Category: Healthcare | Issue: June 2019
Myths & Facts About Hormone Replacement Therapy Every Woman Should Know Myth #1: Hormone replacement causes cancer. Fact: The idea that HRT causes cancer is perhaps the most common myth. This misconception is based on an older, flawed study. Although it’s true that receiving more hormones than your body requires can raise the risk of certain types of cancers, HRT itself doesn’t cause cancer. Therapy with hormone replacement does not cause cancer in healthy adults with no history of hormone-sensitive cancer. Myth #2: Hormone replacement is only beneficial for severe symptoms. Fact: Many women believe that HRT only addresses severe symptoms. The truth is you don’t have to wait for your symptoms to become severe to start HRT. Therapy is beneficial for less severe symptoms that may disrupt your daily life. HRT is effective for relieving hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, and other symptoms related to hormone imbalance. Myth #3: HRT isn’t helpful after menopause. Fact: Even after the major changes of menopause take place, hormone imbalance can continue. Women experiencing post-menopausal symptoms can benefit from HRT. During the years after menopause, symptoms such as hot flashes tend to ease. However, due to lower estrogen levels, postmenopausal women can continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms. Myth #4: HRT increases heart disease risk. Fact: An older, flawed study reported an increased risk in heart disease in women taking HRT, leading to a myth that persists. Subsequent studies reported no such association. In fact, studies have found that women taking estrogen-only HRT were less likely to develop heart disease. Myth #5: HRT isn’t for women who enter menopause early. Fact: Women typically enter menopause around the age of 50. However, some women experience early menopause, and for these women, HRT may help reduce the risk of heart disease and protect against osteoporosis. Myth #6: There’s only one type of HRT. Fact: You may be surprised to know that there are several types of HRT. Women can choose from oral to topical formulations. Types of HRT can be used alone or in combination to best treat your symptoms and balance your hormones. Myth #7: Menopausal symptoms are a rite of passage you must experience. Fact: You don’t have to suffer through the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Although symptoms like hot flashes weight and night sweats were once thought of as a rite of passage, these symptoms can have a significant impact on your daily life. HRT is proven to be the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms. You can go through menopause without major discomfort thanks to hormone replacement. The decision to start HRT is one you make after learning all of the facts and discussing the benefits and risks with your doctor. To learn more and to schedule an appointment call our Tulsa, Oklahoma office, or book online.
7901 S. Sheridan Rd., Suite B Tulsa, OK 74133 (918) 878-7733 Melita Tate, MD, is an internal medicine physician and co-founder of Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Tate takes a holistic approach to medical care and advocates for nutrition and lifestyle changes before prescribing pharmaceuticals. She would rather help patients improve their overall wellness to relieve symptoms or cure their condition, rather than mask symptoms with medication. Dr. Tate takes care of patients of all ages, from pediatrics to adults. While Dr. Tate trained to manage any medical condition, she provides specialized treatment for thyroid conditions, diabetes, and mood disorders. She also offers a weight management program, provides expert women’s health care services, and can take care of any urgent medical need. She doesn’t accept health insurance but offers a membership program and visit-based care. This allows her to keep costs down and spend more time with her patients instead of hassling with the insurance companies. After getting her undergraduate degree in biology with a chemistry minor at Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, Dr. Tate attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. Following her residency, Dr. Tate began her medical career at Springer Urgent Care in Tulsa before opening Grassroots with her colleague and friend, Dr. Kris Lepere. When she’s not helping improve the health of her patients, Dr. Tate is spending time with her family, including her five kids. And when she can, she enjoys curling up on the couch under a blanket with a good book.