Female hormones are back in the news, as a group of female physicians in the United States and Canada are pushing back against the anti-feminist “gender war” and claiming that they are essential to a healthy woman’s health.
On Monday, the National Women’s Law Center released a report on the “war on gender” and the health implications of the drugs used to treat the disease.
The report says there is a growing body of evidence that estrogen and progesterone have a positive impact on the health of women, particularly for those with pre-existing conditions.
The report also highlights the rise of an array of “alternative” health treatments, including yoga, meditation and acupuncture.
And there is also a growing trend toward treating hormone use with the “treatments of choice,” including diet and exercise.
The National Women�s Law Center, a group that advocates for women’s rights, said that the report has highlighted a growing backlash against hormone therapy.
The group has called for the federal government to ban the drugs, but so far the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not taken action.
“Women are still getting hurt and dying from hormonal imbalances, but we are finally seeing some changes,” said NLLC director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard.
“The war on women is just getting started,” Verheiden-Hillard told ABC News.
“We need to get past the hysteria and just talk about how the real issues affecting women are real.”
The report, titled “Women, hormones and the gender wars,” comes after a U.K.-based study in February of more than 300 women, who all had suffered from a range of medical problems.
The study found that women who took hormones were more likely to have pre-menopausal symptoms, had higher blood pressure and had a higher incidence of breast cancer.
The U.N. agency has called the war on hormone use a “war of ideas” and says it is not a serious problem.