitioning from perimenopause to menopause. (Menopause = 1 year without having a period.) They helped greatly with the every-half-hour hot flashes, night sweats and restless legs, insomnia, terrible black depression, and even a little with the "menopot" weight gain.

      However, these hormones aren't without risk and you MUST talk to your physician about whether they're right for you. Some doctors will give you a few months' samples of hormone replacement therapy. I stopped taking them after I began (after one year) to have significant ovarian discomfort. I have a long, long history of ovarian cysts, and I've had them burst, so I transitioned off the hormones.

      Some women find that black cohosh (brand names Estroven and Remifemin) help with perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. I tried them but they did not seem to help me other than decreasing the insomnia. And the FDA doesn't regulate them, so you're depending on the manufacturer's honesty regarding whether you're getting the amount of medication they claim. Sometimes these two websites offer free samples. Since black cohosh can interfere with other medications and shouldn't be taken with certain health problems, research it first.

      It's hard to believe, but menopause is considered a "well state" and not an illness. I went through over 10 years of perimenopause and now, at 48, have been in menopause for 2 years.

    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?

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      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.

    What will happen if i take female hormones, for transsexuals?
    Hi all, i think, i could possibly be transsexul and im just posting this to ask what would happen to my body if i took female hormones and does age have any contribution to their effect on the body. I am not sure about dosage either but i am seriousley considering taking hormones so i can be who i want to be. Thanks

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      I am the myth buster.

      HRT (hormone replacement therapy) will not change your skeleton. That is a trans myth. You would have to have started hormones around age 6 or 7 for that to be true. The shape of a genetic male pelvis is set by age 12 and does NOT change. Wider hips are from soft tissue development, not bones. Trust me I take x-rays for a living, I know.

      HRT does NOTHING for your voice. We have to work very hard and practice, practice, practice to re-train our voice to sound more like it should have.

      In general the younger you start HRT the better, but that is not set in stone. I know somebody that started in their 50's and got great results. When it comes to HRT the rule you must always remember is YMMV (your mileage may vary).

      That said what did I experience?

      Softer, drier skin, less acne, finger nails more brittle

      Some weight gain-primariy in the hips, thighs and butt.

      Slight changes in senses of taste, smell, touch.

      Regrew some recently lost hair.

      My eye color changed (brown to hazel)

      Body hair reduction

      Facial grew more slowly (I did about 175hrs of facial electrolysis to get rid of it)

      Loss of male sexual function (yay!)


      Some loss of upper body strength

      Shrank one-half inch

      Loss one-half shoe size

      Breast growth

      As I said YMMV. See a therapist. After an evaluation they may refer you to an endocrinologist for HRT. Please do NOT self-medicate, hormones can be dangerous. You need to be monitored by a doctor and have lab work done to ensure you're at the appropriate dosage and not harming your liver.

      edit: Another HRT YMMV thing. After SRS your body may feminize further (no more testosterone)

    How can I restore a slow tyroid?
    I've been diagnose of a slow tyroid after my pregancy.This has cause me to gain some weight. The doctor (naturopath) prescribed me some natural pills and a diet (no red meats, no lactose products, etc). Is there something else I can do. I've been doing a lot of excersice but it seams for ever to loose 1 pound. Please help!

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      Why hasn't your doctor placed you on thyroid replacement or supplementation drugs? Such as Synthroid?? Hypothryroid patients most often need to be on thyroid hormone replacement therapy for life; the levels need to be checked often and need to be properly maintained. Diet, exercise and lifestyle can all help, but no amount of "natural" pills or alternative therapies will replace the deficiency that is causing the hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is far more than just a hormonal shortage that can cause weight gain; it has many far reaching and systemic effects that needs to be treated at it's source. Find a qualified endocrinologist; your doctor is not doing justice by you.

    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!

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      Ideal body weight calculator for children and adults:

      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:

      A couple of good sites from the U.S. government:

    Is there a link between taking mulitple Plan Bs on different occasions and infertility?
    I've taken 2 in my life and I heard from a friend that every one you take decreases your ability to have children by a certain number. Don't judge me on it, I'm on birth control now and I'm now always responsible. I was just wondering if this is true.

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      I think it's very important for women to know the truth about Plan B, how it works and what it really does, as well as what the long-term consequences are. How this pill ever made it to the shelves is beyond me and always will be. It is the very worst thing a woman could ever put in her body. It is a terrible form of exploitation of women.

      Yes, Plan B contains the hormones found in regular pills, but Plan B is the equivalent of 50 of those pills. If you want to know just how bad 50 of these pills are, you would first have to know how harmful these regular pills are in the first place. It is mind-staggering to think that something this harmful can be given to women with little to no information about the consequences. This page is a mere sampling; there is so much more information out there if women would only look:


      This site http://www.morningafterpill.org/is-emergency-contraception-saf.html will tell you exactly how Plan B works and what the possible consequences are, particularly this:

      "The dose of estrogen in the current birth control pill, which is erroneously billed as 'safe', has potency four times greater than that of the estrogen used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT has been conclusively shown to increase the risk of stroke (41%), pulmonary embolism (113%), breast cancer (26%), and coronary heart disease (29%)."

      I think that last part is worth reading again and again for any woman who is not aware. It actually makes me mad that women are not given this information. The main reason this information is not given is simple: Plan B costs about and many girls and women use it like candy, so it is big, big money...as is the regular pill.

      All forms of hormonal contraception contain large, destructive amounts of artificial steroidal hormones that seriously interfere with the natural balance of a woman's reproductive system. Yes, infertility is definitely one of the consequences. Women who use the pill long-term are much more likely to be infertile (sometimes for two years or so, sometimes longer) than women who let their bodies be.

      Think of it this way: if any of your hormones are off even slightly, it can cause major problems in your life. For instance, your thyroid: if it is messed with at all, either accidentally through some medications or naturally through some condition, your whole body suffers. You can have weight loss/weight gain, the inability to regulate your temperature, anxiety, dry throat, dizziness, sweats, chills, depression, you name it. A minor change in how your blood sugar is regulated can cause alarming side effects. The very same thing is true of the hormones that regulate your reproductive system. When you mess with these delicate and very sensitive hormones, especially by introducing massive doses of artificial hormones into your system, you are asking for trouble.

      I've answered you this way because you asked. Yes, infertility is a possible side effect. I hope you don't consider it "judging" you if I am trying to share extremely important information with you for your own sake. I am trying to help you. It is always best to leave your body as it was intended to be and let nature take its course. You are hurting yourself by using the pill. There are other ways to view sexuality and childbearing, ways that do not interfere with your body in any way and help you to be happier in the long run: http://www.chastity.com/node/21 http://www.woomb.org/bom/lit/teach/index.html

    Does anyone know a drug for women similar to salt peter for males?
    I mean its not fair, we get older, we get hormone fluxuations, and I like to get drunk on occasion, I dont want to be an aging beer slut. Is there anything for women to take?

