Question: My sister started taking hormones during menopause and she says its keeping her young. She says she has more energy, better moods and is delighted that her hair seems less dry and fragile. She does looks great, but I’ m afraid of risks like blood clots and breast cancer. What would you advise? And did I mention how great she looked?
Answer: October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and its the right time to answer this question. When estrogen is given during menopause, it can have a definate impact on the skin. Estrogen stimulates collagen production and during menopause, estrogen naturally declines. In fact certain types of collagen decrease as much as 50% in the few three years of menopause. Estrogen also regulates melanin production and a decline fo this hormone increases brown spots and irregular pigmentation.