Is It Too Late For Me to Take Estrogen?

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Dr. Marina Johnson answers the question: Is it too late for me to take estrogen?

At the time of menopause, each woman has a window of opportunity during which she needs to make the important decision of whether to take hormones. As the estrogen levels fall, her body begins to go through degenerative changes that accelerate her risk of heart disease along with the other changes we have previously described. The sooner a woman starts HRT after menopause, the fewer degenerative changes she will experience. If a woman waits 10 years to start HRT, the heart protection from estrogen is greatly diminished. The same applies brain protection; once brain cells have been lost, it becomes difficult to retrieve normal function. However, for protecting bones, estrogen is effective even when started after age 75.

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Why Is It Important To Measure Estrogen Blood Levels? Part 2 of 2

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Why Is It Important To Measure Estradiol Blood Levels?

 

3. YOU CAN’T JUST GO BY “HOW YOU FEEL!”

I strongly endorse monitoring estradiol and testosterone blood levels to ensure appropriate dosage and effectiveness of hormone therapy. Monitoring estradiol levels in thousands of women since 1986 has led me to develop more precise hormone regimens producing blood levels comparable to a low physiologic range. As noted earlier, monitoring blood levels is especially important with topical therapy. Most post- menopausal women who see me initially have NEVER had their estrogen level checked!

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Why Is It Important To Measure Estrogen Blood Levels? Part 1 of 2

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Why Is It Important To Measure Estradiol Blood Levels?

 

Many women who initially see me for menopause have never had their estradiol level checked. Their previous physician may have diagnosed menopause with an elevated FSH, but usually no further tests are done. I’d like to go through various reasons why I believe it is important to monitor estradiol levels.

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Does Estrogen-Only HRT Decrease Breast Cancer Risk? Here’s The Rest of The Story!

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Estrogen-Only Hrt

A recent study in Lancet Oncology looking at data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) reported that the use of estrogen (Premarin) alone was NOT associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and the use of estrogen-progestin (Prempro) increased the risk of breast cancer.

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The Risk of Breast Cancer from Menopause Hormone Replacement and Statins, Commonly Used Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs is the Same

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In her new book, “Outliving Your Ovaries,” Endocrinologist Dr. Marina Johnson reveals compelling research that compares the risks and benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to statins and other commonly used drugs.

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Natural Menopause

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Natural Menopause

The average age for menopause is 50 to 55. I’ve seen an occasional woman who has regular monthly periods and then one month has her last period and never has another. However, this is the exception rather than the rule. Typically, women begin with perimenopausal symptoms in their forties. As a woman approaches the end of perimenopause, the periods become lighter and start to become more infrequent. She may skip several months without a period, and then finally the periods stop completely. When the decline in hormones occurs very gradually, a woman may not experience severe symptoms because her body has had time to compensate for the decline in estrogen and progesterone. Often the age of menopause is genetically determined and it is helpful to ask when an older sister or mother went through menopause. A catastrophic, stressful life event can bring on menopause earlier than expected.

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Solutions Not Suppression

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Solutions Not Suppression

 

I’m a naturally curious person which greatly affects how I evaluate a patient. I see signs and symptoms as the language of the body. This is how your body tells you and me there is a problem. Symptoms represent a reactive compensation of the body to an underlying process. Once I understand the process that caused the symptoms, I’m in a better position to formulate a plan to correct the problem.

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‘Outliving Your Ovaries’ Is a Book That Should Interest Every Member of The Human Race, Including Men!

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Outliving Your Ovaries

 

“Outliving Your Ovaries is a book that should interest every member of the human race, including men. Most men have women in their lives (I have a wife, daughter, mother, sister, cousins, etc.) and most women have men in their lives who care about them. Women have a unique biology that I never understood before reading Dr. Johnson’s book.

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