Do all post menopausal women need hormone therapy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There are many women who can tolerate minor symptoms of menopause without taking any hormones. Since everyone is different we don't automatically put women on hormones like we did prior to 2002 when we learned about the potential health risks of long-term hormone replacement therapy. So one size doesn't fit all when it comes to offering postmenopausal hormone therapy. Believe it or not there are some women who sail through menopause without as much as a bead of sweat. But most do experience some symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, mood changes, vaginal dryness and tissue thinning.

As general rule, though, we like to try non-hormonal medications and lifestyle strategies first.

It is worth mentioning that women who experience menopause before the age of 40 might be the one group that can benefit from hormone therapy because their bodies will have been deprived of estrogen for many years. And that has its own set of health problems.

As always, women and their doctors must carefully weigh the benefits against the risks of all drugs.

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