By: Red Hot Mamas
Published: June 12, 2015
Contributed by Dr. Paul J. MacKoul, MD– Red Hot Mamas Medical Expert
BONE DENSITY: Parathyroid affects calcium and phosphate levels, directly affecting bone density. When there isn’t enough calcium in the blood stream, the body will pull it from the most available source. That’s why bones can weaken as we age. Hormone replacement therapy, if tailored appropriately to individual needs, can be an effective way to slow down the decrease in estrogen, which works to minimize loss of calcium from bones.
Menopause Onset Can Happen Surgically or Naturally
The average age of menopause in the United States is around 51. Perimenopause generally begins 4 years prior to menopause. As this is a moving target, it’s important to understand the symptoms as early as your late 30s/early 40s; These can include irregular menstrual cycles, endocrine changes, and symptoms such as hot flashes.
Menopause can also happen immediately after a bilateral (both sides) oopherectomy (ovary removal). Having an oopherectomy is a more definitive marker for menopause onset. However, the uterus does not produce hormones. Having a hysterectomy should not affect hormone production. Menstruation will cease, but menopause should not be a result.
Especially if you are preparing to have your ovaries removed, trying to understand the role of hormone replacement therapy afterwards can be confusing. Conflicting information from the healthcare industry and media has compounded the problem.
Whether a woman enters menopause naturally or surgically, choose a specialist with the experience to provide you with tailored hormone replacement therapy when appropriate, and understand that each woman experiences menopause differently.
Learn more about Dr. Paul J. MacKoul or The Center for Innovative GYN Care at innovativegyn.com.