Menopause Hormone ReplacementInfo Center
Hormones yes, hormones no — the recommendations for menopausal women have swung back and forth in the last 10 years.
Screening tools can help doctors predict which postmenopausal women may have a broken bone due to osteoporosis in the next few years. But those tools may not accurately predict fracture risk in younger postmenopausal women.
When a woman hits menopause, her hormone levels may change substantially. In some cases, menopausal women may need hormone therapy. Today, the Endocrine Society issued its clinical guidelines for androgen therapy in women.
Researchers are constantly looking for ways to ease the lasting side effects of chemotherapy, and they may have found help for younger breast cancer patients.
Menopause can bring on some uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes. While hormone therapy is the gold standard of treatment for these symptoms, another medication may also bring relief to menopausal women.
Since premenstrual symptoms often seem similar to menopausal symptoms, many women with premenstrual symptoms worry that they'll have an uncomfortable menopause, and particularly that they'll have hot flashes.
Women typically go through menopause in their early 50s. Hitting menopause before this age might carry some serious risks to the heart.
Many women who have already had children may be pleased when they stop menstruating for good. But for women who stop a decade before 50, such premature menopause may lead to problems later on.
Some women take hormone medications to help with menopausal symptoms. It's possible that these medications protect their eyesight as well.
Many women use hormone replacement therapy to help with menopause symptoms. But the treatment does carry some increased risks for developing other medical conditions.