Consumer Health Info
No form of estrogen, or estrogen plus progestin, has been proven to prevent heart disease. Yet millions of women have taken these powerful drugs, encouraged by physicians who believed that hormone therapy prevented heart disease.
Questions about whether hormone therapy might increase women’s cancer risk – particularly breast and ovarian cancer – have been raised for some time.
Menopause hormone therapy works to relieve symptoms whether a woman is 41 and adjusting to the aftermath of surgical menopause, or she’s 71 and enjoying sexual activity with a new partner.
What woman hasn’t at least occasionally wished she could avoid having her period? For decades some women have taken their traditional birth control pills on a non-traditional schedule in order to manipulate the timing of their periods.
Pharmaceutical companies trying to sell drugs have pushed for the adoption of flawed screening techniques that medicalized age-related bone loss. The result? Many healthy women were prescribed osteoporosis drugs despite their serious side effects and risks.
The widespread popularity of hormone therapy in the United States is a triumph of marketing over science and advertising over common sense. Drug companies and many health care providers view menopause as a disease to be treated.
For decades, women’s health advocates have been concerned about the safety of Depo-Provera, the progesterone-based contraceptive shot (the shot).
If every woman in the world received adequate health care, almost none would die of cervical cancer. Effective treatments exist for pre-cancerous conditions and for cervical cancer that is diagnosed at an early stage.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. PCOS causes a woman’s body to produce excessive amounts of androgens or testosterone, hormones that are associated with male sex characteristics and reproduction.