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Hormones, Menopause and Vaginal Atrophy: A Beginner's Primer

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In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative contributed a study to The Journal of the American Medical Association on the “Risks and Benefits of Estrogen Plus Progestin in Healthy Post Menopausal Women.” Ten years later, there continues to be fall out from the original findings. 

What the average woman may not know is that the hormone replacement therapy studies of 2002 were based on trials with the medications Premarin (estrogen alone) and Prempro (estrogen and progestin), derived from the urine of pregnant mares.

In writing a story about vaginal atrophy and dryness in menopausal women, I spoke to a range of experts with widely different opinions. I learned that there is nothing simple about this conversation. Side bar issues would repeatedly pop up.

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