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Study disputes value, effect of estrogen pills

Posted Oct 01 2008 8:20pm

Estrogen pills have little effect on older women’s quality of life, fresh evidence from a landmark study shows in yet another blow to the myth that most women need the hormones to feel better after menopause.

More than 10,000 women with an average age of 63 were asked about their general health, mental, physical and social functioning, energy level and emotional health before and a year after they started taking either estrogen or dummy pills.
Some scores dipped and others increased slightly, but there was little overall difference between the groups, which each included more than 5,000 women.

Participants were part of the government’s Women’s Health Initiative, which did a long-running study on the risks and benefits of hormones. The latest study appeared in Monday’s Archives of Internal Medicine

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