Q. When I read the news about the link between HRT and aggressive breast cancer, I discovered that it related only to Prempro. That’s the drug that was used in the Women’s Health Initiative study.
Prempro is not a natural hormone replacement. It is a combination of Premarin (pregnant mare’s urine) and Provera (medroxyprogesterone).
I believe that the “bio-identical” estradiol and progesterone hormones I receive in a transdermal patch are much safer and give better results.
A. We spoke recently with Susan Love, MD, one of the country’s leading experts on breast cancer. She points out that women who have naturally high levels of hormones are at greater risk for breast cancer. You can’t get any more “bio-identical” than your own hormones. Dr. Love points out that very little research has been done on such formulations, and there is no evidence that they are safer than other types of estrogen and progesterone.