Menopause News Flash: More HRT Confusion

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While I feel it is important to keep women abreast (no pun intended) to the latest articles and talk on HRT –  do not panic if you are taking hormone therapy. It is important to understand the actual risks vs. benefits. I spoke to a menopause specialist to try to shed some light on this information. Here is his opinion: With regard to estrogen alone, it’s possible that unopposed estrogen for more than ten years might minimally increase risk ; a 22% increase in a rare event (breast cancer baseline rate = 1.2 cases per year per 1000 women, so this study apparently states it would increase to 1.4 cases per 1000 women per year) is nothing to write home about, compared to a 50% decrease in Alzheimer’s: among that same thousand women, you will have prevented 27 cases of Alzheimer’s disease per year in return for that extra 0.2 case of breast cancer per year; also you get a 40% decrease in overall mortality, and dramatic decrease in hip and spine fractures and heart disease. So from a public health standpoint, its a no-brainer: use estrogen.
In addition, they are referring to unopposed estrogen. This specialist is not convinced that estrogen together with bioidentical progesterone and testosterone yields any increase in cancer incidence, and there is good reason to believe incidence decreases instead.

CNN – More evidence long-term estrogen therapy raises breast cancer risk

Family Practice News – Estrogen-Only HT Also Increases Breast Cancer Risk

“While the relative risk of developing breast cancer in increased, the absolute risk associated with [HT] are low,” Dr. Wendy Chen said.

Forbes – Should women freeze ovarian tissue to have babies later in life? Would you?

Aging Fit – Bone Shrinkage Causes, Avoidance and Risk

FOX – Solutions for male menopause

SB Wire – Soy Isoflavones, There Are Two Sides to the Story Says Natural Health Sherpa

After struggling with her own severe menopause symptoms and doing years of research, Ellen resolved to share what she learned from experts and her own trial and error. Her goal was to replace the confusion, embarrassment, and symptoms millions of women go through–before, during, and after menopause–with the medically sound solutions she discovered. Her passion to become a “sister” and confidant to all women fueled Ellen’s first book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, Ellen’s weekly blog, Menopause MondaysTM, was born.