Online “Menopause Map” Available to Help Women Navigate Treatment
Chevy Chase, MD ––An international meeting of organisations working in menopause and women’s health has concluded Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT, sometimes called HRT) is the most effective treatment for symptoms of the menopause, and that benefits are likely to outweigh any risks for women going through the menopause. However it advises women to only take MHT after discussing her individual health circumstances with her doctor. This advice will be simultaneously published in the peer-reviewed journals Climacteric and Maturitas on 15th March, 2013.
The consensus meeting, which took place in Paris in November last year, brought together the major international and regional menopause societies, as well as other international organizations active in women’s health (including endocrinology, reproduction, and osteoporosis), to produce a simple, understandable summary of the state of the science on MHT use.
The key conclusions are:
• MHT is the most effective treatment for symptoms related to the hormonal changes of menopause, such as hot flushes and sleep deprivation. MHT is also beneficial for bone health and may decrease mortality and cardiovascular disease; and • Risks associated with MHT are acknowledged, but benefits derived from MHT will generally outweigh the risks for women under 60, or within 10 years of the menopause.
Taking MHT is a decision which needs to be individualised, according to a women’s symptoms, and her individual health status (such as age, time since menopause, family history, general health, has she had a hysterectomy or not, and other personal risk factors). This decision should be taken in consultation with a suitably qualified physician.
The Endocrine Society and its Hormone Health Network last year released the “Menopause Map,” an online tool to help women and their doctors discuss which hormonal and non-hormonal treatment options may be most effective and safe to relieve the sometimes debilitating symptoms of menopause. The map can be found online at: www.hormone.org/MenopauseMap.
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Founded in 1916, The Endocrine Society is the world's oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Today, The Endocrine Society's membership consists of over 16,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in more than 100 countries. Together, these members represent all basic, applied, and clinical interests in endocrinology. The Endocrine Society is based in Chevy Chase, Md. To learn more about the Society, and the field of endocrinology, visit our web site atwww.endo-society.org.