My HRT Question – Joan’s Story
Two years ago I found a lump in my pelvis which turned out to be a fibroid. I was offered a hysterectomy then which shocked me as I felt it was a drastic step in relation to my symptoms ie.pressure effects and heavy periods which though a pain have always been regular. I declined this and asked about embolization at which my consultant basically said was not an option as I am not concerned about preserving my fertility. Early this year I felt my fibroid had grown and the pressure effects to have got worse so I asked my GP to discuss the pros and cons of a hysterectomy, however, he said it would be better if I w...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 3, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids hormone replacement therapy Source Type: news
Hormone Treatment Restores Bone Density for Young Women with Menopause-Like Condition (Primary Ovarian Insufficiency)
Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Ovarian Disorders, Premature Ovarian Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Quitting Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause
WebMD looks at when, why, and how to quit hormone replacement therapy for menopause. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Early menopause linked to mental decline
Conclusion This study found a link between premature menopause and memory problems. Strengths of the study include the large number of participants and the fact they were followed prospectively, which reduces the chance of bias. However, as it was a cohort study, it cannot prove that the memory problems were caused by their premature menopause. The researchers analysed the results, taking multiple factors into consideration. Patient recall, the age of menopause and the type and duration of taking any hormonal therapy may also have been inaccurate. A further limiting factor in this study is that it commenced when women were...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology Lifestyle/exercise Cancer Source Type: news
Major Women's Health Study Paid Big Dividends
Scientists say HRT research has returned $140 for every $1 spent on the $260 million trial Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Clinical Trials, Hormone Replacement Therapy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
For the first time, proof of what hormone replacement therapy does to genes involved in breast cancer
Researchers have measured activity of genes associated with breast cancer in women before and while, they took different types of HRT. They found that an HRT used in the WHI trial had a greater activating effect on these genes than a "natural" formulation applied via an estrogen gel applied to the skin in combination with oral progesterone. This shows that varying the HRT and the way it is taken can have very significant effects on the genes associated with breast cancer. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 2, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news
Preliminary clinical trial shows great promise for new multiple sclerosis treatment
A study conducted by Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, a UCLA neurologist, shows that combining estriol, a female hormone, with Copaxone, a medication currently used to treat multiple sclerosis, reduced the relapse rate of MS by nearly 50 percent with only one year of treatment. Voskuhl presented the results of the preliminary Phase II clinical trial today at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Philadelphia. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involved 158 women with relapsing-remitting MS. At 16 sites across the U.S., one group of women was treated with Copaxone, a commonly pr...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 30, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
HRT Treatments / Diet Doc Hormone Therapy & Weight Loss Plans...
Diet Doc now offers hormone replacement therapy, utilizing bio-identical hormones to relieve symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Test kits are sent directly to the patient’s home, and results are...(PRWeb April 19, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/hormone-replacement/hormonal-imbalance/prweb11777897.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - April 19, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
The Hormone-Glaucoma ConnectionThe Hormone-Glaucoma Connection
The relationship between postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy and the development of primary open-angle glaucoma is explored in this retrospective analysis. Medscape Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines - April 4, 2014 Category: Opthalmology Tags: Ophthalmology Viewpoint Source Type: news
What's the Latest on Hormone Replacement for Prevention?What's the Latest on Hormone Replacement for Prevention?
