According to the International Menopause Society, the two biggest studies into the effects of HRT that took place in 2002 and 2003 were deeply flawed and had caused a massive knee jerk reaction which has lead to millions of women abandoning HRT and to thousands of doctors refusing to prescribe it.
As a result of the re-evaluations more than 500 doctors in six countries including the UK , have said the treatment was so safe and effective that they would prescribe it to their wives or take it themselves. The Women’s Health Initiative study was re-evaluated earlier this year and it was discovered that rather than increasing the risks, HRT in women under the age of 60, reduced the risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes and bone fractures. The new evaluation also found that there was no increased risk for breast cancer for the first five years of use and only a small additional risk after that. It must be remembered as well that the increased risk of breast cancer was even lower for women who had had a hysterectomy already.