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Estrogen And Menopause

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does the body still manufacture oestrogen in small amounts after menpause?
    I would like a serious and professional answer to this question as there seems to be condractions to it. Does the body still retain or manufacture small amounts of oestrogen AFTER menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the ovaries will continue to produce small amounts of hormones even after menopause. The amount they make varies per individual, and the amount will likely lessen over time. It also makes small amounts of other hormones, like progesterone and testosterone. Different women will have different responses to what their ovaries are doing. In some women the ovaries make very little testosterone, so such a woman may have problems with arousal. Other women might have very little estrogen, so menopausal symptoms will be worse. Women who have had their ovaries removed have a different hormone profile than women in menopause who still have ovaries. Without ovaries, your hormone levels go really far down and menopause symptoms are generally pretty bad, especially if younger. Also, throughout the life span, some estrogen is produced in fat cells. That continues after menopause. But the ovaries produce mostly a type of estrogen called estradiol, which is very powerful. The fat cells produce a different type of estrogen, called estrone. That's the type that is most prevalent in the body after menopause, and it's a little different and not as powerful as estradiol. During the fertile years, the vast majority of the estrogen in the body is estradiol.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to take Estrogen after having had a complete hysterectomy for endometrial cancer?
    I'm 44 and am at a higher risk for osteoporosis without any estrogen. However, endometrial cancer is estrogen dependent, so my thought is it wouldn't be wise to take it for risk of recurrence elsewhere. I can deal with the other menopausal symptoms, but am concerned about bone loss since I would typically have had several more years of estrogen before hitting menopause. Any alternatives or thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say that it is probably not safe for someone who has had endometrial cancer to take estrogen replacement therapy but the only way to find out for sure is to double check with your dr to see what they think.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you start menopause when you are on birth control pills?
    Or, will you know you are starting menopause when you are on the pill? Will you still have normal periods? I am 32 and a bit young but the females in my family go through menopause young. I was just wondering because I am having horrible hot flashes at night and was wondering if the pill would mask menopause? Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The oestrogen provided in the BCP (birth control pill) may be enough to control menopausal symptoms if you happened to be going through it whilst on birth control pills so in a way yes it could mask the fact that you were going through the menopause (depending on the level of oestrogen you are on) . Having said that, the night sweats can be side fx of the pill.
      With regards to periods, the bcp causes a monthly period so there is no reason why that would necessarily stop because you may be going through an early menopause. They would stop however, if you were definitely going through menopause and not on the bcp!

      If you are concerned and really want to know then a trip to the Doc to check your hormone levels esp FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH ( lutenizing hormone) (used to determine if you are in or about to enter menopause) would be best but am not sure if they can test that if still on the bcp, but I'm sure they'll clarify that for you!

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  4. QUESTION:
    How much do you dry up during menopause?
    During menopause it is common for women to dry up 'down there'.
    Does anyone know from experience or as a medical professional how much you actually do dry up?

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal mucosal atrophy and vaginal dryness are signs of estrogen decline.

      The most common cause of vaginal dryness is declining estrogen production, which leads to thinning and drying of the vaginal wall. Other factors that contribute to vaginal dryness include reduced muscle tone and the longer time needed for sexual arousal that is so common in perimenopause.

      Emotional stress can cause vaginal dryness. Depression or being under tremendous amounts of stress contribute to the issue.

      Also, vaginal dryness can be a side effect of underlying medical conditions, so it's a good idea to check with your doctor for any underlying conditions.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are the risk and benefits in increasing estrogen levels in teenage girls?
    I don't mean by taking pills or anything but I mean by food. Does eating foods that increase estrogen do any good or bad to your body? Does your chest get bigger or butt get bigger? Do your hips widen? Are there any heath risks? How often should you eat foods that increase estrogen?

    • ANSWER:
      Advantages and Disadvantages of Estrogen Therapy

      In the past years, many women have stopped taking estrogen hormones because of the report that it can cause heart disease. Now, researchers have found out that this hormone is not as terrible as what others thought.

      Estrogen hormones are helpful in avoiding diseases such as heart attack and stroke. Once a woman has an insufficient number of estrogen in her body, she needs to get a solution to this kind of problem. And the only solution for it is an estrogen therapy.

      An estrogen therapy is a therapy for the body, emotional and health-risk factors linked with menopause. It can be in the form of a pill, patch, cream, implant, injection or vaginal ring.

      Who should take the estrogen therapy?

      There is no exact answer for this since every woman has her own medical record and desires. However, the women who can benefit more from estrogen therapy are those:

      • With serious vasomotor symptoms like hot flushes

      • More prone of having bone fracture and osteoporosis

      • Who have experienced early menopause which is resulted from:

      1. Surgery of the ovaries
      2. Chemotherapy
      3. Malfunction of the ovary

      What are the advantages of estrogen therapy?

      1. It lessen the threat of osteoporosis
      2. It lessen the threat of cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease
      3. It reduce hot flushes
      4. It may reduce mood changes and enhance psychological comfort

      Although there are severe threats associated with estrogen therapy, many health practitioner and institutions believe that the helpful result set aside the risk factors. Consider the following statements made by the American Medical Association:

      • Estrogen therapy is the only reliable and adequate therapy to maintain system dependents with the hormones in the ovary and to reduce hot flushes.

      • Indicative vaginal waste and vaginitis and waste changes of the lower urinary tract with irregular and inconsistent urination are reversible with the estrogen therapy.

      • In order to avoid osteoporosis, it requires estrogen replacement.

      What are the disadvantages of the estrogen therapy?

      1. It increases the threat of uterus cancer

      2. It increases the threat of breast cancer especially when used for over 10
      years.

      3. It can be very dangerous for women who are more prone to blood clotting.

      4. It can give headaches or migraines

      5. It increases the threat for endometrial cancer

      6. It can destroy the liver

      With all these advantages and disadvantages presented, it all depends to the person if she wants to have the therapy. However, if you really want to take an estrogen therapy, it would be a nice idea if you discuss the matter carefully with your doctor. Keep in mind that it is your health that will be at stake so, you have to think about it a hundred of times.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how estrogen creams relate to menopause and memory loss?
    My mom is premenopausal and is wondering how estrogen creams relate to menopause and memory loss.

