Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)
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There are various methods for managing menopausal symptoms. It’s important for women to have comprehensive information about the treatment options available so they can decide which one is best for them.
This Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will consider the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a floor vote possible at the end of April.
No form of estrogen, or estrogen plus progestin, has been proven to prevent heart disease. Yet millions of women have taken these powerful drugs, encouraged by physicians who believed that hormone therapy prevented heart disease.
The much-belated Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS) data have patently discredited two popular post-Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) theories (the “timing hypothesis” and the “bioidentical Hormone Therapy is better than synthetic Hormone Therapy” argument).
You would think that the medical establishment would rejoice and celebrate this historic public health achievement: science giving women and their health care providers information that we can use to guide our behavior in a way that dramatically improves our health and saves lives. But, in the case of the WHI, you’d be wrong.