Tapering HT reduces symptom recurrence

Women who taper HT report significantly lower menopausal symptom scores after discontinuation compared to women who go ‘cold turkey', a survey shows. However tapering HT was also associated with resumption of therapy at a later date, researchers found. 

Discontinuing postmenopausal hormone therapy: an observational study of tapering versus quitting cold turkey: is there a difference in recurrence of postmenopausal symptoms?

Haskell, Sally G et al

Menopause 2009;16 (3) 494-99


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Tapering versus cold turkey: symptoms versus successful discontinuation of menopausal hormone therapy

Suffoletto, J.; Hess, R.

Menopause 2009; 16 (3): 436-37


Content updated 1 June 2009