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What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy For Women

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

  2. QUESTION:
    What happens when a woman takes the transvestite therapy?
    What happens when a woman starts hormone replacement therapy like men trying to be women do,wouldn't she just become more womanly and look more feminine?
    and btw i mean transgendered sorry!!
    and yes i know menopausal women take it thank you,but u still did not answer my question.

    • ANSWER:
      You will turn into a freak. Avoid it.

  3. 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

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      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

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women?
    8)Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been shown to be one way to reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, however recent clinical trials have indicated there are dangerous increased risks of heart disease, stroke and various cancers associated with HRT. What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women and when do women need to start being concerned about this?

    • ANSWER:
      I think the best method to help prevent osteoporosis is exercise. Exercise strengthens the bones in men and women.

      Also there are good medications on the market to help prevent this condition:

      If the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis is the only issue under consideration, then bisphosphonates such as alendronate, ibandronate, or risedronate are more effective than menopausal hormone therapy in preventing osteoporotic fractures, and less likely to be associated with substantial adverse effects. So far, bisphosphonates are the most effective category or prescription medications for treating postmenopausal osteoporosis.

      hope this helps..

  5. QUESTION:
    What can you do for thinning hair in women?
    I am a post menopausal woman who does not take hormone replacement therapy, and have had a total hysterectomy. My hair seems to be getting thin. Is there anything that can be done to make my hair thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      There is Rogaine for women now. It works good, you can get it at Wal-Mart

  6. 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

  7. QUESTION:
    Does mtf hormone therapy make you infertile ?
    I want to go on male-to-female hormone replacement therapy (just to soften my face and have more of a feminine shape) - however I didnt go through with it as I heard it makes you infertile - I've come across some transgender woman who, however stop hormones for a short period and then conceive a child normally (without sperm banking) is this true ?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Shane with one further caution: Some people don't get any facial change from hormones at all.

      So you want to "soften your face" at the risk of:

      Possibly permanent sterility

      Loss of normal male sexual function

      Shrinkage of your penis and testicles

      Difficulty getting an erection or maybe even loss of the ability to do so.

      Loss of upper body strength

      Increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (which can kill you)

      You must be very desperate to think this is wise.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why do men need need testosterone shots if they lose their testicles?
    Explain something to me.

    When a man loses his testicles, he is given hormone replacement therapy so that he can become aroused.

    But women have no testicles (obviously) and very little testosterone and we still have plenty of sexual urges.

    So is it really necessary for men to receive the hormones? Or can a man still become aroused without them?

    • ANSWER:
      Women have testosterone in their system as well, and it helps with their arousal. The various hormones work differently in male and female systems. A man can become aroused and function sexually even without testosterone. Notice all the hard-ons little boys can get, and all the mischief they sometimes get up to? Testosterone has other functions in the male body besides strengthening sexual arousal. Men get testosterone therapy to allow their body to function correctly.

  9. 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...

  10. QUESTION:
    How to differentiate between a shemale and a true women?
    One of my friends working in Thailand 6 years ago as a manager. While he was working there he meets a girl that is beautiful and meets his requirement. The girl is from Thailand. After 2 years in a relationship they decided to get married. So they took a blood test to test for any diseases such as (STD) sexual transmitted diseases, HIV, or Hepatitis. When the result were out it turn out to be that the women is actually a man that has gone a surgery to hormone replacement therapy and/or through breast augmentation , Sex reassignment surgery male-to-female, Hair removal, Facial Feminization Surgery and other surgical procedure . Have you or your friends ever encountered such crisis

