Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life that marks the end of her menstrual cycle. It can cause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and irritability. Some women also experience depression and anxiety.
There has been much debate about the use of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) to treat these symptoms. A study called the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) looked at the long-term effects of MHT on the health of over 27,000 postmenopausal women. The study found that MHT may slightly increase the risk of certain diseases such as breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke. However, overall, MHT did not increase the risk of death.
It’s important to remember that the women in the study were mostly older and had already gone through menopause. The results may not apply to younger women or those just starting to have menopausal symptoms. Also, the study only looked at one type of hormone therapy and not other options.
It’s important for each woman to make a decision about hormone therapy with her doctor. It’s important to weigh the benefits and risks of hormone therapy and consider other options.
For women in the Philippines, particularly in BGC, Makati, Alabang, Pasig, experiencing menopausal symptoms and looking for personalized and high-quality care, you can consult Dr. Mea Ramos from Eva Teleconsult. Dr. Ramos is a qualified physician with a special interest in women’s health. She and her team at Eva Teleconsult can provide teleconsultations, counseling, and home vaccination services. Upgrade your healthcare experience with Dr. Ramos and Eva Teleconsult today.
“Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Long-term All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality: The Women’s Health Initiative Randomized Trials” JAMA. 2017 Sep 12;318(10):927-938.
Mea Ramos, MD, MBA