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Friday, 28 April 2017 10:30

Menopause & Hormone Replacement Therapy

New Evidence for Safety

For many women, the menopause can be a time of great discomfort with hot flushes, irritability, mood changes, sleep disturbance and loss of libido. The good news is that new medical studies and re-evaluation of old research shows that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is extremely safe and by far the best therapy to alleviate the discomfort of the menopause.

In addition to this HRT also improves bone density, reduces cholesterol and the risk of diabetes. It has not been shown to cause weight gain.

HRT fell out of favour in 2002 when a large international study led to fears about it increasing the risk of heart disease, strokes and breast cancer. This led to a drop in HRT use of about 80% and over the last 15 years or so meant many women and their doctors were unwilling to use this therapy to manage the distressing symptoms of menopause. However further follow up on the women in this study, a re-evaluation of the analysis of the original research and several new studies have shown that these concerns were unfounded.

The good news is that many reputable medical authorities and groups such as the Australian Menopause Society now stress the effectiveness and safety of HRT for use in women in the first 10 years from the start of menopause. For more information VIEW THIS VIDEO

So don’t suffer in silence. If you are troubled by symptoms of the menopause, discuss it with your doctor as in almost all cases there is a safe and effective solution. More information on the menopause can also be found at: www.menopause.org.au

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