Spoiler Alert: Medical Literature Shows Hormone Replacement Therapy May Help Reduce The Risk of Cancer
There’s an elephant in the room any time hormone replacement therapy is discussed. That elephant is, usually, the results of a study which were published in the very early 2000s. Results from The Women’s Health Initiative Hormone Therapy Trials swept the nation (and globe) as they presented damning evidence against the use of hormone replacement in women. Specifically, the results warped the general populations understanding of and trust in hormone therapy by claiming a link to increased rates of cancer.
Here’s the thing: That study was fatally flawed.
The fallacy that hormones cause cancer actually came about thanks to several different studies in the early 2000’s, primarily the previously mentioned Women’s Health Initiative in 2002, which conflated synthetic hormones with Bio-identical Hormones. But there is an enormous difference between the two.
These studies pertain only to synthetic hormones, which can cause cancer. The problem is, they made no distinction between synthetic hormones and Bioidentical Hormones, so they created much confusion and misinformation among the public about hormone replacement therapy. Synthetic hormones include progestins, artificial progesterones, and horse-urine-derived estrogen.
Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are identical copies of the natural hormones that exist in our bodies. When you put those identical compounds back in the body, all your body does is get healthy. And while there may or may not be minor, aggravating side effects, any side effects are directly related to what the actual hormones do. That’s natural, normal, and expected. But Bioidentical Hormones do not cause any serious problems and they certainly do not cause cancer.
In fact, if you look at studies dealing only with Bio-identical Hormones, the rates of cancer either stay the same or decline, and the better studies show a decline in the rates of a variety of cancer, not just breast cancer.
Here’s an article where you can read about more common misconceptions about hormone replacement therapy.
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