Does hormone replacement therapy have any role in chronic disease prevention? Medscape Pharmacists (Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines)
Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines - April 3, 2014 Category: OBGYN Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Ask the Expert Source Type: news
Clinical Trials and Hysterectomy
Over the last few months we’ve been sharing blog posts about how important clinical trials are to the future of medicine. This month I’d like to share how such research impacts directly on women undergoing hysterectomy and related treatments for gynaecological conditions they often present with. When the Hysterectomy Association first began life in the mid 1990’s, the standard hysterectomy performed was a ‘total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo oophorectomy’. What this means is that everything was removed; the womb, the fallopian tubes, the cervix and the ovaries. At the time almost every ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 24, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Latest News clinical trials covance hysterectomy Source Type: news
HRT Problems – Lisa’s Story
Hi, My name is Lisa and in July last year I had to have a full hysterectomy via keyhole surgery at 43 years old due to heavy painful periods. I had the option to keep my ovaries but after careful consideration I decided to also have them removed. I chose this route because a) if I had problems in the future with my ovaries I didn’t want to end up having further surgery and b) my theory was as I already had 3 children and at my age planned no more I thought I didn’t need them? With HRT available I guessed life would carry on as normal afterwards? The op itself went really well and I was amazed that after the ini...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 14, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories hormone replacement therapy Source Type: news
HRT soon after menopause may cut dementia risk
The risk of dementia in women may be reduced if they are given hormone replacement therapy (HRT) soon after the menopause. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - March 13, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
Hormone replacement therapy linked to potential reduction in risk of developing dementia
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) given soon after menopause could help reduce the risk of developing dementia or mild cognitive impairment. (Source: Alzheimers Society)
Source: Alzheimers Society - March 12, 2014 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news
The scientific study has become a flawed manual for living
We're told women with partners may be less likely to die of heart disease, but how are we supposed to act on such findings?The Million Women Study is in the business of finding out unknown unknowns. Today, for example, we learn from it that women with partners are less likely to die of heart disease, even though they are just as likely to get it in the first place. The Oxford-based researchers have an astonishing database, the records of 1.3m middle aged women recruited in the late 1990s, originally in order to study hormone replacement therapy. But – and why not – nowadays the epidemiologists appear to come up...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 12, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Anne Perkins Tags: Comment theguardian.com Health Society Women Cancer Life and style Science Comment is free Source Type: news
Moderate Exercise Cuts Women's Stroke Risk, Helps Offset Increase Risk from Hormone Therapy
Source: American Heart Association Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Stroke (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
New Website Brings Awareness to Hormone Replacement Therapy
Elite Health Center’s newly designed website strives to bring awareness to those ready to redefine their aging process.(PRWeb February 07, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11563481.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - February 8, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
Postmenopausal Estrogen Therapy Tied to Lower Glaucoma Risk
Effect seen for women on estrogen-only treatment in study, but experts say more research is needed Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Glaucoma, Hormone Replacement Therapy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Does HRT Boost Pancreatitis Risk? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Hormone replacement therapy may have a connection to pancreatitis, according to epidemiological data from Karolinska Institute researchers. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 28, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news
HRT therapy may increase risk of acute pancreatitis (EurekAlert, 27 January 2014)
A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has investigated whether there is an association between women undergoing hormone replacement therapy and the risk of developing acute pancreatitis. Full article (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - January 28, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news
HRT May Protect New Joints (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Women who had total knee or hip replacements were significantly less likely to have implant failure if they began taking hormone replacement therapy after the procedure, a large observational study found. (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - January 23, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news
Aging Population Spurs Growth in the Hormone Replacement Therapy...
GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) markets. Global market for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is projected to exceed US$3.3 billion by...(PRWeb January 23, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/hormone_replacement_drugs/HRT_therapy/prweb11515222.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - January 23, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
Whilst it is extremely rare for a woman to have a hysterectomy due to Premenstrual Syndrome alone, it can be a contributing factor in overall gynaecological health. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) (also known as Premenstrual Tension or PMT) is the name given to the physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms that can occur in the two weeks before a woman’s monthly period. It is estimated that almost all women of child-bearing age have some premenstrual symptoms, although it is usually at its worst between the late 20′s and early 40′s. About one woman in every 20 with PMS gets symptoms which are severe en...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 10, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health Conditions PMDD pms Source Type: news
Experts Lay Out Options for Menopause Symptoms
Evidence grows that antidepressants can help, new guidelines say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antidepressants, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Controlling the Menopause at Christmas