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen typically will help with menopausal symptoms, because the memory loss problem is mainly due to lack of estrogen, and most of the menopause symptoms are due to low estrogen. But if you take estrogen, you need to take progesterone too if your mom has not had a hysterectomy, because estrogen without progesterone can cause uterine cancer. Taking progesterone with the estrogen eliminates that risk. There is a minority of people who believe that the secret to treating menopause lies in taking only progesterone. But most doctors and menopausal women find that to be directly contrary to their own data and experiences.

  7. QUESTION:
    What can I expect right after oopherectomy as far as menopause symtoms?
    I'm having my last ovary removed next week. Will the menopause symptoms hit right away? Am I in for a nightmare or just a bumpy ride. I have to wait a couple weeks before starting any hormones due to endometriosis.

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as you are estrogen deficient, you will notice hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, etc. It may take a little longer for vaginal dryness, but by then you may have already started your hormone replacement therapy. Hope the surgery goes well. Good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    What herbal medication do you recommend for the menopause?
    Please ONLY post a reply if you are experiencing the menopause or have been through it. Mostly I am coping but am finding the "sweats" really difficult. I have an appointment to see my GP about the problem on Wednesday.

    • ANSWER:
      I am afraid no safe herbal preparations can be used. Phyto-oestrogens ( plant oestrogens ) are sometimes suggested, but there is no long term safety data on their use. The commonest and most effective symptom management is still conventional HRT. It's risks are real, but often exaggerated. Short term use is often the only successful option.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of increased estrogen in women?
    I am 15 yrs old and my estrogen levels are very low. They want me to start a pill that will increase the levels. What are some effects that may occur from the increase in estrogen?

    I know just a couple but if you could give me some maybe less obvious ones that'd be great

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen is a good thing and women may not appreciate how beneficial the hormone is until their levels plummet during peri-menopause. However, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. When a woman has too much estrogen, this can result in estrogen overload, which can lead to other problems.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is good fo women after menopause: receive estrogen or eating fruits and veggies rich in phytoestrogen?
    Also can foods rich in phytoestrogen inhibit those few estrogen naturally produced by the body?

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend bio identical estrogen. This naturally occurs in the body and therefore is the logical solution. I use it myself.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does a person with estrogen dominance have to stop drinking coffee to balance hormones?
    Does a person with estrogen dominance have to stop drinking coffee to get better?

    • ANSWER:
      During the years leading up to menopause, a woman’s hormone levels may fluctuate, resulting in hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness and other common premenopausal discomforts. Symptoms of "estrogen dominance"—a term popularized by the late John R. Lee, M.D., a leading researcher and author on the subject of hormonal fluctuations—may respond well to natural remedies and lifestyle changes.

      Progesterone
      Progesterone, like estrogen, is manufactured in the body and during most of a woman’s reproductive years; her body produces both of these hormones in a balanced ratio. When estrogen levels spike, however, she may benefit from a natural source of progesterone to bring her estrogen levels under control.

      Wild yam cream, available in health food stores, is the main source of natural progesterone, replacing its synthetic counterpart, progestin, which is available only by prescription. By extracting the active ingredient, diosgenin, from wild yams, this plant-based formulation may be more readily accepted by a woman’s body. A dosage of 20 to 30 milligrams (mg) per day applied topically to the skin may offer relief of perimenopausal symptoms due to estrogen dominance. Any woman currently under a doctor’s care for her symptoms should consult her physician about starting a natural progesterone replacement regime. At higher dosages, side effects may include drowsiness, temporary water retention and yeast infection.

      Some natural supplements may assist in reducing the symptoms of estrogen dominance, including a daily dose of up to 1,000 mg of grape seed extract, up to 4 grams of taurine or a daily capsule of fish oil (derived from deep-water fish). Adding a calcium supplement may also help protect a woman’s bones.

      Diet and Lifestyle
      A healthy low-fat diet may minimize symptoms. Choose foods high in natural fiber, such as carrots, celery, and whole grain cereals and breads, while reducing or eliminating caffeine and alcohol.
      Embark on a regular exercise routine that includes at least 30 minutes of gentle aerobic exercise daily, such as brisk walking, swimming, aerobics or indoor cycling class. Clear any new exercise program with your doctor before beginning.

  12. QUESTION:
    Could a lack in female estrogen lead to a dangerously long and heavy period?
    If so, what are good sources of estrogen?

    • ANSWER:
      In some cases the cause of heavy menstrual bleeding is unknown, but a number of conditions may cause menorrhagia. Common causes include:

      Hormonal imbalance. In a normal menstrual cycle, a balance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone regulates the buildup of the lining of the uterus (endometrium), which you shed during menstruation. If a hormonal imbalance occurs, the endometrium develops in excess and eventually sheds by way of heavy menstrual bleeding. Hormonal imbalance occurs most often in adolescent girls experiencing their menstrual periods for the first time and in women approaching menopause. Menorrhagia caused by certain conditions involving hormonal imbalance, such as thyroid disease, often can be controlled with hormone medications. However, improper use of hormone medications can also be a direct cause of menorrhagia.

      A Good Source Of Estrogen Is Birth Control Pills. They Will Help Your Flow Become Lighter & Regulate Your Cycle.

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I naturally lower my testosterone levels? How can I get estrogen if I'm below 18?
    Looking to switch and Yes, I'm serious about it. Where can I get estrogen if I'm below 18 and don't want to get into it with my guardians?
    Thank you very much.

    • ANSWER:
      go to a vitamin store. they have multiple estrogen pills that are meant to help women with menopause. you can also look online on amazon Nature's Way -DIM-plus Estrogen is a good one.

  14. QUESTION:
    At what age does a woman generally reach menopause?
    Does late menopause cause problems? IF yes, then what could be those? Is it okay for a women in mid-fifty to not have reached menopause, if she has no problems whatsoever?

    Thanks for replying!

    • ANSWER:
      The average age is 51, though the general range is anything from 45 to 55. But lots of healthy women don't fall within this range, so don't panic.

