Vol. 19 No 1 | Autumn 2017
Menopause is the final menstrual period. The menopausal transition is the time from the onset of menstrual cycle changes or vasomotor symptoms until one year after the final menstrual period.
Some women passing through the menopause transition suffer severe sweats and flushes or other menopausal symptoms, and while menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is by far the most effective treatment, many are fearful of using it. Every doctor who treats menopausal women knows that the ‘big issue’ around MHT usage is breast cancer risk. When the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study dramatically released its initial results to the world media in 2002, this resulted in headlines here in Australia such as ‘Stop your HRT and see your doctor’ (Daily Telegraph lead page 10 July 2002). Many now incorrectly believe that all MHTs cause breast cancer.