Tag: Estrogen


4 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
09 Oct 2019

4 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a topic that has touched so much of my family as my daughter and I are the only females who have not had breast or ovarian cancer. And we do not have the gene that increases the risk.  Breast cancer is scary business and seems like younger women are being diagnosed more than ever before. Unfortunately, much...

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What You Need to Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in Menopause
25 Sep 2019

What You Need to Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in Menopause

As we close out Menopause Awareness Month, let’s cover a topic that generates a lot of confusion and fear. Hormone replacement therapy. Recent headlines suggest that hormone replacement therapy “definitively causes breast cancer and that the risk persists long after hormones are stopped.” Without getting into a long analysis of the study and problems with methods, I’ll just say that there was no new news...

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What’s the Solution for Vaginal Dryness in Menopause?
11 Sep 2019

What’s the Solution for Vaginal Dryness in Menopause?

by Dr. Sharzad Green, PharmD September is Menopause Awareness Month. There are an estimated 64 million postmenopausal women in the United States (US), and as many as 32 million women may suffer from symptoms including pain during sex, vaginal dryness, and vaginal irritation. Unfortunately, this is not dinner table talk and many women suffer in silence. I have worked with thousands of menopausal women for...

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Welcome to Menopause Awareness Month
04 Sep 2019

Welcome to Menopause Awareness Month

September is Menopause Awareness Month. I remember when I first wrote about this topic a few years ago. I chuckled to myself and thought, “As if any woman who’s in the thick of it needs to have her awareness raised. Who is this for????” But then I realized there are PLENTY of women who actually do need to have their knowledge up-leveled, so I wrote a...

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5 Myths and Truths About Progesterone Supplementation
05 Jun 2019

5 Myths and Truths About Progesterone Supplementation

Progesterone is a go-to supplement for many women in perimenopause (and menopause, for that matter). It is very safe and widely available over-the-counter in cream forms as well as by prescription in oral form. Despite the widespread availability and safety, many myths abound in the medical community and there is a lot of misunderstanding among women who read conflicting information online. Here are some of...

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The Link Between Hormones and Bone Health
29 May 2019

The Link Between Hormones and Bone Health

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density that can occur as we age. It is responsible for over a million broken bones each year, and is a major cause of fractures, back pain, spinal problems and loss of independence. Hip fractures are the #1 cause of nursing home admissions and none of us want that! Ten million Americans...

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6 Reasons Why Alcohol Affects Hormone Balance
10 Apr 2019

6 Reasons Why Alcohol Affects Hormone Balance

For many perimenopausal women, wine is the go-to management strategy to take the edge off negative symptoms (or people). April is Alcohol Awareness Month and since women’s bodies are affected differently by alcohol than men’s, it’s important to shine a light on this topic. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men for several reasons. These include having less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol;...

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What Every Woman in Menopause Should Know About Cardiovascular Disease
20 Feb 2019

What Every Woman in Menopause Should Know About Cardiovascular Disease

Many women think that heart disease is just for men. Nothing could be further from the truth. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, after age 50, nearly half of all deaths in women are due to some form of cardiovascular disease. Once a woman reaches menopause, her risk for heart disease increases dramatically because of the drop in estrogen levels. And younger women who...

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The Power of Progesterone from A to Z
28 Nov 2018

The Power of Progesterone from A to Z

Progesterone is a sex hormone that is typically thought of when it comes to maintaining pregnancy or for protection against uterine cancer when supplemental estrogen is used for hormone replacement.  At least that’s how most conventional physicians file it in their mental database. But here’s the truth of it. What you may not realize is that it has benefits FAR beyond uterine protection and pregnancy...

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How to Manage the Holidays When You’re Hormonally Challenged
14 Nov 2018

How to Manage the Holidays When You’re Hormonally Challenged

If you’re at the point in your life where your hormones are playing tricks on you, the holiday season can spell disaster. Navigating holiday parties or the Christmas cookie dumping ground in the office break room can feel like walking through a minefield for those of us who are trying to manage hormone imbalances with clean eating and good behavior. It doesn’t have to be...

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