Hormone therapy safe for menopausal women, doctor says

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Estrogen was the most prescribed medicine in the U.S. in the 90s, but then a study said estrogen caused an increased health risk for women. (WLS)

Estrogen was the most prescribed medicine in the United States in the 90s, but then a study came out saying estrogen hormones caused an increased health risk for women.

Now, one researcher said it's time to rethink hormone therapy, during a specific period of time during menopause. It's called the estrogen window.

Hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain and more, are all uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. For the past decade and a half, many women have shunned hormone replace therapy after reports that hormones could increase the risk of breast cancer.

Doctor Mache Seibel of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston said those life-threatening claims were off-base. Seibel said estrogen replacement therapy, when done at the right time, is safe and highly effective.

"The right time is what I call the estrogen window. And the estrogen window, is a window of time that begins when menopause begins and continues roughly for about ten years," said Seibel.

Karen started hormone replacement therapy a year ago.

"I was having a great deal of brain fog, my skin felt very dry, I was suddenly having weight gain, especially in the middle area," she said.

Studies now prove estrogen is both safe and beneficial for most women early in their menopause.

"Estrogen by itself can actually lower the risk of breast cancer by 23 percent. It can lower the risk of heart disease by 32 percent," said Seibel.

Experts said it's important to point out that starting estrogen hormones after that 10-year menopausal window has closed might not be as safe.

Six-thousand women a day go through menopause, equaling 2 million women per year.

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