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Are Hormones Good for Menopause? An Editorial

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Not too long ago, it was declared that there was a war on women. One reason for this is because some long-standing programs that were set up for women were axed in the new budget recommendations submitted by certain members of government. And on a personal level, some women are feeling confused by their doctors giving conflicting advice as compared to what they had been told in the past.

Take the case of hormones, or more specifically, hormone replacement therapy. In the 1990’s, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was a federally funded evaluation of the health of women, particularly in regards to hormones. However, in 2002, this initiative came to an abrupt halt when the WHI announced that this trial would be discontinued due to startling revelations in their findings. Women in this study were experiencing more risks for strokes, blood clots and breast cancer. Needless to say, a lot of women were scared off hormones all together. But is this the complete story?

In my research for this article, I wanted to find out what women actually thought of hormones and what decisions they made in this regard. I found many articles and videos on this very website that discuss this topic. In one, a lady described one of her symptoms of menopause in a way many of us do--as extreme irritability that was almost unbearable. She went from doctor to doctor and from medicine to medicine. She finally decided on a combination of treatments and seemed rather happy and relieved to say the least.

Next, I was directed to an article in The New York Times. This lady also had extreme emotional peaks and chasms – all due to menopause. She struck out on a one-woman crusade to find out about menopause and hormones. It was very enlightening, especially since most of the scientific professionals she met along the way were also women going through “the change” as well. These very ladies, intelligent as they were, often fell victim to doctors prescribing unnecessary additional medicines to in order to treat what hormones could do or regulate all along.

Ultimately, this New York Times article revealed the whole story in regards to the WHI as mentioned at the outset.

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