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Welcome - Introduction

Hot Flashes, Mood Swings, Anger & Rage, Irregular or Missing Periods, Infertility, Low Sex Drive, Depression, Eating Disorders

WHAT DO ALL OF THESE HAVE IN COMMON? HORMONES!

By Linda M. Rio, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist

WELCOME! This site is dedicated to providing reliable information for those who want to be informed about their bodies and the hormonal system that affects us all. 

Men and women, children and teens are affected by hormones. Hormones are amazing components of our bodies and when in the right balance help our physical and mental health function properly. Hormones are important and necessary for growth and health. 

Physical imbalances and disturbances within the hormonal system do, however, occur frequently and can lead to ill mental and physical health and even changes in the outward appearance of the body. Behavior, mental/emotional changes can occur as well that can lead to tension within a marriage, the family, social and work relationships. The information on this site comes from some of the top medical and mental health experts in the world. Also, sometimes hormonal problems, or those "raging hormones", are an indication of a deeper medical issue that needs to be dealt with by properly trained physicians and mental health professionals.

Additional information on such issues can be found at www.pituitary.org.

When things seem to be going awry or just not functioning well we are sometimes told "Just deal with it"... or "Just loose weight"..."Go on a diet"... "Exercise more"..."It's all in your head"...or we say to ourselves, "It's just my raging hormones"! And by viewing this site you have taken the first step toward empowering yourself with information and resources necessary toward feeling better!

Estrogen Won't Make Women Sharper After Menopause

MONDAY, Nov. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Low levels of the hormone estrogen are not to blame for mood swings and poor memory after menopause, a new study suggests.

Based on this finding, the researchers believe there's no reason to use hormone replacement therapy to boost mental well-being after periods stop.

"These study findings provide further evidence that a woman's decision about hormone therapy use during early postmenopause should be made independently of considerations about thinking abilities," said lead researcher Dr. Victor Henderson, a professor of neurology and neurological science at Stanford University in California.

HRT: A 'Complex' Risk-Benefit Profile

By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Reviewed by F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE; Instructor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse

The breast cancer risk seen with combination hormone therapy in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) trial persists in the long run, but estrogen alone may protect against it, according to long-term follow-up.

Over 13 years, the combination of estrogen and progestin (Prempro) was associated with a 28% increased risk of invasive breast cancer, comparable with the 24% greater risk seen in the original reporting of the trial, according to JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues.

10 Things to Know About Thyroid Hormones

By Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth editorial team


Thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland stores these hormones, which are released when needed.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that lies just below your voice box (larynx) and in front of your windpipe (trachea). The gland produces several hormones, but there are only two that are clinically relevant. These are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

Below are the 10 things that you must know about the hormones produced by the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland.

The Menstrual Cycle - Getting the "Vital" Respect it Deserves

A Compilation of Abstracts Presented By:

Lawrence M. Nelson, M.D., M.B.A., National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Paula Hillard, M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH
Justina Trott, M.D., F.A.C.P., American College of Women's Physicians, Santa Fe, NM
Sundeep Khosla, M.D., Endocrine Research Unit, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, MN
Michelle P. Warren, M.D., Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
Edited by: Cydney Halpin

At a recent meeting held at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda Maryland, it was the consensus among leading endocrinologists, obstetricians, gynecologists, epidemiologists, pediatricians, researchers, nurses and mid-wives, that the menstrual cycle is as much a "vital sign" as blood pressure, pulse rate, or temperature as an indicator when assessing a woman's overall health.

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