    • ANSWER:
      Ewww god. "Crisis" is the right way to put it. What a bunch of gross shit - and even worse - the former woman didn't say anything about it.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    How does hormone replacement therapy work? How do they determine what should have?
    I am a guy having difficulty with my girlfriend. She had to have a hysterectomy and for the past three years I have suffered because she said the first time she had hormone replacement it made her sick. So she gave up. She shut out the world and on Valentines day she couldn't tell me she loved me. I blew up and told her she needed help because she has been ignoring my needs and I have tried everything to get her interested again. And her bad habits have made her physically incompatible to me. I am frustrated beyond belief. She hates herself calling herself ugly and fat. And I told one of her girlfriends and she got mad at me saying her parts are her own business and I told her she needs to get over it. If I can have 100 people looking at mr happy for my kidney stones, ONE of her friends can know about her issues and give her some help because guys don't know what to do. I also told her if she wanted something she could ignore she should have went to the humane society and bought a cat! Can hormone replacement help her with being frigid? Can it help her feel the world is a bit more likable? Can it help her lose weight? How do they figure out what hormone mixture she needs?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement CAN help with all of those things, if done right, and if her body is responsive. Hormones are the body's fuel. They're supposed to have them, and without them, there are all kinds of problems. The body produces hormones in amounts and types and at times that are very complex. There are hundreds of different hormones. But when you take hormone replacement, you're taking perhaps 2 hormones. Which you take once per day, rather than having it 24/7, in small, highly responsive amounts. Most doctors don't give a shit. That's why taking HRT can often make you sick. Complicating matters is that the most commonly prescribed hormone replacement is Premarin (horse estrogen from the urine of pregnant mares). It's not the same as human estrogen, plus it overloads you with a large dose when you take it orally, then plummets to nothing throughout the day. It's as if you were told you could eat as much as you want, except that you can only have ice cream, and you can only eat on Tuesdays. It's not natural nor is it how the body works. There are ways to work around this: tell your girlfriend to try estrogen patches. It's the closest you can get to the slow, natural, 24/7 administration of small amounts of estrogen that your ovaries produce. Have her at least try that. Then, encourage her to try testosterone. In Europe, it's standard to give hysterectomized women testosterone. In the US, they almost never do it. But without it, it's like you're castrated. Also, FYI: estrogen plays an important role as a neurotransmitter in the brain. Without it, you can become depressed and angry.

  14. QUESTION:
    Do Men Lose Most of Their Strength if The Testicles Are Removed?
    Do men lose the majority of their strength if the testicles are removed?

    I understand 95 percent of testosterone comes from the testicles, thus making men stronger than women.

    After an incident riding horses I am being told I may have my testes removed..

    I have gotten generic information regarding hormone replacement therapy, but wonder what the natural effects of life without testicles will be like.

    Is this an extremely rare event, or is there solid knowledge about this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a common misconception but it does affect one way or the other. Testicles "contain" and produce our male hormones called testosterone. Once removed (depending if one or both are removed), the number of hormones will drop significantly. But it does not make anyone weak. It just means the "drive" lowers. Just as a car with a flat tire, it will still run but it wouldn't be as quick as a car without flat tire. Case also varies from person to person, some people lose the control over their whole package (aka paralyzed from waist down) but they still continue life as is.

  15. QUESTION:
    Are any transgendered people physically born that way?
    This question is about transgendered people. For instance are there people born & grow up looking like a woman, with breasts & stereotypical female shape, but with male genitalia? Or is this phenomenon caused by hormone replacement therapy later in life?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Trinidad.

      Please do not listen to Snotalia as usual he has no clue about what he is talking about.

      Transsexualism is a congenital birth condition. A transsexual woman is born with a brain (gender identity) that reflects they are female and a body (sex) that reflects they are male. This is called a brain body mismatch. A transsexual woman must receive estrogen to grow breasts and for her body to be feminized she is not born that way. However she does have male genitalia between her legs. until she has Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS)

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for an MTF transsexual to enlarge her penis?
    I'm planning on getting hormone replacement therapy and I want a nice big penis to go with my feminine appearance. If it is, how do I do it?
    I want to be a shemale porn actress.

    • ANSWER:
      Not even a funny troll.
      A real MTF transsexual woman does not want, need, desire, or use as pre-op a penis. That is for a transgender shemale type.

  17. QUESTION:
    How did the drug Premarin come about ?
    I am doing a research assignment on Premarin and am struggling to find any information on how it came about .

    I have found that scientists first discovered that they could extract estrogens from the urine of pregnant women back in the 1920's (for therapeutics). They then found that women and horse (mare) urine was very similar so started to extract estrogens from mare urine instead .