    • ANSWER:
      Sex Rx for Women

      If you're a woman with a low sex drive, you're probably asking, "Where's my pill?" The short answer is, don't hold your breath—but don't give up hope, either. The most promising treatments:

      >Viagra The Viagra-for-women idea isn't new: Irwin Goldstein, M.D., director of the Institute for Sexual Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, found it enhanced clitoral blood flow in rabbits way back in 1998. More recently, a study in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women treated with Viagra for four weeks reported marked improvement in arousal, orgasm, and sexual enjoyment (side effects were similar to those reported in men). So why aren't women hoarding their partners' pills?

      "Drugs for erectile dysfunction work well for many men because they typically want to have sex but can't," Goldstein explains. "For women there's often a different problem: In many cases what's missing is the desire." A woman's sexuality is more complicated than a man's—big surprise there—which means that boosting desire may require something other than improving circulation. For women, Viagra will likely have a better success rate for lubrication problems than libido problems, since these are less about blood flow and more about hormones and psychology.

      >Estrogen Therapy It's well known that estrogen shortages can lower libido and trigger such problems as vaginal dryness. Events such as childbirth, hysterectomy, and menopause can all cause imbalances, but so can drugs like antidepressants and, ironically, birth control pills. If eliminating problematic prescriptions doesn't correct estrogen imbalances, a woman may need estrogen replacement. For women who've been rattled by the recent controversy over estrogen pills and patches, alternatives include locally applied creams like Premarin and Estrace, and vaginally inserted drugs like Estring and Vagifem.

      >Androgen Therapy Estrogen imbalance isn't even half the problem, explains Goldstein. "There are 10 sex steroids in all, and only three are estrogens; the other seven are androgens, which most people think of as the male sex hormones. We're finding that three out of four women who see us for lack of desire have serious androgen shortages."

      Therapy typically focuses on upping female levels of testosterone. For women, topical formulations are the most common delivery method. Creams have been marketed for men for years, but gels such as Testim and AndroGel get top marks from Goldstein. The big reason: They're more effective and much easier to use. Androgens are also available in pill form—one product, Estratest, combines a type of testosterone with estrogen—but the most exciting news may be the buzz about dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a chemical cousin of estrogen and testosterone. Goldstein's research has found that women who take DHEA show substantial improvements in their self-evaluated sexual performance—though he's quick to warn that women shouldn't take it on their own. "It's sold as a supplement, but DHEA is a drug, and we don't totally understand it yet," explains Goldstein. While side effects of topical and oral testosterone therapy can include weight gain, clitoral enlargement, and unwanted hair growth, DHEA use has been linked to even scarier problems including birth defects and cancer.

      >Talking Cure A wide range of psychological factors, including depression, anxiety, a history of physical and emotional abuse, and an array of interpersonal relationship problems, can drain a woman's interest in sex. "While we never want to say that problems with sex are all in someone's head, the psychological factors are undeniable and may even be more profound in women than they are in men," says Goldstein. That's the reason all of his patients consult with a psychologist as well as a physician—and why anyone who's not enjoying sex should, too.

      >Bottom Line Women may eventually have as many drugs to choose from as their pill-popping partners. But before there's a cure, there has to be research. Think of it as pharmaceutical foreplay. "The really effective medications for men were developed once we understood the physiology of male erections," explains Goldstein. "We won't have a similar answer for women until we have that same understanding of female physiology."

      Melissa Gotthardt is a regular contributor to AARP The Magazine.

    What happens if a 15 year old guy has been taking birth control pills?
    Me and my sister have been in a prank war for 2 years. For my birthday, which was 5 weeks ago, she made me brownies. I have had one or two each day in the past five weeks. Today, I finished all 40 brownies there were, and she told me that, as a prank, each brownie had at least one pill inside of it.
    Please, what are possible problems/side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      From "Side Effects in Men Taking Estrogen"

      Men who take estrogen may notice side effects including hair growth (on the head), vision changes, diabetes (type II), mood swings, changes in body temperature, changes in voice, breast-tissue growth, decreased interest in sex, skin irritation and acne, reduced body hair, change in gonadal size, stretch marks, weight gain, enlarged nipples, and a change in body odor. It is not advised to take doses of estrogen if you have a history of breast cancer in the family.

      If you are a man taking Estrogen to prevent the spreading of cancer, the benefits of staying healthy may outweigh the changes and side effects your body may experience. If you are a trans female, you may also enjoy the benefits that taking estrogen provides, but you may also need to use estrogen in conjunction with other hormones in the hormone-replacement therapy regimen. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in hormone-replacement therapy or would like to know how estrogen can prevent certain kinds of cancer, including prostate cancer.

      If you experience joint swelling, rash, or difficulty using your muscles, you may be allergic to estrogen. Estrogen allergies are rare but serious. Speak to your doctor immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms. Do not take more estrogen than your doctor has prescribed in an attempt to see effects more quickly. Estrogen overdose is serious, and can result in death. If you suspect you have taken an overdose of estrogen, call the Poison Control Center or 911 immediately. Only take estrogen that has been prescribed to you.

      This is no longer "a prank" -- this is something which could have harmed you significantly. Frankly, I would consider joint counseling for you and your sister. What happened is *absolutely unacceptable*.

      IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR YOU TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR and let him know what happened. He will likely want to test the testosterone (and estrogen) levels in your blood and put you on medication to mediate the effects of the estrogen.

    what are the pros and cons of taking estrogen replacement drugs?
    I had a complete hystorectomy two weeks ago and this put me straight into menopause. I have experienced hot flashes and night sweats...im 44 so the doc put me on premarin
    also do u grow hair like a man would when u are in menopause? how long does menopause last?

    • ANSWER:
      You are going to find alot of pros and cons of HRT(Hormone Replacement Therapy) I had a complete hysterectomy at 38 and I'm 46 now. Boy, I have been experimenting alot of HRT. My point of view, the best for me, is estrogen patches. I have tried it all, believe me. I even went to compounded hormones and that was okay. The best for me is the patches. I'm trying to spare you alot of disappointment and weight gain. So this is a suggestion that I'm sharing with you. I hope that I have helped you with your question and you take my advice.

    Does the birth control pill Loestrinfe cause weight gain?
    Anyone with that experience? Please share any thoughts you may have on the pill and whether you have had a negative or positive experience. I received a prescription from my doctor to try it but want to receive more feedback from people that are actually on it or took it before. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. 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 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy 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 must practice birth control, abstinence or a condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is 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. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!


    How do I adjust my sleeping pattern to only sleep 5 hours a day and wake up rested?
    I think sleep is a complete waste of time, but once i sleep i find it very hard to get up.

    Does anyone know how i would go about adjusting it to sleep 4-5 hours and awake more rested?

