Hormone Replacement Therapy Use is on the Decline

Leslie Carol Botha:  Image below is what Time Magazine and other used to scare women into taking HRT Рthe Holy Grail of youthful women. However, we now know that nutrition, exercise and natural bioidentical hormones are the really Holy Grail.  Synthetic estrogen is known to cause cancer.

Hormone therapy use among women continues to drop

Published August 30, 2012 / Reuters

Image Time Magazine used in article HRT redeemed

Years after a large study on hormone replacement therapy revealed health risks among older women using it to prevent chronic disease, the number of women who take hormones continues to decline, according to a new study.

The researchers found that in 2009 and 2010, less than five percent of women over age 40, who had already gone through menopause, use either estrogen alone or estrogen and progestin. That compared to about 22 percent in 1999 and 2000.

Dr. JoAnn Manson, a leader of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) research and a professor at Harvard Medical School, said it was appropriate that there was a decline in the number of women using hormones.

The WHI reported in 2002 that taking estrogen plus progestin appeared to increase the risks of stroke, heart disease and breast cancer.

“We now understand that women more distant from the onset menopause and at increased risk of cardiovascular disease have adverse outcomes on hormone therapy and that hormone therapy should not be used for prevention of heart disease or prevention of chronic disease because it is associated with some risks,” Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told Reuters Health.

The latest report, which included survey responses from more than 10,000 women, shows a steady drop and supports the results from other studies assessing the short-term impacts of the WHI.

Brian Sprague, the lead author of the current study and a professor at the University of Vermont, and his colleagues found that as the years progressed, fewer and fewer women reported taking hormones.

“From this study we have no way of teasing out what’s driving these changes,” Sprague said, adding that it’s likely due to concerns from both women and their physicians about the health risks of taking hormones.

An overreaction?

The increased breast cancer risk from hormone therapy was a major driver in turning people away from hormone therapy, said Dr. Robert Langer, a research member of the WHI and currently the principal investigator at the Jackson Hole Center for Preventive Medicine in Jackson, Wyoming.

“I think it’s a really substantial overreaction” to the harms that were found in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study, Langer told Reuters Health



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.