A lot of women have to undergo hysterectomy and even more are facing the odds of having to consider hormone replacement therapy post menopause. The recent studies came to a worrying conclusion regarding the estrogen therapy so many women tend to avoid, regardless they had the surgery or they are simply menopausal.
Hormone Therapy Statistics
Hormone replacement therapy has drastically declined in US since 2002 . Since then the large majority of women who went into menopause post hysterectomy surgery refused to consider the hormone therapy.
The study conducted by U.S. Women’s Health Initiative in 2002 concluded that taking estrogen only therapy or estrogen combined with progestin is increasing the chances for the women to have strokes, heart attacks and blood clots.
Dr. Phillip Sarrel and his colleagues from Yale University , Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences conducted a study that revealed the worrisome decrease in the number of women taking HRT post induced menopause. The decrease was of 79% for the women between 50 and 59 years old. The study also showed that from the same age range over 18,000 of women with induced menopause died between 2002 and 2011 from heart and circulatory conditions.
Clearing the Matter
Dr. Sarrel’s study cleared the matter on a very important fact. The hormone replacement therapy was a health hazard for the menopausal women who still had the reproductive system intact. The 2002 study created a mass hysteria and the results made all menopausal women give up HRT placing those in post hysterectomy induced menopause in danger.
Dr. Sarrel’s study was extended on the 2002 – 2011 interval and here are the realistic conclusion published in the American Journal of Health, July 2013 issue.
- The menopausal women taking combined HRT were indeed in danger of developing secondary health issues like heart and circulatory problems resulting in death from strokes and heart attacks.
- The women taking estrogen only therapy were not only safe from these problems but also from the odds of developing breast cancer.
Highly Sensitive Matter
Considering all the above, remains to be seen what studies will reveal in the future. Currently the most scary statistic remains that the number of women who died in the absence of the estrogen only therapy, increased over the last decade.
The HRT issue was strongly debated over the years and the large amount of studies conducted on it were pretty contradictory. The conclusion is that combined hormone replacement therapy and estrogen only therapy have different effects on women with regular menopause and on those who underwent hysterectomy surgery.