    Thanks :D

    • ANSWER:
      Having insomnia is a bigger waste of time, especially when you can't function during the day & get behind on work as a result of unsatisfactory or insufficient sleep. Sleep needs vary for each person, but 6-7 hours per night is a good minimum. If you only get 4-5 hours of sleep, you're basically running on adrenaline, which might feel good for a while but then you will get fatigued more easily as your adrenal glands can't enable this lifestyle indefinitely. Long term consequences of insufficient sleep include

      wrinkles & loss of skin elasticity
      loss of muscle mass
      ease of fat gain
      glucose intolerance (your body can't process sugar as well, so you gain weight & become more likely to develop insulin resistance, a step toward type 2 diabetes)
      hormonal imbalance (i.e. want to take hormone replacement therapy for life?)

      Adequate sleep helps you age well. Inadequate sleep is a recipe for accelerated aging (& problems associated with it).

      It might be worthwhile to figure out why it's so hard to awaken in the first place, rather than trying to make your body do something it wasn't "designed" to do.

    Approximately how long does a surgery last for a total Hysterectomy?
    My sister is having a total hysterectomy soon and she was wondering how long the surgery will take. I would appreciate any advice that anyone can give. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First, I had one almost 10 years ago and it's the BEST thing that I EVER did! I didn't realize that I felt so bad, until after, when I felt so much better. I had a 2 1/2 lb tumor on my uterus and was slowly bleeding to death.
      Anyway, the surgery usually lasts from 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours.
      Be sure to start on hormone replacement therapy right away. They usually start you on that while you are in the hospital. I'm sure she has heard horror stories, but mine was a good experience. I did not have horrible pain.....I was on oral pain meds and a morphine drip at the hospital, but even the nurse remarked how I didn't use much of the morphine! When I went home, I was still on oral meds, but didn't seem to use them much. Tell her to NOT push herself on things. I got very bored laying/sitting around and after a few weeks I thought I could do something simple like sweep the floor. BIG MISTAKE. Do NOT do anything early. Let yourself heal like the dr says. I went back to work 4 weeks after the surgery. I work full time, standing 8 hours a day. I did notice that I got very tired after a short time, but it felt good to get out of the house. She might consider taking it easy for the recommended time of 6 weeks.
      It's so nice to not have to worry about a period or the pain of it and do not worry about decreasing sex drive......for me, it was just the opposite! And I did not gain weight. I've always been small and I still am. Tell her to enjoy the freedom from periods and to not push herself and she'll be feeling better than ever very soon.

    What does it mean when my breast and lower stomach is sore?
    My breast and lower stomach has been sore since yesterday morning. I haven't started my period , i mean i never had a period it just haven't came yet. I am 13 years old and will be 14 at the end of this year. Does this mean I'm about to start my period ? And again i have NEVER started my period , Never! Please help ! Thanksss

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I found an article on the internet in regards to reasons for breast pain. I hope this information helps you with a few of your questions. Take care.

      •Hormones: It is seen that cyclic breast pain is linked to hormones. The hormonal changes during periods, pregnancy and after pregnancy play a major role in breast pain.

      •Retention of Water: During periods, breasts absorb extra fluid instead of discharging it.

      •Physical factors: Non-cyclic breast pain is caused due to breast cysts, trauma, breast surgery and other factors related to the breast.

      •Imbalance of Fatty Acids: The fatty acid imbalance affects the breast tissue cell sensitivity to hormone circulation.

      •Size of Breast: It is seen that heavy chested women suffer from non-cyclic breast pain. This breast pain is accompanied by neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain.

      •Medications: Oral contraceptives and infertility treatments also cause breast pain. Estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement therapy lead to breast tenderness. Intake of certain antidepressants may also be possible breast pain causes.

      •Infection: A possible microbial infection may lead to breast pain.

      •Other Causes: Hormone replacement therapy, weight gain, unfitting bras and tumors may be other breast pain causes.


    Do you have diet suggestions for an underactive thyroid?
    I have hypothyroid and in less than a year I went from 110lbs to 178lbs. I am depressed andI have isolated myself because I am too embarrased to go anywhere or date. I have tried to lose the weight but have had no luck.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism slows your metabolism and that's why you gain weight. The thyroid gland needs iodine to make thyroid hormones which are active, iodized forms of thyronine which is the hormone. Anything that gives you iodine is good, seafood, salt and stuff like that.
      Most important question, have you seen a doctor? And if you have, are you getting thyroid replacement therapy? And if you are, is your level therapeutic? As your weight gain should have improved if your thyroid hormone levels are good.
      Watch your calories, trying to keep between 1200 to 1500 calories if you're a woman and exercise drinking lots of WATER as well.

    why is eating hormone pills make one gain weight?
    is it because of the urge to eat more?
    or because it slows down your metabolism rate or something?
    if it is the first, i can CONTROL but it is is the second...
    what shall i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of us here assume you are talking about "The Pill" (if not, email me).
      Ever wonder why you feel like a fat, bloated cow when you take it? Think about it logically: they derive estrogen from pregnant mares. Pregnant mares. Estrogen is all about growth and maturation. If you're not pregnant, it's making your body think it is. Also, estrogen makes your body 1) retain water 2) conserve energy. It does this by 1) retaining sodium, therefore holding onto fluid (remember how many women get bloating and water weight-gain premenstrually?) and 2) suppressing your TSH by increasing SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) and suppressing ovulation and pituitary function (another thyroid issue). If I were you, I'd seek another, non-hormonal form of contraception (and if for HRT - hormone replacement therapy - try homeopathics or herbs to control symptoms). Noone should be on estrogens, period. Synthetic or otherwise.

    Can I ask my doctor to run me some blood tests, or would it be rude?
    I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I've been missing my period for months, I've been gaining weight even though i don't eat much, tried dieting and didn't lose any. I sleep 12 hours a day. I'm tired all the time and I'm losing my hair. I went to the doctor and the only thing she did is examine my belly by her hands and gave me a medicine called cyclo-progynova it's a hormone replacement therapy I believe. Don't you think she should have ran me some blood tests to make sure I'm fine? Can I ask her?
    oh and she only looked at my neck (my thyroid gland?) just looked at them, can she know for sure that I don't have a problem by just looking?

    • ANSWER:
      It is your health. You can demand any tests you feel will better help you and your doctor understand your symptoms. I say go for it and ask questions. Sometimes you have to be pushy so doctors will listen to you.

