What Now? Hormone Replacement Therapy and Women’s Health

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In July 2002, millions of American women woke up to find that the most common form of postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy was not the long-term answer to keeping healthy after menopause. In fact, a major, federally-funded research study found long-term use actually increased the risk of heart disease, invasive breast cancer and blood clots in the lungs.

The Nov. 2002 issue of the National Women’s Health Report, helps menopausal women and those approaching menopause answer the question “What now?” In its information-packed pages, the Health Report summarizes the research, talks about alternatives to prescription therapies and provides answers to some of women’s most frequently asked questions. “Since our founding in 1988, the topic of hormone therapy has been one of the primary reasons women contact us,” said Amy Niles, executive director of the National Women’s Health Resource Center and publisher of the National Women’s Health Report. “Women want to know about hormone replacement options, pharmaceutical, herbal and over-the-counter and they want to understand the short- as well as long-term benefits and risks of therapy.”

Women also learn about specific steps they can take to begin a healthy future. The Health Report’s Lifestyle Corner, written by Pamela Peeke, M.D., gives women five important changes to make. There is also specific information on the current screening guidelines for high blood pressure, bone mineral density, breast health, cholesterol, colon cancer, Pap tests and pelvic exams.

“A woman will likely live more than one-third of her life after menopause,” said Peeke. “Making the changes we discuss in the Health Report can go a long way toward protecting against heart disease and osteoporosis as well as relieving menopausal symptoms.”

“Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy & Women’s Health,” was reviewed by members of NWHRC’s Women’s Health Advisory Council and leading experts in the field of women’s health, including Andrew M. Kaunitz, M.D., one of the co principal investigators of the study released in July 2002; JoAnn Pinkerton, M.D., of the University of Virginia’s Midlife Health Center and Felicia Cosman, M.D., clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

The National Women’s Health Resource Center (NWHRC) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women to make informed decisions about their health by providing credible, objective and trustworthy information.

To receive “Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy & Women’s Health,” a free introductory copy of the National Women’s Health Report, call the NWHRC toll-free at (877) 986-9472, or visit

Source: National Women’s Health Report