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Ask An Expert: Taking Estrogen for menopausal symptoms

Q: Ever since a hysterectomy, I've taken estrogen to help with menopausal symptoms and to prevent heart disease – my mother died of a heart attack. But I heard about a study that said estrogen doesn't really protect against cardiovascular problems. What's going on?

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This is your brain on menopause

Menopause is called “the change” for good reason: Women go through significant changes in our bodies, culminating in the end of our monthly periods.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy: Answers to your questions

For some women, menopausal symptoms can be very uncomfortable, leading to loss of sleep, mood swings, hot flashes and diminished sexual satisfaction.

Managing menopause with: Botanical therapies

If you’re interested in trying botanical options for managing menopause, phytoestrogens and black cohosh may be your best bets.

Managing menopause with: Dietary changes

Modifying your diet can significantly improve your menopausal symptoms and decrease your risk of serious disease.

Managing menopause with: Exercise

Women who exercise regularly have fewer menopause symptoms. “Maybe it’s because they get all their sweating done in one fell swoop!” Dr. Ferrier jokes. “We really don’t know why, we just know it works.”

Managing menopause with: Hormonal therapies

For many menopausal women, combined estrogen-progestin therapy remains a reasonable treatment choice, Dr. Ferrier says.

Managing menopause with: Other medications

A variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications may help manage your menopausal symptoms without HRT.

Managing menopause with: Weight control

Weight gain is a common symptom of menopause. It’s frustrating when your old pants no longer fit – but more importantly, increased weight contributes significantly to risk of heart disease.

Managing Menopause: Options beyond HRT

In May 2002, the National Institutes of Health announced that it was halting the arm of it’s Women’s Health Initiative study that measured the effects of combined estrogen-progestin therapy (Prempro).

Menopause and sleep…or not

By the time women hit their 50s, sleep is something that many of us no longer take for granted.