Overview: This article describes the findings and limitations of the major research thus far on hormone therapy, particularly that of the Women's Health Initiative; examines practice recommendations; clarifies common terminology related to menopause and hormone therapy; and provides the implications for nurses. This is part one of a four-part series on postmenopausal health.
Keywords: bioidentical hormones, combined estrogen and progestogen therapy, estrogen, estrogen therapy, hormone therapy, menopause, menopausal transition, postmenopause, progestin, progestogen, women's health, Women's Health Initiative
Part one of a four-part series on postmenopausal health describes the findings and limitations of the major research thus far on hormone therapy.
Karen Roush is a doctoral candidate at the New York University College of Nursing, New York City; the author of What Nurses Know . . . Menopause (Demos Health; New York, 2011); and special editorial consultant to AJN. Contact author: email@example.com. The author has disclosed no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.