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Natural Hormone Replacement After Hysterectomy

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Menopause

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do they make hormone pills?
    where do they get the hormones for things like hormone replacement therapy (for menopause) or trans-gender hormones? do they get it from some one else or do they have to make it? and how?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that they have pills but I'm on Vivelle dot patch 0.0375 Mg's. for menopause and they work great.

  2. 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."

  3. QUESTION:
    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      a search should turn up these

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

      http://www.ehow.com/about_5467345_dangers-hormonereplacement-therapy.html

      why not try a natural product..

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

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

      http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0PDoTCil0RPJnkAfdGJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dnatural%2Bprogesterone%2Bcream%26ei%3DUTF-8%26fr%3Dytff1-tyc%26fr2%3Dtab-web%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D2&w=300&h=320&imgurl=www.raysahelian.com%2Fimages%2Fprogesterone.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.raysahelian.com%2Fprogesterone.html&size=21.1+KB&name=Natural+Progesterone+Cream+by+Source+Naturals&p=natural+progesterone+cream&oid=5ced1e16b6ba7a381811faabf2d007d7&fr2=tab-web&fr=ytff1-tyc&tt=Natural%2BProgesterone%2BCream%2Bby%2BSource%2BNaturals&b=0&ni=32&no=2&tab=organic&ts=&sigr=11c5i2fme&sigb=13s3hj9c1&sigi=11bee8lui&.crumb=SjKDKKhlzhI

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

      https://www.herbdoc.com/index.php/Our-Products?cid=15

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

      and more info on these are found here

      http://curezone.com/schulze/handbook/female.asp

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is no to both questions.

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

  11. QUESTION:
    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.

  12. QUESTION:
    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.

  13. QUESTION:
    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.......

  14. QUESTION:
    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... :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. QUESTION:
    Should a woman be on hormone replacement therapy if she's not having menopause symptoms?
    I have a friend who is using a natural patch on her own, without the advice of a doctor. Could she be putting herself at risk?

    • ANSWER:
      no need at all.

  19. QUESTION:
    When Hormone Replacement Therapy is thought as a treatment to reduce postmenopausal symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is highly recommended since it is effective in proving the quality of life of women who suffers acute symptoms of menopause.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the the best treatment for pre-menapause symptoms apart from hormone replacement therapy?
    I am a lady, 44 years of age and am going through the pre-menapause symptoms especially headaches, hot flashes, irregular periods and digestive disorders. Ive been to my GP and said he can only prescribe HRT if my symptoms get worse and only gave me some pain killers. I understood clearly the reasons why the GP could not prescribe the HRT and i would like to go through the process without them. I have done some browsing on the internet and im trying a few things which are not giving me an immediate relief i need as i have to work almost daily. If there is someone who knows what i am talking about, can they share their experiences so i can learn from them.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.nutrihealth.org/pages/menopause.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

      hope this helps
      good luck and have a good day
      Hiedi

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

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

  25. QUESTION:
    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.

  26. QUESTION:
    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.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why do women (under 55) have a lower risk of Coronary Heart Disease? Can men get this..."Immunity"?
    I know it is something to do with oestrogen, but WHAT about it in particular?

    I heard of Hormone Replacement Therapy (for over 75s) has evidence of working (they put oestrogen back into them after menopause). BUT can you use this in men?

    After all, the worst side-effect is...Man-Bewbs. Surely you can use this therapy in men? Right?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. First of all, you're wrong that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) works to lower risk of coronary issues. That was what they thought in the past, but a very wide-scale, definitive study has show that to be completely not true, unfortunately. In fact, risk of stroke and heart issues goes UP when women take HRT--it is believed this is because once menopause occurs, there is damage that occurs as a result. Then, when hormone therapy is taken, the damage is such that the extra strain put on other systems by the hormones cannot be coped with by the damaged blood vessels and weakened organs. However, if women start hormone replacement immediately when menopause occurs, there MAY be some benefits--studies are proceeding. But no, men do not benefit. The main problem men have is the testosterone--that can cause damage. It's a well-proven fact that men who are castrated in young life (by 20s) have noticeably longer life-spans than men who keep their balls. So that's something that can be done, but I don't think any men would be willing to do it.

