Dr. William Creasman talks about what women should consider before choosing hormone replacement therapy.
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What should women consider before choosing hormone replacement therapy? I think you need to look at the benefits and the risks. Are there any contraindications to hormone replacement therapy? There may be I think they are very small. If a woman has had a significant deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolus, that’s probably a contraindication. If she has had breast cancer, I don’t think that’s a contraindication. We have a lot of women who have been on hormone replacement therapy after breast cancer and have been on it for 10 or 15 or 20 years. They’re doing very well. In fact, the studies would suggest that they do just as well off not better than a cohort that are on hormone replacement therapy. When the WHI came out in 2002, there was no question that there was. Many women came off of it immediately because they were scared to death. The thing is just all of there is subsequent papers that have come out and essentially shown that there really isn’t that increased risk. That has not gotten out. I mean when was the last time you heard something on the evening news or the front page of the newspaper that showed what was good. Everybody still refers back to the 2002 which was preliminary data and have all kinds of problems with it. As I've said, many of them has subsequently shown that the final results are the results they are publishing now are entirely different than it was in the 2002 article show.