Hormone Replacement Therapy: Safe for Younger Women in Study

Dr. Holly Thacker says hormone therapy for young women with menopausal symptoms is safe.
3:00 | 10/09/12

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Hormone replacement therapy for young women who have menopausal symptoms is very safe and effective. -- -- spent so much in the news recently about the war on women. Well I say -- real war on women has been in women over age forty -- menopausal symptoms because of all the confusion in the -- interpretation of existing studies. For the last decade the Women's Health Initiative has dominated the news cycle with respect to hormones and women. Has been largely negative and largely exaggerated in my opinion. Menopause is a normal life event but at least half of women are going to have some problems with it and some. Clearly have a deficiency in estrogen particularly if you take out their ovaries or particularly if they go -- -- -- premature menopause. And unfortunately so many doctors have been stingy with hormone therapy when they're not stingy with other therapies and if someone needs it. They can take it there's all different regiments it can be individualized. And there shouldn't be excessive fear about it. And furthermore. Doctors and researchers should not misinterpret data on much older women for prevention. And miss -- -- to younger people who have symptoms.

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