      Oh, but wait, there is a way to extend lifespan--lower your weight to about 10% below normal, and keep it that way. And do lots of aerobic activity.

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

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

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

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    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.

  31. QUESTION:
    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

  32. 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.

  33. QUESTION:
    Just what are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
    I was taking hrt but decided to stop because of the possible side effects, which include breast cancer and ovarian cancer. I don't really notice a difference since I have been off and was wondering just what are the benefits.

    • ANSWER:
      HRT is supposed to keep you having the benefits of the hormones (estradiol and progesterone) that your ovaries are not producing anymore after menopause. Those benefits include preventing bone loss, and protection against atherosclerosis, which can lead to cardiovascular problems. It can also alleviate some of the less damaging side-effects of menopause, ie hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bad skin condition, ect.

      It is true however that it can promote breast and ovarian cancers because in most cases, these cancers grow in presence of estrogens and progestagens.

      If your family has a history of BC or OC, it is a very good decision to stop taking hrt.

      However, some alternative, still experimental hrt's are being developped which use a medication called a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) combined to the hormone DHEA, rather than estrogen & progestagen. The SERM (a type of medication that is also used against breast cancer) has a good effect on bone & artheries while having the reverse effect on breast and uterus.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is Hormone Replacement Therapy worthwhile?
    I have just started menopause and am experiencing hot flushes ,night sweats.I also go to tears easy although that may not be related to menopause, it could be just being female.A doctor mentioned Hormone replacement therapy.I know there are various products in chemist shop to relieve the symptoms of menopause(sounds like a disease rather than a natural stage of life)The internet says Hormone replacement stuff comes from the urine of horses, and has more side effects than benefits. Help! What is meant by Mood swings?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, hormone replacement CAN be worthwhile. Some like it, some don't. You won't know if it's right for you until you try it. As for the hormones: ONE type of hormone comes from the urine of pregnant horses. That's the most popular hormonal source simply because it's been around the longest. It's called Premarin (PREgnant MARe's urINe). Generically it's referred to as conjugated equine estrogen, or CEE.There are MANY MANY other types of hormones you can try, all of which are superior to Premarin, none of which involve other animals. Usually nowadays, they synthesize estrogen in a lab using yams. If someone implied to you that the only hormone available to you was from horse urine, then that person is either extremely ignorant, lying to you, or both. Either way, you shouldn't be listening to them. Bottom line: if you feel like your quality of life right now is so negatively affected by the menopausal transition, then you might find that estrogen (and progesterone, you need to take both) will really improve your life and help ease your way through this transition. You wouldn't necessarily be on the hormones for the rest of your life--you could try them for a few months and see how you feel and wean off of them. Menopause may be a natural stage of life, but that doesn't mean that you should do nothing, or that it's not a problem.The weakening of muscles and thinning of bones are also natural stages of life, but that doesn't mean you should do nothing to stop it from happening.

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I take for hot flushes?
    I have reluctantly given in to the menopause and have started to get hot flushes (though I tell other women I don't get them). Can any of you ladies recommed a tried a tested natural remedy or do I have to go to my GP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sue, regular physical exercise is necessary to protect against bone loss. Exercise has many other benefits as well.

      A diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits and vegetables is important.2

      Vitamin E supplementation may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.,,

      Calcium is important in maintaining bone mass.

      Magnesium intake is often low in women with osteoporosis. Low magnesium intake is associated with low bone mineral content (BMC).

      Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption.

      Boron reduces urinary calcium loss and increases serum levels of 17 estradiol (estrogen).

      Essential fatty acids can help prevent dryness of the hair, skin and vaginal tissues.

      Soy supplementation has been suggested as a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Soy isoflavones act as estrogen-like compounds. Forty-five grams of dietary soy, per day for 12 weeks was shown to decrease post-menopausal hot flashes.

      Certain herbs such as black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice and dong quai have shown to have a beneficial effect in managing many of the menopause symptoms.
      Jason Homan

  37. QUESTION:
    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.

  38. 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.

