It’s time to learn the truth about HRT. Over the years there has been a lot of myths and misinformation regarding the risk of hormone replacement therapies (HRT). Many of these myths have prevented us from helping as many women as we could to deal with some of the worst symptoms of menopause.
Recently, the link between HRT and increased risk of heart disease and breast cancer, have been largely debunked. Now, there is new research that suggests the supposed link between HRT and lung cancer, has also been largely overblown.
Research Removes the Link between HRT & Lung Cancer
The research published in the April edition of Journal of Thoracic Oncology, determined that there were no strong associations between increased risk of lung cancer and supplemental hormone use.
The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of all of the data amassed by the Women’s Health Initiative. This included a diverse group of over 160,000 postmenopausal women aged 50-79 from across the entire U.S. The researchers in this study specifically looked at reproductive history, oral contraceptive use, and hormone therapy use among the women.
They discovered nearly 2,500 women who developed lung cancer over the next 14 years since the initial survey. Of these women who had developed lung cancer, a statically negligible amount had been on HRT for more than 5 years. From this data researchers concluded that there is only weak association of increased risk of lung cancer and HRT.
Based on those in the study on HRT who did not develop lung cancer, HRT for less than 5 years could actually result in a slight decrease in the risk for developing lung cancer.
The lead researcher on the study said, “…the overall results presented by our study suggest that oral contraceptives and hormone therapy use are not associated with risk of lung cancer.”
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
There is not one medication, or single medical procedure that is entirely risk free. But any possible risk associated with HRT, is far outweighed by its proven benefits. HRT when administered properly by a qualified physician, is still the best way we have for helping women to cope with the most detrimental symptoms of menopause such as night sweats, mood swings, and hot flashes.
The many benefits of HRT for women are not limited to those menopausal symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy can also improve sleep, prevent osteoporosis, and improve the “foggy thinking” that often also occur during menopause.
HRT can also improve libido and other sexual wellness issues women often encounter in the menopausal and post-menopausal years.
In fact, HRT should not be thought of as merely a treatment for menopausal symptoms. Many women who have already gone through menopause, are feeling younger, stronger, more vital and are having the best sex of their lives, thanks to HRT!
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