Sunday Sep 25, 2022

Menopause Hormone Replacement

Menopause hormone replacement therapy was introduced in America in the mid-60s. Originally, impregnated equine urine was used as the basis for the drugs used to combat common symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes and night sweats. These drugs were an over-night sensation as they effectively reduced menopause symptoms by as much as 70%. These initial results were far more promising than previous efforts to chemically reduce symptoms associated with menopause.

Other drugs were soon synthesized following the initial introductions. Some of these chemically reproduced drugs were bio-identicals of the first menopause hormone replacement therapy treatments and offered additional means (other than injection or ingestion) to convey the drug to the bloodstream including, patches, suppositories, creams and lotions.

This meant that a woman could now simply have a prescription filled and apply the prescribed dose in the convenience and privacy of her own home.

It must be remembered that Americans were far more trusting of institutions (then) than they are now, and this was especially so of government and medical institutions. All of that was about to change.

Not too many years following the introduction of menopause hormone replacement drugs, researchers noted alarming increases in the number of older women experiencing heart disease and various types of cancer, including breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

On average, American women enter menopause at about age 51. By the mid-70s, unquestionable evidence existed that suggested a direct link between menopause hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the increased risk of heart disease and cancer.

Unfortunately, even women who only presented relatively mild menopause symptoms were put on HRT. Most menopausal women experience some form of discomfort during menopause but only about 15% have symptoms that could be characterized as severe or life-altering. Unfortunately, women who only presenting mild symptoms were put at equal risk as those with more severe symptoms.

Mild to medium menopause symptoms can be controlled by means other than HRT.

These common sense approaches include knowing the triggers that can set off Menopause specialist in Katy Texas symptoms, changes to diet and exercise, alterations to clothing and bedding, a better awareness of one’s own surroundings, coupled with appropriate vitamins and minerals, as well as select all natural plant food supplements known to ameliorate hot flashes and/or night sweats.

100 years ago, health care professionals had little more to offer to patients than a caring bed-side manner. Today, caring has been replaced by technology. Today’s doctor customarily spends less than 15 minutes per office visit with individual patients, regardless of the severity of their condition or number of questions they may have.

This type of health care has devolved by virtue of the clamor for ever increasing profits by shareholders of the large corporations that own the hospitals and clinics. As a result, much of the doctor’s and practicing nurse’s actual time spent each day is taken up by filling out forms necessary for billing purposes.

This does not mean that individual doctors and nurses are unsympathetic or uncaring or less desirous to uphold the tenants of the Hippocratic Oath than their counterparts a century ago. Unfortunately, the system of medicine has siphoned away time from the doctor/patient in an effort to cut costs and to make the process more profitable.

This is the reason that medical specialists are so in demand, along with the services that they provide. The procedures that medical specialists perform are billed at the highest rate, especially when compared to a simple office visit which provides nearly no value to the hospital or clinic. Only when other procedures result the office visit does the actual office visit become profitable.


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