Oh no, not another opinion on HRT right?
Well, after 10 years of debating about benefits vs. risks, 15 top medical organizations have finally agreed that hormone replacement therapy is a good thing and that is great news for many sleep-deprived, hair losing women!
In July 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) published it’s assessment of hormone therapy for the prevention of chronic disease and concluded that risks outweigh the benefits. This left us all sweating and damn grumpy!
However, the new joint statement, prepared by The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and The Endocrine Society, concludes that hormone therapy is still an acceptable treatment for menopausal symptoms. This statement has been endorsed by 12 other leading organizations in women’s health.
This is what they said:
“We believe that too many symptomatic women are missing out on the proven benefits of hormone therapy because the results of the WHI, which studied the long–term use of hormones to prevent chronic disease, were misinterpreted for women with menopausal symptoms,” said Dr. Margery Gass, Executive Director of NAMS. “Women and clinicians are frustrated by the many conflicting recommendations.”
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 the use of hormone therapy when appropriate.
So this doesn’t mean that every woman should jump right in as there are risk factors that need to be looked at, like your medical history and your family medical history, your lifestyle; smoking, overweight, level of exercise etc.
The bottom line is, if you are suffering from your menopause symptoms, get to your doctor and see if HRT is a good treatment for you. A doctor who has had years of additional training and keeps up with the latest on HRT is your best bet.
Oh look, we happened to have one!