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The middle years
heart health / uterine fibroids / hormone therapy

The bad news about the risks of long-term hormone replacement has left some women all hot and bothered – and not in a good way.

In the wake of the watershed results of the multimillion-dollar, long-term Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study, women suffering bothersome menopausal symptoms are left swirling in pros and cons, more carefully weighing the risks and benefits of using hormone replacement to bring some normalcy back into their lives. And this decision has been made even more confusing by the fact that the WHI didn’t actually address the use of short-term hormone replacement to help women through the so-called “change of life.”

“The Women’s Health Initiative was a prevention study,” explains Esther Eisenberg, M.D., M.P.H., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “It was not a treatment trial.”   continued>>

 

WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH OLDER
ILLUSTRATION BY JODY HEWGILL
 
 
 
 
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