The direct beneficiaries of the HRT
-craze have been the pharmaceutical companies who have turned HRT
into a multi-billion dollar industry.
replaces this hormone and can reverse all the effects of the menopause, including hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, depression, loss of sex drive and vaginal dryness.
During this period, 26 women in the non-HRT
group died and 33 died or experienced a cardiovascular end-point, compared to 15 deaths and 16 deaths or cardiovascular end-points in the HRT
In a paper published in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care last night, experts from South Africa, Germany and the UK said the Million Women Study - which has reiterated the link several times - does not establish HRT
as a cause of breast cancer.
Its findings suggest HRT
use in the UK resulted in 1300 extra cases of ovarian cancer between 1991 and 2005.
The research indicates a woman's risk of suffering ovarian cancer returns to normal within a few years of giving up HRT
American scientists say the cancer-causing potential of the sex hormones used in HRT
has been common knowledge in the scientific community for well over 70 years.
Now researchers who reviewed the results of 28 trials involving almost 40,000 patients have concluded that HRT
increased the risk of stroke by 29 per cent.
Other experts do not agree that HRT
is suitable for even a select population of women at high risk for osteoporosis.
is no longer recommended to prevent heart disease in healthy women (primary prevention) or to protect women with pre-existing heart disease (secondary prevention).
Observational studies may point to the value of HRT
to protect your heart, but clinical trials don't have the same findings.
Through detailed questionnaires, the researchers collected data on HRT
use and other variables such as diet, health and reproductive history, and alcohol and tobacco use.