Questions about HRT

pebo74December 12, 2001

I went to my gyn yesterday and he said that according to some blood work and the fact that I have not had a period in about 6 months that I am in menopause. I also had a bone density scan this past may and the level for the hip was in the 2nd zone so it appears that I have lost some bone density. My gyn suggested that I take Activella, but I am concerned about taking this because of all the horror stories that I hear about HRT. Could any one give me some help. Thanks

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BarbatHoneyGrove

I started on a plant based HRT. It is called Estratest. The transition has been very smooth. I also take daily calcium. Exercise especially weight training keeps bones strong.

Barb D.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2001 at 12:33AM
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anifani4

pebo, If you are not having any troublesome symptoms of menopause, I believe it is better to stay away from hormone replacement. Some bone loss is normal as we age. There are other things you can do to minimize further bone loss beside take hormones. 1. daily weight bearing exercise (walking is the best). 2. avoid carbonated beverages. 3. if you do not get adequate calcium from your diet, take a supplement of Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and vit D.

Most doctors do not give enough information about the type of bone loss or what kind of risk for fracture a person actually has. It may be helpful for you to read up on menopause/HRT/bone loss, so you will have the facts and can ask the questions you need answered before making a decision.

Only you can decide if the risks of HRT are worth the benefits for you. (Is the 1 or 2 percent bone gain worth the potential side effects and cancer risk of supplemental hormones?)

    Bookmark   December 15, 2001 at 7:49PM
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JoJoZ

I agree, avoid HRT as long as possible.

You can get some natural sublingual dhea that'll help out with bone density, with no bad side effects...one great brand is "BioHealth Diagnostics" in San Diego, CA. I use it (along with some other stuff) for my funky adrenal glands, but it also does great things for bone density. I'm 44 and I have the bone density of a 30-year-old!

Cheers,
JoJo (new to this forum)

    Bookmark   December 16, 2001 at 12:32AM
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