  39. QUESTION:
    Estrogen and progesterone signal cell division. Why do women still get breast cancer after the menopause?
    What I mean is that tamoxifen and drugs try to cancel the effects of estrogen and progesterone. That shouldn't even be applicable to women past menopause!

    • ANSWER:
      Scientists have identified two genes which are more likely to be defective in a breast cancer patient than someone without breast cancer.
      These genes are also blamed for some other cancers.
      However, even the two mutated genes are thought only to be responsible for approximately 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases.
      Hormones seem to have an important role in breast cancer. Research has shown a link between levels of the female sex hormone, oestrogen, and the risk of developing breast cancer.
      Women who take certain types of hormone replacement therapy are at higher risk of breast cancer.
      Women who have their first child later in life also appear to be at higher risk of developing breast cancer.
      Tamoxifen blocks the female sex hormone oestrogen. The hormone influences the growth of cells related to female reproduction, such as those in the breast or the uterus. If there is too much oestrogen in the system, cell growth can accelerate to the point where tumours start to develop. Tamoxifen competes with the sex hormone for the same proteins - called receptors - found on the surface of cancer cells. When the drug locks onto the receptors it blocks the way for oestrogen - which would otherwise activate the cancer cell to divide and make the tumour grow.
      Tamoxifen may cause cancer of the uterus (womb), strokes, and blood clots in the lungs. These conditions may be serious or fatal.

  40. QUESTION:
    Harmones seem to play a part in heart disease. Estrogen seems to be good and testerone negative. My question?
    has anyone done a study to determine how hormone therapy has affected transgender people? I would like to know if estrogen shots could benefit people with heart disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Interesting question...
      We do know that estrogen has cardioprotective effects (testosterone does not specifically have negative effects on the heart, it just lacks the protective effects.)

      Among young otherwise healthy women who've had radical hysterectomies ("surgical menopause") the hormone replacement therapy (HRT) still provides the cardioprotective effects. After natural menopause, long term estrogen-only HRT is linked with gynecologic cancers. (Note: Including progesterone in HRT for post-menopausal women helps prevent the increased cancer risk.)

      As I'm sure you're aware, the transgendered population is unfortunately under-represented in scientific studies. But we can extrapolate the data above to very reasonably infer that trasgendered individuals who receive HRT also would benefit from the cardiovascular "protection" of estrogen.

      All of that said, while estrogen has cardioprotective effects it is generally not considered any kind of "treatment" for cardiovascular disease. (Not sure if that was what you were asking?) We don't take hormone treatment lightly, because the interplay/feedback mechanisms among hormones are in delicate balance. So any time you include hormone therapy in a protocol, you have to be aware of (and manage) the trickle-down effects you'll have on the multitude of systems throughout the body.

  41. QUESTION:
    how do I deal with the mood swings that menopause is causing?
    I have mood swings and it causing my marriage to suffer, i have stress from another issue that my husband has caused but the menopause is causing me to have more stress, it there something i can take to help with the mood swings?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor if you can get hormone replacement therapy. I'm currently going through menopause and I didn't have the mood swings, but I was getting the hot flashes really frequently until I got the hormones. I feel mostly back to normal now :) Maybe some counselling could help as well, with the stress you're experiencing.

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

    • ANSWER:
      No.

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

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

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

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

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

  43. QUESTION:
    when do you know when it time to start taking hormone pills?
    I am 44 years old and noticing an increase in anxiety. is this a sign of menopause

    • ANSWER:
      Could very well be! Be sure to talk with your doctor about the risks of hormone replacement therapy though they can be severe some times. Good luck Tim

  44. QUESTION:
    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."

  45. QUESTION:
    What Are The Risks In Increasing Estrogen Levels In A Woman?
    I'm curious to know the risks of increasing estrogen levels in women (older than 18, but before menopause). Thanks to all who provide an answer.
    My other question about estrogen: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090213210523AA3CsNG&r=w

    • ANSWER:
      Potentially, an increased risk of certain female cancers, and cardiovascular problems (increased blood clots potentially causing strokes or heart attacks). The cardiovascular risk is particularly associated with smoking. The risks are usually more pronounced in those over 35-40, and may be associated either infrequently with hormonal birth control or much more frequently with hormone replacement therapy (peri- and post- menopausal women).

