US Prevention Panel Recommends Against Drug Hormone Therapy

The US Preventive Services Task Force has recently reviewed the past ten years of research on the use of Pharmaceutical Hormone Therapy. The  analysis, published Monday, May 28, 2012, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, combines the results of nine previous clinical trials and found that women taking synthetic estrogen or a combination of synthetic […]

Menopausal Hormone Therapy: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations

Menopausal Hormone Therapy for the Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions: A Systematic Review to Update the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force May 2012  Recommendations: Ann Intern Med E-466published ahead of print May 28, 2012 Background: Menopausal hormone therapy to prevent chronic conditions is currently not recommended because of its adverse effects. Purpose: To update evidence about the effectiveness of hormone […]

Peri-Menopause: Hormonal Chaos! (Patient Stories: Danielle; Age 51)

This is the story of my patient Danielle. When she first came to see me she was 51years old and had been experiencing “Peri-Menopause.” This is the period of hormonal chaos that occurs before a woman’s monthly periods finally stop. It usually occurs between the ages of 45 to 55. Technically, a woman is not […]

Estrogens: Are they safe to take?

Estrogens make a woman feminine. They create the soft contours of a woman’s breasts, hips and pelvis that prepare her for childbirth. Estrogens keep the skin smooth and free of wrinkles. They enhance sexual desire, keep the vaginal membranes moist, increase physical endurance, prevent osteoporosis and promote a happy and enthusiastic mood. However too much estrogen, or […]

Bio-Identical Hormones: Are They Safe?

Oprah Winfrey, Suzanne Somers and Robin McGraw (Dr. Phil’s wife) all rave about how “bio-identical hormones have rescued them from menopause. On her website, Oprah writes, “After one day on “bioidentical” estrogen, I felt the veil lift. After three days, the sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy, my memory was sharper. I […]

Mammograms Used Too Early and Too Often

On November 17, 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel of 14 doctors and scientists recommended that women in their 40s should stop getting routine annual mammograms; women over 50 should cut back to one mammogram every other year and women over age 74 don’t need them at all. Additionally, the panel recommended that […]