Dr. Heward explains how a perimenopausal woman can find a doctor to help her with hormone replacement therapy/HRT.
When a woman is in the perimenopause and beginning to show signs of menopause itself, she should look for a doctor who is forward-thinking and knowledgeable about the issues that she is facing. It is not easy these days to find a doc who is willing to step outside of the accepted standards of practice and help women actually get on the appropriate hormone replacement therapy that would be most beneficial to her.
At this point in time, the standard of care is that women should avoid hormones if they can and, if they are going to go on hormones, go on them for as short a period of time as possible and at as low a dose as possible. There are a few docs out there who understand what’s going on with hormones and aren’t afraid of them inappropriately and who do a really good job of helping women find the hormone preparation that is most suitable for them.
There’s a variety of ways to take hormone replacement therapy and some are better than others, but, what determines what’s better is very individual and it depends on the woman. So, you do need a good physician who is willing to take the time to work with you to find the preparation that works the best for you.
About Dr. Heward, Ph.D:
Dr. Christopher B. Heward is past-President of Kronos Science Laboratory. His primary responsibility was providing scientific and technical leadership for all laboratory activities. He oversaw the development and implementation of the clinical laboratory testing program; assisted in designing and refining both internally and externally sponsored clinical studies; directed and coordinated diagnostic product research and development; administered laboratory and patient databases; was principal investigator for the Kronos Longitudinal Aging Study (KLAS); and communicated Kronos’ discoveries and advances to lay and scientific audiences via presentations and publications. Dr. Heward’s research interests included healthy aging, endocrinology, oxidative stress, Alzheimer’s disease, prion disease (TSE) and menopause. Dr. Heward attended the University of Arizona and received a Bachelor of Arts degrees from both the Department of Psychology and the Department of Chemistry, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Biology. He earned his PhD from the Department of Biology in 1981.
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