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01-16-2019 04:18 PM
@Icegoddess My doctor wants me off of estrogen now that I’m older and used the estrogen patches for many years. He says the hot flashes I now have will eventually end. I’m not so sure about that!
01-16-2019 07:26 PM
Oh, Ladies I am sitting here sympathizing with you. My hot flash days were minimal because I had a great female Gyn who I found after dealing with other doctors. In the beginning I was put on two different pills which took away all the hot flashes, however, due to the fear of developing cancer, doctor's became leery of prescribing hormone therapy which left many of us suffering.
I remember that one of the pills in particular was a danger but can't remember the name of it. The estrogen pill is the one my new doctor prescribed for me, something like 0.5 mil, a tiny pill that took all the flashes away for good.
My daughter currently just started menopause and oh Lord, the dramatics!!!! You would think her life is coming to an end. I reminded her that every woman goes through this, not just her and getting in a car with her during the winter isn't any fun since she immediately turns on the AC. She has an appointment with a supposedly excellent Gyn in February and I told her about the estrogen pill suggesting she mention it to him just to get his reaction. Hopefully he gives her something before I lose my mind listening to her complaints. Good luck to all of you who are dealing with the discomfort of being a female. One thing for sure, men would never be able to deal with the things we strong, amazing women have to put up with.
01-18-2019 05:32 PM
My bleeding issues started at age 48. After testing, my OB/GYN prescribed 10 mg of Provera daily, which took care of all of my issues; I took the medication for 12 years.
My doctor has a PhD in his field, so I trusted him completely to stay on this low dose med for so long. He assured me the benefits outweighed the low risk. I went off the drug 2 years ago.
01-20-2019 02:16 AM
I read your reply about your daughter and what she's going through and my daughter sounds like your daughter's sister. I get all types of questions and I think since she has a computer and searching she seems to have every symptom. I said to her that I went through it alone, my mother passed, and I just dealt with it until the hot flashes took over my body and mind. I did go on HRT but did end up with breast cancer in 4 years. She was like that with her pregnancies, I never knew all the things pregnant women went through and I never had any problem and even delivered my first on her due date. It's a whole new world today. i tell her to stay off the computer. One thing for sure, menopause will pass eventually.
01-23-2019 05:16 PM
“What are the benefits of hormone therapy?
The benefits of hormone therapy depend, in part, on whether you take systemic hormone therapy or low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen.
Systemic hormone therapy. Systemic estrogen — which comes in pill, skin patch, gel, cream or spray form — remains the most effective treatment for the relief of troublesome menopausal hot flashes and night sweats. Estrogen can also ease vaginal symptoms of menopause, such as dryness, itching, burning and discomfort with intercourse.
Combined estrogen and progesterone therapy may reduce the risk of colon cancer. Some data also suggest that estrogen can decrease the risk of heart disease when taken early in the postmenopausal years. Systemic estrogen helps protect against the bone-thinning disease called osteoporosis. However, doctors usually recommend medications called bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis.
If you haven't had your uterus removed, your doctor will typically prescribe estrogen along with progesterone or progestin (progesterone-like medication). This is because estrogen alone, when not balanced by progesterone, can stimulate growth of the lining of the uterus, increasing the risk of uterine cancer. If you have had your uterus removed (hysterectomy), you don't need to take progestin.
What are the risks of hormone therapy?
In the largest clinical trial to date, a combination estrogen-progestin pill (Prempro) increased the risk of certain serious conditions, including:
Subsequent studies have suggested that these risks vary, depending on age. For example, women who begin hormone therapy more than 10 or 20 years from the onset of menopause or at age 60 or older are at greater risk of the above conditions. But if hormone therapy is started before the age of 60 or within 10 years of menopause, the benefits appear to outweigh the risks.
The risks of hormone therapy may also vary depending on whether estrogen is given alone or with progestin, the dose and type of estrogen, and other health factors such as your risks of heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, cancer risks, and family medical history.
All of these risks should be considered in deciding whether hormone therapy might be an option for you.
Who should consider hormone therapy?
Despite its health risks, systemic estrogen is still the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms. The benefits of hormone therapy may outweigh the risks if you're healthy and you:
Women who experience early menopause, particularly those who had their ovaries removed and don't take estrogen therapy until at least age 45, have a higher risk of:
For women who reach menopause prematurely, the protective benefits of hormone therapy usually outweigh the risks.
Your age, type of menopause and time since menopause play significant roles in the risks associated with hormone therapy. Talk with your doctor about your personal risks.
Who should avoid hormone therapy?
Women who have or previously had breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, blood clots in the legs or lungs, stroke, liver disease, or unexplained vaginal bleeding should usually not take hormone therapy.
If you aren't bothered by menopausal symptoms and started menopause after age 45, you do not need hormone therapy to stay healthy. Instead, talk to your doctor about strategies to reduce the risk of conditions such as osteoporosis and heart disease. These strategies might include lifestyle changes and medications other than hormone therapy for long-term protection.
If you take hormone therapy, how can you reduce risk?
Talk to your doctor about these strategies:
If you haven't had a hysterectomy and are using systemic estrogen therapy, you'll also need progestin. Your doctor can help you find the delivery method that offers the most benefits and convenience with the least risks and cost.”
From the Mayo Clinic
02-15-2019 05:36 AM - edited 02-15-2019 05:37 AM
Wow! I'm still reeling at what the OP said that her doctor kept her on the pill till she was near 60? Seriously? My doctor cut me off at 35. Done. No more pill for me.
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