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Progesterone May Not Help Prevent Repeat Miscarriage, Study Finds

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Taking progesterone supplements in the first trimester of pregnancy may not improve the odds of motherhood for women with a history of miscarriage, a new study finds. Researchers found that among more than 800 women with one or more unexplained miscarriages, those who received the hormone in early pregnancy were no less likely to miscarry than those who received a placebo. The live birth rate was 65.8 percent among women taking vaginal progesterone and 63.3 percent in those taking a placebo, the researchers found. "After more than 60 years of debate, we now know that progesterone treatment in early pregnancy isn't the answer for women with unexplained recurrent losses," said lead researcher Dr. Arri Coomarasamy, a professor of gynecology at the Institute of Metabolism and System Research at University of Birmingham in England. Researchers can now direct their ... Read more

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Earlier Hormone Therapy May Pose Less Risk for Menopausal Women

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Women who start hormone therapy toward the beginning of menopause may have a lower risk of developing heart disease, new research suggests. The study, of over 74,000 Swedish women, found that those who started hormone therapy within five years of beginning menopause typically stayed free of heart disease for a longer time than non-users. In contrast, women who started hormone therapy later showed an increase in their heart disease risk. "This is in line with what a number of studies have shown," said Dr. Sonia Tolani, of the Women's Center for Cardiovascular Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, in New York City. "There does seem to be a relationship between the timing of hormone therapy and heart disease risk," said Tolani, who was not involved in the study. However, she stressed, that doesn't mean women should routinely use hormones when menopause ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy Doesn't Help Memory: Study

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Women taking menopausal hormone therapy to relieve symptoms such as hot flashes often hope it will also help their menopause-related memory and thinking problems, but a new study reports it won't. However, oral hormone therapy was linked to mood benefits, the research found. "Hormone therapy is not a panacea, as it was once portrayed to be," said study researcher Carey Gleason, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "On the other hand, it is not a poison." Previously, the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Memory Study ''suggested that hormone therapy was associated with cognitive harm for women age 65 and older," Gleason said. That study also found increased risk of heart attack, strokes and blood clots in postmenopausal women, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Today, ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy for Menopause Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Posted 18 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms may raise the risk a bit for serious lower intestinal bleeding, a new study suggests. In the 1990s, millions of American women turned to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help ease the symptoms of menopause. But the results of a landmark study called the Women's Health Initiative, released in 2002, found that long-term use of the therapy increased women's risk for breast cancer, as well as their risk for heart attacks and strokes. Use of the regimen fell dramatically soon after. Now researchers say HRT's propensity for clotting, linked to heart attacks and strokes, may also lead to bleeding in the lower intestine. "HRT is an effective treatment, but it does come with risks," said lead researcher Dr. Prashant Singh of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Singh said the risk of any one woman ... Read more

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Many Women Unaware of Female-Specific Stroke Symptoms

Posted 7 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women, but many are unaware of warning signs and symptoms that are unique to females, a new study says. Of 1,000 women surveyed, only one in 10 was aware that hiccups that occur with unusual chest pain is an early warning sign of stroke in women, said researchers from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus. Although men and women share some risk factors for stroke – such as smoking, being sedentary and having high blood pressure – others are specific to women, the researchers explained. But only 11 percent of women polled knew that pregnancy, lupus, migraine headaches, birth-control pills and hormone replacement therapy increase their stroke risk, the study found. "I think we have a ways to go when it comes to educating women about stroke and their unique risk factors," Dr. Diana Greene-Chandos, ... Read more

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Hormone Treatment for Brain Injury Fails to Meet Expectations

Posted 10 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 – Treatment with the hormone progesterone doesn't benefit patients with traumatic brain injury, a new study finds. "These results are plainly disappointing," lead investigator Dr. David Wright, an associate professor and vice chair for research in emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "The preclinical data on progesterone's neuroprotective effects are compelling, but we were not able to translate them to a multi-center clinical trial with human traumatic brain injury," he added. The study was conducted at 49 trauma centers across the United States and was originally meant to include 1,140 patients who would receive either progesterone or an inactive placebo. However, enrollment was halted after 882 patients because of the disappointing results. Before it was stopped, the study showed that favorable ... Read more

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Progesterone Shots May Not Prevent Preterm Birth of Twins: Study

Posted 14 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 – Progesterone shots are not effective in preventing preterm delivery of twins, say French researchers, who found that the hormone injections could actually do more harm than good. The researchers were working with a form of progesterone called 17P. "We found that 17P was not effective in women with twin pregnancies and a short cervix (defined as less than 25 millimeters between 24 and 32 weeks)," study co-author Dr. Philippe Deruelle of the Hospital Jeanne de Flandre, Lille 2 University, in France, said in a news release from the March of Dimes. "We actually seemed to have found an increase in the rate of preterm delivery before 32 weeks in the treatment group when compared to the non-treatment group," Deruelle said. The study involved 161 women older than 18 treated at 10 university hospitals between June 2006 and January 2010. The researchers noted 17P has been ... Read more

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New Research Suggests HRT May Lower Heart Risks

Posted 10 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10 – New research suggests that women who take hormone replacement therapy in the early stages of menopause may have a reduced risk of heart attack, heart failure or dying. This apparent benefit comes without a heightened risk of cancer or blood clots, the Danish researchers said. These health risks have long been a concern of menopausal women and their doctors when considering hormone therapy. The study, published Oct. 9 in the BMJ, even found evidence of a trend toward a lower risk of breast cancer, although this was not statistically significant, said study author Dr. Louise Lind Schierbeck. However, two doctors not associated with the study said the findings weren't enough to convince them to recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to head off heart problems. But they – and many doctors – would prescribe low doses of the therapy for short durations to treat ... Read more

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Birth Control Pills, HRT Tied to Digestive Ills

Posted 21 May 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21 – The use of oral contraceptives by younger women or hormone therapy by older women may be linked with inflammatory bowel disease, new research indicates. Birth control pills are associated with a higher risk for Crohn's disease, said researcher Dr. Hamed Khalili, a clinical and research fellow of gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Crohn's causes inflammation of the lining and wall of the large or small intestine, or both. The lining can become so inflamed it bleeds. Hormone replacement therapy taken by some women after menopause is linked with ulcerative colitis, the study found. It is a disease of the colon (large intestine) or rectum. It causes diarrhea, abdominal cramping and rectal bleeding. Khalili presented the findings Sunday at the Digestive Disease Week meeting, in San Diego. Of the two links they found, Khalili said, the association ... Read more

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Progesterone Treatment Cuts Preterm Birth Risk in Certain Women

Posted 6 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6 – Progesterone treatment lowers the risk of preterm birth in women with a short cervix, a new study shows. Progesterone is a naturally occurring hormone that plays an important role in maintaining pregnancy. It's believed that a short cervix – a known risk factor for preterm birth – may be a sign of a shortage of progesterone. This study included 458 women with a short cervix (10-20 millimeters) who were randomly assigned to receive either a vaginal gel with progesterone or a placebo between the 19th and 23rd week of pregnancy. The rate of preterm delivery at less than 33 weeks pregnancy was 8.9 percent for women who received the progesterone treatment and 16.1 percent for those who received the placebo. There were also differences between the two groups in rates of preterm births before 28 and 35 weeks of pregnancy. The researchers also found that infants born to ... Read more

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