While the recently published NICE guideline on diagnosis and management of the menopause stated that HRT does not increase the risk of heart disease when started in women aged under 60, it did not recommend the use of HRT to prevent heart disease since the evidence was not conclusive enough.
A study from Finland reported an increase in mortality rate from cardiac death or stroke compared both to the baseline population and to women who continued taking HRT.
A 15 year follow up study from Finland has confirmed previous knowledge that that women who stop HRT experience loss of bone mineral density and increased risk of wrist fracture.
Acupuncture has often be used as a treatment for hot flushes but effectiveness is unclear. A group in Australia studied the effect of acupuncture compared to sham acupuncture in a randomised trial.
Recently, ESHRE has published its guideline on the management of women with premature ovarian insufficiency.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, the first female Chief Medical Officer, has called on bosses to create a culture where women feel comfortable discussing the menopause in the workplace.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has recently published a Recovering Well series of patient information designed to support women to get back on their feet after different types of gynaecological surgery.
Today sees the launch of the NICE Guideline on the diagnosis and management of the menopause. It will play an important role in raising awareness of all menopausal symptoms and in encouraging women to consider lifestyle changes to improve later health.
An American study out today (18 Oct 2015) confirms the safety of HRT, with beneficial effects being shown in women who continued taking HRT for many years.
Numerous products and techniques are promoted for hot flashes, but do they work, and are they safe?