The best time to start hormone therapy is early. That first warm damp neck and face at night, that first missed period might mean that your estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone is beginning to wane. This timing is called “the window hypothesis of hormone therapy”. The optimal effects of estrogen and progesterone occur with early use.
“But how do I know I need hormones and when?” Get your labs tested. Researchers know the normal range of a young woman’s hormones every day of her cycle. I aim to get the dose of hormones to match the blood levels which occurred after the first 7 days of normal cycle. So many women complain that they were handed a prescription of one hormone and told to call the office if that didn’t work. “give us a call now if you’re still sweating at night, hon!”
No, hormones are not for everybody. Some blessed women have no symptoms of menopause and their vagina remains moist and good. We may suffer side effects of hormone therapy and some doctors believe these side effects include a small risk of cancer, blood clots, and heart attack. Monitoring, careful history and physical, life style changes, and information help to guide your decision for the life style choice of balanced, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
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