Controlling the menopause at Christmas is something that all women of a certain age may need to consider. Diet can play a large part in how menopausal women cope with the changes the body goes through during this time. Good nutrition can help reduce certain health conditions that may develop as a result of the menopause, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. With the festive season upon us once again, implementing these dietary changes may seem unrealistic. The good news is that with careful planning and monitoring, it is still possible to enjoy many foods during the Christmas period to enjoy a healthier and happier meno...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 19, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: menopause Christmas menopause supplements menopause symptoms Source Type: news
sCD163 and sex steroids
Soluble CD163 (sCD163) is linked to low-grade inflammation states, including diabetes, obesity, liver disease, and atherosclerosis, all of which are prevalent in Turner Syndrome (TS) and Klinefelter Syndrome (KS). Thomsen and colleagues assessed the levels and regulation of sCD163 with regard to treatment with sex hormone therapy in males with KS and females with TS. They found that males with KS had higher levels of sCD163 compared with controls and the levels correlated to plasma testosterone. Treatment with testosterone did not significantly lower sCD163. Females with TS not receiving hormone replacement therapy (HRT) h...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 10, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news
Hormone-replacement therapy may prevent age-related declines in cognitive functioning
Age-related cognitive decline and changes in the nervous system are closely linked, but up until recently, they were thought to result from the loss of neurons in areas such as the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain important in working memory. A series of papers have shown that the "loss of neurons" concept is simply not true. Now, Mount Sinai scientists have begun to look elsewhere, focusing instead on synaptic health in the prefrontal cortex. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Seniors / Aging Source Type: news
Synthetic HRT – One size does not fit all
Dr Bram Brons looks into the different hormone replacement therapy’s (HRT) commonly prescribed to women today and explains why one size of synthetic hrt does not fit all. Starting the menopause can bring a number of challenges. The first of these is deciding whether to begin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to replace the hormones no longer produced because of the menopause. Although there have been some reported risks with HRT, there have also been notable benefits. Some women are not affected by symptoms of menopause and as such decide against HRT. Other women, due to their medical history, are unable to take ther...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 28, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: HRT News hormone replacement therapy Source Type: news
Estrogen Won't Make Women Sharper After Menopause, Study Finds
Researchers see no brain benefits even in early postmenopause Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Memory, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Women prescribed combination HRT should use caution when taking apigenin supplement, MU study finds
(University of Missouri-Columbia) In 2011, studies conducted by University of Missouri researchers found that a natural compound called apigenin, which is found in celery, parsley, and apples, could reduce the incidence of tumor growth in women receiving hormone replacement therapy. Now, based on subsequent studies conducted by MU researchers, they are recommending that women not ingest pure apigenin as a supplement. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 20, 2013 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
The Effect of Taking Long Term Medication
I have been contacted by four students from the Medway school of Pharmacy who are looking for participants in a research study into the effect of taking long term medication. The most likely candidates for such a study with the Hysterectomy Association would be women taking HRT. However you may be taking something for other conditions you live with as well. I’ve added the message they sent through below and you can find the link at the end of the post. We are four students studying to become pharmacist and we are undertaking a project in our final year. The study is aimed at finding out how people who have to take me...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 18, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Research hormone replacement therapy Source Type: news
Testosterone after hysterectomy – Maree’s Story
I had an hysterectomy when I was 42 years old. Ovaries were left in. At 68 years of age I had to have them removed. At 72 years of age having not had any HRT for 10 years I suddenly starting getting the most dreadful hot flushes and palpitations. I asked my Doctor to test my hormone levels. Result extremely low. Discussed hormone replacement including testosterone with the Doctor because I was keen to go the bio-identical route. Difficult at first due to Doctor not keen to give prescriptions for Compounding Pharmacy HRT. End result my Doctor agreed and so I was able to go the bio-identical route (no progesterone if you hav...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 15, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories hormone replacement therapy testosterone Source Type: news
No hot flashes? Then don't count on hormones to improve quality of life (EurekAlert, 13 November 2013)
A study from Finland published in Menopause examines efficacy of menopausal hormone replacement therapy in relation to specific symptoms among 150 women. Full article (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - November 13, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news
Menopause and Weight Gain
Many women approaching the menopause will experience a number of symptoms, including vaginal dryness, hot flushes and a lack of sex drive. However another symptom that may arise as a result of the menopause is weight gain. Most commonly occurring around the hips and abdomen, this menopausal symptom for the majority of women is considered to be the least desirable. Photo: Nikodem Nijaki: Wikipedia Although the exact factors that contribute to weight gain are not entirely understood, it is known that a decline in oestrogen levels, a loss of muscle tissue and lifestyle factors are part of the cause. Though it can be argued t...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 7, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: menopause hormone replacement therapy oestrogen weight gain Source Type: news
Bioidenticals no safer than other hormone replacement therapy
Bioidentical hormones made from plants are molecularly similar to a patient's own hormones, but are often sold as compounds not regulated by FDA (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast CancerHormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer
Hormone replacement therapy may have a stronger impact on cancer risk for certain races. Find out more. Journal of the National Cancer Institute (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news
Women's Health Initiative Reaffirms Use of Short-Term Hormone Replacement Therapy for Younger Women
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - Related MedlinePlus Page: Hormone Replacement Therapy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?
