New Study: Estrogen Shows Promise for Joint Pain Relief for Post-Menopausal Women

A recent study, based on the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) — which studied more than 160,000 postmenopausal women aged 50-79 years over 15 years — showed that post menopausal found lasting relief from joint pain. The study was presented online by the professional journal, Menopause, as well as the online research resource, ScienceDaily.com.

Previous studies on this issue have been inconclusive, but this study analyzed the results of the WHI research, the broadest research available of the use of hormone replacement therapy in women after menopause.

Dr. Rowan T. Chlebowski, one of the authors of the study, said, “We found that post-menopausal women who received estrogen-only medication reported significantly lower frequency of joint pain than women who received a placebo. Three to five percent more of the women receiving estrogen reported less joint pain than the women receiving a placebo.”

Among 10,739 women enrolled in the program, 77% initially reported they had joint pain and 40% said they experienced swelling of the joints. After one year of treatment, joint pain frequency was lower among women receiving estrogen.

Three years later, a smaller group reported on follow-up that those who received estrogen suffered less from joint pain than those who did not.

Doctor Chlebowski summed up by saying, “These findings suggest estrogen may provide modest but sustained relief for post-menopausal women who suffer from joint pain. “Women should consult their physicians and balance the potential therapeutic value of estrogen against the available information on risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy.”

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