Benefits Found In Hormone Use Early In Menopause

(October 3, 2012)--A new study finds that starting low-dose treatment early in menopause made women feel better and did not seem to raise heart risks,, but the four years of research does not address the risk of breast cancer because the study was too small and too short for that.

The advice remains the same.

Use hormones at the lowest dose for the shortest time possible, and only for severe symptoms and not to prevent bone loss or aging-related problems.

Study leader Dr. JoAnn Manson of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said the benefits outweigh the risks when hormone therapy is used short-term to manage symptoms of menopause.

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