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Oestrogen does not improve quality of life for postmenopausal women after hysterectomy

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7522.0-e (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0-e

Research question Does hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with oestrogen have any impact on quality of life for postmenopausal women who have had a hysterectomy?

Answer No, although it can reduce vasomotor symptoms such as hot flushes.

Why did the authors do the study? The landmark women's health initiative trial reported last year that HRT with oestrogen does not provide any overall health benefits to women who have had a hysterectomy, but does increase their risk of stroke. Since oestrogens are still being prescribed for these women, the authors wanted to find out if HRT improved …

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