Stroke, Breast Cancer

I went to the source, the Women’s Health Initiative, to get the scoop on the problems with HRT and found this:

“Newly published results show that taking active estrogen alone study pills caused a significant increase in the risk of ischemic stroke; previously published results had shown that active estrogen plus progestin also increased the risk of stroke. The similarity in results from the two WHI Hormone Trials strengthens the finding that ischemic stroke risk is higher for women taking the active study pills and implies that estrogen (as opposed to progestin) is the more likely cause.”


Turns out the breast cancer wouldn’t be a problem for me.

After at least seven years of follow-up, women with prior hysterectomy taking estrogen-alone do not have an increased risk of breast cancer.