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Many women are looking for ways to ease the symptoms of menopause. One common way is through hormone therapy. I recent found a web resource created by The Federal Drug Administration that I want to share with you. This website lists the different types of hormone therapies – estrogen-only, progestin-only, and medications that combine estrogen and progestin.
The federal agency recommends that women interested in hormone therapy should consult their doctor before starting a regimen. Some research has found that hormone therapy may increase women’s risk of blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, and gallbladder disease. Additionally, estrogen-only therapy also may increase the chances that a woman who has a uterus may develop endometrial cancer. Therefore, women should take the lowest dose that provides relief for them for the shortest time. Women also should not take hormone therapy if they are pregnant, have unusual vaginal bleeding, have (or previously ha...
Pregnancy can result in back pain, which can linger for a time after the delivery. Three possible causes for the back pain might include: 1. Extra weight is obvious. This is putting more strain on the back, and often women keep some of this extra weight even after the delivery, putting a chronic strain on the back. 2. The center of gravity in a pregnant woman moves forward as the uterus grows in size. Unconsciously or not, the woman will alter her gait and posture to adjust to these changes. This puts unusual strain on back muscles and ligaments, and can cause continued pain after pregnancy if these alterations in gait and posture are not corrected. 3. The hormone relaxin prepares the pelvis for delivery of the baby by softening the ligaments between the bones of the pelvis, causing loosening so to speak. This can cause lower back pain upon walking, and sometimes more intense pain when stairs must be navigated. The persistence of the weight gain would probably prolong the changes th...
A number of new effective hormonal therapies have recently become available. These treatments help stop the hormone estrogen from fueling the growth of breast cancer cells. So which one do you try first? Your best option depends on how you've responded in the past to hormonal therapy, and whether you are still menstruating (having periods regularly).
If the cancer grew or otherwise got worse while you were taking one type of hormonal therapy, your doctor may switch you to a different type of hormonal treatment. But if more than two years has passed since you took the hormonal therapy and had a recurrence, you may still respond to that first medication you were taking. To find out all your choices, read the section below that applies to you.
If you are still having a period each month, you have several choices of hormonal therapy:
treatments that stop your ovaries from making estrogen (ovary shutdown)
tamoxifen AND ovary shutdown
Megace (chemical name:...
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