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Article about Menopause, HRT, and alternative treatments

Postby anonymous22 » Tue Nov 04, 2003 8:08 am

from: the St Petersburg Times, Floridian
Not by hormones alone
By SUSAN ASCHOFF, Times Staff WriterPublished November 4, 2003

Women with questions about hormone replacement therapy are supplementing, or even replacing, pharmaceuticals with alternative treatments for menopausal symptoms.

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Postby Zero » Fri Sep 17, 2004 9:54 pm

Sep 15, 2004 3:40 pm US/Central
CHICAGO (CBS 2) Hormone replacement therapy is making a comeback. In 2002, researchers linked estrogen therapy to a risk for breast cancer, heart attack and stroke. The safety issues have not been resolved, but women who are at low risk for some of these health problems are turning to very low dose treatment.

Worried about their health, many menopausal women stopped taking hormones. Now many are pretty steamed, thanks to returning hot flashes and night sweats.

"Horrible. it starts at your waist and gets hotter until it gets to your head,” said Maureen Tipton.

So despite concerns some women are giving hormones another chance, this time in lower doses.

"The true indication in 2004 for hormone replacement therapy, as far as I'm concerned, is the treatment of menopausal or perimenopausal symptoms," said gynecologist Dwight Im.

Menopause symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, irritability and insomnia.

"When you control only those symptoms, sometimes you don't have to have the full dose of estrogen on board," Im said.

There are plenty of low-dose options to go around and novel ways to use them. Take estrasorb, for example.

"You rub it on your legs for three minutes every night, each leg," Im said.

Studies show the lotion gets into the blood stream and reduces hot flashes. Then there are topical gels, skin patches and a vaginal ring. Maureen Tipton cools down her hot flashes with estratest, a low-dose combination of estrogen and testosterone.

"It really helps,” Tipton said.

So if you're worried about taking hormones but your just miserable, talk to your doctor.

"There's no history of breast cancer, heart attacks or stroke and yet she is so miserable, I see no reason why she should not go back on the hormone,” Im said.

The new low-doses may put those annoying symptoms to rest.

Once again, this remains controversial. The issues surrounding taking hormones have not been resolved.

Some women are turning to alternative treatments using plant based estrogens to ease symptoms. Others are finding relief by taking anti-depressants.

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