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the menopause and what does it do to you?
    I'm only 14 so do not have the foggiest, but then I'm only 14 so do not really need to know the foggiest but I'm curious.

    Is that when your periods stop? Is it true you don't have to shave your legs anymore because the hair will stop growing? I heard a female commedian say something a bit gross about how her vagina went all weird cos she was old. Is that true? What else happens?
    What are hot flushes?

    • ANSWER:
      I went through the menopause in 6 weeks during chemotherapy and it was bloomin' awful. Hot flushes felt as if I was literally boiling from te inside and sweat used to drip of my ears it was so bad. You stop ovulating in the menopause which is why your periods stop. still have to shave my legs and under my arms, and as for what the female comedienne said well, mine is just the same as it always was! A lot of women need hormone replacement therapy after the menopause as it can affect your bones, and you are more vulnerable to osteoporosis where the bones go thin and are more liable to break. I've put you the best sits I could find for further reference. At your age you ought to forget about it and enjoy yourself...aah to be 14 again!

  47. QUESTION:
    Do you have any symptoms after having a partial hysterectomy?
    I'm just having my uterus removed (it's enlarged and prolapsed and is causing alot of issues...I'm not having any bleeding problems etc,) my tubes and ovaries will be left alone. I know I won't get a period any longer, but since I won't be needing hormones, I should be OK, right? No mood swings or any other symptoms I'm hoping. I'm not going through menopause, I've been tested via bloodwork and also a uterine biopsy.

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends...you will feel moody and will still feel like you normally did at your "time" of the month for a while and I do still 23 years later. I had a partial and then years later ended up having the rest removed. I'm 48 and now am "going through the change". It isn't as bad as people say. I cannot take hormone replacement therapy because I've had cancer. You will have some mood swings but you'll be able to work through them, trust me. If you cannot, talk to your Dr. Good luck. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
      Peace & Love :)

  48. QUESTION:
    Can manic depressive disorder show up later in life?
    I'm in my late forties, and I've struggled with depression all my life. I've never had anything I'd call mania, but the last few months my mood swings have been ridiculous. I'm post menopause, due to hysterectomy, so i don't think it's hormonal. Why am I really happy one day and unable to function the next day?

    • ANSWER:
      It can show up later in life but if you are post menopausal I would suspect hormones first (are you on hormone replacement therapy?). Go see your doctor to rule out anything physical before jumping to conclusions..... Bipolar is not a place you want to go if there is a physical fix.

      Contrary to popular belief, the mood swings in Bipolar disorder do not happen in a second. It’s not about being happy one second, then mad, then sad. Also the mood swings in bipolar can be triggered by events (even the weather) but more often are not triggered by anything. The manic part is much more than just being happy.

      Here are some of my personal examples of the extremes. My moods generally last for a couple of months then there is a short period of being normal before I start to swing the other way

      The low - Do not care about anything, stop showering, stop cleaning house, crying a lot, sleeping 14 hours a day, want to die but don't have the energy to plan it, hating yourself for every little bad thing you have ever done..... feeling guilty about everything you have done while manic, knowing that everyone else hates you too. I feel like my mind has stopped working, thoughts are dulled, can't read..... just lay there like a dead lump of nothing.

      The High – these are symptoms as listed online followed by my examples

      * FEELING EXTREMELY HAPPY OR IRITABLE* Like you just won the lottery or like your boss just cut your pay in half so he could give his daughter a raise but the feelings go on and on for weeks or months.

      *INFLATED SELF ESTEEM* Believe that everyone loves you, everyone knows how smart, funny, pretty, sexy, you are. Think you are so good you can do anything.

      * REDUCED NEED FOR SLEEP* 2 to 3 hours of sleep a night for weeks or months and you are never tired.

