New study says stroke risk is less when women stop taking estrogen - Apr 6th, 2011 - Health
The first long-term follow-up of a landmark study of what happens when women quit taking estrogen after menopause shows beneficial effects.
The study says strokes and other health problems linked with estrogen pills appear to fade, and provides reassuring news for women who take the hormone in their 50's when menopause usually begins.
The latest study bolsters previous evidence that concerns about breast cancer and heart attacks are largely unfounded for those who take the hormone for a short period of time.
Estrogen-only pills are recommended just for women who have had a hysterectomy -- about 25% of women in menopause-- and the study focused on that group.
Doctors' advice remains about the same -- take the lowest hormone dose possible for menopause symptoms. The study is in the Journal of the American Medical Association.