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How safe is hormonal menopause treatment for women?

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Posted on Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Question: How safe is hormonal menopause treatment for women? My wife seems to be suffering a lot these days with mood swings and changes in body composition, becoming fatigued easily etc etc, what are the new recommended treatments and tests?
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
GET TESTS DONE, HRT IS SAFE.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
HRT ( Hormone replacement therapy ) is quite safe, and used by lots of women around the world.
If the symptoms are severe, it can be safely taken for a few months to a year to help her tide over this phase.
WHat is her age, and has she had menopause ?
If not, peri - menopause can be confirmed by the following tests - FSH, LH, Serum estradiol.
The treatment can be administered in the form of gels or patches versus conventionally given oral therapy, and is safe if she has no major risk factors or ominous family history of genital / breast cancers, liver conditions, thrombotic events etc.
Please get the tests done as suggested and consult with your gynaecologist for the needed prescriptions based on the tests.
All the best
Please feel free to discuss further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Aarti Abraham (1 hour later)
Thank you, I am assuming she's becoming menopausal just by the symptoms, her age is 46. She is so afraid to go and see a doctor about hormonal treatment.
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:
PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR.

Detailed Answer:
At 46, it could very well be peri menopause.
Please insist on seeing a doctor and having the tests and treatment done.
Else she , and you too, could suffer indefinitely.
Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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How safe is hormonal menopause treatment for women?

Brief Answer: GET TESTS DONE, HRT IS SAFE. Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for writing to us with your health concern. HRT ( Hormone replacement therapy ) is quite safe, and used by lots of women around the world. If the symptoms are severe, it can be safely taken for a few months to a year to help her tide over this phase. WHat is her age, and has she had menopause ? If not, peri - menopause can be confirmed by the following tests - FSH, LH, Serum estradiol. The treatment can be administered in the form of gels or patches versus conventionally given oral therapy, and is safe if she has no major risk factors or ominous family history of genital / breast cancers, liver conditions, thrombotic events etc. Please get the tests done as suggested and consult with your gynaecologist for the needed prescriptions based on the tests. All the best Please feel free to discuss further.