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Guidelines for Counseling Postmenopausal Women about Preventive Hormone Therapy

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Requests for Reprints: Linda Johnson White, Director, Department of Scientific Policy, American College of Physicians, Independence Mall West, Sixth Street at Race, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572.


© 1992 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(12):1038-1041. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-12-1038
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The following are guidelines for counseling asymptomatic postmenopausal women about using hormone therapy to prevent disease and to prolong life. Hormone therapy is effective for treating many of the symptoms associated with menopause. When treating menopausal symptoms, hormones should be given for a limited time (1 to 5 years). Counseling about the risks and benefits of long-term hormone therapy may begin during the period when a woman is being treated for menopausal symptoms, but decisions regarding these two uses of hormone therapy should be made separately.

The hormone regimens considered in these guidelines include unopposed estrogen therapy and estrogen plus

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