Hormone Replacement For Menopause


Frequently Asked Questions

    On menopause, Why you think the concept of hormone replacement therapy is greatly debated?
    Do you believe that women with menopause could actually benefit from hormone replacement therapy? Why or why not?

    • ANSWER:
      Alot of women do seem to benefit from it, however I think that because there are some women who have adverse reactions to hormones or there are studies that link hormones to cancer or other issues many women are skeptical to try them.
      I think it's very similar to women who use birth control in order to aid with issues during their cycle. It works for some and causes more problems for other women. I personally will not use oral contraceptives for this reason, but I do not fault others for using them. I think it really boils down to what is most effective for your body.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    How long should a Hormone replacement , be taken.?
    How long should a hormone replacement be taken. Is there a time frame, in order to stay safe.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are taking hormone replacement at natural age of menopause (age 44 and older), the rule is to take it for the shortest amount of time and in the smallest dose to get you through your symptoms. If you are a younger woman and are taking it to replace hormones because you had your ovaries removed, then you should take it till age of natural menopause (around age 50).

    when breast cancer has spread to brian liver lungs and bone how much time do you have?
    21/2 years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer from taking hormone replacement therapy for menopause they removed part of the breast in may 2009 they found they cancer returned they did brain surgery to remove the cancer from the brain how ever they told her it has spread to lungs liver and bones. On 9/11/09 they told her she is terminal and to start preparing for hospice. When the doctor tells you to prepare for hospice how long does she have left?

    • ANSWER:
      Very sorry to hear this.
      From experience in working in Palliative Care wards, (and having father who died from Lung Cancer), once it spreads to the brain, then the patient is already stage 4 - thankfully your mother has survived that ordeal, but now she has to battle it in the liver, lungs and bones, unfortunately this is last stage. This is hard.
      Once it is in the liver, there is little time because the liver is responsible for so many things in the body, along with the lungs.
      I cannot give you a time frame, i am not God. But keep her comfortable, alot of pain medication will help her pass without being in pain.
      In training we were taught some signs of approaching death.
      1) Shallow and irregular breathing
      2) Low urine output
      3) Little or no appetite
      and some more that i forgot.

      My dad was diagosed with lung cancer - 4 months later he was dead. It spread to the liver and bones, and brain but my mother didn't even tell me (i was 13).

      May she have a peaceful passing. God bless you and your family

    What are some ways to help with hot flashes and night sweats? (recent surgical menopause & unable to take HRT)?
    I am unable to take hormone replacement as my cancer was hormone sensitive. I am 7 weeks into surgical menopause and went straight from regular ovulation to losing my ovaries , and everything else. I am coping with the hot episodes (and am grateful to now be cancer free) but would appreciate any tips anyone could give me on how to lessen them or ease them. I can't take any hormones, not even plant based ones. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree. Check out soy based products.

    What are some good natural remedies for female AND male menopause.?
    I am beginning menopause and dont really want to do the hormone replacement thing. Are there any good otc natural remedies to help with the many symptoms? also, lucky us, my husband, I believe is going through male menopause, are there any mens' otc help? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of women get relief from Remifemin which continas black cohosh.

      Can't help your husband. Are you sure he's going through menopause? Could he be going out in sympathy? A friend's husband would feel things on her behalf (no joke) and the doctor told her that it was so bad that he would likely feel the labour pains when she gave birth.

    How long does it take to adjust to lower hrt levels?
    I am 35yrs old and went into early menopause 5yrs ago. I have been taking oral contraceptives for hormone replacement for 3years. My doctor had me on a very high dose for two years of these years. Less than three months ago I lowered my dose. I was wondering how long does it take for my body to adjust to this change or has it already?

    • ANSWER:
      It might not adjust. When you go through early menopause, you could very well experience menopausal side effects until you reach the normal age of menopause--so like for 20 years. The National Institute of Health recommends that women with premature menopause be on higher dosages of hormones because their younger bodies need it. It's not the same as an older, naturally menopausal woman. The risks are greater by NOT taking hormones than by taking hormones.

    Women in or have gone through menopause, what made you decide that you needed hormone replacement therapy?
    I have wondered what feelings or behaviors have led menopausal women to make the choice to take hormone replacement?

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor decided I needed them because they were believed to help protect women from heart disease. I took them for at least 10 years but they made the cysts in my breasts hurt terribly bad so I finally stopped the treatment.

      Since then they have found that they do not do the things they thought they did and no longer recommend their use.

    How can I take precautions for Breast Cancer?
    My mother has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. It is not hereditary & she is healthy. She has in her DNA some predisposition to getting it based on certain environmental factors. I am assuming this is related to hormone replacement therapy drugs she took when she was going through menopause.

    Understandably so, there is a risk factor associated with breast cancer and these drugs that were studied and this conclusions still remains to be proven.

    My question is my choice to get on birth control, as it is one form of hormone replacement. Will this heighten my own risk to get breast cancer down the line? I am early 30s and healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      The link between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer has been established. However, birth control does not increase the risk. The amount of hormones used in the pill was decreased in the 1970s and has remained quite low. The only real precaution you can take is to have annual mammograms when it is time. Most of the risk factors are out of our control. 75% of all breast cancers occur in postmenopausal women.

