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15 top medical organizations agree on hormone therapy use
Date:7/9/2012

s and history, whether or not they are good candidates for hormone therapy and what type of HT will provide them the greatest relief at the lowest risk. A decade of research and analysis has shown us that the generalized conclusions of the WHI do not apply to younger women at the beginning of the menopausal transition."

"The results of the WHI and the conflicting reports that followed led many women to believe hormone therapy may not be a safe treatment for menopausal symptoms," said Janet E. Hall, MD, immediate Past President of The Endocrine Society. "We want women to know that there are options out there for relief of their menopausal symptoms. The level of risk depends on the individual, her health history, age, and the number of years since her menopause began."

When it comes to the safety and effectiveness of hormone therapy, one commonly heard lament is, "Even the experts don't agree." This statement was prepared to address this misperception by presenting evidence-based key concepts about hormone therapy to assist women and their clinicians in making informed decisions about use of hormone therapy when appropriate.

Major points of agreement among the societies include:

  • Hormone therapy is an acceptable option for the relatively young (up to age 59 or within 10 years of menopause) and healthy women who are bothered by moderate to severe menopausal symptoms. Individualization is key in the decision to use hormone therapy.
  • If women have only vaginal dryness or discomfort with intercourse, the preferred treatments are low doses of vaginal estrogen.
  • Women who still have a uterus need to take a progestogen (progesterone or a similar product) along with the estrogen to prevent cancer of the uterus. Women who have had their uterus removed can take estrogen alone.
  • Both estrogen therapy and estrogen with progestogen therapy increase the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs, similar to birth control pill
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Contact: Carolyn Develen
carolyn@menopause.org
440-442-7657
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
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