Primary Care Women's Health


I have to get on the "soap box" with this question/comment. Why is it that a lot of doctors (supposedly specializing in hrt and wellness for women) give the impression that upon reaching 60 years of age, they gradually decrease estrogen supplement? A former physician I went to vocally admitted this. My recent doctor, within a year, decreased my E3 a whole mg leaving me waking up at night sopping wet. Do all doctors believe that only younger women deserve to feel better with HRT but as we get older, we don't deserve the right to feel better too? This makes me so totally angry. I may be 61 years of age, but I feel like I'm 41, and want to stay that way and (Lord willing) plan on living quite a few more years yet!

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HRT, also known as hormone therapy (HT) or menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), is medication containing the hormones that a woman’s body stops producing after menopause. HRT is used to treat menopausal symptoms.

While HRT reduces the likelihood of some debilitating diseases such as osteoporosis, colorectal (bowel) cancer and heart disease, it may increase the chances of developing a blood clot (when given in tablet form) or breast cancer (when some types are used long-term).

‘Premature menopause’ is when the final menstrual period occurs before a woman is 40. ‘Early menopause’ is when the final menstrual period occurs before a woman is 45. For women who experience premature or early menopause, HRT is strongly recommended until the average age of menopause (around 51 years), unless there is a particular reason for a woman not to take it.


The other perspective is also that at least 15% of people don't have the genetics they think they do. Throughout all of us have roots from genes that have snuck in and are not what we think they are.