Our expert says:
The immune system is closely linked to the nervous and endocrine systems. The decline in sex hormones with menopause may lead to a loss of regulatory control and thus may explain the higher incidence of autoimmune disease as well as the increased
incidence of urinary tract infections in postmenopausal compared with premenopausal women.
To date there has been little research on immune function in postmenopausal women, and the impact of HRT on the immune system has largely been ignored.
I'm hardly an expert on the field and you may benefit from consulting a specialist if in doubt. However, it is hypothesized that estrogen increases the risk of autoimmune disorders while progesterone (the main precursor of corticosteroids and in progesterone-deficient women, restoration of normal progesterone levels may enhance normal corticosteroid production) suppress the autoimmune attack.
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