Many women and their doctors are concerned about the use of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) for their menopausal symptoms and interested in learning about alternatives. For many decades, using estrogen (or, in a woman with a uterus, using a combination of estrogen and a progestin) has been the therapy of choice for relieving menopause-related symptoms. But recently, some large clinical trials have found a greater chance of serious health problems such as blood clots, stroke, heart disease, or breast cancer and benefits like fewer hip fractures or less risk of colon cancer in certain groups of women using MHT. It is not clear how these findings apply to women with symptoms because these clinical trials were not designed to study such women, but rather to test whether MHT could prevent chronic diseases or conditions of aging, such as heart disease or cognitive decline.
Research has identified a number of hormonal and non-hormonal approaches that show promise for managing menopause-related symptoms. A careful examination of these strategies for symptom management is urgently needed to provide women and their health care providers with options that will best control their symptoms and restore their quality of life.
The conference presentations and discussions will focus on the following five key questions:
During the first day and part of the second day of the conference, experts will present the latest findings in menopausal symptoms research to an independent panel. The panel will then meet in executive session to weigh the evidence before them and prepare its statement assessing the state of the science. The panel will present its draft statement for public comment at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23.
The press briefing will be held in the main auditorium of the Natcher Center at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. Reporters are welcome to attend the full conference, or just the press briefing. Please register at http://consensus.
The complete conference agenda, including additional background and logistical information, is available at http://consensus.
The primary sponsors of this conference are the National Institute on Aging and the Office of Medical Applications of Research, NIH.
Note to Radio Editors: An audio report of the conference results will be available after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 from the NIH Radio News Service by calling 1-800-MED-DIAL (1-800-633-3425).
Note to TV Editors: The news conference at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 will be broadcast live via satellite on the following coordinates:
Galaxy 3 Transponder 06 C-Band Test time: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Orbital slot: 95 degrees West Broadcast: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT
Downlink Freq: 3820 Vertical
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