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Women's health

An update on hormone therapy for menopause

KAREN MAGRAITH, Bronwyn Stuckey

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Abstract

Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is an effective treatment that can be offered to most women with menopausal symptoms, following an appropriate assessment and using a shared decision-making process. Recent guidelines from the International Menopause Society recommend there is no need for a mandatory limit to the duration of MHT.

Article Extract

Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms.1,2 However, women and their doctors have been confronted with conflicting information about the risks of MHT rather than being provided with information about its benefits. In the wake of a new understanding of the risks and benefits, doctors can now confidently prescribe MHT to symptomatic women who have no contraindications.3 The timing of initiation and the type and route of administration are important in optimising benefits and minimising potential risks of MHT.

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