This is a topic that causes a great deal of confusion.  I wish I could answer this question with a simple yes or no, but like many things in medicine, the answer is much more complex than this.  Unfortunately, the medical community often wants the answer to be easy, so you get

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) issued the following revised position statement, which is in favor of hormone therapy for women in menopause: http://www.menopause.org/psht12.pdf This may seem like an earth shattering statement based on new information, but I feel this is a long overdue statement.  The practice of Hormone Therapy was essentially

Weight gain and menopause seem to go together.  Many of my female patients describe rapid weight gain as they approached and entered menopause.  I hear them say,”I don’t know what happened.  I eat the same and exercise same, but I don’t dress the same because I can’t fit into my clothes any

Mood disorders are among the most common complaints I see in my anti-aging practice. The most common symptoms are anxiety and depression. However common associated symptoms are fatigue, insomnia, difficulty concentrating and memory problems. One of the challenges I always face in treating a new patient is tackling numerous symptoms in just

The Lancet Oncology published a study last week that shows oral estrogen may decrease the risk of invasive breast cancer in women with a hysterectomy compared to those who received a placebo. This is another study that comes from the Women’s Health Initiative. If you are not familiar with the Women’s Health

Osteoporosis is an insidious disease.  You cannot feel it as it gradually approaches.  One day, your doctor orders a bone density test for you, and you find out that your bones have lost density and you have osteoporosis.  I see many women and even some men in this situation and they are

My apologies to Jimmy Buffet for borrowing one of his song titles, but it was so applicable that I could not help myself. I saw a patient this week who reminded me again of the potential interaction between topical hormones and other products which are applied to the skin. She had previously

There are many symptoms associated with menopause, but the symptom that epitomizes menopause is the Hot Flash.  About 85% of women will experience Hot Flashes as they approach and enter menopause. Some women will have intense, frequent Hot Flashes, while others have mild, infrequent Hot Flashes.   Often, Hot Flashes decrease in frequency

Osteoporosis is defined as a thinning and weakening of bone tissue.  The statistics regarding osteoporosis and the health problems associated with it are staggering, and it’s one of the most concerning issues facing woman as they enter menopause.  Although previously considered a disease that only affects women, osteoporosis has also been recognized

As I have discussed in other thyroid articles, diagnosing an underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism) involves a comprehensive review of a patient’s medical history, symptoms, and tests results.  Once the diagnosis is made or suspected, treatment can be initiated.  However, a complete understanding of thyroid function is necessary to implement effective treatment. So, before

I saw an interesting patient today that presented with persistent anxiety, insomnia, moodiness despite her doctor giving her increasingly higher doses of estrogen and eventually resorting to antidepressants. She had a hysterectomy 2 years prior for uterine fibroids, but was only ever put on different estrogens , but never any of the

I have been writing quite a few articles on hormone therapy lately and have mentioned bio-identical hormones in many of those articles. I realized that I have never offered an explanation of what a bio-identical hormone is. Bio-identical hormones have been getting a great deal of attention in the media lately, so

In “What Does Progesterone Do?, part1“, I discussed how progesterone works in concert with estrogen to orchestrate the monthly changes associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle and how progesterone balances the effects of estrogen to maintain a woman’s sexual health. However, progesterone does not only influence sexual organs and tissues. It has

There are many ways to take hormone therapy, and the form of hormone therapy prescribed may depend on several variables, such as effectiveness, safety, and patient preferences. The form of hormone therapy that gets the most attention is hormone creams. Most patients have heard about creams and are excited to use this

Progesterone is a steroid hormone that has many biological functions. It is one of the major sex hormones in women and is usually the first sex hormone to decline as a woman enters menopause. It’s also found in men, but at lower levels than in women. When I was in medical school,

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