After a woman experiences menopause, lack of hormone production or hormone imbalances can sometimes lead to osteoporosis (bone loss). In most cases, women can take a form of hormone replacement therapy to prevent osteoporosis and hormone imbalance. In a controlled study, scientists set out to compare the effects of estrogen implants against oral estrogen in battling osteoporosis.
The study involved a total of 114 post-menopausal women with an average age of 55 years. 37 women were treated with oral estrogen, 41 were treated with estrogen implants, and 36 women in the control group received no treatment. At the end of the study, it was found that those treated with estrogen implants experienced a significant increase in overall bone density, and were at lower risk for developing osteoporosis. Additionally, the estrogen implants were more effective at ensuring compliance than oral treatments.
For more information about this study, read the full article: Estrogen implants more effective than oral estrogen at preventing osteoporosis