    How do you know when menopause is over?
    After years of hot flashes, night sweats, hormone replacement treatment, bad nerves, ........ After starting hormones they symptoms slow down almost don't know they are there. How do you know when it is over and you can stop taking the hormones? Or is this a life style for the rest of my life?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's the deal, from a guy with 5 sisters (all at various stages of menopause), and a partner who's had to wrestle with hot flashes / night sweats after coming off HRT at 61 -- I'm not sure the symptoms are ever done. All it takes is for your hormone levels to get out of whack, and you're off the the races. OK, maybe you shouldn't call it menopause, but anything from head trauma to bad diet to an overly warm shower can take you past the tipping point and light up a hot flash. So maybe menopause doesn't last forever, but some of the symptoms seem to. So watch your diet, exercise, do all the things you should be doing - but keep a small fan handy, use wicking pajamas, etc. My partner and I actually put together a web page with a number of issues attendant to the symptoms of menopause at the link below.

      Oh - and finally - in addition to the remedies we listed on the web site, her OB/GYN suggested that she try venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor) - and it stopped her hot flashes and night sweats almost immediately - although it did cause a dry mouth as a side effect. It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms, and there are a lot of doctors who don't know of this benefit. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may stop the hot and cold flashes and night sweats. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary, however - or it may not work at all. If you'd prefer to avoid drugs, visit the web page below for other ways to attack the beast. Hope your symptoms stay at bay!

    What hormone is low just before your period if this is happening?
    44 years old. Just before my period each month I get tired, bloated, skin and hair are noticeably dry, cravings of sweets and carbs, chin hair and other places grow faster, and sex drive kicks in. After the period starts (like the same day) my hair is softer, skin is moist, not usually hungry, chin hair under control, and sex drive is gone (and I mean gone). Periods are still coming on strong so no changes to speak of there. Only change I have truly noticed is my sex drive is pretty much gone. Am I ready for hormone replacement of some kind?

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen. I learned about it in sex ed, about hormones in women, and sounds like you are or about to go through menopause. Estrogen is low, and your testotorone (I cant spell it) kicks in.

    How do women get through the change of life without HRT?
    Saw my doctor last night to discuss the menopause (which has been confirmed by blood tests). He is reluctant to prescribe Hormone Replacement Treatment as I have high blood pressure which he prescribed medication for instead. I get the sweats during the day which is really embarrassing cause I work in an office and have to keep having a quick blast of my desk fan. Has anyone got any real suggestions how I can combat this. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are symptomatic, and many very fortunate women do sail though the menopause with few symptoms, then HRT has never been bettered as a method of relieving symptoms. Only yesterday I read a journal article critical of its current under-use due to a failure to balance risk with benefit. Both patients and doctors are almost as guilty in this respect.

      If your blood pressure is controlled and of course it should be, you can still be prescribed HRT. If as it seems your GP is very unsure of his ground, ask him to refer you to a Specialist Menopausal Clinic. Here you will get all the information as to both the risks and the benefits for you as an individual.

    Does Hormone Replacement Therapy after menopause restore the normal menstrual cycles in a woman?
    If not why, since HRT replaces the hormones back in the body? Also can a post menopausal woman who underwent HRT become pregnant again?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is no to both questions.

      The hormones in HRT only relieve menopausal symptoms (hot flashes). They do not restore periods. Once you hit menopause (periods stop), they stop for good.
      Women who take HRT cannot become pregnant due to no ovulation due to menopause.

    How safe is hormone replacement therapy?
    Just how safe is it for a woman over 53 to take Hormone Replacement Therapy, have heard two GP give different opinions on this

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure there are a lot of dangers like most drugs.

      a search should turn up these

      here is one article..the institute of health did a study and said the risk of taking it outweigh the benefits as is correlated with increased breast cancer, strokes, Alzheimer's etc..also can be made of horse urine which also increases the risk


      why not try a natural product..

      My sister had a lot of problems with hot flashes and was NOT a believer in natural treatments at all being in the health field but in desperation she tried this cream below I recommend and she told me all of them went away after she began using ti and was very happy and surprised that it worked so well

      It looks like this and may be found at some health food stores or online


      another super great product is Dr Schulze's female formulas and his products are I feel are the best on the market


      click on product info for each and find the one.s you feel best apply ..be sure to click on each of the tags at the top of the popup..how it works why you need it and so forth to be sure you read all the info on it (you would want either female formula or female shot not female plus which is more for pms than menopause)

      and more info on these are found here


      I never took anything and other than some hot flashes in peri- menopause that I did not realize what they were as AI was so young I have had no symptom,s at all and never took drugs or natural treatments and have been 12 years since menopause.So putting all these women on this for years and harming them is so not necessary not with these natural treatments.

      why take a risk..if you are the one who winds up with breast cancer which I have had and it is not fun or strokes yikes it will prove to be a costly mistake more than buying these products would be

    Is it normal to have breast pain?
    I'm 50 years old. I notice breast pain, but I do not feel any lumps.
    Also I'm on a hormone replacement therapy for menopause. Could this cause some pain in breasts?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are 50 years old, then you should not feel any pain in your breast. If you are a young girl who is still developing breasts OR just developed breasts OR pregnant woman, then I can find reasons to why berates pain can occur.

