The Mayo Clinic did a study.1 The NY Times wrote a front page article. Menopause is in the news!
Women, for years, have been suffering silently all because of fear due to a controversial study whose results were refuted. They studied women whose average age was 63 and 10 years past menopause.
We learned so much more and do things differently now.
We are told menopause is normal (it is) and that symptoms will pass (they might but may also cause harm such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disorders, cognitive decline) and that hormones are dangerous (that has been overblown).
NOT doing anything about it has a cost…
Menopause costs American women an estimated $1.8 billion in lost working time per year.2 The Mayo Clinic study showed:
- Some are missing work – a mean of 3 days.
- Others are cutting back their hours.
- Still others end up quitting, retiring, or changing jobs.
For years, women have been suffering in silence. They not only have hot flashes and night sweats, but they also suffer from sleep disruption, difficulty with memory and concentration, mood disturbances, and dryness in the vagina and urinary tract leading to painful sex and frequent urinary tract infections.1,2 Not to mention the loss of self-esteem, embarrassment and effects on relationships and performance.
Menopause is inevitable, suffering is NOT!
CBS News had an episode Hormone Replacement Therapy for menopause makes a comeback.
The type (bioidentical versus synthetic), the route of administration (oral, through the skin) and dose make a difference. 3,4
We now know, the earlier you start, the better and the benefits may outweigh the risks. Even the North American Menopause Society agrees. The risks associated with Hormone Replacement Therapy with Estrogen and Estrogen and progesterone are rare (<10/10,000/y).
The absolute risks are reduced for all-cause mortality, fracture, diabetes mellitus and breast cancer in women aged younger than 60 years.5
There is no need to suffer in silence. Seeking care from someone who is well trained in Hormone Replacement Therapy is key. It may not be your Gynecologist. A shocking study by John’s Hopkins revealed that 70% of residents wanted more training in hormones, menopause and related issues. Some health care professionals only took a weekend course, others completed fellowship training that took years of mentorship.
Reap the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy such as strong bones, sharper mind, stable moods, deeper sleep, tighter skin, lower lipids and feeling good again. Apply for a free, no obligation clarity call to see if we are a good fit. Don’t sweat it!
- D’Angelo S, Bevilacqua G, Hammond J, Zaballa E, Dennison EM, Walker-Bone K. Impact of Menopausal Symptoms on Work: Findings from Women in the Health and Employment after Fifty (HEAF) Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;20(1):295. doi:10.3390/ijerph20010295
- Faubion SS, Enders F, Hedges MS, et al. Impact of Menopause Symptoms on Women in the Workplace. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2023;0(0). doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2023.02.025
- Wen H, Lin X, Sun D. The association between different hormone replacement therapy use and the incidence of lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Thorac Dis. 2022;14(2):381-395. doi:10.21037/jtd-22-48
- Fournier A, Berrino F, Clavel-Chapelon F. Unequal risks for breast cancer associated with different hormone replacement therapies: results from the E3N cohort study. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2008;107(1):103-111. doi:10.1007/s10549-007-9523-x
- “The 2022 Hormone Therapy Position Statement of The North American Menopause Society” Advisory Panel. The 2022 hormone therapy position statement of The North American Menopause Society. Menopause. 2022;29(7):767-794. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000002028