Hormone Replacement Therapy May Worsen Bladder Control
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been linked to health problems such as a higher risk of heart disease and certain cancers, but a new study suggests that it may also increase the risk of incontinence.
Scottish researchers have discovered that HRT can make bladder control problems worse in some women. They identified a type of therapy called systematic conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) as a main cause of incontinence in that group.
The study also showed that even those who didn't have a preexisting bladder condition were at higher risk of developing one when taking CEE compared to those taking a placebo. Women who are considering hormone therapy now have another reason to think twice, especially those with a preexisting bladder condition.
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