When I began menopause at age 50, I stopped all Hormone therapy due to the bad publicity at the time. It is 15 years later and I still take nothing in the way of hormones. Should I?

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  1. Staness Jonekos wrote on :

    Many women stopped hormone therapy (HT) after the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) results were revealed, perhaps you were one of them. If you have managed well without HT, I would see no reason to resume – you look like a happy active woman in your profile photo. If you are still struggling with hot flashes or other menopause related symptoms, there are other non-hormonal options available. Starting HT years after menopause and at your current age may carry risk, as was revealed in the WHI report.

    As with any medical therapy, the decision to use menopause hormone therapy should be made by a woman in consultation with her healthcare provider, based on:

    –Underlying cause of her symptoms
    –Disease risk factors with and without hormone therapy
    –Cost of treatment options
    –Impact of symptoms on her quality of life

    An informed decision about menopause-related symptom relief also includes knowledge of the risks and benefits of other prescription therapies, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches, and lifestyle strategies, as well as awareness of the option to do nothing at all and let the symptoms take their natural course—which for most women means resolution over time, hopefully for you too.

    Fingers crossed you are no longer suffering from menopause symptoms, and if you are please discuss non-hormonal options with your health care provider.

    Hope this information helps.

    Are you sailing or fishing in your profile shot – looks like fun!

    • austibe wrote on :

      Thank you! No, I have no meopause symptoms and have never had many even during the process, so I guess I will not worry about it. As to my photo place – just ready to take an airboat ride to look for alligators in the Everglades!

    • Staness Jonekos wrote on :

      Wow – that sounds exciting! Have fun – I will live vicariously through you today. Glad you are not suffering from menopause symptoms, and enjoying life! Wahooo – alligators in the Everglades, you are FabOverFifty’s Indiana “Jane!”

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