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Menopause Question Archive:

Q: My 53 year old daughter is going through menopause and having a lot of symptoms: stress, emotional distress - ups and downs, and is unable to take estrogen due to the sores she gets on her hands. She has taken birth control pills since she was 16 years of age. 

She is currently off estrogen and her hands cleared up. Is there any other substitute or natural or holistic treatment to help with her menopause symptoms?

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September 26, 2017 at 9:01am

Q. When do hot flashes stop? I am 63 and still have them.

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June 2, 2017 at 9:26am

Q. I'm 46 and perimenopausal for 6-7 years. I take Yaz birth control.

I still get light periods, but how will I know what hormonal stage I'm in if I'm on the pill? The weight gain and hot flashes really bother me.

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June 2, 2017 at 9:02am

Q. I was on hormone therapy for 5 years, but stopped 6 weeks ago because of bleeding. An ultrasound revealed no problems, so my doctor suggested HRT could be the culprit. I did stop bleeding after stopping HRT, but my menopausal symptoms seem to worsen with time. Hot flashes have increased and I am having trouble sleeping, which has never been a problem for me. I am also irritable and feel like crying a lot of the time.

I am 57 and do have a family history of heart disease and strokes. I also have a genetic mutation called MTHFR which can increase the chance of developing clots. Are there any alternatives to HRT that might help my symptoms? Thank you.

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March 24, 2017 at 4:30pm

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I have a 59 year old female patient with many medical problems, including osteoporosis and history of stroke, was previously taking Provera/MPA 2.5 mg daily and estrace/estradiol orally 0.5 mg daily.

The Provera was stopped in December 2015, but Estrace was continued. The patient is wishing to restart Provera. Would you prescribe hormone therapy? Any alternatives? Thanks.

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February 17, 2017 at 12:00am

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I am 54 years old and I have regular gynecological exams. The last one was in May and all was fine. I have no uterus, but I do still have both ovaries. I have started with some of the peri-menopause symptoms, mostly hot flashes.

Last month I noticed a lot of vaginal discharge (clear, no odor) a few days of the month.

Odd for me because I never had it before. I actually feel the discharge. No other symptoms. How concerned should I be?

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September 19, 2016 at 10:30am

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I will be 56 years old next month and I still have not gone through menopause. My periods are definitely irregular; I had a total of 4 periods in 2015. My GYN recently ordered an FSH test which showed no level at 31.6. Other than irregular periods, I have not experienced other menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes. Is menopause near?

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March 9, 2016 at 10:15am

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What is the difference between using the estradiol 0.5 patch versus taking the estradiol 0.5 tablet?

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March 4, 2016 at 12:54pm

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I am postmenopausal and I am getting frequent urinary tract infections and yeast infections with vaginal soreness, irritation, and burning. 

Is this possibly due to vaginal atrophy? I will be consulting with a uro-gynecologist at the end of the month. Is there anything I can apply topically for relief?

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January 14, 2016 at 4:59pm

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In 2004, I had a mastectomy of the right breast and lumpectomy of the left breast, removal of 9 lymph nodes under my right arm (4 were positive and cancer had gotten into the chest wall a little). I also had chemo & radiation, Herceptin once a week for a year, Tamoxifen for 5 years and I am working on finishing 5 years of Femara.

My cancer was the type that is so-called “estrogen positive”. Now I have vaginal atrophy and since I can't take systemic estrogen my GYN physician told me there is nothing I can do except use KY-jelly or a similar item for my discomfort, but nothing was going to help it get better.

I'm 55 years old and this is very depressing news. The vaginal atrophy is very uncomfortable. Is their anything that I can do? I have a family history of breast cancer on both parents sides, and my mother had breast and ovarian cancer when she passed away.

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January 13, 2016 at 5:34pm