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A new study done at Yale School of Medicine determined that thousands of women who were postmenopausal have died over the last decade because of avoiding the use of estrogen following a hysterectomy. Conservative estimates say the death total is 18,600, while others believe it could be as many as 91,600. The estimates are from a new analysis of the Women’s Health Initiative Estrogen Plus Progestin Trial.
50,000 Unnecessary Deaths: The widespread rejection of estrogen therapy after the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study has most likely led to almost 50,000 unnecessary deaths over the last 10 years among women 50 to 69 years of age who have had a hysterectomy, Yale School of Medicine researchers reveal in a study published in the July 18 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.