No. We can’t stop menopause. Beginning two to ten years before your periods
truly end, your ovaries will begin to fluctuate in the amount of hormones they produce.
Ultimately, once in menopause, they will stop releasing eggs and slow their production
of progesterone and estradiol (ovarian estrogen). This decline in hormone production
can happen gradually for some and drastically for others. The fluctuation and eventual
decline in hormone levels are often what cause the symptoms of perimenopause and
HRT can augment your levels of estrogen and progesterone (and possibly cut down
on your symptoms), and it may even induce false periods, but it cannot cause you
to produce eggs or allow you to reverse menopause.
There are various ways to take hormone therapy, with the two approaches being either
cyclical or daily dosing. If you choose to take it in a cyclical or sequential fashion
rather than daily, you will be introducing progesterone in the way that it would
be released naturally during a 28-day menstrual cycle. This can induce withdrawal
bleeding, but these are not necessarily true periods. On the other hand, if you
opt to take a continuous or daily dose of HRT (estrogen and progesterone), the usual
outcome is that you will not have “periods” (withdrawal bleeds). There
may be some spotting or bleeding when HRT is introduced or changed, but this will
usually subside within 6–12 months of daily exposure.
Replacing your body’s hormones does not stop menopause from occurring. It
simply masks some of the important signals Mother Nature intends for you to receive.
While this may be necessary for a short period of time relative to quality of life
issues, we encourage you to view menopause as an opportunity to listen to your body
and learn how to take better care of yourself. Without the masking effects of estrogen,
it is the ideal time for you to take control of your own health.
For more information, read our articles on HRT (hormone