February 29, 2008

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and It’s Risk Factors

Posted in Category : Women's Health

Risk factors for hormone replacement therapy sometimes involve several side effects that can cause some people to develop severe problems such as blood clots in the legs and lungs. Some people may even develop symptoms of breast cancer. Hormone replacement therapy can also lead to menopausal related problems in women. Therefore, to minimize these risks, some people take minimum or controlled dosages of hormone supplements. Some people may use hormone therapy for 2 to 3 years but generally 5 years is too long time to use hormone therapy.

For some women, hormone replacement therapy is not a perfect solution because it involves some risks such as myocardial infraction, stroke, venous thromboembolism and invensive breast cancer. This may generate symptoms of heart related problems in women. Irregular menopause is also common side effects of hormone therapy. Above described risk factors for hormone replacement therapy-are based on womens health initiative study in 2003.

It has been found from the study that women who have undergone Hormone replacement therapy may develop breast cancer. However, there are some factors, which are also responsible for breast anomalies such as personal history of breast problems, age, first menstrual period and age at first live birth. It also found that women having one or more first degree blood relatives such as mother-daughters who have been diagnosed with breast cancer increases womens chances to develop breast cancer and with the presence of each factor increasing the relative risk by 1.5 to 2 times. These are some commonly known Risk factors for hormone replacement therapy that lead to breast cancer.

Despite all sorts of Risk factors for hormone replacement therapy, many women are looking to adopt hormone replacement therapy. It is still one of the popular treatments for the prevention of aging and harmonic unbalance.