Skip to main content
Tags: hormone replacement therapy | risks | benefits | women

Hormone Replacement Therapy Risks and Benefits for Women

By    |   Tuesday, 06 October 2015 02:29 PM EDT

The benefits that women hope to find in hormone replacement therapy are often forms of relief from symptoms related to menopause.

But medical professionals warn that such therapy often comes with risks.

For women, menopausal hormone therapy helps manage symptoms of lowered estrogen levels like hot flashes but also is associated with certain cancer risks, according to the American Cancer Society.

Estrogen-progestin therapy, for example, has not shown to increase risk of endometrial cancer or ovarian cancer, but it is correlated to higher incidents of breast cancer, the ACS said.

Special: Suzanne Somers Reveals the Secret to Feeling 20 Years Younger

"Women who took EPT had a lower risk of getting colorectal cancer at all, but the cancers they got were more advanced (more likely to have spread to lymph nodes or distant sites) than the cancers in the women not taking hormones," said the ACS, citing a Women's Health Iniative study. By turn, the ACS said: "EPT is not linked to a higher risk of getting lung cancer, but it is linked to a higher risk of dying from lung cancer."

Sometimes the benefits outweigh the risks, which are contingent with how the hormone therapies are used, the Mayo Clinic reported.

For example, Mayo Clinic staff said: "Despite the health risks, systemic estrogen is still the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms."

"The benefits of hormone therapy may outweigh the risks if you're healthy and experience moderate to severe hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms; have lost bone mass and either can't tolerate or aren't benefitting from other treatments; stopped having periods before age 40 (premature menopause) or lost normal function of your ovaries before age 40 (premature ovarian insufficiency)," added the Mayo Clinic staff.

Exciting Discovery: Effective Nutrient Formulation Surprises Scientists

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

The benefits that patients seek in hormone replacement therapy is often relief from symptoms related to andropause in men and menopause in women. But medical professionals warn that such therapy often comes with risks.
hormone replacement therapy, risks, benefits, women
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 02:29 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.

PLEASE NOTE: All information presented on is for informational purposes only. It is not specific medical advice for any individual. All answers to reader questions are provided for informational purposes only. All information presented on our websites should not be construed as medical consultation or instruction. You should take no action solely on the basis of this publication’s contents. Readers are advised to consult a health professional about any issue regarding their health and well-being. While the information found on our websites is believed to be sensible and accurate based on the author’s best judgment, readers who fail to seek counsel from appropriate health professionals assume risk of any potential ill effects. The opinions expressed in and do not necessarily reflect those of Newsmax Media. Please note that this advice is generic and not specific to any individual. You should consult with your doctor before undertaking any medical or nutritional course of action.


Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved