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How do birth control pills affect menopause?

How do birth control pills affect menopause?

Many people of all ages use hormonal birth control, including those who are in perimenopause, which is the time leading to menopause. People do not reach menopause itself until a year after their last menstruation. They may get the typical symptoms of menopause at this time, including hot flashes, irregular periods, and sleep problems. However, […]

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Menopausal Hormone Therapy . . . Current Concepts

Menopausal Hormone Therapy . . . Current Concepts

Doctor’s Archive Medical Author: Carolyn J. Crandall, MD, MS, FACPMedical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR Well women, here we go again…Estrogen Therapy (ET) Confusion! July 2002 brought a confusing mass of media reports for the public and the physicians, owing to publication of the results of the “Women’s Health Initiative” (WHI). First […]

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Hormone Therapy in Survivors of Breast Cancer

Hormone Therapy in Survivors of Breast Cancer

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE The use of hormone therapy in postmenopausal women with a history of breast cancer is somewhat controversial. The key background issues in this debate are as follows. First, breast cancer is clearly a hormone-dependent disease. More specifically, it is dependent on the female hormone, estrogen. This means that many breast cancers (specifically, […]

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Hormone Therapy – HRT, HT, ET, EPT, What Does it All Mean?

Hormone Therapy – HRT, HT, ET, EPT, What Does it All Mean?

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Medical Author: Carolyn J. Crandall, MD, MS, FACPMedical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR To help sort out the confusion about the multiple hormone therapy abbreviations, Dr. Carolyn Crandall has provided us this explanation of HRT, HT, ET (Estrogen Therapy) and ERT (Estrogen Replacement Therapy). Menopausal Hormone Therapy (HT) HRT […]

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Hormone Creams – Safe & Effective

Hormone Creams – Safe & Effective

Doctor’s View Archive Medical Author: Carolyn J. Crandall, MD, MS, FACPMedical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR Hormone therapy, or HT, is often prescribed for women to ease the symptoms of menopause, i.e., hot flashes. Hormone therapy with estrogen given by mouth (oral estrogens), by a patch placed on the skin, or by […]

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Thyroid Disease and Menopause

Thyroid Disease and Menopause

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Medical Author: Ruchi Mathur, M.D.Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR A 48-year old woman came into my office a few months ago. She was complaining of fatigue and a sense of depression. In addition, she was concerned that her weight had begun to “shift” to her middle and her […]

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What to know about menopause and sore breasts

What to know about menopause and sore breasts

Before and during menopause, it is common for people to experience pain or tenderness in their breasts. Although breasts can often become sore due to menstruation, menopausal breast pain may result from different causes. This article will discuss the causes of sore breasts during menopause and explain some home remedies that may provide relief. What […]

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Does CBD oil work for menopause symptoms?

Does CBD oil work for menopause symptoms?

Cannabidiol is a chemical that occurs in hemp plants and marijuana. It is possible that cannabidiol oil could help to treat the symptoms of menopause. Researchers have looked at other herbal and natural remedies as treatment options, but have not yet proved that any of them are consistently effective. Recently there has been much interest […]

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Why does perimenopause cause ovary pain?

Why does perimenopause cause ovary pain?

Perimenopause refers to the years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually start to make less estrogen. During this time, estrogen levels fluctuate, which can cause heavy, irregular periods and cramping. In most cases, these changes in the menstrual cycle are not a cause for concern and can be managed using at-home remedies and over-the-counter (OTC) […]