Symptoms of Menopause: When Sex Hurts

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At the time of menopause, women who had previously enjoyed sex may develop vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse. They may also experience difficulty achieving orgasm. A milder version of this can occur in perimenopause, the time interval that precedes menopause. Perimenopause can last for three months or as long as ten years before menopause. The age at which natural menopause occurs tends to be similar to that of your mother.

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Estrogen – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Estrogen is an essential hormone that has over 400 actions on a woman’s body. It’s what defines a woman. It’s been in your body since you were born and increases greatly at the time of puberty. It’s easy to take it for granted when everything is working automatically. When a young woman’s menstrual periods become irregular, painful or accompanied by severe mood swings, anxiety, depression or acne, that’s an indication of a system that’s gone awry. Birth control periods or Depo-Provera are a bad, ugly way to treat these problems. When prescribed, they do little to correct the underlying problem. These signs and symptoms are the way the body communicates to you that it needs help. A better approach is to determine the root cause that’s driving the problem. [click to continue…]

Is it better to go through menopause naturally?

December 20th, 2015

 

I’m often asked by women, “Isn’t it better to go through menopause naturally?  If God’s design was for us to go through menopause, why should we still be taking estrogen?”

 

Menopause simply means the end of a woman’s ability to bear children.  In 1900, the average age of menopause was 51, just like it is today, BUT in 1900, the average life expectancy for a woman was 50!  Many women in the 1800s died in childbirth and men often remarried because of this loss.

 

Today in 2015, life expectancy for women is pushing 80!  So essentially with modern medical advances, God has graced women with 30 extra years of life!  What are we to do with this precious gift of 30 extra years that He’s given us?? Are we to squander that gift by letting our bodies fall apart?

 

I think of my body as God’s temple that He’s given to me on loan.  God expects us to be good stewards and care for our bodies.  Taking estrogen is simply putting back a substance that’s part of your original design. Estrogen is a vital hormone that has over 400 actions on a woman’s body.  When you were twenty, you took estrogen for granted because everything worked automatically.  When you become menopausal and your estrogen levels fall, only then do you appreciate it’s significance

 

Women who don’t take estrogen have a higher risk of heart disease, strokes, osteoporosis, dementia and Alzheimer’s.   If this risk can be reduced with estrogen, why would you want to deprive yourself of this potential benefit?

 

I’m not saying ALL women should take estrogen, but every woman at some time in her life needs to make this important decision.  I want women to make that decision based on facts, not from fear and misinformation!  That’s why I wrote my book, “Outliving Your Ovaries:  An Endocrinologist Review the Risks and Rewards of Treating Menopause with Hormone Replacement.”

 

As I close on this weekend before we celebrate Christmas, I want to take a moment to thank God for all the blessings that he’s given me. With all the flurry of gift-giving and social activities at this time, it’s easy for us to forget that Jesus is the reason for this season.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Dr. Johnson

Where Do We Stand Now?

Although the debate over the safety of hormone replacement still rages in the press, it appears some semblance of common sense is beginning to be heard. Yes, we need more confirming studies, but today’s women – myself included – cannot be put on hold and forced to wait another 10 to 20 years until all of the definitive studies have been completed. As with so many other issues in medicine, physicians have to use their best clinical judgment based on the information available now. Each woman needs to make these decisions with input from her own physician.

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Gina’s Journey: A Hysterectomy Story

Dr. Marina Johnson explains hysterectomies, What is a  Hysterectomy? Undergoing a hysterectomy is major surgery and when you have cancer, severe uterine prolapse or any serious condition that has failed medical therapy, it is warranted. Gina's Journey: A Hysterectomy Story

I often have women tell me – “I wish I’d never had my ovaries removed because all my problems started after I had that surgery.” Women with benign disease are sometimes told, “You’ve had all your children. You might as well take everything out so you can’t get ovarian cancer.”

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Considering Breast Cancer-Reducing Your Risk – Part 4 of 4

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Key Points About Breast Cancer & Other Hormone Related Cancers

  1. More deaths occur from heart disease than the next 16 causes of death combined including diabetes, all cancers, AIDS and accidents
  2. A first pregnancy before age 25 protects against breast cancer
  3. Dense breasts on mammography increase risk of breast cancer
  4. Small breast cancers less than 2.1 cm (2.5 cm = 1 inch) have a lower mortality than large breast cancers
  5. Positive family history occurs in only 15-20% of women with breast cancer but is an indication for closer monitoring and possible genetic testing
  6. Bad estrogen” byproducts increase risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer
  7. Good estrogen” byproducts lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer and lower the risk of heart disease

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Considering Breast Cancer-Reducing Your Risk – Part 3 of 4

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Screening: The Importance of Early Detection

Tumor size greatly affects mortality. The smaller the tumor, the more likely it is to be confined to the breast and therefore more responsive to treatment. In a study of 83,686 cases of women with primary breast cancer with tumor sizes ranging from 0.3 cm to 5 cm, and no lymph node involvement, the smallest tumors were associated with a mortality of 10% while the larger tumors were associated with a mortality of 25%. In women with tumor sizes ranging from 0.3 cm to 5 cm and positive lymph nodes, those with the smallest tumors had a 20% mortality and those with the larger tumors had a 40% mortality. Studies show improved mortality when breast cancer is detected as a small lesion, especially if it’s less than 2 cm.

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Considering Breast Cancer-Reducing Your Risk – Part 2 of 4

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Risk Factors You Can Modify To Decrease Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Obesity

Obesity and weight gain during adult life increases risk of postmenopausal (but not premenopausal) breast cancer because fat tissue increases estrogen levels. The adverse effect of obesity on breast cancer is strongest in women who do not use HRT. In the Nurses’ Health study, women gaining 22 pounds or more after menopause increased their risk by 18% while losing at least 22 pounds lowered their breast cancer risk by 57%.

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Considering Breast Cancer-Reducing Your Risk – Part 1 of 4

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DEDICATION

Breast cancer is the most feared health problem for women.  In a previous blog, I’ve pointed out that women experience more deaths each year from heart disease and strokes than breast cancer. I’ve given you specific data on the absolute risk of breast cancer.

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Can Estrogen Protect Women Against Heart Disease?

Can Estrogen Protect Women Against Heart Disease?

 

Topical Estrogen Gives Better Protection Against Heart Disease – A compelling recent study in the European Heart Journal, September 2008 was designed to answer the question: Does estrogen cause heart attacks? A group of 698,098 healthy Danish postmenopausal women were followed for six years. The women were divided into groups by the TYPE of HT they were taking and compared to those women on no HT. The women on oral estrogen plus progestin had a 35% HIGHER occurrence of heart attacks as compared to women on no HT. The women on topical estrogen (patches, gels, NOT COMPOUNDED) had a 38% LOWER occurrence of heart attacks compared to women on no HT. So in essence, oral estrogen causes heart attacks while topical estrogen protects against heart attacks!

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