Menopause symptoms could ease with HRT

 
February 27, 2012 3:00:52 PM PST
Changing opinions about the use of hormone replacement therapy could hold promise for women suffering from symptoms of menopause.

A new position statement by the North American Menopause Society re-enforces the society's stance that in the right patients HRT is effective and safe.

The use of HRT plummeted almost a decade ago after the women's health initiative study linked the use of hormones with increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease.

Since then many researchers and previous studies have since challenged the findings.

Still many physicians are still hesitant to prescribe HRT to treat menopausal symptoms including hot flashes.

The new position statement integrates newer research findings to partially debunk WHI's findings.

It also suggests loosening up on recommendations for length of h-r-t treatment.

Dr. Barbara Soltes is a menopause expert at rush university medical center.

"NAMS has allowed us now to take a little leap forward and say maybe estrogen is not so bad," she said. "Maybe we should take another look at it and I'm hoping this opens the eyes of many health care practitioners in terms of offering it as a first choice alternative for menopausal symptoms."


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