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
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