“Sex was painful,” she said. Three years post-menopause, my patient had no other bothersome symptoms. No hot flashes, no night sweats, no moodiness, nor many of the other complaints menopausal women sometimes have. “But I don’t want to take hormones, because my mom had breast cancer.”
As an integrative medicine physician who focuses on women’s health, I have versions of this conversation often.
Estrogen and progesterone, the predominant female hormones, decline dramatically during menopause. Testosterone production, which keeps muscles strong and libido intact, also drops, but assuming a woman still has her ovaries, this happens much more slowly. Lower levels…
In early April, I attended a press breakfast highlighting new initiatives and startups in the world of reproductive health care. Held in a meeting room in a swanky midtown New York hotel, the event — billed as “The Future Is Female-Centered Healthcare” — featured a panel discussion of women from a number of reproductive health care-focused startups, including the birth control telemedicine services Nurx, IVF clinic Kindbody, women’s clinic Tia, and online pharmacy Capsule. The president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health was also present.