What Does Progesterone Do? (part 1)

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Progesterone is a steroid hormone that has many biological functions. It is one of the major sex hormones in women and is usually the first sex hormone to decline as a woman enters menopause. It’s also found in men, but at lower levels than in women. When I was in medical school, back in the … Continued

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How You Can Reduce Your Risk Of Breast Cancer

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One of the concerns associated with hormone replacement therapy is Breast Cancer. Unfortunately, the message often delivered by the media and many physicians is that hormones cause cancer and being on hormone replacement therapy increases one’s risk for breast cancer. Breast Cancer risk has many influences and it’s more complicated than whether or not one … Continued

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Progesterone–who needs it? (who doesn’t need it?)

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Progesterone is a critical ovarian produced steroid hormone that plays specific roles throughout a woman’s life. For women who are premenopausal, progesterone production begins around mid-cycle, rises to a peak @ day 21 of the typical cycle, and then plummets in the absence of pregnancy, triggering a period @ 2-5 days later. Low progesterone during … Continued

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The Mystery Hormone and why everyone needs it.

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What is 1,25 hydroxycholecalciferol? Drum roll please!………………..you may know it as “Vitamin D” “Vitamin” D is not a vitamin; it is a critical hormone! It is produced largely by your body in response to direct sunlit to large areas of exposed skin (meaning with no protective sun block). In the middle of the day in … Continued

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5 things you can do right now to avoid breast cancer

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I was at a conference last weekend where prevention of breast cancer was discussed at length. Although breast cancer awareness month is over, we need to prevent breast cancer all year long. Here are some tips.   1. Stop eating sugar and simple carbs- sugar feeds cancer. Simple carbs are “white” foods like bread, pasta, … Continued

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Do bioidentical hormones cause breast cancer?

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Does bioidentical hormone therapy cause breast cancer? Hormone replacement therapy got a lot of bad press since publication of the Women’s Health Initiative.  This study looked at over 16,000 women whose average age was 64.  The women in this study took the synthetic hormones: Premarin and Provera.  This study sought to answer the question, “Does hormone replacement … Continued

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Breast Cancer

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I just saw a patient in my surgical practice with her second primary breast cancer. I took care of her with her first one 11 years ago, and this time she needed a mastectomy. She had been on premarin for about 20 years before her first diagnosis. She is likely to do well but what … Continued

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Commentary on The Wall Street Journal Article: New Views Of Hormone Therapy In Menopause (9/27/11)

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I just posted an article this week that criticized the media and some physicians for generating a lot of confusion regarding hormone therapy (see Progesterone and Progestins). In particular, I mentioned how the data presented in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) has not been represented accurately to the public. It has caused a lot of … Continued

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Progesterone and Progestins

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One of the biggest fears associated with bio-identical hormone therapy is the risk of breast cancer. Unfortunately, a lot of confusing and often, incorrect information regarding this issue is offered to the public, through the media, internet, and even by many physicians. Some of this misinformation stems from The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), which was … Continued

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Is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Safe?

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There have been nearly 200 studies that have compared treatment with conventional HRT to treatment using natural bioidentical hormones and it turns out that not only were bioidenticals found to be more effective in relieving menopausal symptoms, but also helped to reduce the risk of breast cancer and heart disease.

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