    Does anybody have any more information about the origins of this drug or any hormone replacement therapy relating to Premarin ?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the word Premarin comes from "Pregnant mares urine".
      now it is synthetically made.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    Will taking estrogen pills make me look like a female?
    I'm a transgendered male (17 years old) and I'm considering Hormone Replacement Therapy or taking Estrogen pills (which seems like a simpler process than HRT). What's the difference between them, which is better, and will either of them make me look like a female?

    • ANSWER:
      Diane gave a fine answer, but she didn't address one key point:

      If you want to take estrogen you are probably NOT a transgender male. This is a page with some pictures of trans men:

      http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TSsuccesses/TransMen.html

      If you want to take estrogen, which is hormone replacement therapy, you are a transgender female. because of the many negative side effects you shouldn't take estrogen unless you plan on transitioning. What side effects? Well if you are simply a cross-dresser and not a transsexual woman estrogen can and will do the following:

      Destroys your normal male sexual response.
      Makes erections more difficult or even impossible.
      Shrink your penis and testicles.
      Possibly render you sterile.
      Make you more prone to blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, both of which can kill you.

      If you're fine with that... see a gender therapist and get referred for hormone replacement therapy.
      .

  20. QUESTION:
    I am 24 and recently had a hysterectomy,how can I reduce the hot flahes?
    My doctor offered hormone replacement therapy,but I refused because it can cause cancer.He also offered Birth control cause it also has hormones in it.But I refused it cause it can make you gain weight.I'm looking for some thing natural.

    • ANSWER:
      the hormones, though have been reported to be a catalyst to somes cancers, is not that dangerous, they will monitor you, & to be safe take also the progesterone, if th e dr tells you its needed.

      Soy products are rich in ingrediants for menopausal women. & if you go to Swanson.com , they can really assist you as to what herbs to take & have very reasonable prices.

      Black currant oil ,,or evening primrose oil capsules, & many other things are out there, but get a health expert to help you.

      Meanwhile,carry something you can use as a fan. & Drinking LOTS of ice water helps.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some good hormone replacement therapies/supplements for women?
    I know every woman's pretty much different in their needs but I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations to try. I'm also on a tight budget so I can't try too many at one time.

    I'm particularly looking for supplements for post menopausal women.

    • ANSWER:
      What I found helpful was a cobination of black cohosh, dong quai, and soy. I've heard from other women that it did reduce the hot flashes. I didn't have hot flashes but I suffered headaches to the point of fainting---and it did help. However, if you are on heart medication then you need to talk to your doctor.

      I cannot remember the exact name of the product I took--but you can find them everywhere--including Walmart. Just ask the pharmarcist there and they will find it for you. It's also not very expensive--I paid around 10 dollars for 120 tablets....

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

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

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

  23. QUESTION:
    What do you guys think about taking hormone replacement therapy?
    I am asking this for my mother. Her doctor wants her to stay on hormone pills for the rest of her life, but she is worried about breast cancer, and only wants to take the lowest dose for a short amount of time (couple years). Should she stand up to her doctor? PS She is NOT in a high breast cancer risk group

    • ANSWER:
      If your mother feels uncomfortable with "traditional" hormone replacement therapy, she should ask her doctor about bio identical hormones. They are developed with products from plants. If her doctor is unfamiliar with them, she can call a compounding pharmacy and ask the pharmacist to recommend a doctor in your area. A compounding pharmacy will "tailor" your mother's hormones to suit her needs.

      A couple of words or warning about bio identical hormones. They may not be fully covered by your mother's health insurance and can be expensive. And, since they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, there is no way to know if they are actually "safer" than traditional hormone replacement therapy.

      Hormone replacement therapy is essential for women. As long as your mother has periodic examinations, and since she is not at high-risk for breast cancer, I would suggest she consider hormone replacement therapy.