      Although not significant, being exposed to oestrogen for longer periods means that women whose menopause occurs after 55 do have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, so it's important to keep on checking. This is especially true if you were an early bloomer in terms of getting periods.

      However I think late menopause decreases risk of heart disease, so there are some benefits :) x

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some of the signs that you are beginning menopause?
    I've always been a 28 day girl you could set you clock by my period, now it can be 25 days 23 days and then back to 28 days. I and 46 so could this be a sign the I and beginning menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the transition period in a woman's life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether.

      Menopause is a natural event that normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Once menopause is complete (called postmenopause), you can no longer become pregnant.

      The symptoms of menopause are caused by changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. As the ovaries become less functional, they produce less of these hormones and the body responds accordingly. The specific symptoms you experience and how significant (mild, moderate, or severe) varies from woman to woman.

      In some women, menstrual flow comes to a sudden halt. More commonly, it tapers off. During this time, your menstrual periods generally become either more closely or more widely spaced. This irregularity may last for 1 to 3 years before menstruation finally ends completely.

      A gradual decrease of estrogen generally allows your body to slowly adjust to the hormonal changes. When estrogen drops suddenly, as is seen when the ovaries are removed surgically (called surgical menopause), symptoms can be more severe.

      Because hormone levels fall, changes occur in the entire female reproductive system. The vaginal walls become less elastic and thinner. The vagina becomes shorter. Lubricating secretions from the vagina become watery. The outside genital tissue decreases. This is called atrophy of the labia.

      Symptoms : The potential symptoms include:

      - Hot flashes and skin flushing
      - Night sweats
      - Insomnia
      - Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      - Irregular menstrual periods
      - Spotting of blood in between periods
      - Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      - Decreased sex drive
      - Vaginal infections
      - Urinary tract infections
      In addition, the long-term effects of menopause include:

      - Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      - Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

  16. QUESTION:
    What happens when a person doesn't take their menopause supplements?
    What happens when a female/male does/doesnt take it?
    What are some of the major signs of withdrawal?
    What do menopause supplements help with?

    • ANSWER:
      hormones are the only effective treatments to deal with menopause. Withdrawl will cause the return of menopausal symptoms.
      Hormone treatments effectively prescribed in the right dose will eliminate the great majority of unpleasant symptoms. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are the main ones but these can be supplemented with low dose DHEA and melatonin for insomnia.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the menopause?
    My mother is beginning to enter the menopause and I was wondering what health problems it can cause. Anything like depression? Anxiety? Heart problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms
      Every woman experiences menopause differently. Even the age at which menopause begins may be unique to you. Some women reach menopause in their 30s or 40s, and some not until their 60s, but menopause most often occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Your signs and symptoms also are likely to be very individual. You may breeze through menopause with few signs and symptoms. Or you may experience a number of physical and emotional changes, including:

      Irregular periods. Your menstrual periods may stop suddenly, or gradually get lighter or heavier and then stop. The unpredictability of your periods may be your first clue that menopause is approaching.
      Decreased fertility. When ovulation begins to fluctuate, you're less likely to become pregnant. Until you haven't had a period for a year, however, pregnancy is still possible.
      Vaginal and urinary changes. As your estrogen level declines, the tissues lining your vagina and urethra — the opening to your bladder — become drier, thinner and less elastic. With decreased lubrication you may experience burning or itching, along with increased risk of infections of your urinary tract or vagina. These changes may make sexual intercourse uncomfortable or even painful. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently or more urgently, and you may experience urinary incontinence.
      Hot flashes. As your estrogen level drops, your blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing your skin temperature to rise. This can lead to a feeling of warmth that moves upward from your chest to your shoulders, neck and head. You may sweat, and as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you may feel chilled, weak and slightly faint. Your face might look flushed, and red blotches may appear on your chest, neck and arms. Most hot flashes last from 30 seconds to several minutes, although they can last much longer. The frequency, as well as the duration, of hot flashes varies from person to person. You may have them once every hour or only occasionally. They can occur any time during the day or night. They may be a part of your life for a year or more, or you may never have them.
      Sleep disturbances and night sweats. Night sweats are often a consequence of hot flashes. You may awaken from a sound sleep with soaking night sweats followed by chills. You may have difficulty falling back to sleep or achieving a deep, restful sleep. Lack of sleep may affect your mood and overall health.
      Changes in appearance. Many women gain a modest amount of weight — about 5 pounds on average — during the menopausal transition. The fat that once was concentrated in your hips and thighs may settle above your waist and in your abdomen. You may notice a loss of fullness in your breasts, thinning hair and wrinkles in your skin. If you previously experienced adult acne, it may become worse. Although your estrogen level drops, your body continues to produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. As a result, you may develop coarse hair on your chin, upper lip, chest and abdomen.
      Emotional and cognitive changes. You may experience irritability, fatigue, decreased memory and diminished concentration as you approach menopause. These symptoms have sometimes been attributed to hormonal fluctuations. Yet other factors are more likely to contribute to these changes, including sleep deprivation and stressful life events — such as the illness or death of a parent, grown children leaving home or returning home, and retirement.

      Complications
      Several chronic medical conditions tend to appear after menopause. By becoming aware of the following conditions, you can take steps to help reduce your risk:

      Cardiovascular disease. At the same time your estrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women as well as in men. Yet you can do a great deal to reduce your risk of heart disease. These risk-reduction steps include stopping smoking, reducing high blood pressure, getting regular aerobic exercise and eating a diet low in saturated fats and plentiful in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
      Osteoporosis. During the first few years after menopause, you may lose bone density at a rapid rate, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures. Postmenopausal women are especially susceptible to fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. That's why it's especially important during this time to get adequate calcium — 1,500 milligrams daily — and vitamin D — 400 to 800 international units daily. It's also important to exercise regularly. Strength training and weight-bearing activities such as walking and jogging are especially beneficial in keeping your bones strong.
      Urinary incontinence. As the tissues of your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity, you may experience a frequent, sudden, strong urge to urinate (urge incontinence) or incontinence with coughing, laughing or lifting (stress incontinence).
      Weight gain. Many women gain weight during the menopausal transition. You may need to eat less — perhaps as many as 200 to 400 fewer calories a day — and exercise more, just to maintain your current weight.

