Menopause News Flash: HRT Prevents Joint Pain During Menopause

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Menopause News Flash


Estrogen therapy can decrease joint pain after menopause, according to a new study published in Menopause.

Having a hysterectomy? Women who have undergone surgically induced menopause at an early age experience a decline in cognitive function and possible signs of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research from Harvard Medical School.

Northwestern Medicine scientists have developed a new chemotherapy drug that is designed to be less harmful to young women’s fertility.

Get squished… next year! For women ages 50 to 74, screening for breast cancer every two years is as beneficial as having yearly mammograms, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Bi-annual screenings yield fewer false positives—even in menopausal women on HRT.




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  • Luckily I haven’t had any joint pain. Nice to know that I’m managing to skip some menopause side effects.

  • Here I am Miss Early age surgical induced herself….but hey I had no choice and at this point sure haven’t regretted it!

  • This is one reason I was so adamant about keeping my ovaries when it became apparent I could either have a hysterectomy or bleed to death. As they were about to put me under anesthesia, I told the doctor that he’d best wake me up and talk to me first if he thought my ovaries needed to be removed. He agreed. I was so afraid of losing them because I do believe they are so important.

    • Chloe – you are amazing and a role model for women facing these decisions. You are so well educated that you were able to make a very important choice and articulate to your doctors what you wanted and thought was best for your body. That’s what I try to do each day-teach women so they can be like you when faced with medical crisis.

  • Thank goodness I don’t have joint pain along with everything else. But it is good to know there’s a solution.

    • Thank you for commenting Darlene and glad to hear you;re pain free.

  • I am a huge advocate of regular annual mammograms. Just wished my insurance felt the same way.

    • Hi Caryn-What’s your insurance? Maybe there are better plans and we can ask other women for advice.

  • Specific treatment options vary based on the specific diagnosis, so be sure to consult with your healthcare provider.

    • Ellen Dolgen

      I totally agree Chris!

  • Amy Capito

    I had a complete hysterectomy in April of 2014. I was 37 years old. For the past 8 months I have had such bad joint and muscle pain that I can barely function!! I refused going on hrt because of all of the side effects. Did I make a mistake?? I never thought the pain could be from menopause. I’ve had so many tests and xrays done its ridiculous and they still can’t give me any answers.. Please help!!!

    • Ellen Dolgen

      I would definitely speak to your menopause specialist about these muscle aches. Many women experience muscle aches from declining hormones. Click here to download my free eBook, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause. Read Chapters 14 and 15 on hormone therapy. This will help you base your decisions on facts instead of fear. Download my Menopause Symptoms Chart. Start charting your symptoms. Take this chart in with you so that your Menopause Specialist knows exactly how you are feeling. If you don’t have a specialist… Chapter 13 for some tips on how to find one! Good luck and keep me posted!