      But if you are 50 years old, I don't think that you should have breast pain. Please talk to your doctor about this ASAP. He/she will be able to help you out.

    Do hormones have any effect on the skeleton?
    I read somewhere that the index finger tends to be shorter than the ring finger for guys, and vice versa for girls. Should a guy start hormone replacement therapy and start receiving estrogen, would the index finger grow slightly to be just as long (or longer) than the ring finger?

    If not, than what part of the body determines how the bones should be? If a bone is broken, it'll heal. If whatever causes bones to heal were to change, would the skeletal system try to "correct" itself by removing parts of the bones and growing other parts?

    • ANSWER:
      Bones stop extending in your teens or very early twenties. The Epiphyses unite with the bone and the join ossifies. The mechanism of control is still beinf sorted out in detail.
      Once the bones have finished growing they may become denser or less dense - a woman past the menopause tends to lose bone density - hence littlw old ladies being more fragile.

    Do all cats develop an affinity for masturbation during and after they go through The Change?
    My eldest furbabby, Mumu, is 5 years old. All she wants to do is sit in the hallway and lick herself "there". At first I thought it was funny, but now my kids have started yelling "Kitty PORN!" when they see her doing it and I fear it may be psychologically damaging to them. Do all cats do this? Is there a hormone replacement therapy for dear Mumu?

    • ANSWER:
      They do not do 'the change' if you're meaning menopause.

      A cat who constantly licks down there is doing it because of discharge or an infection. If your cat is not spayed she may be in heat. Get her spayed. If she IS spayed, she's likely got a urinary tract infection. The price to fix it is worth of antibiotics from the vet.

    Hormone Replacement Therapy in young woman?
    My best friend is at a loss right now and is looking for support from other women dealing with the same issues she is regarding needing hormone replacement therapy, but she is in her early 30's and is not in or nearing menopause. She is not having much luck with doctors and is starting to get very down. Does anyone have any suggestions of a chat room, message board or online community where she could find other women to connect with, share stories and tips.
    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      One place she may be able to find support is thru the Women's health messageboard at WebMD.com

      Also, check through Yahoo Groups because you can find a group for just about every subject so there may be something there as well to help her find resources.

      A 3rd site that may help you find information for her is at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health

    What are alternatives to horomone therapy after hystorectomy?
    I just underwent a complete hystorecomy. Due to illness, everything was taken, including my ovaries. I am looking for alternatives to hormone therapy because of the risks involved with this therapy, such as bloodclots and stroke. What are the alternatives available to me, besides hormone replacement therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a Homeopathic Doctor......but I know FOR A FACT that the herbal supplement combo of Soy and Black Cohash works. I work at an OBGYN office and the doc prescribes that all the time. Its why you never see many Asian women with hairy faces or excessive wrinkles after menopause - soy is a heavy part of their diet.
      Plus the progestin in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is know to cause blood clots in some women.

    Does anyone know the best time of day to apply bioidentical hormone replacement therapy cream for menopause?
    My mother was prescribed a bioidentical hormone in the form of a cream for her menopause. She is wondering if anyone knew the best time of day to apply the cream of does it not matter? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My mom does this...she was told morning and night.

    What is best to take with chamomile tea to help me sleep- like a natural sleep aid?
    I heard valerian helps
    What can I take that would really help?

    I have post-menopause so sleep is hard to get
    I do not want to take a prescription hormone replacement to help with sleep- I tried that during menopause and it made me moody
    I do take melatonin and it works very little if at all
    susan, I SAID NATURAL, so next time read the question
    Also I have reflux so your whole list is redundant

    • ANSWER:
      Try Ateril. It has Valerian Root, Melatonin, Hops, L. Tryptophan & other herbs. You can find it at Rite Aid or Wal Mart. Also if you're lucky enough to have a store with Koma Unwind it will help the best! It is a relaxation drink made with herbs like melatonin, valerian root and other herbs.

    Is there a period of adjustment when switching birth control pills for hormone replacement?
    I have been taking birth control pills for early menopause for about a year now. I was taking 30mcg but my doctor switched me to 50mcg because my symptoms are so severe. I have been taking the new ones for almost 2 weeks now and feel some of my old symptoms creeping back again but not as severe. Is this normal? Is there a period of adjustment when switching? When will the new higher dose pills kick in?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there is a period of adjustment when switching from birth control pills to hormone replacement like can occur when someone switches from one brand of birth control pill to another.

