The first-ever long-term study of hormone replacement therapy was the widely-known as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). This study began in 1991 and was expected to run for 15 years, observing the effects of hormone therapy using synthetic/traditional hormones on postmenopausal women. The focus of the study was to define the risks and benefits of using synthetic hormone therapy to potentially prevent heart disease, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
One branch of the study was abruptly halted in 2002, when researchers began to observe significantly adverse health effects in women on combined estrogen-progestin therapies.
The subjects of the study were limited to postmenopausal women, with a combined average age of 63. These two factors are significant—most of the women studied had been in a state of hormonal decline or complete loss of hormones for 15 years or more, putting them at-risk for the development of diseases that estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone might have prevented if administered earlier in the lifespan.
The 10-year anniversary of the halting of this study was marked on July 9, 2012. Over the course of the last 10 years multiple studies and analyses have been conducted refuting the findings that suggested hormone therapy caused death and disease. Today, 15 of the top medical organizations in the country support hormone therapy as a safe and effective treatment for menopause and related disorders of hormone imbalance.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. What are bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Who needs bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)?
- Q. When should I consider bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. What is the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones?
- Q. What are the ingredients of bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Why do women need hormones before, during and after menopause?
- Q. Why do men need testosterone replacement?
- Q. How long until I see results using bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Are bioidentical hormones approved and regulated by the FDA?
- Q. What makes BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians experts in bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. Why don't traditional doctors prescribe bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Do I need a prescription for bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. What can I expect once I've become a patient?
- Q. My sex drive is low, could it be my hormones?
- Q. Will my weight change from bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. What is pellet therapy?
- Q. What is a compounding pharmacy?
- Q. Will you prescribe me vitamins and supplements?
- Q. Will you take over as my doctor?
- Q. Will this treatment interfere with my currently prescribed medications?
- Q. Do I need to take these hormones forever?
- Q. What are the side effects associated with bioidentical hormones?
- Q. My doctor has prescribed birth control pills for me, are they considered hormone therapy?
- Q. What is the Women's Health Initiative?
- Q. Do bioidentical hormones cause breast cancer?
- Q. What is the best age to consider bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. If I have a family history of cancer, should I avoid bioidential hormones?
- Q. How long after being cancer free can I use bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Is estrogen therapy linked to increased risk of heart attack and breast cancer?
- Q. Can BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians use lab work I have already had done?
- Q. Can I have my own doctor do the labs so that it will be covered under my insurance?
- Q. If I decide to start on a bioidentical hormone therapy program, how much will it cost?