  24. QUESTION:
    After a hysterectomy, is it necessary to have hormone replacement therapy? If so how long for?
    Im 46 and have to have a hysterectomy. If the ovaries are taken out, will i still produce any hormones? If not, how will this effect me? If I had to go on hormione replacement therapy how long would I have to do it for?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,, and generally yes, if you have a complete hysterectomy your doctor will want to put you on hormone treatments. But at your age you shouldn't have to take them for more than a few years. Most women are thru menapause by 55. And yes your body will still put out some estrogen but not enough. If your 46, you've probably already started going thru menapause so you know about hot flashes and night sweats. They may become worse after the operation. But, actually,, no you don't have to have hormone therapy if you don't want it. There are natural ways to get the hormones you need. I have had a heart condition since I was 37 and was advised not to take hormones by my obgyn, as they can cause heart attacks in women who have heart trouble. So I've never taken hormones. I do use natural hormones tho. I take flaxseed oil capsules and eat flaxseed on my cereal,, soy is great for hot flashes,, you can get this in many different forms. I really like Soymilk,, the brand I use is Soy Silk. There are many different brands of natural hormones. I've attached a link that tells you about natural hormones. It also tells you about synthetic hormones. Did you know that one of the hormones doctors give you for estrogen comes from horse urine?? It's something most women don't know and should. Anyway,, hope this link helps. And good luck with your surgery

  25. QUESTION:
    Could male to female hormone replacement therapy cause breasts to grow in natural women?
    They make breasts grow in males, couldn't they also encourage breast growth in young women with minimal breast tissue? I understand there would be health risks, I'm just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      In theory Yes because it contains the necessary hormones for breast production.

  26. QUESTION:
    Women only...does anyone know of a homeopathic remedy to ease the frequency and intensity of hot flashes?
    I am not a good candidate for surgery or hormone replacement therapy due to my family history of ovarian cancer. I have tried all the standard herbal cures, Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, Wild Yam, etc. Yesterday I did a little research online and tried Motherwort and Basil oil as aromatherapy. I was awake all night and had a hot flash that lasted nearly two hours. This is starting to drive me a little crazy. Any suggestions? How about an online support group?

    • ANSWER:
      Apple cider vinegar cures everything from asthma to hot flashes. Just type in uses for apple cider vinegar...you'll be glad you did.

  27. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Can you get one of her female friends to intervene on this? Perhaps a woman will listen to another woman on this matter.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to secretly be more feminine?
    As a guy who hopes to go through Hormone Replacement Therapy (MtF),does anyone have tips on how to be more feminine?
    I want to be as feminine as I can without effectively sitting there being an obvious cross-dresser with makeup, because where I come from I'll just get mocked for that.

    So, any tips?
    I already wear shapewear tights to help me feel feminine, and I'd be willing to do anything else related to clothing provided it wasn't shockingly obvious.
    It doesn't have to be clothing related specifically, if anyone has any ideas :)

    • ANSWER:
      day to day when i cant fully dress as karen i wear nice underwear as only i know about it.i mix up my clothes and wear mens skinny jeans with a womans top but one thats not too feminine.my nails are always kept nice and i use a clear nail varnish to give them a shine but not stand out too much.i also have a messenger bag that could be a mans or a womans bag.
      hope some of this helps.

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    Can hormone replacement therapy help a womans masculine face?
    just say a woman has a masculine or manly face could they perhaps see if they could get some kind of hormone treatment to achieve a n overall feminine face or would she go for surgery or what could she do?

    • ANSWER:
      As others have stated hormones can't change bone structure, but surgery can.

      http://www.drspiegel.com/facial-feminization-ffs/
      .

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    Natural Herbal Remedy for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
    My teenage daughter has just been diagnosed with it. I don't want to put her on hormone replacement therapy to bring on her periods (which occur about twice per year). We have extensive breast cancer in the family, and hormone therapy is frightening. Does anyone know of any natural remedies that are safe? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Ovarian Cysts, Ovary Pain Neuralgia, Ovaritis

      #Apis mellifica. [Apis]
      Few remedies cause as many ovarian symptoms as Apis. It has an active congestion of the right ovary going on to ovaritis, with soreness in the inguinal region, burning, stinging and tumefaction. Ovarian cysts in their incipiency have been arrested by this remedy; here one of the indicating features is numbness down the thigh. It has also proved useful in affections of the left ovary. Tightness of the chest may also be present, with the occurrence of a reflex cough and urging to urinate. Mercurius corrosivus. Hughes prefers this remedy in ovarian neuralgia. Peritoneal complications also indicate it. Bovista has also cured ovarian tumors.

