Hormone therapy won’t prevent disease after menopause

Estrogen can also ease vaginal symptoms of menopause, such as dryness, itching, burning and discomfort with intercourse. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still approves estrogen for the prevention of the bone-thinning disease called osteoporosis, doctors usually recommend medications called bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis. Low-dose vaginal products. Low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen which come in cream, tablet or ring form can effectively treat vaginal symptoms and some urinary symptoms, while minimizing absorption into the body. Low-dose vaginal preparations do not help with hot flashes, night sweats or protection against osteoporosis. Long-term systemic hormone therapy for the prevention of postmenopausal conditions is no longer routinely recommended.
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Pathophysiology and treatment of hot flashes. Mayo Clin Proc. 2002;77(11):1207-1218. 4. US Food and Drug Administration. Menopause and Hormones.
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Medical Community Takes Fresh Look At Hormone Therapy For Menopause Symptoms

A second trial, looking at estrogen therapy alone, was stopped two years later. Women on the hormone showed no lower risk of heart disease, but did have a slightly elevated rate of blood clots and stroke. The latest findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, do nothing to change the general advice on hormones, according to lead researcher Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston.
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