There is a general dilemma among women after they get menopause, whether to undergo hormone replacement therapy or not.
According to Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC NEWS’ Chief Medical Correspondent, it isn’t necessary, but it depends on the symptoms a woman is experiencing or not experiencing, as well as her individual risk factors. There are four things that are known associated with hormonal replacement therapy, and any therapy, for that matter, such as an increase in clotting risk and a doubling in the risk of breast cancer death, which goes from 1 in 10,000 to 1.8 in 10,000.
There is not too much discussion in the popular culture when it comes to an increased risk of breast cancer. However, it is truly unique. Fortunately, today, the pendulum has swung more to a medium ground than in the previous 20 years.
There are a variety of options available depending on a woman’s symptoms and risk factors. And it’s no longer appropriate for women to just bear it and do nothing. It’s a pity, but it’s natural, so don’t worry about it. There are hormonal, non-hormonal, and complementary alternatives available. All of those items are functional. So, women must make an appointment with their gynecologist, Dr. Ashton said.
There are some taboos linked to women visiting gynecologists, and the practice of women regularly visiting a gynecologist is missing. As far as women’s health is considered, the national association of American College of Obgyns (ACOG)) recommends that teenage girls see a gynecologist for their first visit, ideally between the ages of 13 and 15 years of age, something that not many parents know, ABC News reported.
At that visit, no pelvic exam is necessary or even recommended. Children of this age must also still see their pediatrician. This is really crucial information for parents of adolescent females, says Dr. Jen. That’s how one starts a conversation about their general health and sets them up for a lifetime of proactive women’s healthcare.