Bone Loss Resumes at Normal Rate When Hormone Replacement Therapy is Stopped

WINSTON-SALEM, NC — March 25, 2002 — Stopping hormone replacement therapy does not appear to accelerate loss of bone in postmenopausal women, according to a long-term follow-up of the national Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestin Intervention (PEPI) study.

Writing in today's edition of Archives of Internal Medicine, the research team said, "Our results suggest that women who stop hormone replacement therapy may resume bone loss, but it will be at a rate similar to women who never took these drugs."

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