I’ve got a question about estrogen creams. My provider has recommended I use Estrace vaginal cream and I wanted to check in about the carcinogenic effects of doing something like this.

Some postmenopausal women experience vaginal pain or discomfort when they have intercourse or a gynecological exam. Vaginal tissues can become thinner after menopause, causing dryness and itching. For some women, regular intercourse or other sexual stimulation is enough to keep the vagina supple, while other women find that vaginal lubricants prevent discomfort that might otherwise … Continued

Menopause Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer

Since the early 2000s, the use of menopausal hormone therapy has continued to decline after the initial findings of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) showed an increased risk of breast cancer and serious cardiac events with the use of estrogen plus progestin. The decline in MHT has been paralleled by a concomitant decrease in breast … Continued

Menopause Hormone Therapy: Timing Doesn’t Matter

It’s OK when you have symptoms, but don’t use it for prevention. The National Women’s Health Network has always supported menopause hormone therapy (HT) for symptom relief. Most symptoms associated with menopause are worse immediately before or after periods finally stop, but some, like vaginal dryness, can cause problems for women many years after menopause. … Continued

Public Health or Private Profit?

What the heck is an estrogen-promotion article doing in the American Journal of Public Health?  That’s what I asked myself a few weeks ago when the “The Mortality Toll of Estrogen Avoidance” was published in the influential periodical produced by the American Public Health Association (APHA).1 I’m always upset when I see yet another article promoting … Continued

Snapshots

A recent assessment found 20% of seniors receive an “inappropriate” prescription, including drugs with higher complication rates than equally effective alternatives; drugs that are insufficient to treat the patient’s problem; and drugs that are under-, over-, or mis-prescribed. The 19 studies analyzed assessed prescriptions for seniors living on their own (i.e., not in assisted living … Continued