      It can take the body 3 months to fully adjust but I would recommend checking with your doctor as well to see what they say.

    how to mantain my stomach during menopause?
    I'm 60 years old and I stopped taken my hormone replacement now I have hot flashes during the day and night. I also notice that my waist looks like I'm pregnant and this really depress me. I even eat all the health foods. What can I do to lose that extra weight around my waist?

    • ANSWER:
      Hedy, I have 5 sisters, all in various stages of menopause, a partner Sassy who recently came off hormone replacement therapy (also at age 60), and I've wrestled a bit with night sweats - so we've tried a few remedies. Just to clarify - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines. People? Not so much.
      For what it's worth, Sassy did find a silver bullet for her hot flashes - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor). It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms; many doctors aren't even aware of that use for the drug. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may work for you too. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary (it caused a dry mouth as a side effect for Sassy) - or it may not work at all.
      Herbs are another way to treat sypmtoms, but note that herbs come in two flavors when it comes to treating the symptoms of menopause, phytoestrogenic and non-estrogenic. This answer is already getting a bit long, so rather than copying and pasting the entire bit, I'll just refer you to the web site below. There's also information there about small fans (regular and misting), wicking pajamas & bedsheets for night sweats, etc.
      Sorry I can't help you with the weight issue, but hopefully you'll find relief from the heat!

    Any doctors out there that can explain what would happen if a woman in menopause was given birth control pills
    Just wondering what would happen if a woman, say in her mid 50's was given birth control pills? Is this the same thing as hormone replacement? Even though the woman would not ovulate naturally, could the pill help with the side affects of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      It can, since it introduces synthetic estrogen into your system. But this shouldn't be given to women past menopause, as the risk of developing cervical cancer is great. It also contains synthetic progesterone. It is supposed to make your body think it is pregnant. Your body stops creating lining to your uterus after menopause, so the synthetic hormones in BCPs can cause uncontrolled bleeding in post-menopausal women.

      If a woman needs hormone replacement therapy due to menopause, she should not use BCPs.

    What are some alternative ways to treat menopause symptoms without using any hormone replacements?
    I really do not want to use any HRT therapy, even bio-identicals. Can you recommend a type of Dr. to see that can treat menopause symptoms without a prescription of some type?

    • ANSWER:
      I was told years ago by a dental hygenist that when hot flashes and mood swings begin to up the intake of calcium. This I have done for nearly 10 years. What a difference this has made! I breezed through menopause. It really works for me. So, I tell all women about it. With calcium, you want to be sure you are getting a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Be sure if you are taking at least 1200 mg of calcium a day, that you get at LEAST 400 mg magnesium. The very best form of magnesium is magnesium glycinate with the Albion chealate process. Unfortunately, this is not found in every store and for sure it is not found combined in calcium supplements. I got mine on line. A good calcium supplement is better than none though. You also want to be sure you are getting enough Vit.D and Vit.D3 is the best form of that. Vit D helps the body absorb calcium as does magnesium. You can get the best VitD from the sun. 15-20 minutes a day is usually sufficient. Those who live in mid-northern states probably do not get enough sun in the winter, which means we have to supplement. Calcium is always in combination with magnesium, so one has to add a tablet of the gylcinate form of magnesium to reach the correct daily ratio. Women in this stage of life need 1500 mg of calcium, 400-700 mg of magnesium and 800-1000 units VitD3. Try this and see if you notice some changes within a week or so. If you notice some loose stools gradually add the magnesium. Many women I know also use wild yam extract cream which is a natural product women have been using for centuries without problems. Try the calcium trick first. If it doesn't work then add the cream. All one usually needs of this is 1/4 tsp once or twice a day rubbed on the thin areas of the skin. Directions where, are found on all containers of wild yam cream. Another thing I have found that works for me is a product found here: www.stemcellfacts.info I would try these first before looking for a naturopathic doctor or a holistic doctor. I do consult these doctors once in a while for other matters, but I have had no problem with menopause once I added the calcium program. When you get everything in balance, IF you should have a hot flash again, look to adding a bit more calcium for a day or two. Good luck! Let us now here how it is working for you.

    Can I take Borage Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Black Cohosh all at the same time?
    I want to know if it is okay to take all of these together or if they are counter productive, or if I could /should just take a couple of them? I'm trying to take stuff to improve my system as well as counter the effects of peri-menopause without taking hormone replacement drugs.

    • ANSWER:
      It may be ok but I would recommend checking with your doctor as well to see what they say.

      In the mean time here's the link to a site that may help you find even more information:


    what could i take to replace estrogen and progestin?
    breast cancer runs in family and i heard that hormone replacement may be linked to it.I'm going through perimenopause at the time. I need something else to replace the hormones any one know of any good replacements? I will be checking with my doctor too, just wanted some input on the subject.

