By Jodie Philips
The main problem with menopause is that there is a drastic
reduction in production of the female hormones. This is what
causes all the physical discomfort and hot flushes in
menopause. The popular line of treatment is to take menopause
hormones externally. Substitution of menopause hormones can be
in the form of oral medication or it can be local application
in the form of topical ointments.
It is important to take these menopause hormones strictly
a doctorís guidance. A doctor studies the patientís symptoms
entire family history and then recommends the correct dose and
combination of menopause hormones. This ensures that the
patient is not at risk and is taking the right menopause
Women can take either one or both menopause hormones depending
on their physical condition and age. Women who have undergone
hysterectomy must take both estrogen and progesterone. Such
women have a greater risk of heart disease, blood clots and
breast cancer. Women taking estrogen alone have a chance of
suffering a stroke.
Menopause hormones give good relief from hot flushes and
vaginal dryness. There is no proof that they prevent heart
disease or improve oneís general health. The benefits of
menopause hormones vary with age. Women with early menopause
greatly benefit from a short course of menopause hormones.
Older women who take menopause hormones have a greater risk of
developing breast cancer or tumors.
Younger women do reduce their chance of heart disease by
menopause hormones. A comprehensive study to determine the
benefits and risks of menopause hormones in younger women is
underway. The results of this study can provide vital clues
improving the health and quality of life of menopausal women
the years to come.
There is a need to regulate the duration of menopause
One must take estrogen daily and progesterone about twice a
week. The exact dosage varies with the patientís symptoms and
medical condition. However, it is worth taking menopause
hormones for a short time and not on a continuous basis.
A woman must regularly review the dosage of menopause hormones
with her doctor. If the hot flushes have ceased, she must stop
taking menopause hormones gradually. She can also shift to
other localized medication like creams and patches. Menopause
hormones are not a cure for age related problems like
osteoporosis and heart disease. They are the last step in
therapy when other medications have failed for these medical
Thus, a doctor must prescribe menopause hormones only after a
detailed study of the patientís medical record. Menopause
hormones are not a magic cure for the symptoms of menopause,
but they do gradually lessen some of its symptoms like hot
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