Menopause usually doesn’t happen all at once. There is a transitional period before menopause during which a woman may experience changes in her cycles and in her mood. This period, that precedes menopause, is called perimenopause. The U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. Ralph Turner discusses perimenopause in this post to HealthConnection.TV.
What is perimenopause and how is it different from menopause?(first question)
When does perimenopause start and how long does it last? (skip to 1:19)
What are the symptoms of perimenopause? (skip to 2:13)
How does a woman know when she’s gone from perimenopause into menopause? (skip to 3:01)
How is perimenopause diagnosed? (skip to 3:14)
Can a woman experiencing perimenopause still get pregnant? (skip to 4:18)
How does a woman know if she is experiencing perimenopause or if it is something more serious? (skip to 4:30)
What are the treatment options for perimenopause? (skip to 5:24)
Are there things a woman can do aside from medical treatment to reduce the symptoms of perimenopause? (skip to 6:31)
In addition to having a profound impact on the quality of a woman’s life, menopause can set the stage for other problems, such as diabetes, heart trouble and osteoporosis. The latest studies on hormone replacement therapy suggest that the benefits of HRT in many, many cases offset the risks. The U.T. Health Science Center’s Dr. Ralph Turner discusses the latest on menopause therapy in this edition of Health Connection.
What’s new in menopausal medicine? (first question)
What are the benefits to hormone replacement therapy by age group? (skip to 2:06)
With respect to hormone replacement therapy, what are the risks in absolute numbers? (skip to 3:02)
What is the Women’s Health Initiative and how do we interpret it? (skip to 4:36)
What if a woman who has been on hormone replacement therapy but stopped now wants to resume? (skip to 6:10)
What is new in the area of bio-identical hormones? (skip to 7:24)
What other organs may benefit from the early use of menopausal hormone therapy? (skip to 8:45)
As a woman reaches menopause, one of the decisions she may be called upon to make is whether or not to replace the hormones once manufactured by her ovaries with hormones from an outside source that are taken orally or absorbed through a cream or patch. Some fear that hormone replacement therapy increases the risk of health complications such as breast cancer. Others believe that the risks of hormone replacement therapy are very small and are outweighed by the benefits in the areas of heart disease and diabetes prevention as well as in improved quality of life.
In this video, Dr. Ralph Turner, a gynecologist and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, answers common questions regarding hormone replacement therapy.
What is hormone replacement therapy? (first question)
What are the current guidelines regarding hormone replacement therapy? (skip to 2:14)
As a woman ages, what are the pros and cons as they relate to hormone replacement therapy? (skip to 2:44)
What is the downside to hormone replacement therapy? (skip to 4:02)
What should a woman who is experiencing menopausal symptoms do? (skip to 5:05)
How does a woman decide whether or not to begin hormone replacement therapy? (skip to 6:14)