  18. QUESTION:
    What happens when you take estrogen pills?
    Does it make you prettier or something. I was just watching John Tucker must die and ashanti's character said "if my mom doesn't take them she looks like Bernie mac"

    Anyway don't women are produce a lot of the estrogen hormone? Why would you take it if you're a girl?

    • ANSWER:
      All the girls or women don't produce enough of estrogen and hence the need for taking estrogen.Charro has given a typical example of the usefulness of estrogen after removal of the uterus when menopause occures due to hysterectomy.
      Estrogen is responsible for various changes and functions like :
      1.Responsible for all the puberty changes :
      a) Growth of uterus
      b) Development of breast,chiefly of ducts of mammary glands
      c) menstrual changes
      d) Appearance of secondary sexual characters.
      e)Axillary and pubic hair growth
      f)Appearance of sexual desire etc.
      2.Controls of proliferative phase of menstrual cycle
      3.Causes growth of uterus during pregnancy
      4.Growth of female configuration --- narrow shoulders,broad hips
      5.Reduction of blood cholesterol
      6.Feedback effect on hypothalamus and anterior pituitary
      7.Fluid retension
      The chief estrogen sources in female are :
      a)Ovary.Graafian follicles while maturing secretes estrogen which is maximum at the time of ovulation
      b)interstitial cells also secrete estrogen
      2.Adrenal cortex
      3.Placenta actively secrets estrogen
      If sufficient estrogen is not produced,you can imagin it's result.In short,I hope this answers your question.

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I increase my estrogen levels naturally?
    I am 36 and going through perimenopause. I have been taking natural progesterone cream and that has helped with my pms symptoms, but now I am starting to have "hot flushes" and my muscle tone is changing. I think my estrogen level is falling.

    Anyone else out there who is going through the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      First you should find out what your levels are. You cant treat what you don't know. If you are in early menopause which you would be considered at 35 then natural over the counters are not going to work well for you. Estroven is one and it will only work if you have mild mild symptoms. You really need to be treated by a GYN.

  20. QUESTION:
    What happens to the female libido once they cross menopause?How often do women have sex after menopause?
    Does the onset of menopause decrease the sexual desire among women?

    • ANSWER:
      Sex during and after menopause has always been an issue of great debate and every woman feels a different way about it. In the past, sexual intercourse after menopause was viewed with horror. Many people wondered how "elderly", infertile women dared to satisfy their sexual urges once they had lost their baby-making abilities. Menopausal women were not seen as women, but instead as sexless beings who had no business engaging in bedroom shenanigans. Thankfully, this view about sex during menopause is slowly but surely changing and sex and menopause is now a topic that is open for discussion.

      Menopausal women are now understood to be as female as they ever were. Most women who are experiencing menopause take it upon themselves to continue their sexual life. Yet, many menopausal women face a lot of problems on the sexual front. Having to deal with mood swings, hot flashes, depression, and vaginal dryness that makes sex painful it's no wonder many menopausal women seem to loose their interest in sex. A lot can be done to help increase libido and feel more comfortable with a changing body.

      Causes of Decreased Sex Drive
      During menopause, sex drive can drop to very low levels. Some women find they don't think about sex nearly as much as they used to before menopause. Others find they want to have sex, but just aren't enjoying it enough to make it worth the effort. Decreased libido is thought to be due to lowered levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone present in your body during menopause.

      Each of these hormones has a specific role to play in making you experience sexual desire. Estrogen helps you to feel heightened sensitivity during sexual intercourse. Progesterone keeps your libido up. Testosterone, a male sex hormone, boosts sexual desire and lubricates your vagina. When these hormones drop, so does your overall desire for sexual intercourse.

      The symptoms that come along with menopause often don't make you feel much like having sex either. Just a few of the symptoms that may be decreasing your libido or causing you to avoid sex include: Vaginal Dryness, Fatigue, Mood Swings and Depression, and Self-Image

      Read this article...

  21. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of taking menopause (estrogen) pills to increase breast size?
    What are the consequences or side effects of taking menopause pills, or estrogen, to increase breast size, for a twenty year old?

    • ANSWER:
      increased risk of breast or endometrial cancer. Messed up periods. And no permanent change in breast size.

  22. QUESTION:
    If a lady takes oral contraceptive pill into menopause, will she continue to have regular period?
    If a lady is on oral contraceptive pill, and she enters menopause, she doesn't know she is into menopause, she continues to take oral contraceptive pill, will she continue to have monthly bleed?

    • ANSWER:
      A woman still goes through menopause even if she is taking birth control pills. But she may not know it. Menopause occurs naturally when your ovaries stop making estrogen and progesterone.

      A menopausal woman taking birth control pills continues to get enough estrogen and progestin from the pills and will not realize her ovaries are no longer making these hormones. Her periods will continue, although she can no longer get pregnant. Menstruation occurs during the placebo week of the pill regimen. And she may have no symptoms of menopause because the pill continues to deliver more than adequate amounts of estrogen and progestin.

      When you no longer need contraception, hormone therapy is a better option for managing uncomfortable menopausal vasomotor symptoms, including hot flashes and night sweats.

  23. QUESTION:
    What can I expect starting estrogen therapy?
    I'm 49, close to 50. Had my uterus removed 4wks ago. Just started taking low dose estrogen. I know it's suppose to help the hot flashes, but what else?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, you can read this if you want to know:

      Estrogen, in pill, patch, or gel form, is the single most effective therapy for suppressing hot flashes.

      The term estrogen therapy, or ET, refers to estrogen administered alone. Because ET alone can cause uterine cancer (endometrial cancer), a progestin is administered together with estrogen in women who have a uterus to eliminate the increased risk. Thus, the term estrogen/progestin therapy, or EPT, refers to a combination of estrogen and progestin therapy, as is given to a woman who still has a uterus. This method of prescribing hormones is also known as combination hormone therapy.

      The term hormone therapy (HT) is a more general term that is used to refer to either administration of estrogen alone (women who have had a hysterectomy), or combined estrogen/progestin therapy (women with a uterus).

