Stopping HRT And The Risk Of Hip Fracture

In the wake of the release of the Women’s Health Initiative Study in 2002, millions of women in the US and around the World abruptly discontinued their hormone replacement therapy. Many of these women were taking hormone replacement (HRT) for bone protection. Since that time, few studies have looked at the impact of the abrupt … Continued

Hormone Replacement and Vascular Health

Vascular (vessel) disease is relatively rare in the early decades of a female’s life, but by the time a woman enters her 50’s cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases become leading causes of death. It has long been suspected that a female’s hormones play an important role in these age related cardiovascular changes. A recent study in … Continued

Work Got You Down?

A recent study performed by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health showed a link between longer work hours and increased risk of depression. The study followed over 2000 male and female British Civil Service workers between the ages of 35-55 for an average of 5.8 years. All of the participants were healthy, reported no symptoms … Continued

Testosterone And Lean Body Mass

A study published in December 2011 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism examined testosterone level and its association with loss of lean body mass and lower extremity function in 1183 men 65 years and older. Researchers found that men with higher baseline testosterone levels lost less lean body mass, and had a slower … Continued

DHEA in Females

A new study in Climacteric, the Journal of the International Menopause Society has found evidence that the hormone DHEA can help with menopausal symptoms and female sexual function. The study found both HRT (estradiol and a synthetic progesterone) and DHEA to be effective at improving symptoms. For those of us who recommend DHEA regularly this … Continued

“My Wife Told Me I Had To Come To See You”

This is something I hear frequently from my new male patients. Now it is natural when a guy has just been told by his significant other that he should consider hormone replacement to assume that the reason for this suggestion is because of libido/performance issues. In reality though, she is probably looking at a completely … Continued

Progesterone: Cream vs Capsule, Which Is Right For Me?

When I recommend using progesterone to a patient, the topic of whether to use cream or the oral form always comes up. The question “Which one is better?” invariably is asked, and my answer is almost always, “That depends.” My impression is that while both the cream and oral form are equally effective across the … Continued

Progesterone And The Brain–Think About It

“I was told that since I don’t have a uterus I don’t need to take progesterone.” This is something that my new patients tell me on a fairly regular basis. While I would agree that progesterone is needed to balance the effect of estrogen on the uterus, I would disagree that this is it’s one … Continued