      #Belladonna. [Bell]
      As this remedy is one particularly adapted to glandular growths it is especially useful in acute ovaritis, and more so if the peritoneum be involved. The pains are clutching and throbbing, worse on the right side, the slightest jar is painful, and the patient is extremely sensitive. The symptoms appear suddenly; flushed face and other Belladonna symptoms are present. Platinum. Ovaries sensitive, burning pains in them, bearing down, chronic ovarian irritation with sexual excitement. Much ovarian induration is present. Palladium. Swelling and induration of right ovary. It lacks the mental symptoms of Platinum, such as mental egotism and excitement. Aurum. Ovarian induration. Lilium. Ovarian neuralgias. Burning pains from ovary up into abdomen and down into thighs, shooting pains from left ovary across the pubes, or up to the mammary gland. Staphisagria. Very useful in ovarian irritation in nervous, irritable women. Hypochondriacal moods.

      #Lachesis. [Lach]
      Pain in left ovary relieved by a discharge from the uterus; can bear nothing heavy on region. Hughes and Guernsey seem to think that Lachesis acts even more prominently on the right ovary; others believe the opposite, the tendency of affections being, however, to move from the left toward the right side. Suppuration and chronic enlargements of ovary may call for Lachesis. Zincum. Boring in the left ovary relieved by the flow, somewhat better from pressure; fidgety feet. Graphites. Swelling and induration of the left ovary; also pains in the right ovarian region with delayed scanty menses. Argentum metallicum. Bruised pain in left ovary and sensation as if ovary were growing large. Naja. Violent crampy pain in left ovary. Dr. Hughes valued it in obscure ovarian pains not inflammatory in nature.

      #Arsenicum. [Ars]
      Burning tensive pains in the ovaries, especially in the right. Ovaritis relieved by hot applications. Patient thirsty, irritable and restless. Colocynth. Ovarian colic; griping pains, relieved by bending double; stitching pains deep in right ovarian region. It is also a useful remedy,according to Southwick, in ovaritis of left ovary with colicky pains. A dropsical condition may be present. Hamamelis. Ovaritis and ovarian neuralgia. Ludlam praises this remedy in the sub-acute form of gonorrhoeal ovaritis; it allays the pain and averts the menstrual derangement. Ovaritis after a blow. There is agonizing soreness all over the abdomen. An external application of hot extract of Hamamelis acts marvelously in subduing the distress and pain consequent to ovaritis. Iodine. Congestion or dropsy of the right ovary. Dwindling of the mammae; dull, pressing, wedge-like pain, extending from right ovary to uterus like a plug, worse during menstruation. Thuja. Left-sided ovaritis, with suspicion of veneral taint, calls for Thuja. Grumbling pains in the ovaries all the time, with mental irritability, call for Thuja. Podophyllum has a pain in the right ovary, running down the thigh of that side. Numbness may be an attending symptom.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/ovary-sym...
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      Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease, complete symptoms of the patient(Mental and Physical) are taken into consideration to find the appropriate remedy which is the most similar to the patients symptoms. When prescribed according to the patients symptoms Homeopathic medicine are known to work very fast and without any side effects or complications of any kind and once cured there are no relapse or comebacks 100% cure. For more either post your complete symptoms or better to consult a reputable Homeopathic Practitioner for the successful treat ment of your ailment. Giving just the name of the disease or disorder is showing someone the tip of the iceberg what lays underneath is what you have to treat and cure. And that is the key to the success of Homeopathic Medicine.

      I hope the provided information proves to be of help. Wishing you the best of health.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  33. QUESTION:
    What kind of hormone replacement therapy works best for you?
    I have been taking Premeran for about two years now, and after many level changes, it has been working. But after talking to a few other women, I was wondering if there are better treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      That stuff promotes breast cancer.

