Hot Flash Havoc: A New Film Making the Rounds
I didn’t intend for May to become the month of “estrogen blogs.” It just kind of turned out that way. I had plans to discuss other topics. But, with the flurry of information on estrogen studies, etc., making their way around the Internet and news media outlets, along with my personal decision to use estrogen, well, I couldn’t ignore it.
There is a new movie released recently that is also making a few waves around the Internet. It is called Hot Flash Havoc: A Film of Menopausal Proportions. One of the co-creators of the film contacted me several weeks ago, asking if I would view the film, and consider being an affiliate to help promote it as well.
I recently viewed the film and will tell you honestly, it’s very well done. I watched it a couple of times and found it very compelling. Partly because some of the physicians who participated in the making of the film are physicians whose books I have sitting on my bookshelf, and whom I reference often in my study and writing. But, I’m still not completely certain what the actual intent of the film is.
It addresses the now infamous (in my view) Women’s Health Initiative study (I won’t go into detail on the outcome of the study, because there is plenty of information on the Internet available to find and read), and spent a great deal of time debunking the results, and the basic manner in which the study was done.
None of it was news to me, however, since I have read several books already which addressed the exact same issues the film addressed, and I have also read articles here and there, which also challenged the results of the study. So, like I said, nothing new.
One issue in the film which did catch my attention, however, was the use of Premarin, a conjugated, synthetic estrogen product formulated from the urine of pregnant mares. Premarin took a huge hit in the Women’s Health Initiative studyas being one of the drugs linked to the increased risk of stroke, breast cancer, and heart disease in women who participated in the study. There were other issues linked to those results, but that was the basic conclusion.
The message in the film was that all of the mass hysteria surrounding Premarin as a result of the Women’s Health Initiative study was completely misplaced. And maybe it is. But, I’ve read enough about Premarin that I’m not completely convinced of its safety. Though the film didn’t come right out and explicitly say, “Premarin is safe for use,” the inference was definitely there, loud and clear.
I have not decided if I’m going to join the affiliate program to promote the film. I probably won’t. I’m not a salesperson, and frankly, I’m not too keen on getting lassoed into these types of marketing campaigns. But, I do want you to know that I watched the film, and found it intriguing and interesting.
If you happen to hear about it and wonder if it’s worth watching, my personal opinion is that yes, it is. But, I’m not ready to endorse the film as the new “Holy Grail” on estrogen therapy. For me, the jury is not just out on the subject, it is deeply sequestered.
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women's health and a women's freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.