Lots on estriol today!
BTW, for anyone who may be following this thread but not commenting, while the WHI study provided women with very important information about the risks of HRT (using conjugated estrogens and progesterone, specifically Prempro), I strongly advocate that women do their best to personally understand their own risk(s)/benefit(s) when it comes to considering hormone therapy of any type for any reason.
My personal risk calculation using the WHI info on Prempro for HRT, (I used a Univ. of VA newsletter on this topic) and absent a family history of breast cancer, is that over the course of 5 years, I have a 1% (1 in 100) risk of developing one of the increased risks associated with Prempro HRT, that is, breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, or blood clots. The reduced risks were hip fractures and colon cancer.
There are HRT options besides Prempro! (My estriol is compounded from soy and the progesterone from yams.)
It’s my personal opinion the media’s presentation of the WHI data as a 28% increase, yada, yada, yada, while accurate, has done very little to inform women (and, regretfully, many ob/gyns) of what the risks actually are. For me, the questions are: What are my risks for these conditions without HRT? What are my risks with HRT? What are the benefits of HRT? And, hey, since I have MS, there may be another benefit.
All things considered, I was willing to take a 1% risk over 5 years (best available information on HRT) to try to decrease the number of potentially disabling brain lesions (100% risk) I’m almost certain to have from the MS. I'm using estriol/estradiol based HRT.
As people say, read, read, read.
And, sorry guys, but it does seem there is some info hormones may be good for you too!