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

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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Resuming HRT in Breast Cancer Survivors

Resuming HRT in Breast Cancer Survivors

I am often asked whether breast cancer survivors can ever safely initiate HRT. In addition, they are often taking estrogen blocker drugs, like tamoxifen, especially if their breast cancer was positive for estrogen receptors. These women frequently suffer severe symptoms of estrogen deficiency.

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


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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My Response to the NCI Study Concerning Breast Cancer Occuring Soon After Start of Menopause Symptoms

A recent article reports that the risk of breast cancer is higher when estrogen is started soon after menopause (less than 5 years) than when started more than 5 years after menopause. This puts women in a quandary since soon after menopause is when hot flashes and other symptoms are the worst, especially if they have just undergone surgical menopause.

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Going through Menopause Naturally

Many women suffer horribly with hot flashes, mood swings, brain fog and insomnia.  Such acute symptoms represent the body’s withdrawal from a vital hormone that’s being in your body for 40+ years. Your body is in a panic mode and trying to get your attention to do something! The acute symptoms are the worst when menopause happens suddenly as in surgical removal of the ovaries.

Chocolate and Menopause? Here’s The Rest of The Story

Statistics, the language of medical researchers, can be a source of great confusion for the average health consumer.  I encourage women to look beyond the sensationalist headlines and arm themselves with the real facts.  Knowledge that encourages you to be proactive and take responsibility for your health is empowering and will greatly enhance your overall state of health. Your physician is there to help you but it’s YOUR body and you need to be part of the team!Let me give you some background for the chocolate headline that caught your attention. For example, let’s say that 3% of the people who eat chocolates develop cavities, and 2% of people who do not eat chocolates develop cavities. The difference between these populations is only 1%. In terms of absolute risk, that means that for every 100 people who eat chocolates, 1 extra person will develop cavities (in addition to the 2 who will develop cavities without eating a single truffle).

MARINA JOHNSON
M.D., F.A.C.E.
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