Women who use estrogen-containing contraceptives may have an increased level of vitamin D in their blood. However, a recent study suggests that the vitamin level can drop if she decides to become pregnant and stops taking the pills. It's important for women and their doctors to be aware of this possibility.
It has been 13 years since the publication of the Women s Health Initiative (WHI) studies in 2002 that examined the role of menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. It can be argued that never before or since has a medical study generated such controversy by the media and scientific community.
A new retrospective study shows a significant association between reduced rate of knee- and hip- replacement revision and treatment with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). A good candidate theory for prospective trial to confirm, or refute.
Anastrozole, a drug that blocks estrogen production in postmenopausal women, has been shown to be effective in reducing a woman s risk of developing breast cancer, especially if she is at an elevated risk. This preventive approach may help to reduce mastectomies.
Falling levels of testosterone are often blamed for some of the changes middle-aged men may see, such as larger waistlines, smaller muscles and decreased sex-drive.
It is estimated that over 20 million American women suffer from moderate-to-severe peri-menopausal hot flashes, and that most of its sufferers are not treating them. Some of that non-treatment stems from the federal WHI study of 2002 which seemed to show several serious risks from the most effective form of menopausal symptom treatment, hormone replacement therapy (HRT).