    • ANSWER:
      Read the book "What your doctor may not tell you about breast cancer". The other book by the same group of authors is "What your Doctor may not tell you about perimenopause (another on menopause)" It will direct you to the natural compounds and give you the reasons why. I would stay far away from anything that is synthetic - which is what you will get from a main stream MD. Also the family connection to breast cancer only increases your chance by 7% - it is not a sure thing - ain't that nice to know! Once you start reading all you can on the subject you will find that soy may not be an harmless as it seems. Should you go the natural progesterone route I have gotten it from 2 different places (Vitamin Research Products in Carson City NV gave me no problems) one product caused my arms to itch like crazy.
      Just a heads up - I didn't connect the itching until I gave a jar to a friend and she complained of upper body itching. Good luck - this hormone stuff is tough on a lady.

    How dangerous is using Hormone Replacement to stop abnormal menopausal bleeding? ?
    My girlfriend is 47, and is probably going through menopause, but I understand using Hormones can cause a person to have to take blood thinners possibly the rest of their life, among other side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Not very dangerous, frankly. HRT has gotten a bad rap because it's slightly risky. But it also has benefits. So it's a cost/benefit analysis. It's often quite worth it for some women who are having a lot of menopause problems. I've not heard of women using HRT going on blood thinners. If the person has a clotting problem, they shouldn't be on HRT. But here's something important: oral estrogen does raise your risk of blood clots. But non-oral estrogen does NOT raise risk, so if blood clotting is a concern, then the person taking the HRT should think about using an estrogen patch instead.

    Is it harder to lose weight after menopause?
    does it effect your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight if i am not on any type of hormone replacement therepy? How else will not talking HRT effect my body? 10 points for best and informative answer.

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't take HRT, didn't gain weight.
      Lost weight when I was extra busy

    Is it needed to take hormone therapy pills at the age of 64?
    I have been taking hormone replacement pills for 30 years to stop my nightly and daily sweats. Is it about time I stopped

    • ANSWER:
      If you mean hormones such as estrogen or progesterone, then read on. In any case, discuss your important question with your physician.

      Women are receiving estrogen replacement (ERT) alone, which is still commonly given to women who have had a hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries. The effects of ERT on women who no longer have a uterus are being studied.

      In the U.S., 38% of menopausal women take some form of HRT -- for several different reasons. Women find it especially useful to treat hot flashes, sleeplessness, moodiness, and other disruptive symptoms of menopause. It is also useful in preventing osteoporosis. And until now, HRT has been touted as a way to help prevent heart disease well after menopause.

      What Women Should Do Now - Researchers made the following specific recommendations on what to do now:

      "First, the therapy should not be continued or started to prevent heart disease. Women should consult their doctor about other methods of prevention, such as lifestyle changes, and cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering drugs"

      "Second, for osteoporosis prevention, women should consult their doctor and weigh the benefits against their personal risks for heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer."

      "Alternate treatments also are available to prevent osteoporosis and fractures."

      "Third, women should keep up with their regular schedule of mammograms and breast self-examinations."
      "Finally, while short-term use was not studied, women taking the therapy for relief of menopausal symptoms may reap more benefits than risks. Women should talk with their doctor about their personal risks and benefits."

    What are the pros and cons of taking hormone replacement when menopause begins?

    • ANSWER:
      The use of postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been shown to have some benefits, including decreasing women's risk of developing osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. But the treatment is also known to increase risks for breast and endometrial cancers.

      Now, a new study shows that how long women take hormones may affect their risk levels for these diseases.

      Dr. Francine Grodstein of Brigham and Women's Hospital, and colleagues there and at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, gave questionnaires to women biennially from 1976 to 1992 to track their health while taking hormone replacement therapy.

      The researchers report in the June 19 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine that "current hormone users had a lower risk of death... than subjects who had never taken hormones; however, the apparent benefit decreased with long-term use... because of an increase in mortality from breast cancer among long-term hormone users."

      Women who had the lowest risk for developing coronary disease had the lowest risks associated with taking hormone therapy. But for women who took hormone therapy for more than 10 years, their chance of dying from breast cancer increased 43%.

      Women's individual health backgrounds and family histories play an important role in whether or not women should take hormones and for how long they should take them, say the researchers.

      "Based on these results, and results from other studies which have weighed the risks and benefits or hormone replacement therapy, the benefits may not outweigh the risks for women who are at particularly high risk for breast cancer and particularly low risk of cardiovascular disease," says Dr. Catherine Schairer of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

      Schairer and her colleague, Dr. Louise A. Brinton, wrote an editorial accompanying the hormone therapy article in the journal. They noted that a white woman who dies between the ages of 50 and 94 has a 31% risk of dying from coronary heart disease and a 2.8% risk of dying from breast cancer. This means hormone therapy, which protects against coronary heart disease, may be beneficial for women who are not at high risk for breast cancer.

      But, Schairer and Brinton add, "for many women, the benefits of hormone use may not compensate for the fear of acquiring breast cancer and living with its repercussions."

    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.

    • ANSWER:
      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.

    How risky is Hormone Replacement therapy?
    I am 45 and had a hysterectomy with one ovary removed when I was 41. I took a low dosage of HRT for two years and slowly reduced and stopped it. I am having severe menopause symptoms again and am miserable.Considering trying low dosage HRT again but worried about breast cancer risks. I am confused and weighing my options. What do you think about the risks versus the benefits of HRT?