      All forms of hormone therapy (HT) that are FDA-approved for therapy of hot flashes are similarly effective in suppressing hot flashes.

      What are the side effects and risks of hormone therapy (HT)?

      Women can experience side effects during hormone therapy; these can be divided into more minor side effects, and more serious side effects. The more minor side effects are more common than the serious side effects, and are generally perceived by women as annoying.・These symptoms include:

      headaches,
      nausea,
      breast pain.
      It is still controversial which of these side effects are due to the estrogen component as compared to the progesterone component. Therefore, if side effects persist for a few months, the doctor will often alter either the progesterone or the estrogen part of the hormone therapy (HT).

      Contrary to common belief, recent research has confirmed that women who take commonly prescribed doses of hormone therapy (HT) are no more likely to gain weight than women not taking hormone therapy (HT). This is probably because menopause or aging itself is associated with weight gain, regardless of hormone therapy.

      (endometrial cancer): Research shows that women who have their uterus and use estrogen alone are at risk for endometrial cancer. Today, however, most doctors prescribe the combination of estrogen and progestin. Progestin protects against endometrial cancer. If there is a particular reason why a woman with a uterus cannot take some form of progesterone, her doctor will take sample tissue from her uterus (endometrial biopsy) to check for cancer annually while she is taking estrogen. Women without a uterus (including women who have had a hysterectomy) have no risk of endometrial cancer.

  24. QUESTION:
    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.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Phytoestrogen and Man-Made Estrogens?
    I am doing a biology question and cannot, for the life of me, find the difference between Phytoestrogen and man-made estrogens. I have used Google and still cannot find it. Please help!!!!
    I am not sure which type of phytoestrogen it is asking for but the man-made estrogens are those entirely made by humans in labs

    • ANSWER:
      First I need to know the context of the question. A phytoestrogen is an estrogenic hormone found in plants. It's weak-acting so has only a small affect on human estrogen receptors. But you perhaps could also mean phytoestrogens in the sense of estrogens women take for menopause that originate with plants. In such a case, while the estrogen originally came from a plant, it's been processed in the lab a lot, so it more closely ressembles a human estrogen--estradiol. As for man-made estrogens: perhaps you mean estrogens that don't exist in nature and are entirely manufactured in the lab, like ethinyl estradiol? Somewhat different chemical formula than the bioidentical estrogens.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is Estrogen something I should be taking for my menopause? What does Estrogen do?
    I am going through menopause and I get all the hot flashes and mood swings, but I also feel like my body is missing something, I don't feel right on my insides. I'm also diabetic and I have hypothyroidism and asthma.

    • ANSWER:
      You should be taking estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Menopause symptoms are made worse with a thyroid problem. Estrogen strengthens the bones, improves moods, helps prevent incontinence stops hot flashes, improves your skin and hair. It also wards off arthritis raised cholesterol and depression not to mention osteoporosis. Bio identical hormones are your best option

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the first signs of menopause?
    I am 47 years old and my periods have become very heavy. They have always been very light. Is this a sign that I am starting to go through menopause? What can I expect next?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be...everyone is different when it comes to the first stages of menopause - usually you have changes in your cycle (some get heavier and more frequent, some are the opposite) accompanied by symptoms of hormonal changes (moodiness, achiness, fatique, hot flashes, sweating). Talk to your doctor - if you're interested in hormonal replacement therapy (HRT), this can relieve some of the symptoms you're experiencing (as well as help to prevent bone loss that can occur during menopause). Some women will continue to have abnormal, irregular periods for years before they actually hit 'menopause'. Others will progress quite quickly...again, talk to your doc, they can give you an idea of where you are by testing the functioning of your ovaries (which excrete estrogen), as well as give you some treatment options.

      here's some general menopause info:
      http://www.fbhc.org/Patients/Modules/menopause.cfm

  28. QUESTION:
    does any body know what to take for the menopause without resorting to pills from the doctor. Also?
    is excessive sweating whilst only doing the housework, hoovering etc part of the menopause?, i have heard people sweat at night but most days i really don't have to work hard in the home before i am dripping in sweat. please help if poss.

    • ANSWER:
      The trouble with herbal alternatives such as plant oestrogens is that no one knows what the long term implications of using them are, the studies are just not being done. It has taken more than 20 years of studies into the long term effects of conventional HRT, and doctors are even now not totally sure of how the risk benefits stack up.

      Homeopathic preparations are of course useless, since none of them have effects beyond placebo.

      Perhaps there is still an argument for conventional therapy as it can at least be said it is the devil we know.

  29. QUESTION:
    Which harmone is responsible for a woman's sex drive? Is it the Estrogen or is it Testesteron?
    The Estrogen levels decrease after menopause while the Testesteron levels increase. What does that imply? Does the sex drive in women increase after menopause? Or does it decrease?

    • ANSWER:
      The ovaries produce both testosterone and estrogen. Relatively small quantities of testosterone are released into your bloodstream by the ovaries and adrenal glands. In addition to being produced by the ovaries, estrogen is also produced by fat tissue in the body. These sex hormones are involved in the growth, maintenance, and repair of reproductive tissues. But that’s not all. They influence other body tissues and bone mass as well.

      The amount and levels of hormones change daily. The sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are secreted in short bursts -- pulses -- which vary from hour to hour and even minute to minute. Hormone release varies between night and day and from one stage of the menstrual cycle to another.

      It's important to realise that libido (desire) is a completely different thing from physical arousal in the genitals.
      This might seem incredible, but many women who say they have no libido are actually able to become physically aroused and have orgasms without much difficulty. What they do find difficult - or impossible - is to feel any passion or any desire for sex.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of early menopause?
    I am 27 years old and think I may be approaching early menopause. I have an appointment to see my doc in a months time but in the meantime would like a little info.
    My doc referred me to a specialist which is why the lengthy wait. I have had two children and am experiencing some symptoms but not all. It could be menopause, or not. But I suspect it is b/c my mother in law also went through it early and there are many similarities.

    • ANSWER:
      Early menopause can be thought of in two different ways. You can think of early menopause in the area of perimenopause that precedes menopause or menopause that begins immediately due to surgery.

