Estrogen

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Estrogen is a hormone produced by the ovaries. Estrogen controls the development of female sex characteristics and the reproductive system.

Estrogen is often prescribed for women who are going through menopause to help counteract the symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes, sweating, depression, and low sexual drive. Estrogen has several beneficial effects in post-menopausal women including minimizing the bone loss associated with osteoporosis and preventing the decrease in "good cholesterol" which normally occurs after menopause. However, estrogen therapy is also associated with an increased risk of breast and endometrial cancer.

A July 2002 study conducted by researchers with the National Cancer Institute linked estrogen-only therapy to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in patients. According to the study, which followed 44,241 women over a period of 20 years, women using estrogen alone faced nearly twice the risk of developing ovarian cancer compared to similar women not taking the hormone. Women who used estrogen alone for 20 years or more were three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer.

In March 2004, the National Institutes of Health stopped a clinical trial of women taking estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy after researchers determined the pills were linked to an increased risk of stroke. The 11,000 women involved in the study were taking the estrogen-only drug Premarin.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after undergoing estrogen therapy. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



See Also

  1. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  2. Cancer
  3. Eye Disorders
  4. Stroke
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