Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) is the introduction of external estrogen into a woman's body and is normally prescribed to women who have had their uterus surgically removed. However, it is also beneficial for women who are experiencing estrogen deficiency due to menopausal fluctuations, and it alleviates symptoms such as hot flashes, headaches, and mood swings. Estrogen is available as pills, vaginal creams, vaginal ring inserts, implants, shots and patches that are applied to the skin.
A 2002 landmark study by the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) caused controversy by demonstrating a link between estrogen replacement therapy and breast cancer. Because the majority of estrogen used in estrogen replacement therapy is not generated by a woman's own body, there are certain dangers and reactions that can occur. In addition to aggravating symptoms that women with hormonal dysfunction may already be suffering, side effects of it may also include more serious conditions. An excess of estrogen caused by synthetic hormones has been linked to the following conditions:
The most commonly experienced side effects when using estrogen replacement therapy are:
Common long-term side effects can include thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, breast or other cancers, stroke, heart disease, and pulmonary embolism.
Uncommon side effects are rare and therefore affect a minority of women. They are the more unpleasant side effects related to estrogen replacement therapy and include:
Now that the side effects of estrogen replacement therapy have been covered, continue reading to the next section which focuses on progesterone replacement therapy.
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