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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Testosterone is a controlled substance and is regulated accordingly by the US. Food and Drug Administration. In hormone replacement therapy, men and women receive very different, individually appropriate does of testosterone. Note that the benefits and risks of bio-identical hormones are different than those in synthetic hormones — chemical compounds which are structurally similar to natural or bio-identical hormones, but differ slightly in composition. Every person is different in their needs, goals and medical history; do not make any decisions or actions about your hormones without consulting an experienced, knowledgeable medical professional.

For Men:

Benefits:

  • Enhances feelings of well-being
  • Improves healing
  • Improves skin tone and decreases thinning and wrinles
  • Increases lean muscle mass
  • Decreases fat
  • Decreases osteoporosis and increases bone density
  • Improves strength and endurance
  • Increases libido and improves sexual performance
  • Increases penis size
  • Decreases cardiovascular disease, hypertension and arthritis
  • Decreases serum cholesterol and raises high density lipoprotein (or “good cholesterol”). Note that synthetic testosterone compounds raise cholesterol and lower HDL
  • Improves memory and cognitive functioning
  • Helps prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Helps prevent and reduce depression
  • Decreases insulin resistance and increases insulin sensitivity (helps prevent and treat diabetes)

Risks:

  • May increase benign prostatic hypertrophy (benign prostate enlargement)*
  • May increase development of pre-existent prostate cancer while preventing cancer development*
  • Hair loss*
  • Body hair growth
  • Increased aggression
  • Acne
  • Decreased sperm production (returns to normal approximately 2 months after discontinuing testosterone)

*Risks refuted in New England Journal of Medicine, 350:5, Jan 29. 2004. “Risk of Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Recommendations for Monitoring, Ernani Rhoden, MD and Abraham Morgantater, MD

For Women:

Benefits:

  • Increased feelings of well-being
  • Improved energy
  • Improved body composition
  • Decreased abdominal fat
  • Increased bone density (reduces the risk injury from osteoporosis)
  • Increased libido
  • Improved sexual function
  • Increased clitoral sensitivity
  • Maintenance of clitoris, nipples, labia majora and female body hair pattern
  • Maintains muscle mass which improves metabolism
  • Helps prevent heart disease and diabetes
  • Reduces or eliminates “hot flashes”
  • Improved mood, decreased depression and anxiety
  • Improves breast fibrocystic disease (abnormal breast tissue)
  • Decreased vascular headaches (migraines)

Risks:

  • Acne
  • Abnormal hair growth

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Some women choose to take hormone replacement therapy to minimize the symptoms of menopause. Now a new study shows these drugs may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in these older adults, as well. The study, published in the October 24, 2012 online issue of the journal, Neurology, found that women who began hormone therapy within five years of menopause had a 30 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia than those who did not use the medication.

The study followed 1,768 women ages 65 and older for 11 years, and 1,105 of them had used hormone replacement therapy, consisting of estrogen alone or a combination of estrogen and progestin. While the women who began hormone replacement therapy within five years of menopause had a 30 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the risk was unchanged among hormone users who began treatment five years after menopause. Women who started the therapy when they were at least 65 had a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s, the study showed.

”This has been an area of debate because observational studies have shown a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease with hormone therapy use, while a randomized controlled trial showed an increased risk. Our results suggest that there may be a critical window near menopause where hormone therapy may possibly be beneficial,” said study author Dr. Peter P. Zandi, with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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