Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause, and are extremely aggravating to women. While some women never have hot flashes and others have mild or infrequent hot flashes, some women experience dozens each day.
A Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus that may involve removal of the cervix, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and other surrounding structures. It may be done for a variety of reasons: Uterine fibroids, bleeding, Uterine prolapse and Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries.
Mammography uses X-rays to take images of the breasts and identify cancer when it’s too small to be felt so it can be treated early and aggressively.
Since the early 2000s, the use of menopausal hormone therapy has continued to decline after the initial findings of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) showed an increased risk of breast cancer and serious cardiac events with the use of estrogen plus progestin.
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.