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Did Avoidance of Hormone Therapy Harm Certain Women?

For older women without a uterus, estrogen may save lives, researchers say

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This new study finding should reassure women who had a hysterectomy and began estrogen at the time of menopause, said Dr. Jennifer Leighdon Wu, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who was not involved in the analysis.

"I think we always knew from the WHI study that the estrogen-progestin combination was more dangerous than estrogen alone," she said. However, women tended to lump the findings of adverse effects together for both types of treatment, even though the risks and benefits were different, she said.

Even with the new results, Wu said it's crucial to individualize treatment with hormone therapy. "You wouldn't just put every patient who had a hysterectomy on estrogen," she said.

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