Chairs: Ann Marie Johnson
Speakers: Professor Mike Kirby, Dr Louise Newson
Dr Louise R Newson
The menopause is a normal life event for women and so it is not an illness or a medical condition. However, the effects of the menopause can often be detrimental and the low oestrogen levels occurring are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
There is no longer any debate about the positive safety profile of HRT taken by healthy perimenopausal and early postmenopausal women. Numerous studies have been published since the WHI study, which have confirmed many benefits of taking HRT. Symptoms of the menopause all improve with HRT. There is now robust and compelling data suggesting that apart from quality of life issues, prevention of coronary disease, osteoporosis and fracture risk, reduction in new onset diabetes mellitus and all-cause mortality occur.
This data will be discussed in my presentation by use of a clinical case.