Study: Hormone Therapy Can Be Safe for Heart Within Time Period
Many women are using hormone therapy to combat the effects of menopause. According to a recent student, there is a time frame in which it has benefits without the risks.
Ten years ago, Gerrye Boggs first felt the signs of menopause. As part of a study, she agreed to take hormone therapy.
Researchers soon found that was not true. The study, found in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows the risk of heart disease is greatest among older women who still have symptoms after 10 years of the onset of menopause.
Dr. Jacques Rossouw, of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute said there is something about hot flashes and night sweats at an older age, which are linked to higher risk and the risk is, then, further increased if those women take hormone therapy. However, women within 10 years of the onset of menopause can safely take estrogen only, not estrogen plus progestin.
Rossouw said there is still an increased risk of stroke and breast cancer, even in younger women, so women on hormones should be sure to get their blood pressure checked and have regular mammograms. Women who have a uterus should not take estrogen-alone because it increases the risk of uterine cancer.
Boggs said the more information women receive, the better it will be.
Only about 10 percent of women still have hot flashes more than 10 years after menopause. For most women, those symptoms go away after two to three years.