New Estrogen Study in JAMA involves research by UH medical school’s Dr. Curb

Women with past hysterectomies who suffer hot flashes may be interested in a study published April 6, 2011 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The study finds that estrogen therapy is safe for women in their 50’s who have had their uterus removed.  Estrogen helps relieve hot flashes and some other symptoms of menopause.

The new study found that women in their 50’s who took estrogen for six or fewer years were actually less likely to die of heart attack or breast cancer than women of the same age who didn’t take the hormone supplement.

The outcomes are very different, however, for older women (in their 70’s) who have had hysterectomies. Those women were more likely to suffer heart attacks if they were taking estrogen.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Dr. David Curb is a co-author of the new study, with colleagues in forty of the nation’s top research centers.

“We hope this study gives some women an opportunity to use estrogen to avoid post-menopausal symptoms,” said Dr. Curb, “But they need to work closely with their own physicians and make sure the risks are carefully weighed.”

According to the Hawai’i State Department of Health, about 16% of adult women in Hawai’i have hysterectomies.

To see the abstract from JAMA:


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