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Stopping HRT — were women ill advised?

For the past six years HRT has hardly been out of the limelight, with the publication of two major studies the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) in 2002 and the Million Women Study in 2003 claiming significant health risks from the use of HRT and triggering immense interest. Further analysis of the WHI study in April 2007 showed that for the majority who use HRT to control menopausal symptoms, within 10 years of the menopause, these women are more likely to benefit than come to any harm.

Results published confirmed that in fact those women aged below 60 years and less than 10 years past menopause have a lower risk of coronary disease, a lower risk of death from any cause and no increased risk for stroke. It is only in the older age groups where increased risks are seen, ages at which it is unusual to start taking HRT. HRT is still the most effective treatment available for control of menopausal symptoms and,...

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