The Women's Health Initiative study - prematurely halted in 2002 in
the name of public health and safety - dealt a surprising and powerful
blow to the medical community and women taking hormone replacement
The in-depth study not only contradicted the perceived benefits of
hormone replacement therapy in reducing heart disease, it actually found
that using hormone replacement therapy placed women at a higher risk of
heart disease, as well as breast cancer and other serious health
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Do you remember our newsletter
last year detailing how Wyeth Pharmaceuticals was attempting to stop
compounding pharmacists from prescribing natural progesterone (diosgenin)
after their profits fell by more than 57% from $2.07 billion in 2003 to
$800 million in 2004 (after the WHI study had to be stopped)?
Well, now they have gone after
centers like ours making complaints to the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC). The FTC's position backed by the big pharmaceutical companies is
that Dr. John Lee, M.D.'s studies were not scientific and did not rise to
the standard of FDA and National Institutes of Health studies, and that
our claims about natural progesterone are false, unfair, deceptive,
misleading advertising in violation of the law..
what Dr. Helen Pensanti M.D. has to say about this. Read on to how the study
This is an attempt to force women into taking
unsafe proven cancer causing synthetic hormones using
your tax dollar to harass natural hormone suppliers. We here at the Women's
Menopause Health Center refuse to take away your choice of a healthy
alternative to Premarin, Prempro and the other dangerous drugs. We are
taking a stand against this heavy handed attempt to destroy competition. We
are going to fight for your choice of a healthy way to get through menopause
comfortably and safely.
(Ed. note: This was from our newsletter last year. The
continued harassment by the FTC has caused us to discontinue our wonderful
product. Do not be forced
into taking something that can kill you. You may purchase safe
progesterone cream at your local health food store, or find it a lot less
expensively on line at places like ebay and yahoo stores.
Do not let these heavy handed tactics destroy your health!)
For years doctors routinely recommended hormone replacement therapy
to reduce the symptoms of menopause
as well as to ward off heart disease. Women who otherwise would not
consider taking hormone replacement therapy did so because they thought
hormone replacement therapy would reduce the risk of heart disease. Many
women overlooked the known risk of increased breast cancer for the sake
of a healthy heart.
That all took a quick turnabout when the
Women's Health Initiative
halted an eight-year study just five years into the study. Researchers
concluded that the risks to the test group of women on hormone
replacement therapy outweighed the benefits of continuing the study.
The Women's Health Initiative trial, sponsored by the National
Institutes of Health, studied the relationship between hormone
replacement therapy (combined estrogen and progestin) and heart disease,
bone fractures, breast cancer, endometrial cancer and blood clots. The
trial did not study the effect of hormone replacement therapy on
menopause symptoms or other health conditions.
The study found women on hormone replacement therapy experienced a
significant increased risk for breast cancer, coronary heart disease,
strokes and blood clots.
- The Women's Health Initiative study found women taking hormone
replacement therapy have a 29 percent higher risk for heart disease.
- The Women's Health Initiative study also found women taking
hormone replacement therapy have a 26 percent higher risk for invasive
breast cancer. The longer a woman stays on hormone replacement
therapy, the greater her risk for breast cancer.
- The Women's Health Initiative study also found women taking
hormone replacement therapy have a 41 percent increased risk of
strokes and blood clots.
The Women's Health Initiative study confirms earlier studies showing
an increased risk of breast cancer with hormone replacement therapy. The
new study also showed that the breast cancer risk drops back to normal
six months after discontinuing hormone replacement therapy, no matter
how long the woman had been on hormone replacement therapy. That aspect
of the study should comfort women concerned about past hormone
replacement therapy usage. Although the study did show benefits to
hormone replacement therapy (37 percent decrease in colon cancer and 24
percent reduction in bone fractures), researchers did not consider those
benefits strong enough to outweigh the harms of hormone replacement
Hormone replacement therapy refers to the use of estrogen or a
combination of estrogen and progestin medication for menopausal and
postmenopausal women. Physicians typically prescribe a combination of
estrogen and progestin for women who have not had a hysterectomy since
the risk of endometrial cancer is too high for women who still their
Before the Women's Health Initiative findings, hormone replacement
therapy was generally prescribed to relieve the symptoms of menopause
(such as hot flashes, insomnia
and mood swings), to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and to reduce the
risk of heart disease.
Doctors leaned on the findings of earlier observational studies that
indicated that hormone replacement therapy reduced the risk of heart
disease. However, these earlier observational studies were not a
detailed and specific as the sophisticated Women's Health Initiative
study which used a "double-blinded" method of compiling and comparing
With the more accurate findings refuting earlier studies, the U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force now recommends against the regular use of
combined estrogen and progestin hormone replacement therapy for
menopausal and postmenopausal women.
The portion of the Women's Heath Initiative study researching
estrogen alone continues. We cannot be sure that this hormone
replacement therapy regimen is safe without more definitive data. Until
that time, women taking the estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy
should be aware of the possibility of increased health risks.
With hormone replacement therapy now fallen from grace, women are
rethinking their decision to take hormone replacement therapy and are
searching for alternative
treatments more now than ever before.
Before considering hormone replacement therapy, women should question
why they would consider hormone replacement and weigh the benefits and
detriments of hormone replacement therapy. It is important for women to
discuss hormone replacement therapy questions and concerns with their
Women taking hormone replacement therapy solely for the perceived
benefit of preventing heart disease should discontinue hormone
replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy is no longer
recommended for the prevention of heart disease.
The prescription for reducing the risks of heart disease remains the
same as it always has; stop smoking, start exercising regularly, lose
weight and watch your diet. It's the same information doctors and health
care organizations across the country tell their male patients on a
Women should consult their physician before starting a new exercise
and diet regime. Women at a high risk for heart disease should also
consult their physician about medications specifically targeted to
reducing high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
If osteoporosis prevention is a consideration for taking hormone
replacement therapy, there are other medications and therapies that
carry lower risks for breast cancer or heart disease. The risks of
hormone replacement therapy are just too great.
If relieving the symptoms of menopause is the primary reason for
considering hormone replacement, women should look to viable, healthful
and effective alternatives to hormone replacement therapy. Whatever the
reason for considering hormone replacement therapy,
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For all women, lifestyle changes go a long way in keeping bones and
heart healthy while warding off cancers and reducing the symptoms of
menopause. Regular weight-bearing exercise like walking or jogging is a
When discontinuing hormone replacement therapy, some women choose to
go "cold turkey" while other women prefer a more gradual approach. Women
should consult their physician as to the best method of stopping hormone
Women discontinuing hormone replacement therapy can experience heavy
vaginal bleeding and the recurrence of menopausal symptoms like hot
flashes and night sweats. Using Return
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