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Clarifying The Terms "Bioidentical Hormones" And "Compounded Hormones"

Clarifying The Terms "Bioidentical Hormones" And "Compounded Hormones"

The terms “bioidentical hormones,” “compounded hormones,” and “compounded bioidentical hormones” often are used improperly in conversations between care providers and patients. But the fact that these medications even exist is a tribute to the evolving story of hormone development.

Moods And Menopause

Moods And Menopause

There is definitely a hormonal component to our moods.  This should not surprise any woman who is entering or is in menopause. The menopause transition is characterized by an initial fluctuation of estradiol production by the ovaries, evidenced by irregular menstrual cycles, but followed by a sustained estradiol decline resulting in the end of menses.

Estrogen and Breast Cancer: A Love-Hate Relationship

Estrogen and Breast Cancer: A Love-Hate Relationship

What do the dates 1896 and 1935 have to do with breast cancer? They mark critical moments in clarifying the complex relationship between estrogen and breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States and Canada. Understanding its relationship to estrogen is critical for attributing cause and planning future therapies.

Is All Body Fat The Same?

Is All Body Fat The Same?

Considerable progress has been made in understanding the role of obesity in healthcare. The old concept was that all fat was bad; that it was associated with hypertension and diabetes. Yet, some more recent studies report that certain overweight or obese individuals actually do not demonstrate these health risks. Now we are beginning to understand why.
Is Soy A Remedy For Menopausal Symptoms?

Is Soy A Remedy For Menopausal Symptoms?

Essentially, everyone has heard the term “soy” as in edamame soy beans, soy flour, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, or soy sauce; a multibillion dollar industry. Why so popular? Perhaps, it is because many of our currently available commercial hormone preparations originate from soy. And for women of Asian descent raised on a diet rich in soy, the rates of hot flashes and breast cancer are reduced significantly compared to those of North American women.