How Long Can I Safely Stay On My Hormone Therapy?

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How long can I safely stay on my hormone therapy?

I am frequently asked the question, “How long can I safely stay on my hormone therapy? and I usually ask the woman, How long do you want to continue to feel well?” In all seriousness, there are no long-term studies that enable me to answer this question. Taking hormones less than five years seems to carry very little risk. However, the longer you take hormones the higher your risk.

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Tying Your Tubes: The Rest of The Story

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The Truth About Tubal Ligation

The euphemistic term “tying your tubes,” actually means the tubes are surgically and permanently severed or scarred to prevent the passage of an egg. That is after all, the goal. Tubal ligation methods may differ in their effectiveness for preventing pregnancy and in the risk of damaging the blood supply to the ovaries. Many women don’t understand that a tubal ligation may cause them to go through perimenopause prematurely. There are structures in the tubes, such as nerves and blood vessels feeding the ovaries, which can be damaged in the procedure. Damage to blood supply can affect the function of the ovaries. At the very least, after tubal ligation, some women begin having heavy bleeding with their periods and they may also develop symptoms akin to perimenopause. Rarely, tubal ligation can lead to premature menopause.

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Progestins Reduce The Cardiac Benefits of Estrogen

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Progestins Reduce The Cardiac Benefits of Estrogen

 

All the adverse effects from the oral route of administration of estrogen as previously outlined in Outliving Your Ovaries can also occur from oral Prempro. However, the addition of the progestin seems to confer additional cardiac risk. Perhaps giving progestins daily instead of in cycles of 14 days each calendar month may be a factor in this increased risk. Earlier observational studies, like the Nurses’ Health Study, predominantly used oral cyclic progestins and did not show an increased risk of heart disease.

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