    • ANSWER:
      It's actually not that risky. And there are benefits to HRT that offset the risk of the HRT. And in the biggest study of HRT, done by the WHI in the early 2000s, they found that women who take premarin plus provera (Prempro):

      For every 10,000 women taking Prempro, each year:

      8 more will develop breast cancer
      7 more will have a heart attack or other coronary event
      8 more will have a stroke,
      and 8 more will have blood clots in the lungs

      That's probably the thing you've been hearing about. BUT!!!!! they also found:
      "After careful consideration of the data, NIH has concluded that with an average of nearly 7 years of follow-up completed, estrogen alone does not appear to affect (either increase or decrease) heart disease, a key question of the study. At the same time, estrogen alone appears to increase the risk of stroke and decrease the risk of hip fracture. It has not increased the risk of breast cancer during the time period of the study."

      You are not taking provera, because you do not have a uterus. You are only taking estrogen. And estrogen alone does not appear to increase risk of breast cancer!

    Would it be possible to extend the life of the female reproductive system with hormone replacement therapy?
    When a woman enters menopause she no longer has the ability to bear life and she is given synthetic hormones to help her body maintain the levels of the natural hormones she was used to producing. Since these synthetic hormones help to keep her system functioning at the level it had been accustomed to over the years, would it be possible then that we could also use synthetic hormones to extend the life of her reproductive system.

    • ANSWER:
      To be brief, women are born with a set number of eggs in her ovaries at birth and cannot create any additional eggs. As women age, their ovaries become depleted from ovulation through the years and the ovum tend to develop genetic mutations over time that could result in embryos that are not compatible with life or have severe birth defects. Thus, it is not possible to use synthetic hormones to extend life of the reproductive system. Also, even if an ovum was available, the sensitive balance of hormones in pregnancy would be highly difficult if not impossible to reproduce with synthetic hormones. Hope this helps.

    At what age do men start to see the signs of male menopause?
    At what age do the signs of male menopause begin?
    Do all men reach menopause?
    How often do you hear cases of men suffering from male menopause?

    Men do suffer from symptoms similar to menopause.
    That's why it's called male menopause
    I beg to differ J John. infertility is when a man stops producing sperm. Cancer can also be a cause for a mans infertility.

    • ANSWER:
      to answer your question i did a little research and no all men go through menopause! here is what i found:

      Unlike menopause in women which represents a well-defined period in which hormone production stops completely, male hormone (testosterone) decline is a slower process. The testes, unlike the ovary, does not run out of the substance it needs to make testosterone. A healthy male may be able to make sperm well into his eighties or longer.

      However, as a result of disease, subtle changes in the function of the testes may occur as early as 45 to 50 years of age, and more dramatically after the age of 70 in some men.

      If you or a loved one is considering androgen replacement therapy, talk to a doctor to learn more. Your doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes, such as a new diet or exercise program, or other medications, such as an antidepressant, to help with some of the symptoms of male menopause.

      hope this helps
      good luck and have a good day

    What happens if you give females a female hormone?
    They give transexual men who are becomming women the female hormones by pills or injections. They do this to help the man's body become more women like (deposit fat in the hips butt thighs and make breasts) etc, but what if they give this to a female? Would it cause her breasts to become bigger or her hips or butt to become bigger? what would happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for transsexual women essentially starts the onset of female puberty.
      At first puberty brings on body changes due to accumulated hormone exposure, but the body only has so much potential for change. If a cissexual (ie. non-transexual) woman has already gone through puberty she might see very slight puberty changes but nothing significant. Transsexual women also don't see more significant changes after the first few years of hormone treatment.

      That said, many cissexual women do take lower dose HRT during menopause.

      It's also worth noting that if one is already producing estrogens, and takes _more_ estrogens, there is an increased risk of certain cancers by having such a high estrogen count.

    If you're on birth control pills and still having periods, how will you know when you are in menopause?
    I'm a 27 y/o cancer patient who went thru chemo and radiation but I'm taking BC Pills as a hormone replacement, still have periods even though the doctors said theres no way I would escape menopause. Can the BC pills make me have periods even though my ovaries are dead and I am really in menopause? Or did I somehow beat the statistics and I'm not in menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      the birth control pill effectively over rides the female reproductive system and can mask menopausal symptoms by creating a regular monthly bleed and raising levels of estradiol.Some female doctors opt to use the birth control pill to deal with peri menopause.However in your situation it is possible that your body only suffered temporary chemically induced menopause and your ovarian function might have improved since chemotherapy. The only sure way to know would be to stop the pill and see what happens with your cycle.

    How do i stop hot flushes / sweats ?, i am asking this question on behalf of my mother .?
    I often come out in hot flushes/sweats and no i aint smelly lol , i was recommended black cohosh and red clover supplements by my doctor to alleviate this, i have been taking these religiously at some cost to myself for the last 5 months and to be honest they dont seem to be working , these symptons have been occuring since i have been taken off hormone replacement therapy (HRT) i am 55 years old , any ideas would be greatly appreciated thanks .

