Overcoming Barriers to Menopausal Hormone Therapy

Prof Bronwyn Stuckey BA MBBS FRACP

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Today, the life expectancy of the average Australian woman is eighty-seven years. Although this has increased over time with better healthcare, the average age of menopause is fifty-one years and this has not changed. The majority of women will spend over thirty years of their lives in the postmenopausal state. At menopause, most women will experience symptoms ranging from hot flushes, arthralgia, insomnia, cognitive dysfunction, genito-urinary symptoms and reduced libido. Some of these symptoms may or may not resolve with time. Importantly, menopause and the fall in oestrogen leads to bone loss, an unfavourable change in lipids and a rising cardiovascular and stroke risk, which do not resolve with time.

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Content updated Febraury 2017