Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe for Menopausal Women

Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe for Menopausal Women

In the past many women have hesitated to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease symptoms of menopause. This is mainly due to a 2002 study saying that HRT was linked to breast cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. However, a new study reveals that there is no connection between HRT and those diseases. In fact, this 18 year long study found that women who use HRT for menopause symptoms are no more likely to suffer a premature death than those who do not use it. The purpose of this study was to get the message out that hormone replacement therapy is safe and effective for the right patient.

“It is a bit surprising that given the many risks of hormone therapy identified during the treatment phase, the net effect on all-cause mortality was neutral,” says Manson, from the Women’s Health Initiative. That is why it is critical that the latest study researched mortality rates. Where HRT is harmful in some ways, it is beneficial in others. HRT is complex and has different risks and benefits to different diseases. However, researchers from the study still recommend using as low a dose as possible and using it for a short a period of time. While women who took HRT at a younger age had a lower risk of early death, this number dropped off for women who took it for many years.  The data shows that up 7 years of HRT is safe for women, but beyond that the risks may outweigh the benefits.


Dr. Steven Lipsky

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