    • ANSWER:
      my mom is 51 and going through menopause, she is going through the hot flashes and sweats and mood swings all of that fun stuff. so im not sure if your going through that also as it is not stated above and i dont want to assume anything, but the best thing that worked for her is the estrogen pills. there are like 20 different ones that are for any of the symptoms you may have. the hot flash one is the one she uses most. there is one for sleep, stress, depression, hot flashes and sweats, and many more. you can get them in the vitamin section at any drug store, walmart is where she get hers. i hoped this helped a little. and im not implying you are going through meno... :)

    can the menopause be helped by good living alone?
    I was wondering if eating well and exercise also relaxation can help menopause symptoms. My friend seems to have started the menopause and she is one of those persons who avoid taking anything but she is a little cranky etc and I should like to help her. Can anyone give me some tips via the fruit and veg and exercise route please. I don't think she will even go for supplemented vitamins. Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      its like with anything good living can help but but from what ive read most woman need some type of hormone replacement therapy, ive enclosed a website to read up on this, nice to know she has a caring friend like you.

    period after taking birth control for menopause?
    I am in my 50's, went through menopause early. A huge plus to this was no period for at least 8 yrs. Dr. put me on birth control for hormone replacement, forgot them when camping, developed severe cramping and now having a heavy flow period. I don't want them again, if I stay off the pills will my periods stop again? I would rather have all the bad that comes with the change than to have periods again.

    • ANSWER:
      If you stay off the pills, then yes, you will stop bleeding. The hormone replacement has caused a uterine lining to grow, and the abrupt cessation of hormones from forgetting your pills has caused the lining to shed. Once it's shed, it won't regrow again unless you start taking hormones again. BUT: your alternatives are not just "be on pills and get periods" and "be off pills and have no periods but have menopause symptoms". Nowadays, it's common for women to take what is called "continuous HRT". This means they take the same dose of hormones every day, never having a break. The dosage they use, and the continuous consumption without any break, means that your uterine lining never gets thick enough to have a period. So you can take pills and thereby get rid of menopause side effects, yet also not have a period, safely.

    How do you tell if you are beginning menopause if you had a hysterectomy and so you do not have that symptom?
    I had a hysterectomy many years ago and am now wondering, without this indication of the onset of menopause, how else do you tell if as a 51 year old woman when I am experiencing menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      If I remember my high school biology right, most of the sex hormones are produced by the ovaries, not the uterus, so unless your ovaries were removed along with your uterus, you should be experience many menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, or whatever) like a typical woman. If after your hysterectomy, the doctor prescribed replacement hormones, and you've been taking them ever since, you won't have a menopause.

    What is a good name for this business?
    The business provides hormone replacement therapy for women, but it is all natural, not synthetic. Any suggestions out there? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Since it's natural I'd say go with "Organic". We assimilate organic with natural in today's world.
      2. Since it's therapy I'd leave it at "therapy" so that people know what you actually do.
      3. For women, I think it would be wise to use something like "her" or "for her".
      4. How to explain that it's "hormone replacement" therapy is a good question... But make sure it's in real people language instead of doctor.

      A few suggestions:
      Her Organic Hormone Therapy;
      Organic Menopause Therapy; (If I understand correctly :))

    Can hot flashes be a common symptom of a condition or disease other than menopause?
    60 years old, have had hot flashes/night sweats hourly for the past 4 years. I keep waiting for it to end. Don't want to go HRT route. Could it be something other than menopause? Doctor thinks not, but I'm thinking of getting a second opinion. Anyone have any experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a thyroid disorder but menopause is more likely. The use of hormones was hopelessly confused by the Women's Health Initiative trial. It only studied Premarin and Prempro - 2 hormones that I would not recommend. The WHI stopped 1 arm of the trial citing an increase in death. They later stopped the 2nd arm of the trial with the same concern. When the trial was published however they reached absolutely no conclusion whatsoever. They did not find that hormone replacement therapy was beneficial nor did they find it harmful. Sub-group analysis suggested that if hormone replacement therapy was started when young - say 60 years of age - was beneficial. Indeed we have 40 years of data that suggest that hormone replacement therapy is beneficial and only 1 study which created a lot of headlines but reached no conclusion. Women should not be afraid of hormone replacement therapy although most physicians are as attorneys have 800 numbers for women who have taken Premarin or Prempro. As I said I have never used these hormones as they are derived from an equine source. We have fairly precise molecular matches to a woman's own hormone production. In theory this should be beneficial and not harmful. As I have stated above with 1 exception we have 40 years of data in support of hormone replacement. Discuss this with your 2nd opinion physician but do not be afraid. The data is on your side. I wish you the very best of health and happiness and in all things may God bless. JR

    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.

    Can you take hormone replacement if you have chronic kidney disease?
    I'm going through menopause and I'm wondering if I will be able to take estrogen replacement therapy with CKD (nephritis - GFR 50%). Is it too dangerous?
    I'm asking because the symptoms include fatigue & muscle pain, not symptoms to be taken lightly. I can deal with hot flashes. Please give me a straight answer or an alternative answer (like an herbal supplement).

