Past hormone replacement therapy use doesn't reduce future fracture risk

One of the greatest disappearing acts I know is the idea that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) helps reduce long-term bone fracture risk.

That’s because while much has been made of the positive effects of hormone therapy on bone, the truth is that any improvements are short-term only and stop once the hormone therapy itself is stopped. Recently, Spanish researchers once again proved this when they found HRT use in early menopause offered no protection from spinal fractures.

HRT may actually increase spinal fracture risk

What’s more, the researchers revealed even more about the negative aspects of HRT for our bones. Looking back 20 years, they discovered women who had taken hormone therapy in early menopause actually experienced more spinal fractures as they aged than did women who never used HRT.

This is yet another reason why I highly recommend you do not rely on past use of hormone replacement therapy when it comes to protecting your bones against fracture.

The real way to reduce long-term bone fracture risk

For bone strength that isn’t simply an illusion, I encourage you to develop a comprehensive natural, life-long approach to building and maintaining bone strength—one which works with nature to create lifelong healthy bones.

For at-home guidance on exercise, nutrition and lifestyle changes, and supplements that provide long-term positive results, my Better Bones Health Packages are a good place to start. If you are looking for more information about HRT in general, I suggest you explore the Hormone Replacement Therapy section here on Women’s Health Network.


Castelo-Branco, C., J. Davila, M. F. Perelló, A. Peguero, C. Ros, M. J. Martínez-Serrano, and J. Balasch. 2014. Long-term effect of hormone therapy on bone in early menopause: Vertebral fractures after 20 years. Climacteric. DOI: 10.3109/13697137.2013.871511.