"If you're in menopause, you might wonder if hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help or harm your health. Research on the pros and cons of HRT has been on a rollercoaster-like path for decades. Some studies say it's good for you. Others warn it isn't. New research cites even more risks.
Is it safe or not? Two women's health experts answer common questions."
Read the article above to get answers to some common HRT questions.
" Hormone replacement therapy for women may not be as potentially risky as previously thought, a new Mayo Clinic review contends.
The new study, which evaluated three decades of prior research, concluded that hormone therapy to treat symptoms of menopause doesn't increase overall risk of death or the risk of death from heart attack, stroke or cancer.
The results, Benkhadra said, should allay concerns of some women with debilitating menopausal symptoms who have feared taking hormones.
But not everyone is sold on the safety of hormone therapy. Heart and cancer doctors who reviewed the new findings said that hormone therapy should still be used sparingly on those most in need, until further research proves otherwise."
"Four out of five women experience hot flashes and night sweats in the years before their periods cease, leaving some with almost 12 years of unpleasant symptoms, the study found. And women who could pinpoint their final period reported symptoms persisted for an average of 4.5 years afterward."
The link above explains the study and its results in detail.
What have you found works to keep your hot flashes and other menopause symptoms under control?View Thread
"Researchers found that menopause typically begins two to four years earlier in women whose bodies have high levels of certain chemicals found in household items, personal care products, plastics and the environment, compared to women with lower levels of the chemicals.
The investigators identified 15 chemicals -- nine (now banned) PCBs, three pesticides, two forms of plastics chemicals called phthalates, and the toxin furan -- that were significantly associated with an earlier start of menopause and that may have harmful effects on ovarian function."
The story link above has more information about what this may mean for your health and what small things you can do to limit exposure.
Do you make an effort to limit your day-to-day chemical exposure? View Thread
A new study found that just a 5 percent change in weight (gain or loss) may affect postmenopausal bone health. A weight loss of 5 percent was associated with high risk of hip, upper limb, and central body fracture, while weight loss was associated with upper and lower limb fracture.
The story link above has more information on percentage of risk .
How do you work to maintain your body weight?View Thread
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Extended and heavy menstrual bleeding during menopause is common, according to a new study.
Click on the link above to read more.
I know that there are a number of questions in this community that deal with irregular bleeding. Have you worried about what is and isn't normal when it comes to bleeding in menopause? What will this report mean for you?View Thread
MENOPAUSE RESEARCH- I am a PhD student at the University of Newcastle studying the changes in Mood and Cognition throughout Menopause. I would be very grateful if you would consider supporting this research by participating in a 30 minute online questionnaire and/or placing a poster outlining the research in your organisation. I would of course acknowledge your organisation in my research and keep you apprised of research findings. I can forward further information including Ethics Approval and Posters if you require. The link to this 30 minute survey is:
I am also 34 and had a partial hyst in my twentys and still have my right ovary. I don't take any hormones do to the fact my mother got Breast cancer from them. I have been having horrible mood swings, headaches, become a very very light sleeper, no energy and it seems like I have bipolar. I have been taking phintaramine would this effect my ovary and is it addicting. Also would the dr automatically check the levels or do you need to ask because I've had blood work and they say everything looks fine. ThanksView Thread
yeah I was just wondering what I can take to get rid of my headaches and my lite headedness feeling - I have them mostly every day and all day - been to my dr for this and shes done blood work after blood work and still cant come up with why - been told to take Tylenol or ibeprofin and that maybe helps w/the headaches but not the lite headedness ive been having all the time - have had mris done and cat scans done but cant seem to find the problem - my work wont let me come back to work until it is fixed and im 100 % better from a drs note- sometimes I get a sharp paain in my head and than I get real lite headed that my vision goes bad for a minute or 2 - well I cant be driving like that and I cant work like that - the last day that I worked I got a real bad headache and a sharp pain in my head and my vision got all blurry and I felt like I was gonna pass out and I grabbed one of my co workers n just bout passed out, got real sweaty too - any suggestions would really be appreciated - tyView Thread
myPause is an iPhone app that helps you track menopause symptoms, build a solutions plan, watch trends in your treatment to see what works for you, and allows you to share all this with your health care provider.
Get a better understanding of what's happening with your body and its hormones and start managing your menopause on your own terms.View Thread
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I started premature menopause at the age of 37 after having a tubal location at the age of 35. I'm now 43 & soon going tobe 44 in late March. Well, durring making~love twice with my husband, I have found that I bleed. I wasn't even near my menstrual cycle. I put a tampon in & nothing is on it later or it has very little on it. I have no insurance & not much money at this time. Please, Some one help me figure out, What is going on with me. View Thread
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