Menopause brings many changes. It's a time when a woman's risk of heart disease starts to rise. The risk of other health problems such as osteoporosis and breast cancer also increases. It was thought that hormone therapy could ward off heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer, while improving women's quality of life. But beginning in July 2002, findings emerged from the Women's Health Initiative that showed that the long-term use of hormone therapy poses serious risks and may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
What should I know about Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Heart Disease?
These Web pages provide more information about the latest findings and use of hormone therapy (estrogen plus progestin and estrogen alone) during and after menopause, as well as alternative approaches to treat menopausal symptoms and other conditions.
- The Women's Health Initiative
Findings from the Women's Health Initiative about the risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy, and other information related to women's health
during and after menopause.