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WHAT’S HAPPENING?  WHAT DO I DO?
A GUIDE TO MENOPAUSE

THE BIG QUESTION: HRT

Let’s look at reasons for considering HRT and then look at the major issue: breast cancer.

It is helpful to keep in mind that there are two kinds of benefits from HRT — immediate, and long term. The long term benefits are probable decreases in the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. However estrogen is not the only medication available to protect heart and bones.

What estrogen does that other medications cannot is to relieve symptoms and restore well-being. Unpleasant effects of estrogen deficiency which replacement can relieve include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness and more subtle but just as real changes such as skin discomfort and mood swings.

A few women do not find their well-being restored by estrogen. Generally this happens when the treatment is not adjusted to her individual needs. Fortunately many forms of estrogen and progesterone are available and so customized regimens can be developed for women who are hormonally vulnerable. But before I go into the details, I want to take up the issue which is on everyone’s mind.

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What is Menopause?
When does menopause happen?
How Menopause Feels
What is HRT?
Surviving  – and thriving – during menopause
The big question: HRT
HRT and Breast Cancer
HRT and Contemporary Lifestyles
The HRT Option
How is HRT taken:
The different forms of estrogen:
Estrogen as a skin patch:
The splendors and miseries of progesterone
What are SERMs?
If you've had a hysterectomy
Deciding about YOUR Menopause
I'm on HRT but I don't feel any better
Conclusion

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