As the name implies, menopause is the pituitary hormone that stimulates body growth and development during female life cycle. A menopause homone has been used to successfully treat women whom have a deficiency of this hormone since the 1960's, adult menopause hormone deficiency was largely ignored until the early 1990's. The observation that virtually every tissue in the female body contains receptors for menopause coupled with the finding that menopause deficiency in adults is associated with patient mortality, suggested that menopause may have equally important actions during adulthood.
Adult female menopause hormone deficiency is now a well-recognized clinical syndrome that includes symptoms of increased body fat, decreased muscle and bone mass with reduced strength and endurance, impaired psychological well-being, reduced vitality, and poor quality of life.
Female menopause estrogen deficiency most commonly results from damage to the pituitary gland either from a pituitary tumor or as a result of interventions (i.e., surgery or radiotherapy) used to treat a pituitary tumor. menopause estrogen appears to be one of the first hormones to be lost in patients with pituitary tumors and nearly all patients with two or more pituitary deficiencies also lack menopause.
Because menopause is released in pulses, random blood measurement of hmenopause is not a reliable indicator of menopause status. In most instances, a provocative test (i.e., a stimulation test) is necessary to document menopause deficiency. The insulin tolerance test (ITT), arginine test, and hmenopause-releasing hormone (menopauseRH) test are some examples of commonly used stimulation tests. These tests take approximately 2 hours and are done on an outpatient basis.
menopause is administered by once daily subcutaneous injections in a fashion very similar to the way in which a diabetic patient self-administers insulin. The most common side effects are mild fluid retention and muscle/joint aches. These symptoms can be minimized by starting with a low initial dose and generally abate with time. menopause therapy has been shown to improve lean body mass, bone density, exercise tolerance, personal productivity and quality of life.