A new study has suggested that women who partake in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be boosting their bodies as well as their brains.
In tests on post-menopausal women, they found that those on HRT could do complex motor co-ordination tasks with the dexterity of much younger women. Dr Markus Hausmann, who led the University of Durham study, explained:
"Sex hormones are powerful in changing the way the brain is organised, and affect not only sexual and reproductive behaviour but also cognitive functioning.
"The tests with post-menopausal women show HRT can help both sides of the brain pull their weight, much in the same way as the brain organises itself in younger women."
HRT is usually given to menopausal women or
after a hysterectomy when the ovaries are removed, during which hormones
produced by the ovaries have ceased, causing side effects
such hot flushes, mood swings and a limp libido.
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