      When the population cut down on using HR a few years ago the incidence of breast cancer dropped dramatically. Its the estrogen that is the problem. (Many breast tumors depend on estrogen to grow is the most likely reason for the drop.)

  34. QUESTION:
    What hormonal birth control does not contain synthetic hormones?
    I'm looking for a birth control bill/patch/shot that does not contain synthetic hormones but actually contains natural hormones. I can find information on non-synthetic hormone replacement but not non-synthetic birth control. What's that about? Menopausal women can have options but sexually active fertile women can't?

    • ANSWER:
      You know, this is a really interesting question, to which I had no idea of the answer. Well done! So I hit up google and this is what I found.

      As far as I can tell, the answer is that there isn't any nonsynthetic hormonal birth control out there. Why? I'm also unsure of the answer to this one but I can make a guess.

      1. Availability: Progesterone and estradiol, the two hormones used in synthetic form, do not occur in nature outside of the human body. The people who pursue natural alternatives would presumably have an ethical problem with the extraction of these from living people:)
      2. Cost: It is cheaper to make a synthetic product than rely on natural sources. As an example, so-called natural progesterone is extracted from yams... but what if one year's bad weather destroys the yam harvest? All your customers are hosed. Or if some yams have much higher hormone levels than others? It'd take a lot more work to get a consistent, high-purity product that would pass the strict FDA regulations, and big pharma companies don't want to spend the money or time.
      3. Demand: If an unregulated natural therapy fails to help your menopausal symptoms, what happens? You have hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, etc. Usually they will go away on their own in a few years, or you can live with them. If a birth control method fails you're stuck with an unwanted pregnancy, leading to an abortion, adoption, or 18+ years of caring for a kid. The consequences are more severe, making people more inclined to try a vasectomy or Copper-T IUD or condoms than purchase a possibly ineffective drug.

  35. QUESTION:
    In hormone replacement therapy,what will topical testostorarone do for a woman?
    I am curious to know this for I am about to begin this therapy.

    • ANSWER:
      My guess is that it will even out your levels of testosterone (if this is a hormone that you are missing). If you have regular levels of testosterone, and the therapy is inclusive of it, you can expect to have (possibly) heavier hair growth, and eratic periods. To be sure, ask your GP.

      Good luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    Why (and specifically how) does taking synthetic estrogen raise one's risk of developing blood clots?
    This is assuming that it is done properly and with medical supervision, of course. (Ie: taking either opposed/unopposed hormone replacement therapy, or the birth control pill.)

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it has to do with raising certain clotting factors in the blood or interferring with the normal regulation of the blood clotting cascade. The article below mentions resistance to activated protien C (a major anticoagulant) which would increase the risk of thrombosis.

      It also mentions that some of the women who experience these serious side effects may have an underlying genetic thrombophilia that is undiagnosed. Adding a medication that could possibly cause the blood the clot more would only make the condition worse, hence the increase risk for clotting.

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    How to get on Hormone Replacement Therapy?
    I'm a 19 year old transgender woman who wants to get started on her hormones. As a college student, I'm not financially well off nor do I want to tell my parents about this until a later time. So I was wondering how I can start hormone therapy without having to pay for doctor visits.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey! Welcome to my world of a decade ago! ;) I started at 19, too, in college, and likewise too afraid to tell my parents yet.

      My solution at the time? DIY. First, you need information. And these people know bloody everything about doing DIY (including all the latest research; I've had three doctors since I did DIY, and not a one of them knew half what the average person on that list did about how to treat transsexuals).

