Dying for Estrogen
New evidence shows that almost 50,000 women who were not treated with estrogen after receiving hysterectomies have died prematurely. Hormone replacement has decreased in popularity since a 2002 study linked two-hormone therapy with adverse effects and death. Before 2002, 90 percent of women who had hysterectomies used estrogen therapy for around five years. Today, fewer than a third use it, despite further studies from 2004 and 2011 proving its benefits. The new study, by Yale University researchers, urges health-care providers to impress the risk of early death upon women who remove their uteruses but do not take hormones.