Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her period stops. It is a normal part of aging. In the years before and during menopause, the levels of female hormones can go up and down. This can cause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Some women take hormone replacement therapy, also called menopausal hormone therapy, to relieve these symptoms.
Taking these hormones used to be a standard treatment of care for menopause symptoms. Hormone therapy was also thought to have the long-term benefits of preventing heart disease and possibly dementia. Use of hormone therapy changed abruptly when a large clinical trial found that the treatment actually posed more health risks than benefits for one type of hormone therapy, particularly when given to older postmenopausal women. As the concern about health hazards attributed to hormone therapy grew, doctors became less likely to prescribe it.
Hormone therapy is no longer recommended for disease prevention, such as heart disease or memory loss. However, further review of clinical trials and new evidence show that hormone therapy may be a good choice for certain women, depending on their risk factors.
At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Dr. Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai Medical School, will be having a presentation entitled Hormonal Balance, Stress Management and Epigenetics. In this presentation, Dr. Lorde-Rollins will outline the history of hormone therapy in menopause and discuss current approaches – both traditional and functional. She will also review the cardiac, osteoporosis and sexual health risks of menopause from both allopathic and alternative therapeutic viewpoints. Come and join us for this very informative seminar that will be beneficial to all women.