Hormone Help

By: Sahar El-Hodiri
By: Sahar El-Hodiri

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Recent concerns about hormone replacement therapy have doctors innundated with questions from women.

hree studies this month give both patients and physicians a new perspective.

here have always been pros and cons with hormone replacement therapy. Now, they're being talked about even more.

Hormone therapy has become more popular through the years. And for years, it's been a matter of weighing the risks and benefits.

But doctors and patients are now taking a closer look. Gynecologic Oncologist Dr. Jed Delmore says, "The concerns that estrogen's not perfect, that's pretty much been known to everybody but now we have studies to say that one pill isn't right for everyone."

Jan Stembridge has been taking estrogen for more than 10 years to relieve unbearable hot flashes and irritability. And she plans to keep it that way.

Jan says, "I'm on the patch. I have no problems and so I'll continue to use it and check with my doctor to make sure."

A major study on estrogen alone is still looking at the risks and benefits. s for the combination of estrogen and progestin, the latest research hows there are more risks than benefits in the long term, but it may not be the last word for everyone.

Dr. Delmore says, "This will just cause women to ask more questions and will force their doctors to answer more questions and as a result I think everyone will be better off for it. But, I don't think there'll be a big change in the overall practice of what we do."

Since every patient is different, if you're taking hormone therapy talk to your doctor about what you should do.

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