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TsDoItYourselfHormones

      Want a general guide to get started?

      http://www.tsroadmap.com/early/transsexual-hormones.html

      My recommendations? Get on 200mg/d spironolactone (one pill in the morning, one in the evening), a non-oral estrogen (I currently use climara -- you'd use two patches), and a progestin (such as progesterone) to help with breast duct development. Avoid oral estrogens, as they increase the risk of pulmonary embolism and other clotting disorders (although it's mainly a problem for older TSs). With spiro, the main side effect to be aware of is that you retain potassium and lose sodium, so avoid salt substitutes and potassium supplements (you don't want to OD on potassium... although even on spiro, if you're young and have no kidney disease, that's hard to do)

      The spiro will cost you about 70 cents a day. The cost of the estrogen and progestin depends on what form you choose. If you have to cut one thing out, cut out the progestin. If you have to cut out two things, IMHO, also cut the estrogen. The spiro is the most important thing to stay on, as it blocks all further testosterone damage, buying you time until you can afford the estrogen.

      Email me if you have any Qs; I'd be glad to help you with whatever I can. :) I've been there. You're about to start an amazing journey, so fasten your seatbelt.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can dizziness be a side effect of hormone replacement therapy?
    I asked this a while back, no-one answered. Maybe this therapy is no longer so common. But if you are a menopausal woman on it and know anything about side effects, I really need to know. Thanks! (I've been on the therapy for 3 months and only had the dizziness for 6 weeks.)
    I take estradiol and medroxyprogesterone, both low dose, both at night. I have dizziness all day long, into the night.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends what you're taking and when. For example, if you take Prometrium, then it will make you dizzy, so that's why you should take it right before bed.

  40. QUESTION:
    Im a 17 year old guy and thinking of Hormone Replacement therapy, or just start taking estrogen, what do i do?
    Ok so I have been thinking about this for a long time now. I really want to have the curves of a woman, and i want to have a believable appearance of a woman. What should I do?? P.S. My parents are to accepting of this kind of stuff... but i have a lot of friends who are

    • ANSWER:
      You want the curves of a woman OR you are a transsexual woman? Assuming the latter:

      If you're in the USA:

      The first step is seeing a GENDER therapist:

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

      Since you're under 18 your parents have to give consent.

      After and evaluation and being diagnosed as being transsexual they may write you a letter of referral to an endocrinologist.

      After an evaluation of your health the endo will prescribe your hormone replacement therapy and do some lab work. It is important to get regular lab work so your hormone dosage can be adjusted correctly. Don't even think about self-medicating as it is dangerous and can even be fatal.

      My impression is that you have no idea what's involved with transition. Transition is a long, expensive, medically monitored process. There are a million and one details to attend to and NOBODY transitions overnight. For example my transition took 4.5 years and about ,000. You can learn more about transsexualism here:

      http://www.LynnConway.com

      If you are not a transsexual person don't even think about messing with hormones.

  41. QUESTION:
    Difference between hormone blocker and hormone replacement therapy?
    I'm an FTM ( female to male) Transgendered teen. I'm pre everything and need help deciding if a hormone blocker is right for me. What would be the side effects? I've heard that if you dont get any hormones, whether it be testosterone or estrogen, you could go into a menopausal state. Keep in mind, I'm only 16 and need help deciding whats best for me.

    • ANSWER:
      These are questions you should be asking your endocrinologist or prescribing Doctor.

      But, in brief;
      'Hormone blockers' (GnRH inhibitors) prevent your body's endogenous hormones from being produced, or from being used. This stops the feminising or masculinising effects that these hormones would otherwise have on your body. They don't, in themselves, have any active feminising or masculinising effect, and they won't reverse any of the effects that have already occurred.

      Hormone replacement therapy replaces your body's own hormones with either oestrogen (for trans women), or testosterone (for trans men), which will actively feminise or masculinise your body, and reverse (to an extent) some of the changes that your body's hormones have already caused.

      As to side effects; any of these medicines can KILL you, or seriously damage your health. This is why they should never be taken without a legally acquired prescription, and proper medical supervision.
      Please, talk to your doctor.

  42. QUESTION:
    A friend in her late seventies has recently been given a diagnosis of osteoporosis of the lower spine.?
    This is giving her a lot of pain and she has had to give up walking with her local walking group. Needless to say, she is very depressed. Before I retired from nursing I know that some rheumatologists were prescribing hormone replacement therapy which helped to improve bone density and reduce calcium loss. I realise there are other risks associated with this therapy but sometimes the benefits outweigh them. Is this form of treatment still prescribed in much older women for calcium loss?

