By Frederick Cardwell, MD
Dr. Cardwell discusses hormone replacement therapy as related to menopause in women.
Menopause is defined as the cessation of the menstrual cycle, either due to natural timing or following surgeries or undergoing radiation treatment. The average age a women enters menopause is 51. Perimenopause is also discussed and it is defined as the time when there are fluxuating levels of hormones and the onset symptoms of menopause. Hormone blood tests are not a good indicator of whether a woman is entering menopause. Hormone replacement therapy benefits and risks can be discussed with your healthcare provider. This time is a good time for a woman to assess her overall health and receive the age-appropriate screenings.
Dr. Cardwell practices at Ochsner St. Anne General Women’s Health Center - Raceland,
Ochsner St. Anne General Women’s Health Center - Cut Off, and Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital. He can be reached 1-866-OCHSNER.