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Study: Estrogen Therapy May Delay Menopause

July 13th 2005

Prempro

New Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association surveyed women that sopped taking combination hormone replacement therapy.  This is after possible risks were revealed in the therapy.  More than half of the women that discontinued the therapy had a recurrence of menopause symptoms.  They experienced hot flashes and or night sweats.  Not all women experience troublesome symptoms during menopause.  Researchers believe women that took Prempro might have only postponed the menopause process. 

It was found that those women that had the most severe symptoms to start with were more likely to have symptoms return when the therapy ended.  Research is needed to determine the most effective dosages, and if tapering off of the medicine would work.

More than one-third of women who reported symptoms after stopping the therapy were in their 60s and 70s.  That is over 10 years older than the average age of menopause.

 

Many of the women in the study were able tackle their symptoms with simple lifestyle changes including drinking more fluids, exercising, yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises.  Some showed success by using fans or air conditioners.

Studies have showed limited (if any at all) benefits from natural hormone and herbal therapies.  Women should consult their doctors before beginning  or ending such therapies. 

When natural levels of estrogen decline, women experience menopause symptoms.  Estrogen replacement therapy has been shown to provide relief for these symptoms.  Recent studies (Women's Health Initiative study -2002) indicate there may be risk of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease from the long term therapies.  This new study shows that hormone therapy may be beneficial for women with moderate to severe symptoms of menopause and at small dosages for a limited time. 

It was believed that menopause symptoms subside a few years after women have their last period.  Millions of women began taking hormones to help women avoid symptoms, although strong scientific evidence about the duration has been lacking.  This and future studies will evaluate that.


By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer

 


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