Special Topics (Help Sheets)

Calcium & Menopause: The Ultimate Guide

Women who’ve gone through an early menopause face an elevated risk of osteoporosis or loss of bone strength. Adequate calcium intake is one important step that may lower your risk, but what is the optimal approach?

Making Sense of HRT

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is one of the most confusing and controversial topics in menopause treatment; and one that should be properly explored in conjunction with your doctor. This help sheet, however, cuts through some of the key issues regarding HRT and the merits of bioidentical and synthetic forms respectively. In addition, proponents of “natural” HRT make many claims that must be debunked.

HRT vs. Birth Control Pills

Women experiencing an early menopause or premature ovarian failure (POF) are sometimes prescribed birth control pills by their doctor. Both HRT and birth control achieve their effect through hormone replacement, but how do they differ and what informs your doctor’s decision to place you on one or the other?

Relationship Issues: Your Partner & You

Significant life changes inevitably involve a shared journey with your partner. Relationships can be tumultuous in the face of stress, but your partner may also be your biggest supporter given a proper understanding of the challenges you face.

Fighting Osteoporosis

Modifiable dietary and lifestyle factors have an important effect on the risk of osteoporosis. However, those of us who’ve experienced an early menopause face a significantly increased risk of developing the condition. Find out what you can do to best safeguard your bone health.

Studies have drawn a link between lifetime estrogen exposure and an increased risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. But what implications do these studies have for those of us accessing HRT well before the normal age of menopause?

Finding the Right Doctor

Unearthing a gem of a doctor is a key part of tackling your health challenges with confidence. Use this help sheet to begin the process of identifying the ideal professional for your needs.

Working with your Doctor

You may have already identified a doctor with whom you’re comfortable moving ahead. That’s great! Getting prepared with these tips is a great way to maximize the benefit from each appointment.

Coping Emotionally

A diagnosis of early menopause or POF can be shattering for even the most resilient women. This emotional fallout is a common and understandable reaction to the change you’re undergoing. You’ve been tested to the limit and the process of acceptance and coping takes time and the understanding of those around you.

Heart Health & Heart Disease: What are the Risks?

Studies have shown a link between an early menopause and increased risk of developing heart disease. This help sheet explores the science behind the link and some of the precautions we can take to safeguard our heart health as best as possible.

Watching your Weight with Early Menopause

Under the circumstances you might find yourself with an already heightened sensitivity to perceived changes in your body. Many women feel this compounded by apparent weight gain after the onset of menopause. Find out why estrogen levels may be linked with body composition and what you can do to maintain a healthy weight.

Coping with Insomina

Insomnia is one of the most common and indeed most irritating symptoms menopausal women face. Satisfying sleep is vital to physical and emotional health at this time, yet for many it is frustratingly difficult to come by. This help sheet offers some short and long-term solutions.

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