    Will I go through early menopause if I get one ovary removed?
    I recently found out that I have a huge ovarian cyst on my left side and that I am going to need surgery ASAP! My gynecologist wants to remove the whole ovary because there is a very small chance that it could be malignant. Is there any possibility that it would cause me to go into early menopause if I keep the right ovary?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Jesus_is.., So sorry for your Medical condition and hope you will feel better soon. that said as to your question Your doctor may conduct an ovary removal, or oophorectomy, as part of a hysterectomy or if you have an abnormal growth. This surgery is often performed by laparoscopy so you can go home the same day or the following day.An oophorectomy is the removal of one or both your ovaries (female reproductive structure responsible for producing eggs and generating hormones). When one ovary is removed, the procedure is called a unilateral oophorectomy, and when both ovaries...Surgical menopause is the removal of a woman's ovaries during surgery. Only the ovaries may be removed, or the woman may have a partial or total hysterectomy. Removing the uterus and fallopian tubes will not cause surgical menopause, only the...If only one ovary is removed, the woman will not go through surgical menopause because there is still another ovary producing hormones.Know Who Needs Surgical Menopause, Women who have ovarian cancer may have their ovaries removed during surgery. Women who suffer from painful fibroid tumors may also opt to have the ovaries surgically removed. Some women who are genetically predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer opt to have their ovaries removed, especially if their sisters or mother have developed breast or ovarian cancer. Mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have a high risk for breast or ovarian cancer. If there is a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, get genetic testing to find out if you have the mutation.All surgeries have risks that are serious considerations for you. Excessive blood loss, infection and complications from anesthesia are just some of the risks of all surgery. Other complications for removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) include unintentional injury to other internal organs during surgery and intestinal blockages.Predicting Hot Flashes, Yes! You will have all the symptoms of natural menopause after surgery to remove the ovaries. You may experience one or all of these symptoms immediately after surgery including hot flashes, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, night sweats, vaginal dryness, diminished sex drive and fatigue, unless you start on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) right away. HRT can be in the form of a pill, gel or a patch prescribed in the lowest possible dosage,Understand Hormone Replacement Therapy ,Estrogen Therapy alone does increase the risk of uterine cancer, so most women are given a combination of estrogen and progestin, called Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or Hormone Therapy. If you've had a total hysterectomy and the uterus has been removed, you no longer have to worry about uterine cancer. Progestin protects the uterus from cancer, which is why it's combined with estrogen to provide protection against cancer in HRT. Most doctors agree that women should remain on HRT for no more than 5 years. Side effects of HRT can include headaches and breast pain. Some women temporarily gain water weight. More serious side effects of HRT include bleeding, cancer, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Go for regular check ups while you're on HRT, and contact your doctor if you experience any unusual side effects. I hope all these information helped you with more knowledge which will take you from Zero to hero. Good luck best wishes hope you get better soon. Sorry for your problems but you will get better dear hope for the best.

    will hormone replacement help with weight gain?
    Will HRT therapy, using natural products, or prescription, help will the perimenopause weight gain? I've gain so much weight in the middle, I work out, and I can't lose a pound!

    • ANSWER:
      I think so. Your hormones are so out of control before/during menopause that it can be hard to control your weight. I think that hormone replacement could help to balance you out. I would talk to your doctor to figure out exactly what you should be doing.

    what exactly does addisons disease do to a person?
    my sis has addisons disease and i'd like to know how to tell the difference between her disease and it's effects and when she's just being a big old drama queen - - how do I tell? at what age does this disease attack the hardest? how likely is a sudden death from it?

    • ANSWER:
      Addison's disease is a hormone deficiency caused by damage to the outer layer of the adrenal gland (adrenal cortex).


      Extreme weakness
      Unintentional weight loss
      Nausea and vomiting
      Chronic diarrhea
      Loss of appetite
      Darkening of the skin - patchy skin color
      Unnaturally dark color in some locations
      Paleness may also occur
      Mouth lesions on the inside of a cheek (buccal mucosa) - pigmentation
      Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
      Changes in the blood pressure or heart rate
      Salt craving


      Replacement therapy with corticosteroids will control the symptoms of this disease. However, these drugs must usually be continued for life. Usually a combination of glucocorticoids (cortisone or hydrocortisone) and mineralocorticoids (fludrocortisone) are given.

      Medication may need to be increased during times of stress, infection, or injury.

      Adrenal crisis is an extreme manifestation of symptoms of adrenal insufficiency brought on by physical stress. Hydrocortisone must be injected immediately to sustain life. Supportive treatment for low blood pressure is usually necessary as well.

      Some people with Addison's disease are taught to give themselves an emergency injection of hydrocortisone during stressful situations. It is important for the individual with Addison's disease to always carry a medical identification card that states the type of medication and the proper dose needed in case of an emergency.

      Never skip doses of medication for this condition, as life-threatening reactions may occur. If unable to retain medication due to vomiting, notify your health care provider, go to the emergency room, or call the local emergency number (such as 911) immediately.

      Also report sudden weight gain or fluid retention to the health care provider.

    Can you fast during Ramadan if you have hypothyroidism?
    My doctor says no, but I have heard of several people fasting during this holy month and they have thyroid disease--their doctor said it was okay. Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Honey, each person is different... Just because another person's hypothyroidism was such that it was acceptable to fast has no bearing what so ever on YOUR health.

      I have no idea what YOUR body is like...

      No one else here has any idea what YOUR body is like...


      Listen to your doctor! S/he knows more about what is up with you than any stranger you meet on the Internet.

      What is healthy with one person can kill another... Your health is important... And your theism has rules about exceptions for ill health because your god doesn't want his followers to drop dead because "Everyone Else Says..."

      Hypothyroidism won't kill you but it can complicate your long term health.

      For those that don't know what she is talking about:

      Hypothyroidism Overview
      Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.

      Early symptoms:
      Being more sensitive to cold
      Fatigue or feeling slowed down
      Heavier menstrual periods
      Joint or muscle pain
      Paleness or dry skin
      Thin, brittle hair or fingernails
      Weight gain (unintentional)

      Late symptoms, if left untreated:
      Decreased taste and smell
      Puffy face, hands, and feet
      Slow speech
      Thickening of the skin
      Thinning of eyebrows

      The purpose of treatment is to replace the thyroid hormone that is lacking. Levothyroxine is the most commonly used medication. Doctors will prescribe the lowest dose that effectively relieves symptoms and brings the TSH level to a normal range. If you have heart disease or you are older, your doctor may start with a very small dose.

      Lifelong therapy is required unless you have a condition called transient viral thyroiditis.

      You must continue taking your medication even when your symptoms go away. When starting your medication, your doctor may check your hormone levels every 2 - 3 months. After that, your thyroid hormone levels should be monitored at least every year.

      Important things to remember when you are taking thyroid hormone are:
      Do NOT stop taking the medication when you feel better. Continue taking the medication exactly as directed by your doctor.
      If you change brands of thyroid medicine, let your doctor know. Your levels may need to be checked.
      Some dietary changes can change the way your body absorbs the thryoid medicine. Talk with your doctor if you are eating a lot of soy products or a high-fiber diet.

      Thryoid medicine works best on an empty stomach and when taken 1 hour before any other medications. Do NOT take thyroid hormone with calcium, iron, multivitamins, alumin hydroxide antacids, colestipol, or other medicines that bind bile acids, or fiber supplements.

      After you start taking replacement therapy, tell your doctor if you have any symptoms of increased thyroid activity (hyperthyroidism) such as:
      Rapid weight loss
      Restlessness or shakiness
      Myxedema coma is a medical emergency that occurs when the body's level of thyroid hormones becomes extremely low. It is treated with intravenous thyroid hormone replacement and steroid medications. Some patients may need supportive therapy (oxygen, breathing assistance, fluid replacement) and intensive-care nursing.

      The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck just below the voice box (larynx). It releases hormones that control metabolism.