      Early menopause is similar to menopause in the effects that the female body is changing. Estrogen levels are dropping and the body is experiencing reactions due to the changes in hormone levels. Natural menopause is where the ovaries have stopped producing estrogen entirely. When menstruation ceases for a full twelve months than a physician will diagnose a women as being in the process of menopause.

      Signs of menopause can be broken up into two categories:
      physical symptoms and mental symptoms.

      Many of these symptoms can be relieved by changes in diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious meals and finding ways to lower stress levels can help lessen menopause symptoms. Herbal remedies such as using black cohosh, Hawthorne flower or other herbal extracts can often help with hot flashes and night sweats. There are also hormone creams such as Hot Flash Freedom or there are prescription medications available, but with all of these methods prior to beginning a new regimen, you should consult your physician first.

      Early menopause is nothing to fear or to worry over. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing early or perimenopause, speak to your physician. He or she can help you in better understanding what is best for you and your body.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why is it bad to go into early menopause?
    I'm 40 and I think I've been having hot flashes. Alot of people tell me it's bad to go into early menopause. Why?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, if you are done having kids, then you're like millions of other women going through menopause.

      I was 21 when I was diagnosed with POF - Premature Ovarian Failure (ran out of eggs). I remember at the age of 15 my periods started to get irregular (2 times a month or skip 2-3 months) and I was always hot (hot flashes).

      My sex drive has been low. I feel anxious all the time and we do use more lubrication when making love. I am 37 now and my ob/gyn still thinks I need Estrogen and I've been taking BC pill - Ortho Tri-cyclen for awhile now and probably will until I reach 45-50 years old.

      Not everyone has the same symptoms and you should discuss this with your ob/gyn.

  32. QUESTION:
    Does eating highly processed soy cause breast cancer?
    I've been eating processed soy for 10 years, and now I read that it can cause breast cancer. My grandmother got breast cancer from taking estrogen pills after menopause. Now I'm scared that I'm at risk. To make things worse, I noticed a strange dent in my breast that sometimes appears. I'm only 28. Can 10 years of eating processed soy cause breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Soy contains isoflavones which are known as phytoestrogens because they can bind to estrogen receptors and exert weak estrogenic effects. Soy foods have been shown in studies to offer many health benefits including providing protection against osteoporosis (increasing bone density), reducing risk of heart disease with beneficial effects on cholesterol, platelets and blood vessels, and relieving menopause symptoms.

      According to most human research, eating whole soy foods does not increase risk of breast or endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women, and may even be protective. There is also some evidence that soy may be beneficial for cyclic breast pain and improve fibrocystic breast conditions.

      However, consuming purified soy products and supplements is a different matter. A study published in Carcinogenesis suggests that not only is the cancer-preventive ability of soy foods markedly reduced in highly purified soy products and supplements, but that such processed foods can stimulate the growth of pre-existing estrogen-dependent breast tumors.

      As a femMED employee I’m required to tell you that I am not licensed to practise medicine. If you rely on my advice, you accept that we (femMED and I) disclaim any responsibility for the consequences of that reliance. Please consult your doctor or medical practitioner before acting on any advice provided.

  33. QUESTION:
    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.

  34. QUESTION:
    How long a woman has to undergo pains of menopause?
    I am 49 year old and I stopped mensurating in the last 9 months and I have a horrible experince of menopause. I have hotflush, moodswings, flucuating high blood pressure and some funny feeling in the skin and palputations. Can some one suggest how long this goes on for a woman once it starts

    • ANSWER:
      Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause :-
      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart. Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
      ______________________________________

      Please read my answer to this question too about Menopause and its Homeopathic Treatment :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AuDZpbpnTutG2J6Bx5qFoSHty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20070813073654AAdv6Ha&show=7#profile-info-eXe749CZaa

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

      I hope this proves to be of help to you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between the combined pill that contains progesterone and oestrogen and the mini-pill?
    l know the mini pill doesn't contain any oestrogen but l was wondering what does oestrogen actually do? Why do some women opt for the mini-pill instead of the combined pill?

    Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      The combined pill can cause a lot of complications with progesterone and ooestrogen, estrogen can cause brest cancer and various other health problems as can HRT medication. The mini pill does not contain these things and does not interfere with the female hormones. the combined pills work in coordination with your monthly cycle to stop you producing an egg, the mini pill only coats the womb with a substance to stop the egg from implanting in the womb. Oestrogen is a female hormone and gives us breasts. Some woman cannot take the combined pill or HRT due to a family history if breast cancer. My sister had a breast cancer lump removed and undergoing chemo, I spoke to the doctor about HRT for the menopause and hot flushing and she will not give me it because my sister had breast cancer as it contains oestrogen which can cause breast cancer and would put me at a higher risk if i took HRT which contains oestrogen.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there a correlation between when you start your period & when you have the menopause?
    I.e. if you start your period early then you start the menopause early? And vice versa?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, but it depends. You see, women are born with limited supplies of eggs, and it will run out eventually. So logically, if you start your period early, then your menopause would be early too.

      But wait, menopause start later with women who has been pregnant than women who never get pregnant at all. Why?
      Because in pregnancy, you didn't get any period because there's no need to release any eggs. What's the point to release another egg when the former egg has already been fertilized?
      This was caused by hormone produced by the body while having pregnancy, called progesterone and the decrease of estrogen productions (which triggers menstruation). Thus saving the egg supply for 9 months.

      So, here's a more simple presentation.
      Let the average of women getting their menopause is 50 years after they get their period.
      Suzie got her period when she was 14 yrs old, and Lisa got her period when she was 15. If both of them never got pregnant in their entire life, then Suzie would have her menopause at 64, and Lisa at 65.
      But Suzie got pregnant twice, and Lisa never got pregnant. Because Suzie got pregnant twice, which is a total of 18 months, then she saved 18 months of her egg supply, because she didn't get any period when she's pregnant.
      So, Suzie would get her menopause at 65yrs and 6months, compared to Lisa that got her menopause at 65 though Suzie got her period faster.

      So, the more often you got pregnant, the longer it'll be for you to get menopause. But it still depends, because the number of eggs that a women can produce in their entire life varies, though not much.

