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Hormone Replacement Therapy May Cause Incontinence, Research Suggests

November 18, 2009 by  

Hormone replacement therapy may cause incontinence, research suggests 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.

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  • Jeanne Smith

    I suggest that all women purchase the book by Jillian Michaels called Master Your Metabolism. In the book, she lets you know the down and dirty about endocrine disruptors such as HRT, that not only make and keep you fat but also damage your health.
    I do not personally use flaxseed oil because it does contain estrogen (plant-based). I prefer to use hempseed oil which is also a complete protein and essential fatty acid (EFA). Get Jillian’s book. You’ll be glad you did.

  • Linda Webb

    Jeanne, I too use Hemp Seed Oil, but mainly for it’s protein and essential fatty acid properties. For hormone balance I have used Resolve Wild Yam Cream for over 12 years now and love it. What I like about Resolve is it does not contain any synthetic “natural” or USP hormones. It provides the body with nutritional building blocks that let your body make its own hormonal decisions. If you’d like some information on this product go to

  • s c

    Once again, the long arm of the AMA/FDA interferes with American health care. HRT is very iffy. If you take the TIME to do some RESEARCH, you will learn that BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES are a completely different situation.
    This is the same game that is played with synthetic iodine and natural iodine. Things that are natural tend to be safe. Synthetics are dangerous.
    Why let MDs get away with being lazy readers? Isn’t life in America bad enough with retards in Washington who think they never have to READ anything? R E A D !

  • Richard Pawley

    I wanted to point out that the results of natural hormones are entirely different than synthetic ones but S.C.has already said this. It’s the same as when you read a study about vitamins that proves that they don’t do this or that or prevent this or that. Those doing the study always use minimal amounts of synthetic vitamins. I have been taking natural vitamins and minerals for decades and would rather have access to natural supplements than health care insurance. This is also why the Pharmaceutical Industry wants the government to regulate vitamins and make them by prescription only. They tried this in Canada last year and I mention the details of this on my book on the economy. In the meantime you are taking your life in your hands if you assume your doctor or Congress has any idea what they are talking about. Simply put they are destroying the dollar and the country with their insane spending. During a depression one should not be spending and supporting unprofitable business but reducing spending and cutting the fat. History proves this. Americans and indeed the world are going to be learning a very hard lesson very soon as Congressional spending and taxing is guaranteeing a couple of hundred percent inflation in the next few years.

  • BT


    • s c

      BT, find an MD who uses integrative medicine. Find an open-minded MD who wants nothing to do with the AMA.
      There are no guarantees that ANYTHING is always completely safe. However, natural susbstances tend NOT to have the side-effects that do tend to be part and parcel of synthetics.
      Read about ACAM. E mail Bob Livingston directly. If you live in a population center, odds are that MDs who use integrative medicine practice in your area. If you live in a rural area, it may be a different matter.

  • Philip Brander

    Good posting


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