Today we’ve reached the end of the first chapter of my book, “How Your Doctor is Slowly Killing You: A Woman’s Health Survival Guide” – I hope you’ve enjoyed it!
HRT: Not Just for Menopause Anymore
Some of you are probably thinking, “Wait. Isn’t menopause just a natural state of aging that all women go through? Why fight it?” My answer is this: Yes, it’s natural and if we live long enough, we’ll all go through it. But think about it this way: Not all that long ago in the scheme of history, fewer women lived to see menopause because so many didn’t survive their vulnerable childbearing years. Men who didn’t die fighting some war or another would soldier on, often remarrying and fathering children well into their old age. Women died before, during and after childbirth due to complications and infections. They died from sexual violence, misinformation, misogyny and political or religion-fueled madness. Women and young girls were accused of witchcraft, and then drowned or burned at the stake. Yes, menstrual cycles and fluctuating hormone levels can make us feel pretty witchy, but c’mon guys!
However, karma has a way of coming around. While hormone imbalances can and do occur at almost any age, today most women can expect to live anywhere from one third to one half of their lives in menopause; so of course we want these years to be healthy, happy and fulfilled. HRT can help us achieve it, so why is it so hard to get?
Unfortunately, when it comes to women and their health and reproductive issues, misinformation and misogyny continue to be dominant forces, along with political or religion-fueled madness. And money. Oh, so much money. It’s well past the time that we start taking control of the conversation and of our own health, or women will continue to get the shaft.
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