For women struggling with the symptoms of menopause, a recent report offers good news. In July of 2012, 15 medical groups, including the North American Menopause Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, released a joint statement declaring that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was safe and could be started on women between the ages of 45 and 59. Gynecologists may now assure their patients that such therapy may be useful to combat the symptoms that can accompany menopause.
Such treatment should still be monitored carefully by a patient’s gynecologist. There are indications that HRT increases the risk of breast cancer if taken for five years at a stretch as well as increasing the risks of blood clot formation for certain age groups.
A decade ago, the Women’s Health Initiative declared that HRT’s benefits did not outweigh the risks to women who were pre-menopausal or menopausal. However, this study was recently found to be flawed due to the ages of the women involved. In the years since the study, hormone replacement therapy had become controversial among medical practitioners, but with such a strong showing from the medical community, HRT may again become a more accepted practice in the service of women’s health.
About Dr. Regina Edmond: An obstetrician and gynecologist in Los Angeles, Regina Edmond, M.D., has wanted to be a doctor for most of her life. In private practice since 2007, Dr. Edmond received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.