Concerned about hormone cream safety? - Ask your pet

Menopause News October 27th 2010

Hormone cream safety becomes a veterinary matter ...

A story published this week in the New York Times(1) would almost seem funny if the implications weren't so serious. It seems that vets in the US have noticed a number of strange symptoms in pets of middle aged women who use hormone creams to try and relieve menopausal symptoms.

Male animals have been reported with swollen breasts and female animals show signs of being on heat – swollen genitals and bloody discharges. And the reason? The animals had licked the hands and arms of women who had applied a hormone cream to their skin in those areas.

These findings have only recently come to light because vets put two and two together and realised that the hormone creams were to blame.

And it's not only pets that are at risk – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also warned that children exposed to estrogen spray may develop signs of premature puberty.

Makes you wonder about the effect these chemicals are having on the bodies of the women who use them, doesn't it?


1) Parker-Pope T. When Hormone Creams Expose Others to Risks. The New York Times, 25th October 2010

Published October 27th 2010.

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