    • ANSWER:
      I cant comment on the treatment you mention but has your friend considered tai chi? I do this (Im only 30) and love it. It is recommended for older people as it isnt strenuous and can build bone. It is adaptable so if she cant do certain things it doesnt matter - she could even do it sitting down! It will also get her out meeting people. The link below gives more info.

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the genetic origin of women in bangkok who have male apparatus?
    I have been very close to "women" in bangkok who have penises. They have deflated scrotums, or lack of any testicles. Their penises seem to be real, they don't look like ad-ons. And I swear these are women, they have hips and smooth skin everywhere.

    Who / what are these people? I can't find any legitimate information on the web, but I have met them and touched them and they are beautiful, somewhat normal people.

    The best I could describe would be they are "women with penises".

    • ANSWER:
      They are pre-op transsexual women.

      A transsexual woman is a woman who was born into a male body, but she was never a man, her brain has always been female.

      They have obviously already started transition and have been on hormone replacement therapy, but haven't had sex reassignment surgery (SRS) yet. And some never get SRS because the money from sex tourists like you is too tempting. Sorry, just being honest.

  45. QUESTION:
    Why does it feel like a lot of women are at war with us GUYs?
    I feel it.

    Would hormone replacement therapy help?

    • ANSWER:
      I can't tell you why but Pat Effin' Benatar sure can!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjY_uSSncQw

  46. QUESTION:
    How common is sex horomone imbalance in women and what are the symptoms?
    Because, I've always had a lot of (mostly minor) problems that are usually associated with sex hormones, I've been wondering for a long time if I might have a sex hormone imbalance. I won't go into the details because I'm not looking for a sample diagnosis, but I want to know more about this topic, so that I can decide if I should get tested or not. What kind of tests should I get to start off, how expensive are they, and will a doctor agree to do the blood tests based on my request alone? Maybe you could show me some websites to look at. I've googled it, but I don't really know what I'm doing.

    • ANSWER:
      Women are often mistakenly informed that various health conditions are caused by an imbalance in female hormones. Although a disruption of the natural rhythm and balance of sex hormones can compromise a woman's health, the underlying cause is likely due to stress.

      When a woman experiences prolonged stress, pregnenolone, a hormone essential for both coping with stress and producing female hormones, is diverted from the normal hormone pathway. As a result, the production of female hormones is compromised. This condition can cause a multitude of symptoms including irritability, mood swings, headaches, sleeplessness, and weight gain.

      Female hormone imbalances are often treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Although HRT can be temporarily effective at eliminating the symptoms of hormone imbalances, it does not address the probable root cause: stress. Before a woman begins hormone therapy, it is necessary to assess whether her hormones are reacting to factors that are internal or external.

      BioHealth Diagnostics offers an easy-to-use saliva test that can determine whether or not stress is the cause of female hormone imbalance.

      BioHealth also offers comprehensive female hormone testing for both pre- and post-menopausal women. Like the stress test, these laboratory assessments utilize saliva samples, and can be performed in the comfort and privacy of your home.

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does having a females womb/uterus taken out decrease a woman's chances of breast cancer?
    I'm just curious cause i was reading that the female womb produces estrogen and I have also been reading that to much estrogen can lead to breast cancer esp artificial estrogen for women who take hormone replacement therapy after having a hysterectomy.

    • ANSWER:
      The uterus only produces estrogen during pregnancy. Otherwise, the majority of your estrogen comes from your ovaries. Getting your ovaries removed greatly reduces odds of breast cancer. But getting your uterus removed does not change risk of breast cancer. However, in the US it is very common that if you remove the uterus, you remove the ovaries too, and vice versa.

  49. QUESTION:
    how long does it take to get hrt out of your system?
    i have been on hormone replacement therapy for over a year. i recently went off, it has been about 2 weeks now. when will it be all gone from my system?

    • ANSWER:
      HA! no....the medicine usually take 2 weeks to one month to get completely out of your system. Thats why women experience withdrawals.

  50. 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.


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