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Menopause is reached once you have gone twelve months without a period. For most women, this occurs between 50 and 60 years of age and largely depends on your genes. You have reached the point in your life where you no longer have to worry about menstruating or becoming pregnant. Except now you may have night sweats, mood swings, and painful intercourse from vaginal dryness. Now is the time to talk to your doctor about Prempro (called Premplus in Canada) to help manage these uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.
Prempro contains two important hormones that decrease when you reach menopause but are still beneficial to you to minimize your symptoms. The active ingredients of Prempro are conjugated Estrogens (a mixture of Estrogens) and progesterone called Medroxyprogesterone. When taken as directed, Estrogen reduces the risk of osteoporosis by keeping the cycle of building and remodeling of your bones in check so your body will not break down old bone faster than it can rebuild it. This hormone also helps to keep your vaginal walls from thinning and becoming dry so intercourse is not painful.
Taking Medroxyprogesterone if you have not had a hysterectomy is almost always recommended as a way to prevent the risk of cancer of your uterus. Estrogen alone (unopposed) for a woman that still has a uterus increases her chance of endometrial hyperplasia, the abnormal thickening of your uterine lining which is often a precursor of endometrial cancer. If you have had your uterus removed, talk to your doctor about hormone therapy and if there are still benefits to taking progesterone even though your uterus is gone.
Some women welcome menopause and glide through it without any bothersome hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep problems, and weight gain. But for those that experience these symptoms, it can interfere with many aspects of your life, including your marriage, family, and your job. Some days you may feel like an overweight, sweaty mess that causes you to miss out on family events because you are miserable.
Exercise, improved nutrition, and reduced stress will contribute to your overall well-being at this time. You can finally gain control of hypertension, high cholesterol, and prevent diabetes with a more positive mindset and Prempro (Estrogen/Medroxyprogesterone).
You are done with the childbearing years so pregnancy will not be an issue while taking Prempro. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and list any current OTC or Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements to determine if Prempro is safe for you to take.
Long-term use of Prempro may increase your risk of other health concerns so see your doctor regularly to know when you can stop taking Prempro. If you are scheduled for any surgical procedure that will involve bed rest or inactivity for an extended period of time, inform the medical staff you are taking Prempro as you may be told to stop taking it until you are back on your feet.