Menopause: Significantly fewer women take hormone supplements

Fewer women take hormone supplements for menopausal symptoms

Menopause is felt differently for every woman. While one does not experience any symptoms at all, the other suffers severe symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disorders and mood swings. In the past, hormone preparations were very often used against it. But meanwhile significantly fewer women take such means.

Menopausal symptoms reduce the quality of life

The list of menopausal symptoms is long: hot flashes and rapid heartbeat, sleep disorders, depressed moods, dryness and vaginal infections and urinary problems are just a few. They all have a strong impact on the quality of life. In the past, however, hormones were often used. But then there was growing evidence that this therapy can be associated with health risks. It is therefore gratifying that it has now become known that fewer women are now taking hormone replacement products.

Fewer women take hormone supplements

As can be seen from the latest health report from the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), the proportion of women who take hormone preparations for symptoms in the menopause is steadily decreasing.

According to a report by the TK, in 2017 only about every 15th working woman between the ages of 45 and 65 received a hormone preparation from her doctor (6.6 percent).

According to the information, the number marks a new low.

In 2000, around one in three women (37 percent) had taken hormone replacement products to combat the side effects of menopause and to prevent osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases.

In 2010, just under one in ten women was prescribed such a drug (9.6 percent).

Decline is due to scientific studies

As the health insurance company announced, the significant decline is due to scientific studies.

According to this, certain hormone preparations can increase the risk of breast cancer, stroke, heart attack, thrombosis and also cardiovascular diseases.

Researchers from the United States also reported last year that hormone replacement therapies can cause hearing loss in menopause.

And a study earlier showed that this treatment favors ovarian cancer.

Inform about alternatives

"Our results show that the decline in the prescriptions for hormone preparations has been less in recent years, but is still continuing," said Wiebke Arps, responsible for health reporting at TK.

"We recommend affected women to carefully consider the risks of hormone therapy together with their doctor and to find out about alternatives."

In addition, health experts point out that menopausal symptoms in almost all affected women subside over time and eventually go away on their own. (ad)

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