      The most common cause of hypothyroidism is inflammation of the thyroid gland, which damages the gland's cells. Autoimmune or Hashimoto's thyroiditis, in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, is the most common example of this. Some women develop hypothyroidism after pregancy (often referred to as "postpartum throiditis").

      Other common causes of hypothyroidism include:
      Congenital (birth) defects
      Radiation treatments to the neck to treat different cancers, which may also damage the thyroid gland
      Radioactive iodine used to treat an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
      Surgical removal of part or all of the thyroid gland, done to treat other thyroid problems
      Viral thyroiditis, which may case hyperthyroidism and is often followed by temporary or permanent hypothyroidism
      Certain drugs can cause hyperthyroidism, including:
      Drugs used for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), such as propylthiouracil (PTU) and methimazole
      Radiation to the brain

      Sheehan syndrome, a condition that may occur in a woman who bleeds severely during pregnancy or childbirth and causes destruction of the pituitary gland
      Risk factors include:
      Age over 50 years
      Being female

      Tests & diagnosis
      A physical examination may reveal a smaller-than-normal thyroid gland, although sometimes the gland is normal size or even enlarged (goiter). The examination may also reveal:
      Brittle nails
      Coarse facial features
      Pale or dry skin, which may be cool to the touch
      Swelling of the arms and legs
      Thin and brittle hair
      A chest x-ray may show an enlarged heart.
      Laboratory tests to determine thyroid function include:
      Serum TSH
      T4 test
      Lab tests may also reveal:
      Anemia on a complete blood count (CBC)
      Increased cholesterol levels
      Increased liver enzymes
      Increased prolactin
      Low sodium

      In most cases, thyroid levels return to with proper treatment. However, thyroid hormone replacement must be taken for the rest of your life.
      Myxedema coma can result in death.

      There is no prevention for hypothyroidism.
      Screening tests in newborns can detect hypothyroidism that is present from birth (congenital hypothyroidism).

      Myxedema coma, the most severe form of hypothyroidism, is rare. It may be caused by an infection, illness, exposure to cold, or certain medications in people with untreated hypothyroidism.
      Symptoms and signs of myxedema coma include:
      Below normal temperature
      Decreased breathing
      Low blood pressure
      Low blood sugar
      Other complications are:
      Heart disease
      Increased risk of infection
      People with untreated hypothyroidism are at increased risk for:
      Giving birth to a baby with birth defects
      Heart disease because of higher levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol
      Heart failure

      People treated with too much thyroid hormone are at risk for angina or heart attack, as well as osteoporosis (thinning of the bones).

      When to contact a doctor
      Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of hypothyroidism (or myxedema).
      If you are being treated for hypothyroidism, call your doctor if:
      You develop chest pain or rapid heartbeat
      You have an infection
      Your symptoms get worse or do not improve with treatment
      You develop new symptoms

    What does it mean when 65 year old woman has a period after 10 years without?
    does this just happen? is there possibly something serious? Ihave no older females to ask. Thanks.
    Certainly plan to see Dr. Started over july4 weekend. Closed office. Short week, they are booked. Appt in 3 weeks. I wondered if I need sooner or should just relax.

    • ANSWER:
      Post-menopausal bleeding is usually not caused by something serious (stress, weight gain/loss, nutrition, insulin resistance, changing hormones). However, it can also be a sign of uterine abnormalities, from simple, nonsinister hyperplasia (overgrowth) to something as serious as uterine cancer.

      We certainly don't want to scare you. I have been postmenopausal for four years myself, and I would see my physician if I had bleeding or spotting. It is much better to see a doctor and have it turn out to be something simple and harmless than to ignore it.

      I am assuming you are not taking hormone replacement therapy (estrogen/progesterone). If you are, this could be a cause of the bleeding. But if you are taking it, don't stop it without seeing your doctor.

      See your doctor with this Question. Take care of yourself!

    How much do you really know about Graves Disease (hyperthyroidism)?
    Out of the list of symptoms listed below, which ones are associated with hyperthyroidism? Which ones are not?

    01. Rapid weight gain
    02. Severe muscle atrophy - to the point of being crippling
    03. Muscle pain
    04. Rapid heart rate
    05. High blood pressure
    06. Goiter
    07. Hair loss
    08. Brittle fingernails & toenails
    09. Extreme intolerance to cold
    10. Severe mood swings

    Can you think of any symptoms that are not listed here?

    Also, are there any methods for the treatment of this disease that does not involve popping any pills?

    • ANSWER:
      Graves' disease can manifest with any or all of the following:

      Shortness of breath



      Pretibial myxedema (lumpy, reddish-colored thickening of the skin, usually on the shins)

      Double vision

      Muscle wasting

      Increased eye tearing

      Infrequent or absent menstrual periods

      Abnormal breast enlargement (men)

      Increased hair loss

      Diminished sex drive

      Brittle nails

      Treatment of Graves' Disease
      The choice of treatment depends upon the age and overall condition of the patient, the size of thyroid gland, and patient preference.

      Currently, there are at least three methods of treatment: drugs that inhibit production of thyroid hormone or provide symptomatic relief, the use of radioactive iodine to destroy part of the thyroid gland and thereby reduce hormone production, or surgical removal of part of the gland.

      Drug therapy. Your doctor will prescribe either methimazole (Tapazole) or propylthiouracil (PTU) pills. These drugs act to prevent the thyroid from manufacturing the thyroid hormone.

      The side effects of this medication may be drowsiness and minor lethargy; in rare cases, they can cause agranulocytosis, a blood disease. Most of the time, however, this form of therapy is safe and restores normal hormone balance within a couple of months.

      Another medication, propranolol, is a beta-blocker that helps relieve the symptoms of Graves' disease including rapid heart rate, tremor, sweating and anxiety. Iodinated contrast agents can also provide effective treatment for hyperthyroidism of any cause.

      Radioactive iodine therapy. This is an alternative if drug treatment fails. You are given a capsule or a drink of water containing radioactive iodine. After being swallowed, the "radioiodine" is rapidly absorbed by the overactive thyroid cells and are destroyed by the radiation, so less thyroid hormone is produced.

      The radioactivity disappears from the body within days. You should not undergo radioactive iodine therapy if you are pregnant as the radiation can adversely affect a developing fetus.

      Surgery. Thyroidectomy is surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. If only a single lump or nodule within the thyroid is producing too much hormone, the surgeon can take out just that small part of the gland. If the entire gland is overactive, which is more often the case, a total thyroidectomy is needed.

      Surgery is the preferred treatment for people with a large goiter who chronically relapse after drug therapy, if there is a risk of cancer, and for people who refuse or are not candidates for radioactive iodine therapy, such as pregnant women. Depending on how much of the gland is left after surgery, you may need subsequent thyroid replacement therapy.

    Why is breast cancer more common in post menopausal women?
    Studies show that 78% of cases are diagnosed in women who are post menopausal. Due to "hormonal and reproductive factors." What are these factors?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes the chances of getting breast cancer in post menopausal women are comparitivelyl more due to Estrogen Exposure.