      Hope that helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    MenopauseWhen you have finished going through Menopause is there any Oestrogen still in your body?
    I had a surgical menopause and I am coming off HRT. When you have no ovaries is there a difference to the menpause when you keep your ovaries. Serious and professional answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there is a significant difference between surgical menopause and natural menopause. With natural menopause, the ovaries do continue to produce low levels of hormones. But with surgical you have none of that and your estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone will be noticably lower in many cases than the levels of a naturally menopausal woman. For this reason, surgical menopause is generally a lot tougher and has worse symptoms than natural menopause. They've also found that women who are surgically menopausal and do not take hormones before the age of 42 or so have twice the mortality of women who are menstruating normally, with average life expectancy reduced by about 8 years. Here is a useful website to tell you about surgical menopause:
      http://surmeno.blogspot.com/

  38. QUESTION:
    What would happen if a young girl had too much estrogen?
    A 12-year old female has an adrenal tumor that produces large amounts of estrogen. If untreated, what effect will this condition have on her growth for the next 6 months? on her height when she is 18?

    • ANSWER:
      They will blosssom into a beautiful young women.

      ex. When a women produces too much estrogen at a young age they will have a women's 21 year old body at a very young age like by 13.
      Some guys who are like in their 20's will be hitting on a 13 year old girl who looks like a 21 year old women. That would be very akward. You will be mistaken as a women and not a teenage girl, basically you will lose your childhood or teenage years.

      It will be werid to have a 13 year old who has a 21 year old body be in a class that are full of immature brats. That's werid, and must be prevenated at all costs.

      You will be plummated with questions like, "Why are you in school, shouldn't you be in college?"
      "Are you a teacher?"

      The 13 year old body will produce so much estrogen that she will develop huge breasts around DD's and become tall. The downside of menopause can be early and very devastating at a young age.

  39. QUESTION:
    can a hysterectomy cause early menopause even still having ovaries?
    I've been having bouts of hot flashes and profuse sweating,not sleeping sound. I recently turned 50 and had a hysterectomy when I was 33. Is this menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Hysterectomy is the main causes of early menopause. Even if you still have ovaries, your estrogen and progesterone levels plunge, leading immediately to menopause.

  40. QUESTION:
    how can you tell the difference from bipolar and menopause?
    my mother has always been a bit pissed off. I need to find out if it's menopause or bipolar disease. if bipolar, how would you get your mother to get checked out by a psychiatrist?

    • ANSWER:
      Bipolar Illness
      Bipolar Disorder: Mania and Mixed Episodes
      Bipolar disorder is an illness bipolar illness of severe mood swings. It is also called manic depression. If you have this bipolar illness illness, you may have periods of severe high or low moods. These periods may impact your day-to-day functioning.

      The high moods are called acute mania. They can make you feel restless, grouchy, or very happy. The low moods are called depression. They can make you feel very sad.

      Some people can have a mixed state. That’s when you have acute mania and depression at the same time.

      Both women and men get bipolar disorder in equal numbers. The disease is usually first seen in adults 18 and older.

      Technically, menopause is the stopping of periods or menses. The average age is 52; however, a woman’s menopause can occur at any point between her 30’s and her 60’s. This time in a woman’s life can be dramatic or quite simple — it is different for each woman — but every woman does stop having periods. Some people call it adolescence in reverse — a rocky time of fluctuating hormones and emotions. Perimenopause is usually the two to five years beforehand, but sometimes women have symptoms for 10–15 years before stopping their periods. When symptoms arise at a young age it is commonly called early menopause.

      Menopause symptoms can range from mild hot spells at night to constant dripping sweats all day and night. Some women spot for a few months, others bleed heavily for years. These symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalances and changes — not necessarily estrogen loss. They are also related to diet, lifestyle and genetic factors. Many menopausal women seek forms of menopause treatment that do not work and create even greater hormone imbalance.

      i hope this helps

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my back pain is from depression or from menopause?
    I have always been depressed. I take an antidepressant, Effexor XR. Antidepressants cause me to gain weight. I don't want to have the dose upped if this pain is from menopause.

    Any suggestions? thanks...female 48.

    • ANSWER:
      Women may have different signs or symptoms at menopause.

      •Irregularity in periods: Irregularity in periods is one of the earliest changes that a woman may notice. Periods around menopause can last shorter or longer; bleeding can be less or more To make sure there isn’t a problem, see your doctor if:
      · Your periods come very close together
      · You have heavy bleeding
      · You have spotting
      · Your periods last more than a week

      •Hot flashes: A hot flash is a sudden feeling of heat in the upper part or all of your body. Your face and neck become flushed. Red blotches may appear on your chest, back, and arms. Heavy sweating and cold shivering can follow. Flashes can be very mild or strong enough to wake you from your sleep (called night sweats). Most hot flashes last between 30 seconds to 10 minutes.
      •Problems with your vagina and bladder: Changing estrogen levels can cause your genital area to get drier and thinner. This could make sexual intercourse uncomfortable. Or, you could have more vaginal or urinary infections. Some women find it hard to hold their urine long enough to get to the bathroom. Sometimes urine leaks during exercise, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or running.
      •Sleep: Around midlife, some women start having trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Maybe you can’t fall asleep easily, or you wake too early.
      •Sex: You may find that your feelings about sex are changing. You could be less interested. Or, you could feel freer and sexier after menopause.
      •Mood swings: Though the reasons for this are not clear yet, but you might find yourself more moody or irritable around the time of menopause.
      Other Issues
      •Osteoporosis: Estrogen helps control bone loss, and losing estrogen around the time of menopause causes women to lose more bone than is replaced. In time, bones can become weak and break easily. This condition is called osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor to see if you should have a bone density test to find out if you are at risk. Your doctor can also suggest ways to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
      •Heart disease: After menopause, women are more likely to have heart disease. Changes in estrogen levels may be part of the cause. As you age, you may gain weight and develop other problems, like high blood pressure. These could put you at greater risk for heart disease. Talk to your health care provider to find out what you should do to protect your heart.

