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Women on HRT not recommend it to their daughters

A study says that women who have taken hormone replacement therapy would not recommend it to their daughters.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 11:55 IST
Asian News International
Asian News International

Majority of women who have taken hormone replacement therapy would not recommend it to their daughters despite finding it helpful themselves, according to a study.

HRT is frequently viewed by women as the only effective solution to their menopausal symptoms, but many also worry about an increased risk of breast cancer, stroke and heart disease and want more advice from their GPs about alternative therapies.

However, other studies have suggested a health benefit of post-menopausal HRT, including reductions in bone fractures and bowel cancer.

Some 73 per cent of women say they would not recommend HRT to their daughters while 80 per cent say it has benefited them,reports the Telegraph.

The findings, published today, are based on a survey of 2,000 women, whose average age was 52, for Health Plus magazine.

Nine out of 10 women said they thought alternative therapies worked and seven out of 10 thought they should be available on prescription. These include sage capsules or tincture for hot flushes, vitamin B6 for irritability and St John's wort for mild depression.

A quarter said relationships were badly affected during the menopause, with one in 10 breaking up altogether.

The survey follows the abandonment of a major HRT trial in Sweden two years ago after doctors found the treatment led to an "unacceptably high risk" of breast cancer.

However, millions of women have taken HRT to relieve symptoms of the menopause including hot flushes, mood swings and sexual problems.

Six out of 10 menopausal women said they had tried HRT and eight out of 10 who sought advice from their GP about menopausal symptoms were automatically prescribed it.

Nearly nine in 10 women dreaded approaching the menopause, fearing its side-effects and worrying that they would start ageing quickly. They were also worried about mentioning it to employers for fear of being seen as "past it".

But most of those who had experienced it said it was "not as bad as they thought it would be" and the years afterwards were the 'best ever'.

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 11:55 IST