Originally Posted by majic09
What if you do not take any HRT. What risk is there
Hi Magic! It used to be that doctors were prescribing HRT almost routinely to women entering menopause. The drug companies were pushing it as though it was a fountain of youth for women, implying that it not only helped with hot flashes, but could prevent everything from cancer to osteoporosis and Alzheimerís. Their campaign was so successful that doctors were handing them out like candy, and Premarin and related drugs soon became among the best sellers in the world.
That all changed in 2002 when a huge study called the Womenís Health Initiative was halted before completion when the researchers realized that the hormones were doing far more harm than good: Rather than preventing disease, HRT was significantly increasing womenís chances of getting breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, and blood clots.
And the bad news keeps coming. I just read an article today that said studies have shown that in older women, HRT was actually causing brain shrinkage, especially in the critical areas of the hippocampus and frontal lobes, which are important for memory and critical thinking.
I was on HRT for four months, and quit one month ago. Since then, Iíve done a lot of reading on the subject, and if I had known then what I know now, I never would have started.
From what Iíve read, it seems that for most women, the only real advantage that HRT can offer is relief from vasomotor symptoms-hot flashes and night sweats. It did help me with those issues, but the other physical side-effects were more than I could bear. Iím glad that I quit the HRT, and Iíd advise anyone to do their homework, and have a long talk with their doctor before they even consider that option.