The Women’s Health Initiative Conundrum
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The WHI has been designed to evaluate the metabolic risks and benefits of Estrogen/Progestagen Therapy (HT) or Estrogen Therapy (ET) in women in their later postmenopause. It has not been designed to study the effect of HT or ET on symptomatic peri- and early postmenopausal women. Furthermore, the selection criteria used in the WHI are not congruent with the profiles of women treated in daily medicine by HT/ET: women starting HT/ET in clinical routine are younger, less obese and healthier than the WHI population. Therefore, the results and the risk-benefit-conclusions of the WHI cannot be applied to normal symptomatic peri- and immediately postmenopausal women, and even less to women with early (40–50 years) or premature (40 yrs.) menopause.
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