      The more estrogen a woman is exposed to over her lifetime, the greater her risk for breast cancer. This includes women who began menstruating at a younger age, and those who are recent or current users of estrogen-progesterone hormone replacement therapy. Obesity increases the risk for breast cancer in postmenopausal women, because estrogen is produced in fat tissue once the ovaries stop producing the hormone.

      Because growth of breast tissue is highly sensitive to estrogens, the more estrogen a woman is exposed to over her lifetime, the higher her risk for breast cancer.

      Duration of Estrogen Exposure. Early age at menarche (first menstrual period) or later age at menopause may slightly increase a womans risk for breast cancer.

      Hormone Replacement Therapy. Many studies have reported a higher risk for breast cancer in postmenopausal women who take combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which contains both estrogen and progesterone. Combination HRT is used by women who have a uterus, because estrogen alone can increase the risk of uterine cancer. Estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy is prescribed for women who have had a hysterectomy.

      Another reason is Obesity which increases the risk for all types of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancers. Women who gain weight after menopause are most at risk. (On a positive note, losing weight after menopause decreases breast cancer risk.) In postmenopausal women, estrogen is produced in fat tissue. High amounts of fatty tissue increase levels of estrogen in the body, leading to faster growth of estrogen-sensitive cancers.-

    How does some medication cause weight gain?
    Is it just increased appetite and more eating?

    • ANSWER:
      Certain prescription drugs used to treat mood disorders, seizures, migraines, diabetes, and even high blood pressure can cause weight gain - sometimes 10 pounds a month. Some steroids, hormone replacement therapy, and oral contraceptives can also cause unwanted pounds to creep up on you.

      "And in some cases, it is unrelated to the action of the drug itself," she adds. "For example, if an antidepressant makes people feel better, their appetite may be restored and they eat more."

    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
      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
      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.

    How does exercise reduce or prevent osteoporosis?

    Could someone tell me what BMD is?

    • ANSWER:
      Osteoporosis is a disease of bone that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone microarchitecture is disrupted, and the amount and variety of non-collagenous proteins in bone is altered.

      Other tips for prevention
      These measures also may help you prevent bone loss:

      * Exercise. Exercise can help you build strong bones and slow bone loss. Exercise will benefit your bones no matter when you start, but you'll gain the most benefits if you start exercising regularly when you're young and continue to exercise throughout your life. Combine strength training exercises with weight-bearing exercises. Strength training helps strengthen muscles and bones in your arms and upper spine, and weight-bearing exercises — such as walking, jogging, running, stair climbing, skipping rope, skiing and impact-producing sports — mainly affect the bones in your legs, hips and lower spine. Swimming, cycling and machines such as elliptical trainers can provide a good cardiovascular workout, but because they're low impact, they're not as helpful for improving bone health as weight-bearing exercises are.
      * Add soy to your diet. The plant estrogens found in soy help maintain bone density and may reduce the risk of fractures.
      * Don't smoke. Smoking increases bone loss, perhaps by decreasing the amount of estrogen a woman's body makes and by reducing the absorption of calcium in your intestine. The effects on bone of secondhand smoke aren't yet known.
      * Consider hormone therapy. Hormone therapy can reduce a woman's risk of osteoporosis during and after menopause. But because of the risk of side effects, discuss the options with your doctor and decide what's best for you. Testosterone replacement therapy works only for men with osteoporosis caused by low testosterone levels. Taking it when you have normal testosterone levels won't increase bone mass.
      * Avoid excessive alcohol. Consuming more than two alcoholic drinks a day may decrease bone formation and reduce your body's ability to absorb calcium. There's no clear link between moderate alcohol intake and osteoporosis.
      * Limit caffeine. Moderate caffeine consumption — about two to three cups of coffee a day — won't harm you as long as your diet contains adequate calcium.

    How do I deal with my menopausal mom?
    She keeps blowing up at me and won't admit she's reached "that time". The constant yelling is really getting to me- she has a really short temper.

    • ANSWER:
      Advice from another menopausal mom:

      You must tell her that you're worried she's having mood swings due to menopause.

      Tell her that she seems incredibly stressed lately and that you're worried about her.

      Tell her that the stress and anxiety of menopause are related to physical, hormonal causes and that this stress and anxiety can cause illness if it continues. Chronic stress can cause blood glucose imbalances, insulin imbalances, inflammation of the cardiovascular system, and weight gain.

      Tell her that you want her to see a doctor so she won't be so stressed all the time. Hormone replacement therapy is one possibility, but there are also other natural remedies doctors can recommend.

      Ask her what you can do to help decrease her stress. Can you help with housework? Cook a meal? Feed the pets? Turn down your stereo? Do the grocery shopping?

      Menopause is difficult both for the menopauser and the menopauser's family. It can be like the worst PMS in the world multiplied ten times. Insomnia, hot flashes, crawly skin, restless leg syndrome, weight gain, mood swings, headaches, dry skin and hair, depression...you get the idea.

      You can't "fix" your mom's menopause, but you can offer your support. If there are friends or relatives you can enlist in your campaign to get her to a doctor, use them too!

    what products can you use on your breasts to help give them a lift?
    is there any creams you can use to improve the skin or stop the skin from stretching?? or can you use wrinkle cream on your breasts to improve the skin?

    • ANSWER:
      NO topical (on the skin surface) product exists which will reverse the damage caused by gravity, breast-feeding, and dieting, to breast skin. The appearance of stretch-marks will minimise on its own, over time, but there is NO way to remove stretch-marks, short of surgery.

      All such advertising is charlatanry, and if you read the fine print, you'll see the words 'individual results will vary', which mean: 'you may have no results at all, and we are not responsible'.

      Really good moisturiser, used regularly, will keep skin smoother and softer (all over your body). It is especially important to moisturise while dieting, while lactating, or when you gain a substantial amount of weight, to PREVENT as much skin-damage as possible.

      If you are going through menopause, see your GP about the appropriateness of Hormone Replacement Therapy in your particular case. Bear in mind that human beings are not MEANT to have those hormones after a certain age, and they ARE KNOWN to increase the risk of breast-cancer. This may be offset by the decrease in risk of osteoporosis, changes to vocal range, growth of body and facial hair, hot-flashes, night-sweats (ugh...) and a host of psychological effects.

      Vitamin E oil, vitamin C, and 'the chemical of the day' all have various merits. The truth is, smaller-breasted women, and women whose weight does not fluctuate significantly are going to have less skin damage on their breasts, over time, than those of us who have breasts like zeppelins, and who have (in my case medical) struggles with weight.

      Mothers should teach their daughters to sleep while standing on their heads, to reverse gravity-damage... but somehow, I doubt that is practicable.

      Remember, you are beautiful FOR YOURSELF, not for your breasts! Your whole body reflects your life-experiences (childbearing, lactating, kidney disease, anorexia, menopause, whatever...) and, if you don't make your living off your breasts, (and are not suffering ill effects from menopause), just try pampering yourself, and be satisfied with the changes which reflect the wonderful woman you are, and have been.

