Menopause: A Healthy View

Menopause is in the midst of a makeover. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to issue a scientific consensus statement soon that will urge women and their doctors to stop thinking of menopause--technically, the year after the last menstrual cycle--as some kind of disease. If that conclusion seems obvious to you, perhaps you missed all the medical drama and debate about the benefits, or lack thereof, of trying to replace the body's faltering production of hormones over the long term. Some believe that anyone who takes estrogen is a dupe of the pharmaceutical companies, while others insist that it's a...

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