    • ANSWER:
      Why would you want to take hormone replacement in the first place. This is a normal part of aging and taking replacement hormones is dangerous and has many side effects. I am going thru it myself and would never take replacement hormones. No one ever died from going thru menopause and besides that once you go off the hormones, you go thru menopause all over again and get hot flashes.......

    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.

    What are the effects of a total hysterectomy with the ovaries left behind?
    I am 23 years old and mother of 2. I am going through issues with severe dysplasia that is getting worse. It is a genetic thing. With the birth of my last child, my uterus ruptured so it is now really weak on one side and pregnancy is pretty much out of the question. I am seriously considering a total hysterectomy with the ovaries left behind for hormone production. My family is really against the procedure because they are scared it will mess with my hormones and make me crazy. I really need all the information I can get before I willingly decide to go through with the surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      You are talking about a partial hysterectomy. A "total" is when they take both the uterus and the ovaries. You should not feel much different except that you won't get a period anymore. You will not need hormone replacement therapy nor will you experience menopause since your ovaries will not be removed. You need to discuss this thoroughly with your doctor. Your family are not the ones who are having the health problem. If you are married, have your partner accompany you to the doctor's office. You both can ask questions and get professional answers. You won't be crazy. I had a total hysterectomy when I wasn't much older than you, and I am not crazy!!. Good luck.

    Does anyone know of a good support group for young women going through surgical menopause?
    I am 29 and underwent a complete hysterectomy last december i have no ovaries or anything left. I am truly suffering with extreme severe hot flashes constantly and sweating alot as well. I would like to talk to others like myself who are young and experiencing severe menopause symptoms caused by surgical menopause.
    I live in a very small town. We have no groups like that here. I was wanting to meet other women online to discuss this problem. People who are going through this as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I can relate to your situation. I had a complete hysterectomy also when I was 27 and also live in a small town.There is just no support groups out there for young women like us! I can give you some advice on certain things.First of all you need some Hormone Replacement Treatment for those Hot Flashes and Mood Swings,Second you need to give yourself time to heel,it takes usually around a year for your body to get back to normal,so don't rush things.One more thing (Always Remember...Your Still Are and Always will be A Complete Woman) Please feel free to contact me anytime!! I do know what you are going through.

    Why are some vitamins for women advertised as without iron and iodine?
    Are the vitamins without iron for women past menopause? Why would the vitamins be without iodine? What purpose does that serve?

    • ANSWER:
      iron and iodine can cause post menopausal women to experience similar symptoms of menopause, which is why its recommended that they not take these unless they are deficient.
      it can also interact with hormone replacement that may be prescribed after menopause

    menopause question were you prescribed anti depressants during the menopause?
    were you depressed? or was it just a case that depression is a symptom of the menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      There are as many symptoms or ramifications of menopause as there are for periods, none of which are good and of which depression is but one. Others include chronic insomnia, hot flushes, hair loss, vaginal dryness, amorphia (extreme skin itchiness because you feel like you've got ants crawling all over you), memory retention problems, panic attacks, severe mood swings and extreme anger/agression, etc. etc.

      I deeply envy those fortunate women who breeze through menopause without a single problem.

      Many women do suffer from severe depression during menopause and there's certainly nothing wrong with properly prescribed anti-depressants to get you through the worst. The problem with these though is that they can literally become a habit that you simply can't live without, even when menopause if over (they don't call them "happy pills" for nothing!).

      Instead of anti-depressants, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is worth serious consideration (unless of course you are simply not able to take this because of breast cancer, etc.).

      Is there any reason why you don't take HRT? Have you talked to your doctor about this, and in particular, canvassed with him or her the possible benefits to you of HRT? A lot of doctors (particularly males ... funny thing that!) simply don't believe or really accept that menopause symptoms can be so severe and debilitating that they take over your life and make you crazy (after all, having even only a couple of the symptoms listed above is enough to make you chronically depressed!). Hence, many don't believe in the value of HRT and won't prescribe it. They also tend to give you lots of scary statistics about increased risks of breast/cervical cancer, heart attack, stroke, etc. to put you off wanting it.

      Whilst it's true that taking HRT does VERY SLIGHTLY increase these types of risks, the value you may get from it in terms of getting the quality of your life back can make it very worthwhile despite the risks.

      How do I know all this? Because I've been there and done that (and I mean every single one of those nasty symptoms listed above - yes, I had all of them!). HRT gave me back my life and continues to do so because I'm still on it. I even went off it once last year but within a week, all the symptoms started to return, so I very quickly went back to my doctor and told her I just had to have it back. She agreed - thank God!

      If HRT interests you, do some research before you visit your doctor to discuss it so that you can present a truly informed front to him/her. If you don't get a sympathetic hearing, find yourself another doctor.

      The bottom line here is that for 98% of women, there is absolutely no reason these days why they should have to suffer through menopause when there are therapies out there to help.

      Whatever you do, hope it works well for you.




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