Story of the Day: Hormone Therapy is NOT the Gold Standard
As a nurse midwife/women’s health provider and as a woman approaching menopause two decades ago I had decisions to make both professionally and personally. I was very concerned about the Big Pharma publicity and pressure on practitioners and women to accept the idea that hormone replacement was the gold standard of care. I knew that many practices and procedures that women are encouraged or forced to undergo, like episiotomy and fetal monitoring, have never been proven to improve outcomes in most cases, but nevertheless adopted widely without adequate study.
Patient education is lively when you factor in all the topics; the idea of taking prescription drugs for years with or without real clear indications is not appealing, and many women felt their complaints of side effects were being discounted. Add to that the inhumane treatment of animals used for hormone production and the idea that menopausal women could serve as a cash cow for pharmaceutical companies. I’m very grateful that WHI was carried out so we can make more rational decisions about health care, and I’m very grateful to NWHN for its advocacy and dissemination of information for all the decades it has been going. I encourage every woman I know to join and support NWHN.
If you want to share your story about how the WHI affected your life or show your appreciation for the breast cancer diagnoses prevented by this landmark research, you can do that through the NWHN’s WHI story bank and photo-collage.