      It's not easy, but we live in a culture which has become obsessed with 'anti-aging' products. Considering the alternative, I prefer to continue aging, thanks. My grey hairs are testament to the trials of my life.

      My breasts can be hoisted up with a good quality bra, when I dress up. Sure, Lycra Spandex (TM) and make-up are our friends... but when all is said and done, being at peace with our bodies is more important than anything else.

      That said, I want to win a total body make-over... ROFL!

    why are my breast sore after having unprotected sexy?
    I em 12 days away from my period i started to feel my breast sore 3 days after my last period n i still have sore breat can i be pregnant? I been trying to get pregnat with my husband i had a miscarriage about 2 months ago. A lso I been having cramps lately right after we had sex after my last period was over.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I found an article on the internet in regards to reasons for breast pain. I hope this information helps you with a few of your questions. Take care.

      •Hormones: It is seen that cyclic breast pain is linked to hormones. The hormonal changes during periods, pregnancy and after pregnancy play a major role in breast pain.

      •Retention of Water: During periods, breasts absorb extra fluid instead of discharging it.

      •Physical factors: Non-cyclic breast pain is caused due to breast cysts, trauma, breast surgery and other factors related to the breast.

      •Imbalance of Fatty Acids: The fatty acid imbalance affects the breast tissue cell sensitivity to hormone circulation.

      •Size of Breast: It is seen that heavy chested women suffer from non-cyclic breast pain. This breast pain is accompanied by neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain.

      •Medications: Oral contraceptives and infertility treatments also cause breast pain. Estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement therapy lead to breast tenderness. Intake of certain antidepressants may also be possible breast pain causes.

      •Infection: A possible microbial infection may lead to breast pain.

      •Other Causes: Hormone replacement therapy, weight gain, unfitting bras and tumors may be other breast pain causes.


    Is it bad that I want to get a complete hysterectomy as soon as I legally can?
    I really DO NOT ever want kids. I never have wanted kids and I can't stand the idea of it. I hate getting periods too, but mostly I don't want the risk of pregnancy at all, so I really would want to get a hysterectomy.

    Is that a bad thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Doing that can cause a lot of damage to your body! Like pretty harmful stuff with just the surgery alone... In order to remove the uterus, they have to cut you open of course, then cut through muscle, then move your organs out of the way, then remove the uterus and sometimes the organs that get put back can have issues, they don't take any out, they just move them around. But they can do it laparoscopically http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673000/
      or abdominally http://www.atlasofpelvicsurgery.com/5Uterus/10TotalAbdominalHysterectomy/chap5sec10.html

      I'm sorry if you don't like periods, nobody does haha but that's part of being a woman, if you don't wanna get pregnant, you can use multiple forms of birth control, but a hysterectomy can cause sooo much damage!

      Hysterectomies aren't usually performed on young women, even with older women its usually only used as a last resort for these conditions/issues: extremely heavy periods, fibroids, gynecological cancer, endometriosis and other rare conditions or cancers... Removing the uterus can actually lead to early menopause, lowered estrogen levels, and you may or may not need hormone replacement therapy.

      The hormone issues alone could cause all sorts of problems... Weight gain, mood swings, hot flashes...

      Here's another page: http://www.health.ny.gov/community/adults/women/hysterectomy/

      But just for your info, most doctors or really any doctors would never perform a hysterectomy on a young and healthy woman. It's not exactly a bad thing really, just kinda a radical decision...

    How to treat or live with Hypothiroidism?
    What are you taking?
    Is there a specific Diet?
    What are the symptoms?

    I was Diagnosed with HypoThyroid a year in half ago and I still get sick and not feel good. I take blood work every 3 months and get a check up every 3 months as well and last time dr said I was going better and that my cells were much better on the last blood work but I still feel some of the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      The prefix 'hypo' means less than normal. 'Hyper' mean more than normal. So hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone. Symptoms are usually fatigue, intolerance to cold, sluggishness, depression, lack of concentration, inability to manage weight loss or gain, constipation, coarse/dry skin and hair and diminished basal metabolic rate.

      Some of the other symptoms of thyroid dysfunction are hair loss, sensitivity to hot or cold, menstrual irregularities, abnormally low blood sugar, puffiness around eyes or ankles, and increase in serum cholesterol.

      A typical medication for this is "Synthroid" which will most likely need to be taken indefinitely.

      Conventional thyroid treatment treats all cases of hypothyroidism by seeking to replace the natural hormone with synthetic hormones. The dosage is determined based on trial and error.

      Natural thyroid medication that uses hormone replacement therapy makes the use of hormones prepared from pig tissue. These can at times, interfere with the natural functioning of the human body.

      Alternative thyroid treatments like homeopathy, seek to ascertain the root cause of the disease. Homeopathy is based on the principal that a group of symptoms produced by a particular remedy in a healthy person will cure a similar set of symptoms in a sick individual. A homeopathic physician prescribes thyroid medications based on individual symptoms.

      Homeopathy requires a lot of time and effort since the physician needs to study patient history, living styles, diet preferences and mannerisms into before prescribing a customized remedy.

      Sometimes simple procedures may be prescribed instead of medicines to ensure efficient and fast healing. Some of these may include:

      * A gentle tapping of the thyroid gland ten times, three time a day
      * Soaking the feet in water with sea salt
      * Rubbing feet with a mixture of castor oil and kelp tincture, wrapping in plastic overnight

      Homeopathic remedies do not interfere with the natural healing process of the body. On the contrary, they stimulate the body organs to restore normal body function. With regard to hypothyroidism, this would mean that homeopathic remedies reactivate hormone secretions.

      The main aim of homeopathy and other alternative thyroid treatments is to aid in self-healing so that synthetic products can be avoided.

      Homeopathic treatment of Hypothyroidism

      There is no single drug or single remedy in homeopath for hypothyroidism. Homeopathy approaches different situations of hypothyroidism in different ways. For instance, if someone who is obsessive, feels very hot and can’t stop hurrying and if the patient is dark eyed or dark haired, they are given Iodum 30c. In a same way, a patient with constipation, earthy complexion and with palpitations is given the medicine called Natrum mur. 30c. if the patient is having flushed face and staring eyes, he or she should receive Lycopus 30c and patient with heart pounding and racing, Lycoups 30c will be preferred medicine. These all can be taken every hour for up to 10 doses.

      Another specific remedy to be taken every twelve hours for up to five days is giving Arsenicum Album 30c. This is been used to treat the disease since years. Homeopathy also offers good prognosis to cases of hypothyroidism. Some people practice with different approach of homeopathic medicines for hypothyroidism. This includes Calcarea Phos, Lapis Alb, Thyroidinum, Calcarea Iod, Calcarea Carb, Fucus Vesiculosus, Bromium, Iodine.etc.

    will one cycle of steroids have any negative effects on me?
    im 16, ive been hitting the gym for a year now. my strength is decent i guess, but im not satisfied. i weigh 128 and bench 170. my height is 5 feet and 8 inches. i want to know if one cycle of steroids will do any damage. please only answer if you know what you're talking about. preferably someone who has taken steroids or knows someone who has taken steroids.

