Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been increasingly discredited in recent years, after being linked to a higher risk of heart disease and some cancers, and a new study has added another reason menopausal women may want to avoid it.
Researchers from Scotland have found evidence HRT could make bladder control problems worse in some women. Specifically, they indentified a type of therapy called systematic conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) as the main culprit behind incontinence in that group.
Study author June Cody says the trial also showed that even individuals who did not have bladder problems at the beginning of the study were more likely to develop the condition than those who took a placebo.
"These findings should be discussed with women who are contemplating using estrogen or hormonal therapy for relief of menopausal symptoms, particularly those who already have incontinence problems," said Dr. Charla Blacker of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.
By contrast, nutritional supplements that have been shown to relieve troublesome menopausal symptoms are safe and natural. WebMD recommends menopausal women try St. John’s wort, black cohosh, evening primrose oil or flaxseed.