HRT – Pushed to Make Come Back-Again: Will Women Buy Into It?

Holy Hormones Journal: It seems that every few years Hormone Replacement Therapy – HRT – raises its ugly head – even though hundreds of lawsuits have been filed linking HRT to breast cancer.  Just because the two organizations below are ‘women’s organizations’ methinks there is some Pharma money lurking behind their endorsing new HRT guidelines.

Bottom line is HRT risks outweigh benefits. Millions of women are doing just fine without HRT – thank you very much.  And those who need support can get that with nutrition and/or bio-identical hormone therapies.

Hormone Replacement Therapy: British Menopause Society and Women’s Health Concern Release Updated Guidelines

May 24, 2013

HRT-white-pillsMay 24, 2013 — The British Menopause Society and Women’s Health Concern have today released updated guidelines on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to provide clarity around the role of HRT, the benefits and the risks. The new guidelines appear in the society’s flagship title, Menopause International, published by SAGE.

Over the last 11 years, HRT has changed from being branded the “elixir of youth” to being considered extremely risky and only to be used in certain circumstances. Since the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) trial in 2002, and the Million Women study (MWS) in 2003, confusion and controversy has surrounded the use of HRT and the known benefits have often been forgotten.

A panel of experts have carefully considered, researched and reanalyzed the WHI and MWS studies alongside conducting further trials and studies, to offer practitioners a detailed review of the evidence to help them optimize their clinical decisions, and provide women with more balanced and accurate advice on HRT treatment for menopause.

The new HRT recommendations are designed to complement the BMS Observations and Recommendations on menopause. The updated guidelines detail key recommendations targeting access to advice on how women can optimize their menopause transition and beyond, focusing in particular on lifestyle and diet and an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of complementary therapies and HRT.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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