Benefits and Risks of Hormone Therapy in Women
Guest: Ekta Kapoor, M.B.B.S. (@Ektasinghkapoor)
Host: Darryl S. Chutka, M.D. (@ChutkaMD)
For years, healthcare providers routinely prescribed hormone therapy for the management of women with postmenopausal symptoms as well as to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and the treat osteoporosis. Then, in 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative was published and our views of hormone therapy changed. Parts of the study’s findings were criticized leading to confusion as to whether hormone therapy was as effective as we assumed as well as whether hormone therapy was exposing women to excessive health risks. To help us sort out the benefits and risks of hormone therapy in women, we’re joined by Dr. Ekta Kapoor, a Mayo Clinic internist and specialist in the Menopause and Women’s Sexual Health Clinic.