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    HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY 2017-04-27T14:48:28+00:00

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can effectively control symptoms of menopause. The risks of low-dose HRT may be much less—and the potential benefits much greater—than initial reports from the landmark study known as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), which showed that a synthetic hormone combination of conjugated equine estrogens (CEE) plus medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) increased the risk of developing invasive breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and pulmonary embolism. A review of the Nurses Health Study found that using HRT to treat menopausal symptoms may actually lower a woman’s risk for heart disease by as much as 30% when HRT is started near the onset of menopause. Further analysis of the WHI revealed that the risk of heart problems among hormone users increased as more time passed since the women experienced menopause. However, researchers also concluded that synthetic CEE plus MPA does not improve mental functioning, and that CEE plus MPA may increase the risk of stroke, a known risk factor for dementia in women over age 65.

    For years, physicians have been prescribing bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for women who have experienced problems or have other concerns about the use of synthetic hormones.

    Hormone-Related Symptoms

    • Dysmenorrhea (cramps)
    • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
    • Infertility/endometriosis
    • Irregular menstrual periods
    • Fibrocystic breasts
    • Poor concentration/memory lapses
    • Weight gain
    • Mood swings
    • Reduced libido
    • Vaginal thinning/dryness
    • Painful intercourse
    • Hot flashes
    • Night sweats
    • Depression
    • Premenopausal symptoms
    • Insomnia/disturbed sleep
    • Heart disease/arteriosclerosis
    • Osteoporosis