Hormone Replacement Therapy Linked to Brain Tumors

Holy Hormones Journal: Oh, dear.  Scientists  have found a link between post-menopausal hormone treatment therapy and meningioma. HRT can escalate the risk of getting a brain tumor by 30 percent. Not only that women on hormone replacement therapy for more than 10 years had a 70% chance of developing brain tumors.

Synthetic hormones are steriods – they affect and stunt the brain – suppressing the vital neuro-endocrine-immune systems.  All three of these systems must function in balance for our health.

Synthetic hormones therapies are the largest uncontrolled experiment in medical history.  And who is paying the price? Women.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Increases Brain Tumor Risk

The Inquisitor
July 2, 2013

Hormone-Replacement-Therapy-Increases-Brain-Tumor-RiskHormone replacement therapy (HRT) – also referred to estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) and menopausal hormone therapy – is typically employed by women wishing to replenish a depleted source of female hormones in hopes of alleviating the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.

Menopause is essentially the end-cycle of monthly menstruation, which characteristically occurs in women in midlife – during their late 40s or early 50s – and it signals the end of their reproductively fertile phase. This transition can last for several months or even years and is a consequence of biological aging.

Menopause is more accurately defined as the permanent cessation of the primary functions of the ovaries or the ripening and release of ova and the release of hormones that cause both the creation of the uterine lining, and the subsequent shedding of the uterine lining.

Menopausal symptoms, which can be extreme enough to disrupt everyday activities for some women, can include hot flashes, insomnia, weight-gain, emotional-mood fluctuations, and an increased onset of osteoporosis.

Estrogen alone or estrogen and progesterone in combination are supplemented during and after menopause. Estrogen and progesterone are hormones that are produced by a woman’s ovaries, WebMD explains.

However, hormone replacement therapy is not without its risks. According to Medline Plus, it can increase the risk of developing breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Certain types of HRT have a higher risk, and each woman’s own risks can vary depending upon health history and lifestyle. Therefore, healthcare providers will often recommend starting out at the lowest dose necessary to achieve the benefits for the shortest duration needed.

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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.