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There are no 'flashy' or simple answers when it comes to Menopause!

For decades, women were told that hormone replacement therapy (HRT), usually a combination of estrogen and progestin, was beneficial during and after menopause. In 2002, millions of women worldwide and approximately 38% of menopausal women in the U.S., about 19 million, were taking some type of hormone replacement therapy.

That is, until July of 2002 when some very disturbing news broke. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that they had prematurely stopped the Women's Health Initiative, a major clinical trial analyzing the risks and benefits of combined estrogen and progestin in healthy menopausal women.

OK, what about alternative HRT? At this point there are basically three, bio-identical hormones, plant based therapies and anti-depressants. Unfortunately, alternative therapies do not provide straightforward solutions either.

It's nearly impossible to make a decision about HRT on your own. In the long run going natural and aging healthy, like our ancestors, is probably the best way to go. However, if you are convinced that HRT is for you, then your best strategy is to sit down with your doctor or health care provider and review your personal situation. Together, you can make a decision that weighs the benefits of HRT and the potential risks.


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