Menopause Services and Hormone Therapy
Proper therapy of menopausal symptoms has been extremely confusing since the Women’s Health Initiative reports, which began to appear in 2002. Prior to that time, the data and the attitude of most gynecologists suggested that essentially all women would benefit from so-called "hormone replacement" therapy.
Now it is recommended that "hormone therapy" be utilized only for those women who have significant hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms. In addition, it is now recommended that hormone therapy be utilized for shorter periods of time and be re-evaluated at yearly intervals by the patient and her gynecologist.
Multiple medications – oral, transdermal or vaginal – are available for patients who have symptoms requiring therapy. As academic and teaching faculty members at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, our physicians must stay current with the latest developments in this ever-changing debate and discovery in the area of hormone therapy. Patients can benefit from the knowledge and insight our physicians pass along to medical students every day.