Study Estrogen Therapy May Increase Kidney Stone Risk

10.12.10 | FL News Team

A newly released study suggests estrogen therapy may increase the risk of kidney stones in postmenopausal women.  Researchers analyzed two different trials.  The first trial included women who'd had a hysterectomy.  The second trial looked at women without a hysterectomy.  Both groups were given either a placebo or estrogen-only therapy.

The findings published in the "Archives of Internal Medicine" showed the estrogen therapy increased the risk of kidney stones developing in healthy postmenopausal women.  However, more research is need to determine why this happens.  Researchers didn't discover a significant link between kidney stone development and age, ethnicity, body mass-index, previous hormone replacement therapy, coffee consumption or the use of thiazide diuretics.