This study provides some important findings when analysing the data on ovarian cancer and hormone therapy
Major finding: Current users of menopausal hormone therapy
had a 46% increase in the risk of a major
Of this group, 518 were randomized to continue hormone therapy
, 452 to suspend therapy for 1 month, and 435 to suspend it for 2 months.
What the WHI was not able to do was to address the benefits and risks of hormone therapy
in younger, recently menopausal women who are starting hormone therapy
for the treatment of menopausal symptoms.
2) Fifty-eight million prescriptions for hormone therapy
were written in 1995; between 1999 and 2002, 90 million prescriptions were written annually.
Our findings suggest that even relatively short periods of hormone therapy
have effects on the memory systems that may be of benefit to some women during the perimenopausal transition or early postmenopause," said lead author Yolanda R.
remains the most effective treatment for relief of hot flashes, a fact not likely to change soon, said Schiff, chairman of the hormone therapy
task force for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Almost overnight, it seemed, women were ditching their hormone therapy
like a bad stock.
Knowledge and the Decision To Stop Using Hormone Therapy
Among the lawmakers McClellan said were extremely instrumental in helping develop the hormone therapy
program were Texas Republican Rep.
Women usually use hormone therapy
after menopause to alleviate symptoms, such as hot flashes, and health risks, such as heart disease, that result from a reduction of estrogen in their bodies.