Progesterone and hot flashes.
AFI: Progesterone used alone is recognized as useful to prevent hot flashes. It is particularly helpful for women who are having symptoms but who are still menstruating periodically. However, there are no large-scale, long-term studies that look at the risks and benefits of progesterone alone. The Women's Health Initiative Study compared women who used estrogen and progestin to women who only used estrogen. The findings were that those on estrogen and progestin had higher rates of breast cancer while those on estrogen alone did not. While this does not prove anything about using progestin alone, it does make one wonder about the role of progestin with respect to breast cancer risk.
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|Title Annotation:||Letters from AFI Readers|
|Publication:||A Friend Indeed|
|Article Type:||Letter to the Editor|
|Date:||May 1, 2004|
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