  42. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of getting cancer again after taking estrogen because of menopause?
    Because if I do have cancer I don't want to feel the symptoms of menopause. Will all doctors refuse to give you estrogen after having cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes; they will not give you estrogen.
      There other treatmants for menopause symptoms though - Effexor is approived for Hot flashes [ I had to take that for a while - worked well! ]

  43. QUESTION:
    What would happen if a girl starts taking estrogen pills regularly?
    Research shows feminine beauty is all about estrogen levels. The higher it is, the more attractive women are.(i hope no arguing with this. There was a research.) Large eyes, small and narrow chins, small nose, fuller lips, glowing skin and hair, etc.

    imagine a girl starts taking them for this purpose. Would it make her more beautiful??
    i was thinking of trying it myself. Answer only if you think you have the correct answer.

    Thank uuuuuuuuu!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly this research was published in "Proceedings of the Royal Society", but it does not mean taking of external estrogen will lead to help in increasing any ones beauty, though hormonal level do affect the physical appearance (i.e. breast development, and health of female) but does not affect natural colour or appearance of female.

      Estrogen is sex hormone of female, i.e primarily it leads to regulation of ovulation in women and secondary development of female characteristics.

      Large eyes, small and narrow chins, small nose, fuller lips, glowing skin and hair, etc. these are mainly affected by genetical makeup and very minutely by estrogen.

      Estrogen pills are referred only in cases when estrogen is no longer being produced by the body or in certain cases such as menopause, abnormal uterine bleeding, failure of ovarian development, etc
      and increase or excessive amount of estrogen leads to problems such as Depression, Artherosclerosis, Headaches , Vaginal Infection , Cramps, Weight gain, Uterine fibroids , Fatigue, Osteoporosis ,Irregular periods

      So taking estrogen pills for increasing beauty is not at all recommended by any medical research or practitioner.

  44. QUESTION:
    why can't women be given estrogen and progesteron to prevent menopause?
    is it possible to give women suffering from menopause estrogen and progesteron in order to stop bad effects of menopause on them?
    if so,then why there'r still women suffering from it?

    • ANSWER:
      There is nothing you can take to prevent menopause. Hormones are given to women to ease the symptoms they are having while they go through menopause. Many women choose HRT or alternative treatments to stop all of the side effects. You don't have to suffer because there is lots of things that you can do to ease the side effects.

  45. QUESTION:
    why is menopause considered a highly evolved aspect?
    what is the significance of menopause ? why is it useful?

    • ANSWER:
      - menopause is not totally useful for a woman, but has some beneficial effects in her body systems.
      - menopause is the regression of the functions of ovary, so that the eggs are not produced and also the hormones level also goes down- estrogen
      - when estrogen is getting reduced, it has ill effects on bones producing a condition called osteoporosis and so the bones finally get fractured on its own or with some trivial trauma
      - but estrogen decrease has a protective effect on heart.
      it alters the level of good and bad cholesterol and finally reducing the risk of heart disease.
      - the important use is, she cannot reproduce anymore and controls the family growth.
      but not soon after the menopause, a lady becomes infertile, it takes few months for the ovaries to get completely shut down
      - as estrogen is reduced it no more can maintain the moisture of the female genital outlet, vagina, and this gets dried leading to what is called senile vaginitis
      - but the risk of breast cancer gets reduced with increase in the risk of cervical cancer

      yes, menopause is highly evolved and from various research studies, it now possible to take necessary actions like hormone replacement therapy to avoid the detrimental effects of menopause.

  46. QUESTION:
    I've just recently gone through chemo treatment and going through menopause. Is estrogen a good idea?
    My doctor wants to give me a shot of estrogen but I hear its a bad idea. Any insight?

    • ANSWER:
      Chemotherapy for what cancer? That makes a huge difference.
      If it was a hormonally responsive breast carcinoma, it's not a good idea.
      Your doctor knows what type of malignancy you had, the stage, the treatment you received, and the rest of your medical history.
      If we had all of this information, we could give you an opinion.
      We don't even know your age.
      With so little information, no one can answer this professionally.
      It's not a good idea for us to second guess the doctors who know you.
      Why would you need estrogen by "shot" when you can take pills?

  47. QUESTION:
    Menopause and hot flashes, anyone tried something that helps?
    My mom is 48 and going through menopause. She gets these horrible hot flashes and I would like to know of something she can take "AT HOME" that could possibly help. I'm sure she could get prescribed something and all, but her appointment for the doctor isn't for another 2 months, so just wondering if anyone knew of something she could take or use?

    • ANSWER:
      I am 46 and done with menopause. I used natural progesterone cream to balance out my estrogen/progesterone.

      Here are the benefits I experienced:

      no hot flashes
      weight loss around the abdomen
      no more irritability
      no more sadness
      return of sex drive
      no more fatigue
      dramatic increase in energy
      dramatic increase in ability to handle stress
      no more bloating

      To sum up, I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. As mentioned earlier, menopause is natural and normal. It should not make us sick and certainly does not warrant the use of drugs-menopause is not a disease to be treated with man-made chemically altered hormones or antidepressants.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it common to take both harmone pills, estrogen and progestrin?
    I'm currently going through menopause, and I've been taking premarin for some years now, I started what I thought to be a period in Oct. and now its late Nov. and I'm still bleeding heavy, what would you recommend?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Why do i get my hot flashes back when i dont have my estrogen patches?
    i ran out & havent had them for 3 days & getting them tomorrow, how come it gets out of my body with in few days? menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is actually a time of life to celebrate. Celebrate your new freedom. Soon, you'll not have to bother with monthly periods and cramps. You'll never again have to worry about an unwanted pregnancy. Those dismal mood swings will even out and you won't get so emotional about little things.

      Menopause should be called "Graduation". When you were just a little girl, life was easy and simple, and then you became a woman. Estrogen coursed through your body, you became fertile, with monthly periods. You had children, or perhaps didn't.

      But now, you've paid your dues. You've been there and done that. Your ovaries are saying, "That's enough! We're finished with that phase of life." The estrogen that was gushing through your system is diminishing, and the body is adjusting.

      You're graduating to a Mature Woman who is healthy, strong, intelligent and finally free of those responsibilities of being fertile. Rejoice and celebrate, because the best is yet to come, girl!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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