|Timely menopause and oestrogen therapy
Question : I have been a thin person all the time. I am now 51 years
old. My menses stopped just a few months ago. My company doctor keeps
telling me that I should take oestrogen hormone treatment. If I don't, it
seems, I can die of heart attack. Is it true ? Some of my friends, who have
already started on the oestrogen therapy after their menopause, are having a
lot of problems. Therefore, I am scared to start on it. Do you think I will
get heart attack if I don't take oestrogen hormone medications ? My mother
is still alive and healthy, and she is 72 now. She says she never took
anything of this kind, and she never had any problem after her menopause,
which she developed at her 50th age. What should I do ? I am totally
confused and worried.
Answer : IF you have been a thin person all the time, and if you
menopaused only at 51, without any further verification I can tell you that
you are a very healthy person by all standards. There is no way you are
going to get weakening of your bones -- otherwise called osteoporosis.
For certain, you must have been drinking about 8 glasses of water and
urinating most of it all the time. Further, you must have had a satisfactory
husband and wife relationship all these years. That is why you had your
menopause this late. It is very nice to be so.
A person of your background cannot have accumulated calcium to any
significant extent. Therefore, your menopause would have been very smooth
without any pain, tension or distress. That is enough proof that you will
not require any oestrogen hormone treatment. Please do not opt for that.
If you are going to take the hormone therapy, there is a greater chance
of getting endometrial ( ie, uterus lining ) and breast cancers.
Without the oestrogen therapy, you will not develop any heart attack. You
can relax and live with peace of mind. The next time you are going to meet
your doctor, you can verify with him on the side effects.