    • ANSWER:
      Well I have both taken steroids and know other people who have taken them at different ages. At your age it's quite likely that even one cycle will do some damage. First of all you haven't been training long enough. Even an adult should not even think about using steroids until they have reached their genetic potential, or at the very least, 6-7 years to have a good knowledge of form and your body. Second, your body has not developed enough. Use of steroids at your age will close your growth plates, stunting your growth, it can effect the growth of your internal organs, especially your heart. While there is no evidence to suggest "roid rage" exists in adults, there IS evidence to suggest that steroids can effect brain development causing behavioral problems and aggressive behavior that will last into your adult life. Lastly it will screw up your endocrine system. This system is responsible for all the hormones in your body, and is not fully developed until about 24-25, and not even close to being developed at 16. I may have very little scientific proof about the effects of steroids on teens, but this is because no one is going to give teenagers steroids just to see what happens. However, I played football throughout my younger years until an injury sidelined me. I knew a few people who took steroids in high school, and out of the people i know that took them that I am still close with, 1 has had liver and kidney problems over the past few years (can't say for sure steroids but kinda coincidence) and a couple are on testosterone replacement therapy because they have such low natural testosterone levels, one has been on TRT since he was 21 ( imagine that 21 years old and you can't get hard and have to do a weekly injection for the rest of your life. :( also keep in mind we are only 25) and these guys I can say their problems are from using steroids young.

      What does your diet/training look like? The biggest problem I found with my achieving my goals when I was younger was with my diet and training. Especially if you're looking for strength, listening to fitness magazines. Next thing is if you are trying to gain weight, make sure you are getting a lot of calories, I found that especially when I was eating clean, I was eating a lot less calories than I needed so keep your eye on that.

      Lastly just be patient, I was a real small guy until I was like 19 and then I gained about 60 lbs naturally, just a growth spurt I suppose, who knows, two 3 months from now you might pack on weight naturally, remember your not done developing yet.

    Why is Menopause worse than having periods?
    I thought Menopause means no periods so that means girls can be better than when they were having periods?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, yes, at the end of menopause a woman no longer has periods, but it doesn't happen overnight. Over the course of several years (it varies) a woman's body will start 'preparing' for menopause, go through it, and then finish it. Symptoms of menopause may include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, aching joints and muscle problems, anxiety, irritability, depression and mental fatigue. Decreased libido, headaches, migraines, heart palpitations, urinary tract infections, weight gain, hair loss and incontinence are also symptoms of menopause.

      If you survive that intact then you're on a roll. No periods will be great, but it also means the body isn't producing enough estrogen or progesterone, they are female hormones and effectively they are what makes us female (in essence!). Any woman who has premature menopause is then at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis - estrogen, among other things, is very important in maintaining bone density and preventing bone loss.

      Of course, there'shormone replacement therapy which helps combat the symptoms of menopause, but that in itself comes with risks of blood clots, cancers etc.

      My mum developed breast after being on HRT for 20 years - she had premature menopause and needed to go on HRT.

      Being a woman isn't always a barrel of laughs - there's a lot of shit that can happen!

    Amy is 25 and has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and is given thyroid replacement hormones.?
    What symptoms of hypothyroidism might she have been experiencing before beginning thyroid replacement therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      Uncontrollable weight gain

    Has any one who has had a hysterectomy gained a lot of weight?
    I had one in June and I weighed 130 now I weigh 150 and I am quite upset about it, and I don't want to gain more. Any suggestions

    • ANSWER:
      I had a total hysterectomy in Feb. of 2000...
      initially I gaines about 23 pounds which I was NOT happy about. But, we "played" with the type and dosage of my HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and I lost the weight; not to mention the night sweats!!! :)
      So, talk to your ob/gyne and see which HRT is right for you. I am currently on a synthetic one called Cenestin. Love it!

    why do i have sore breasts between ovulation and my period?
    i had unprotected sex at the weekend 12 and 13th may with my partner (this is around the time on when i ovulate) my period isnt due for another 7-9 days (i have a cycle of between 28 and 32 days) . its not uncommon for me to have sore breasts just before my period (1-2days) but ive noticed that they are quite tender now and my nipples have darkened (like purple). im not trying to get pregnant we are just seeing what happens.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I found an article on the internet in regards to reasons for breast pain. I hope this information helps you with a few of your questions. Take care.

      •Hormones: It is seen that cyclic breast pain is linked to hormones. The hormonal changes during periods, pregnancy and after pregnancy play a major role in breast pain.

      •Retention of Water: During periods, breasts absorb extra fluid instead of discharging it.

      •Physical factors: Non-cyclic breast pain is caused due to breast cysts, trauma, breast surgery and other factors related to the breast.

      •Imbalance of Fatty Acids: The fatty acid imbalance affects the breast tissue cell sensitivity to hormone circulation.

      •Size of Breast: It is seen that heavy chested women suffer from non-cyclic breast pain. This breast pain is accompanied by neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain.

      •Medications: Oral contraceptives and infertility treatments also cause breast pain. Estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement therapy lead to breast tenderness. Intake of certain antidepressants may also be possible breast pain causes.

      •Infection: A possible microbial infection may lead to breast pain.

      •Other Causes: Hormone replacement therapy, weight gain, unfitting bras and tumors may be other breast pain causes.


    Could peri- or menopause be making me feel masculine?
    This is a repeat. I got one good answer the last time, but I wanted to post this during a higher traffic time to see if anyone else had suggestions. 'm a 41yo woman. Lately, much to my chagrin, I've been feeling a sort of hypermasculinity. I also have acne along my jawline, which I've read can indicate an excess of androgens. Could both of these things be indicative of menopause? Are there any natural, vegan, non-hormonal remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      "Hypermasculinity" could mean many different things, so I can't address whether perimenopause can make you feel masculine. It can certainly make you aggressive and irritable due to hormone imbalances.

      Many women in perimenopause, due to testoserone imbalances, can experience acne. Just like being an adolescent again.

      It sounds as if you've educated yourself well on perimenopause and menopause. (Perimenopause is the years leading into menopause, which is defined as having gone one year without menstruation).

      It's always interesting when women want "treatment" for menopause, since it's a natural transition. However, the hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, acne, irritability, mood swings, libido changes, and skin/hair changes can be disturbing. All these signs/symptoms certainly don't feel natural.

      Some women find that the herb black cohosh (marketed as Estroven and Remifemin) helps these signs and symptoms. You may want to visit the websites for these; sometimes they offer free samples.

      After almost 8 years of perimenopause misery, including dozens of daily hot flashes, palpitations, and weight gain, I am now on hormone replacement therapy. Most of my signs/symptoms have improved. HRT does have its dangers, though, so my physician and I are monitoring my health very carefully.

      If you decide to check out black cohosh, be sure that it doesn't affect any medical conditions you may have or any other drugs you may be taking. Herbs may be all-natural, but they still can have adverse effects.

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