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Focus on hormones: Estrogen therapy - benefits in the timing?

Focus on hormones

Estrogen therapy — benefits in the timing?

New findings suggest safety in short-term use of estrogen to ease the symptoms of menopause.

Is estrogen good for a woman's heart, or bad for it? That's a simple question with a complex and as-yet incomplete answer. It almost certainly depends on a woman's age and where the estrogen, the main female sex hormone, is coming from.

The estrogen a woman's body naturally makes is good for the heart. The reputation of estrogen supplements, however, has ping-ponged between fountain of youth and health scourge.

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