Im confused. Do the findings of the WHI mean that menopausal women should never take hormones because the drugs are too dangerous?
No. Remember: The WHI was designed to determine whether HT and ET were effective in preventing illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, and not their usefulness in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. What’s more, all medications have side effects, and the WHI helped to clarify and quantify what some of those side effects were for hormone therapy. In fact, for as much good information as the WHI provided about HT and ET, many physicians and researchers believe many more questions about hormone therapy have yet to be answered. For instance, do the results of the WHI study, which involved the use of a certain formulation of estrogen and progestin taken together daily, apply to the numerous other brands of estrogen and progestin on the market? What about lower doses of estrogen and progestin? Do estrogen-containing skin patches, vaginal creams and the new vaginal ring carry the same risks? Equally important are questions about the safety and effectiveness of over-the-co