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“Hormone Help for Joint Pain?”

 “Another Reason to Re-Consider Hormone Treatment?”

Have you gone through Menopause?  Have you had a hysterectomy?  Do you have joint pain?  If you have answered “yes” to those questions, a new study may benefit you.

The findings of the Women’s Health Initiative Trial have been published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society.  Researchers took a look at the data on roughly one-thousand women who had hysterectomies.  They found when the study began, 77-percent had joint pain.  After three years, 80-percent of the women who took a fake pill had joint pain.  Compare that percentage to  the 74-percent who took estrogen.

MyFit50 asked Dr. Margery Gass, the executive director of The North American Menopause Society five questions about the study.


MyFit50:  ”First off, in layman’s terms, what did the study find?”

Dr. Gass: “The study found that some of the women taking hormone therapy had relief from their joint pain. The study also found that more of the women taking hormone therapy had an increase in joint swelling.”

MyFit50: “What kind of joint pain?  Is it the debilitating kind or the aches and pains that folks will often take supplements for?”

Dr. Gass:  ”The study did not specify what kind of joint pain. That was not captured in the questionnaire.”

MyFit50:  ”How long was the estrogen taken?”

Dr. Gass:  ”The hormone therapy was taken approximately five years.”

MyFit50:  ”Did the joint pain return once the estrogen was stopped?”

Dr. Gass:  ”The study did not report whether the joint pain returned after stopping, but for some of the women in my private practice, joint pain did return after discontinuing hormone therapy.”

MyFit50:  ”For many years, women have been warned away from estrogen therapy.  That “tide” seems to be turning a bit, why is that?  And what is the North American Menopause Society’s stance on estrogen therapy based on this and other studies?”

Dr. Gass:  ”Hormone therapy is a personal choice for women. It is relatively safe for most women when taken soon after menopause in low to moderate doses and for a limited amount of time. Women who may not be good candidates for hormone therapy include those who have had breast cancer, blood clots in their leg or lungs, and are at high risk of heart disease or stroke. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) believes that hormone therapy is a viable and a very effective option for menopausal symptoms.”


Editor’s Note:  If you would like to read the complete study, go to  As with any medical decision, it’s always best to talk with your doctor.


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