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Menopause and Hormonal Therapy

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Menopause and Hormonal Therapy

Jun 11, 2021

How do you know if hormonal therapy is right for you? On today's Health Minute, women's expert Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones explains why estrogen hormonal therapy is an effective way to treat symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and dryness.

Learn more about this health topic in the full-length interview.

Episode Transcript

Interviewer: Is hormonal therapy a good treatment option for menopause symptoms? Dr. Kirtly Jones, what's your advice?

Dr. Jones: For the two main symptoms of menopause, hot flashes and dryness, estrogen is the best therapy. The new North American Menopause Society guidelines outline the importance of individualizing therapy for each woman, looking at the options, discussing the symptoms, and the patient's own biology.

There are few, if any, absolute contraindications to hormonal therapy. It's all a risk/benefit discussion. Be prepared for your visit with your doctor. What are your symptoms? How much do they bother you? What is your medical history, and what are your fears and concerns and hopes? Coming prepared will help you and your clinician focus on your needs.

updated: June 11, 2021
originally published: June 19, 2019