Woman's Health

Benefits Of Menopause

Wall Street Journal Examines Missed Messages on Benefits Of Menopause HormoneS

Copyright 2007 Wall Street Journal, written by Tara parker-Pope

Do menopause hormones protect a woman's heart?

It's a question most doctors stopped asking nearly five years ago, when the first results of the Women's Health Initiative study showed a higher risk of heart problems among older hormone users.

Now it may be time to start asking it again.

WHAT IT MEANS IF HORMONE LEVELS ARE LOW OR HIGH

ESTROGENS (Estradiol, Estrone, Estriol) Estradiol is the most potent of the three natural estrogens, which also include estrone and estriol. Estrogens play important roles in stimulating regeneration of the reproductive tissues, maintaining healthy bones, increasing the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, and helping keep the cardiovascular system healthy.

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