Hormone Therapy Update August 2023 showcases some recent evidence-based information by Menopause Societies and International Sources.

Menopause Symptoms

How common are some menopause symptoms?

In Management of Menopausal Symptoms: A Review – Abstract: Importance the authors note:

Hormone Therapy Update May 2023“Menopause, due to loss of ovarian follicular activity without another pathological or physiological cause, typically occurs between the ages of 45 years and 56 years. During the menopausal transition, approximately 50% to 75% of women have hot flashes, night sweats, or both (vasomotor symptoms) and more than 50% have genitourinary symptoms (genitourinary syndrome of menopause [GSM])”.

Hormone Therapy

What is hormone therapy (HT)?

Depending on the Source the definition of HT may vary. In Menopause Management: Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) – What Is MHT? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health’s definition is:

“Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), formerly known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), helps manage menopausal symptoms when they interfere with your life. Menopausal symptoms are caused by lowering levels of oestrogen hormones. MHT is the medical replacement of female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, and sometimes testosterone”.

HT Benefits vs Risks

For healthy women, do the benefits of HT generally outweigh the risks?

On page one in Deciding About Hormone Therapy Use: Potential Risks the North American Menopause Society elaborate on:

“As with all medications, HT is associated with some potential risks. For healthy women with bothersome hot flashes aged younger than 60 years or within 10 years of menopause, the benefits of HT generally outweigh the risks”.

Health Care Provider

What if I would like some help to decide about taking HT?

If you would like some help to decide about taking HT it may be in your best interest to choose to discuss this with you health care provider.

On page two in the Joint Position Statement By the British Menopause Society, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Society for Endocrinology on Best Practice Recommendations for the Care of Women Experiencing the Menopause one of the recommendations is:

  • “The decision whether to take HRT, the dose and duration of its use should be made on an individualised basis after discussing the benefits and risks with each patient. This should be considered in the context of the overall benefits obtained from using HRT including symptom control and improving quality of life as well as considering the bone and cardiovascular benefits associated with HRT use”.

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Last Updated: 07 August 2023 – Last Revised: 07 August 2023