      * TALK FASTER AND MORE THAN USUAL* Ramble on and on but the talk may be disjointed because thoughts are going by so fast you can't get them out fast enough. It's called pressured speech.

      * BE MORE ACTIVE THAN USUAL* Needing to run 10 miles a day when you never used to even jog. Taking up 5 new hobbies.

      * RACING THOUGHTS* Can be seen as confusion. It's very confusing because your thought go by so fast and you have no control over them it's like having 10 people all shouting at you at the same time.

      * BE EASILY DISTRACTED BY SIGHTS AND SOUNDS* Ohhhh bright and shiny things. :) Because you have ceased to even try to listen to your own thoughts.

      * ACT IMPULSIVELY, DO RECKLESS THINGS, REDUCED INHIBITION, SPENDING SPREES* Spending the mortgage money on furniture, buying 25 books about penguins because wouldn't it be cute if they could be a colony,* DRIVE RECKLESSLY* 120 mph down back roads with the radio blaring and not really paying attention to the road because of all the bright shiny things, *GET INTO FOOLISH BUSINESS VENTURES* cashing out your 401k to invest in a worm farm or going deep into debt so you can gamble because you know you will win, *HAVE FREQUENT, INDISCRIMINATE, OR UNSAFE SEX* like sex with strangers (without a condom) or with your sisters husband or your husbands sister. Suddenly decide you are bisexual because the opportunity for twice as much sex is there...... Oh my I didn't know I was into BDSM before... tie me up and flog me baby.

      I am Bipolar 1 and while the other types of bipolar may not be as bad they are still much more extreme than the online symptoms portray. The above are things I have one while manic and that's just a few of them.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can you get severe fatigue or breathlessness during the onset of the menopause?
    I had a hysterectomy in December. I still have my ovaries,but lately, my hair seems drier and thinner. I also have this overwhelming tiredness during the day, and breathlessness.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      I hope you'll check with your health care provider about these symptoms. While they may be related to a surgically induced menopause, they may also be a symptom of another condition or conditions. As women enter menopause, they may begin to experience several symptoms typically associated with the changes that are taking place in their bodies. These symptoms include:

      Hot flashes. This is a feeling of warmth in the face, neck or chest that ranges from mild to severe. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 85 percent of women approaching or going through menopause have hot flashes.

      Night sweats (evening versions of “hot flashes”) and difficulty sleeping. Lack of sleep can contribute to women feeling tired, stressed or tense.

      Changes in vaginal tissue, including thinning, dryness, itchiness or burning. In some cases, sex may become painful (dyspareunia) due to decreased vaginal secretions.

      Thinning of bones. Known as osteoporosis, this condition can lead to a reduction of bone mass that reaches 20 percent in some women. As a result, menopausal and postmenopausal women are susceptible to fractures of the hip, spine, wrist and other bones. In some cases, osteoporosis can lead to loss of height.

      Abnormal vaginal bleeding or “spotting.” This is a common sign of menopause. However, women who have not had a period for 12 consecutive months should see a physician if they experience spotting, as this can sometimes be a sign of other conditions, such as:

      Cancer

      Side effects of using birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy

      Hormonal imbalance

      Noncancerous growths in the lining of the uterus, such as fibroids

      Mood changes. These changes can include mood swings, depression and irritability. Some researchers believe these emotions are a result of changes in the brain caused by a decrease in estrogen. Others think menopausal symptoms such as sleep problems, hot flashes and fatigue cause the feelings. Still others maintain that a combination of these factors is probably responsible.

      Urinary problems. These may include leaking, burning or pain when urinating (dysuria) or urgency. Leakages may also occur during sneezing, coughing or laughing. An increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs) is also associated with menopause as a result of a thinning of the urethra that happens at this time.

      Other symptoms may occur, also. You can read more about them at this medically-reviewed site - an excellent one!

      http://obgyn.health.ivillage.com/menopausehrt/menopause.cfm

      Feel better : )

  50. QUESTION:
    What happens when someone stops hormone replacement therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a HRT for medical reasons and not for menopause. I was about 26 years old and it relieved me from getting anxious, being angry all the time and it made me kinda sleepy.


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