|REFLUX AND HORMONE REPLACEMENT|
Gastroenterology. 2008 Apr;134(4):921-8. Epub 2008 Jan 11.
In the past, female sex hormones have been linked to increased risk of gastroesophageal reflux symptoms. It is thought that this happens through a relaxing effect on the sphincter between the esophagus and the upper stomach.
This study looked at 4365 twins with reflux and 17,321 without. The researchers found that the risk of reflux was increased by 32% in users of estrogen, and a similar correlation with users of progestin. The positive association between hormone therapy and reflux symptoms was stronger among past users than among current users.
The conclusions state that postmenopausal women should be told that reflux is a possible side effect. Why not offer alternatives that have no side effects and are just as effective? Many women respond well to simple dietary and botanical approaches and when the whole case is addressed homeopathy is often the most successful long-term solution.
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