By Janice Graham
As you hit one of those big birthdays, you probably worry more about new
wrinkles than about less visible body parts — like your heart. But recent
research has found that each decade of your life is a crossroads, with new
health concerns to worry about. What's more, you need to be aware of these
issues — because your doctor may not be. "Many physicians fail to recognize how
much a woman's risk factors for heart disease evolve over her lifetime," says
If weight loss
alone doesn't start ovulation (or if you don't need to lose weight), your
doctor may have you try a medicine such as
clomiphene to help you start to ovulate.
If you aren't planning a pregnancy, you can
also use hormone therapy to help control your ovary hormones. To correct
menstrual cycle problems, birth control hormones keep your
endometrial lining from building up for too long. This
Hormone therapy also can help with
male-type hair growth and acne. Birth control pills,
patches, or vaginal rings are prescribed for hormone therapy. Androgen-lowering
spironolactone (Aldactone) is often used with
combined hormonal birth control. This helps with hair loss, acne, and
male-pattern hair growth on the face and body (hirsutism).
You can use other methods to treat acne and remove excess hair. For more information, see Home Treatment.
Taking hormones doesn't help with heart, blood
pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes risks. This is why exercise and a healthy
diet are key parts of your treatment.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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