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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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

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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Problem Periods – It’s Not Normal!

Problem Periods Are Not Normal

 

In the first five to seven years after the first menstrual period and the last ten years before menopause there can be variability in the cycles. Between the ages of 20 and 40 most women’s menstrual cycles fall into a familiar pattern of 28-day cycles. A pattern of very short (less than 21 days) or very long (greater than 35 days) time between menstrual periods or skipped periods indicates the woman is not ovulating. Extremely painful or heavy menstrual periods lasting longer than 7 days are also a cause for evaluation.

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Tying Your Tubes: The Rest of The Story

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

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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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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Why I Recommend Pharmaceutical Bioidentical HRT

Dr Marina Johnson discusses Pharmaceutical Bioidentical Hormones

 

Why I Recommend Pharmaceutical Bioidentical HRT

Let me tell you why I recommend bioidentical HRT. It is a therapy I have utilized in the 100,000 female patient visits that I have managed over the past 29 years since pharmaceutical topical estradiol was first introduced in 1986. I have had ample opportunity to see what therapies achieve results and what women tolerate with the fewest side effects.

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