Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: March 2020
Myths and 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 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 suprised to know that there are several types of HRT. Women can choose form 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. Call today to set up a consultation or book an appointment online. Dr. Melita Tate at Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an internal medicine physician who prefers to take a more natural approach to medicine to help you get and stay well. Instead of prescription pharmaceuticals, Dr. Tate uses natural medicine in the form of nutritional supplements and hormone replacement, as well as lifestyle changes to help improve deficiencies that may be contributing to your underlying health issue. Grassroots Healthcare doesn't take health insurance but does offer a direct care program for a low-cost monthly fee. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
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. On January 2, 2018, Grassroots Healthcare family medical practice in Tulsa opened its newly expanded medical office building to patients on 7901 S. Sheridan Rd. in Tulsa. Their new office location features 3,100 square feet, 11 exam rooms, spacious waiting area and check-in station. Dr. Tate takes care of patients of all ages, from pediatrics to adults. While Dr. Tate is 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. Patients who choose to utilize the direct care based program pay a monthly membership fee for services. Visit based care patients pay per visit. Either option allows for more affordable visits and wholesale lab costs. The clinic offers discounts for companies to sign up their employees. Companies see the $50 per month for employee and spouse and $10 per child plans as an excellent investment in their staff. The program covers on the job injuries in addition to regular care. Enrollment also provides "direct access to your provider 24/7." The level of care and pre-disclosed pricing sets the practice apart from traditional doctors offices. 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.