Menopause brings real health complication if it is not dealt well. Women usually experience it at the age of 45-55 when menstrual cycle ceases and steals their reproductive characteristic away. Women usually experience irregular periods, vaginal dryness, night sweating, mood swings, insomnia and other related emotional problems.
A few years ago women started taking hormones to ease the menopause symptoms but they stopped in 2002. Because a report by federally funded Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) told the world that taking hormones to ease menopause symptoms can cause premature death. The report linked the hormone therapy with the potential risk of breast cancer and serious cardiovascular diseases.
Menopause Hormone Therapy is Declared Safe
The new current study, however, took a deep and long-term insight into the previous data from WHI study and re-established it. Now, they have found that there is no risk of before-the-time deaths linked to the hormone usage to ease menopause symptoms.
The Study and Results
As the new study took the previous data to re-consider, they studied the whole of the 27,347 women of the age of 50 to 79 who joined the WHI study back in the period of 1993 and 1998 and followed them through 2014. That’s was a real challenge.
The researchers conducted two experiments. One which compared the estrogen against placebo while the other compared estrogen with progestin. Most of the women involved have already gone through menopause having the average age of 63 years at that time. The long term study allowed them to take hormone or the alternative placebo for 5 to 7 years of their lives and they were followed for straight 18 years for the study purpose and during that time period, almost 7,489 of 27,347 women died. Later, the study revealed that the death rate for women who used hormone was significantly different from those who didn’t, having only 27% similarity.
And the females who were younger showed better survival odds with HRT at the graph. The report revealed that during the initial 5 to 7 years when subjects were randomly assigned to take hormone or placebo, the death rates among women who aged 50 to 59 was 30% low than the time when they were not involved in the study at all. However, for women of age 60 or older didn’t exhibit any obvious change in the death rate.
Benefits and risks of HTR
Research shows that HTR can help women going through menopause symptoms with:
- Dealing the vaginal dryness
- Sleeping problems
- Mood swings
- Night sweating
- Hot Flashes
- Bone Loss
However, this therapy which uses estrogen with or without progesterone is suggested and used at the lowest effective dose and for the shortest time period. Even after getting approved by the above-mentioned study, HTR is used under extremely controlled conditions. One risk factor is uterine cancer but it can be dealt by using ET and EPT altogether.
At the end, every woman is unique and her body deals things differently. So, partially, taking hormones or not taking them is her personal choice. But specialists have really made positive views about HTR after this recent study by WHI.