Hormone replacement therapy isn't for everyone. Learn about the options from WebMD. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
HRT Benefits vs Cancer Risk Research
Research into women’s perception of the link between HRT benefits vs cancer risk is currently being undertaken at Edinburgh Napier University. You may be aware that taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for menopausal symptoms carries with it some modification to the risk of developing certain types of cancer. As part of a Masters project for a Edinburgh Napier university student, the following survey is looking to assess your views on these cancer risks and benefits. This research is looking to get a picture of the women’s views of the cancer risks and benefits now that a decade has past since the WHI and M...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 11, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Research cancer hormone replacement therapy survey Source Type: news
PodMed: A Medical News Roundup from Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include UTIs and cranberry juice, cognitive dysfunction after ICU stay, new diabetes drugs, and hormone replacement therapy. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - October 4, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news
Walking an hour a day may help cut breast cancer risk
Conclusion The major strengths of this study are its large size, long follow-up period and the availability of detailed information provided by the women both at the start and during follow-up. As the authors point out the assessment of recreational physical activity in this study may not reflect total physical activity in working women in manual occupations. But they also note that most women in the study were “homemakers”. The women in the study population were predominantly white, middle-aged or elderly, and well educated, so as the authors also note, the results may not be generalisable to other groups. ...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news
The last word on hormone therapy?
When Janice hit menopause, she had terrible night sweats and hot flashes, but she was scared to undergo hormone replacement therapy. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - October 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Hormone replacement therapy may not help against heart disease, but can provide benefits
Estrogen/progestin combination hormone therapy raised breast cancer risk and didn't reduce heart disease; estrogen-only had fewer risks for younger women (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Risks and benefits of HRT
A look at a major new study that sheds light on the use of hormone replacement therapy. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Long-term WHI Results: Mixed Results, Still ControversialLong-term WHI Results: Mixed Results, Still Controversial
Women's Health Initiative researchers extend conclusions that hormone replacement therapy should not be used for the prevention of chronic disease, but critics are unconvinced. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news
Synthetic vs Bio-identical HRT
Dr Bram Brons offers his take on the main differences between bio-identical and synthetic variants of HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Despite the effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms of menopause, many women are afraid of the associated risks, particularly with synthetic therapy. Consistent negative feedback, perhaps most famously brought to the public’s attention during the Women’s Health Initiative Trial, which continues to be highlighted by mainstream media, has embedded itself in the psyche of women. As a result, the emergence in popularity of bio-identical therapy practices h...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 27, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Dr Bram Brons Tags: Alternatives to HRT bio-identical hrt hormone replacement therapy Source Type: news
Different risks for heart attack and stroke posed by different hormone therapy formulations
Post-menopausal women whose doctors prescribe hormone replacement therapy for severe hot flashes and other menopause symptoms may want to consider taking low doses of Food and Drug Administration-approved bioidentical forms of estrogen or getting their hormones via a transdermal patch. A new observational study shows bioidentical hormones in transdermal patches may be associated with a lower risk of heart attack and FDA-approved products -- not compounded hormones -- may be associated with a slightly lower risk of stroke compared to synthetic hormones in pill form... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Menopause Source Type: news
Researcher reveals new details about the receptor mechanisms of estrogen's role in memory
The loss of estrogens at menopause increases a woman's risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, yet hormone replacement therapy can cause harmful side effects. Knowing the exact mechanism of estrogen activation in the brain could lead to new targets for drug development that would provide middle-aged women the cognitive benefits of hormone replacement therapy without increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease or breast cancer... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alzheimer's / Dementia Source Type: news