News for Your Practice

Individualizing treatment of menopausal symptoms

Address the benefit–risk profile of hormonal and nonhormonal treatments to help women care for their vasomotor symptoms and GSM, say two menopause experts in a new review



Menopause experts Andrew M. Kaunitz, MD, and JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH, provide a comprehensive review of various treatments for menopausal symptoms in an article recently published ahead of print in Obstetrics and Gynecology.1 They discuss hormonal and nonhormonal options to treat vasomotor symptoms, genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), and considerations for the use of hormone therapy in special populations: women with early menopause, women with a history of breast cancer and those who carry the BRCA gene mutation, and women with a history of venous thrombosis.1

The authors write that, “given the lower rates of adverse events on HT among women close to menopause onset and at lower baseline risk of cardiovascular disease, risk stratification and personalized risk assessment appear to represent a sound strategy for optimizing the benefit–risk profile and safety of HT.”1 They suggest that instead of stopping systemic HT at age 65 years, the length of treatment be individualized based on a woman’s risk profile and preferences. The authors encourage gynecologists and other clinicians to use benefit–risk profile tools for both hormonal and nonhormonal options to help women make sound decisions on treating menopausal symptoms.1

Readthe full Clinical Expert Series here.

Next Article:

Turn down the androgens to treat female pattern hair loss

Related Articles