While many women treat their hot flashes with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), there are several other ways to treat hot flashes.
Learn more about Hot Flashes: Non-HRT Treatment Options including home remedies, over-the-counter and non-HRT prescriptions.
If you are feeling out-of-sorts for an extended period of time with symptoms such as anxiety or hot flashes, you may be wondering if you are entering into menopause. However, there are reasons other than menopause that you could be experiencing symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance.
Read more about 10 Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms, some potential causes and what you can do.
Many women hear about a connection between endometriosis and estrogen, however, the connection between endometriosis and estrogen isn’t quite as black and white as it sometimes is made out to be.
As with so many gynecological issues, the effect of endometriosis and estrogen issues will vary from woman to woman based upon a variety of factors.
Read much more about Endometriosis and Estrogen here and as always, we have an extensive library of article on our main site about endometriosis and estrogen issues.
Some women find that after having a hysterectomy, they suffer with migraine-type headaches. Those headaches could be the result of a hormonal imbalance that is caused by your HRT or the headaches could be caused by normal monthly changes.
If you haven’t suffered with migraine-like headaches in the past, you may not know what will help treat your symptoms so we have compiled a list for Treating Hormonal Migraine Symptoms.
If these tips and/or over the counter medication don’t alleviate your symptoms, you may need to work with your physician on getting a prescription medication.
Hysterectomy and HRT do not always go hand-in-hand. Some women will start a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) before they leave the hospital whereas other women will take a wait
and see approach with even some women choosing to forego HRT completely.
There is a lot of information available to women about HRT before surgery plus many women find talking to other women about what they did or didn’t do is helpful as well. And of course, women should be talking to their doctor/medical team as well preferably before having their surgery.
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If you are experiencing either natural or surgical menopause, you may have been prescribed an estrogen patch. Estrogen patches work differently for different women and it may take trying more than one brand before you find the one that works best for you.
There are benefits to using this type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as well as drawbacks. We have many articles on our website describing the various types and delivery systems of HRT. However, if you have been prescribed a patch, read Estrogen Patch HRT – How Does it Work?
If you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis, you may now be contemplating whether or not you need to pursue Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), a surgical procedure or just take a wait and see approach.
If you haven’t already done so, you may schedule a visit with an endometriosis specialist who can work with you on the best course of action given your specific endometriosis diagnosis.
Read here about 4 Myths about Endometriosis and Hormones.
As varied as the women are that decide to use HRT, so are the options available! Over the years, a wide variety of delivery methods for HRT have been developed, everything from creams to pills to patches.
Don’t get frustrated as sometimes it takes more than one time to figure out which HRT will work for you, but with all of the options available, you and your doctor are sure to be able to find one which works best for you and your needs.
Read here for a list of some of the Hormone Delivery Systems you can consider for your HRT.
Today is National Pharmacist Day! While most women will not have the need for much interaction with a pharmacist for their hysterectomy or other surgery recovery, some women will find as they enter menopause and decide on a possible HRT plan with their doctor, that one of those choices may involve finding a compounding pharmacy.
A compounding pharmacy creates particular pharmaceutical products to fit the unique need of a patient. While your doctor may have a recommendation on a compounding pharmacy, we also have some information available for you to help locate one in your area.
How to find a Compounding Pharmacy.
Ever since I hit menopause, I’ve had trouble sleeping (insomnia, night sweats, etc.). I hear hormone replacement therapy helps, but that’s not an option for me. Are there any alternatives?
Yes, there are alternatives, and it is good that you are seeking them. Adequate sleep is incredibly important for your overall health and well-being, so finding an effective sleep aid is just as important.
Valerian: Valerian is an herbal remedy known for its sedating effects. There are multiple studies that indicate that it helps with insomnia, though its effectiveness for anxiety is still uncertain. As with any treatment, be sure to ask your doctor before taking valerian. It may be natural, but it can still have negative reactions with other medications.
Trazodone: Trazodone was actually approved by the FDA as an antidepressant, but it has since proved itself an effective sleep aid as well. Doctors are allowed to prescribe it for this purpose.
Lifestyle changes: If you are prone to eat big meals, drink alcohol, smoke, exercise, or watch TV before bedtime, consider replacing some of those activities with healthier ones. Having a small snack and a warm glass of Ovaltine, meditating, or stretching at night are much more conducive to a good night’s rest. Having a consistent bed time and wake-up time also help you sleep better. For more suggestions, see Sleeping – Dealing With Insomnia after Hysterectomy.