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Treating menopausal symptoms in 2019

Hormone replacement therapy has recently hit the headlines again and not in a good way. A research paper published in The Lancet reignited the controversy by again highlighting an association between hormone therapy and breast cancer.

While the experts have been quick in their response, pointing out the numerous limitations of the study and the researchers’ conclusions, it is still more than likely GPs will again be grilled about the latest evidence with regard to this treatment.

It’s an area of medicine that certainly has been heavily scrutinised over the past couple of decades and as such it is important GPs have ready access to the latest guidelines to best practice.

Here is a great little resource that fits the bill perfectly. It’s an article entitled ‘Making choices at menopause’ and it was published in the July issue of the Australian Journal of General Practice. Written by two of Australia’s leading women’s health experts, Dr Karen Magraith and Dr Bronwyn Stuckey, the article gives a very nice, practical precis of the state of menopausal symptom treatment at the moment.

It even has a handy little flow chart to help support the decision making process when it comes to deciding which menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) options can be recommended for which symptomatic patients.

Of course, MHT guidelines are not a rarity. There are some wonderful reference resources out there from very reputable organisations such as RANZCOG and the Australasian Menopause Society. But what stands this resource apart is the fact that it’s so succinct and so practically oriented.

The busy GP can quickly find and check their responses to common patient queries such as the value of various allied health options as well as the latest information of risks and side-effects. What’s more it was only published in July – so it’s up-to-date.

>> Access the resource here