Hormone Replacement Therapy Tied to Mental Benefits

ABC News

by Amy Norton
December 4, 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Older women who use certain forms of hormone replacement therapy seem to perform better on tests of memory and mental speed than other women do, a new study finds.

In a four-year study of 3,130 French women age 65 and older, researchers found that those currently on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) performed better on certain cognitive tests. Those who had used HRT in the past but were no longer on it showed no such advantage.

The findings, published in the journal Neurology, conflict with a widely publicized 2003 U.S. study that linked HRT to an increased dementia risk among older women.

However, women in that study were given a particular oral formulation of HRT called Prempro, which combines estrogen and synthetic form of progesterone called medroxyprogesterone.

In contrast, women in the current study were mostly using HRT skin patches with a different combination of estrogen and a natural progesterone, explained lead researcher Dr. Joanne Ryan of the French national research institute INSERM.

That, she told Reuters Health in an email, may help explain the benefits.


Comment from Leslie

Email me before you do this – if they can’t get you to buy HRT for bone strength and to prevent you from becoming an old decrip woman – they will get you on mental faculties.

It seems to me that there are lawsuits filed by women who used Prempro





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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.