Menopause: Beyond Hot Flashes

Illustration for TIME by JON KRAUSE

Ever since the Women's Health Initiative (whi) concluded three years ago that the long-term use of the hormones estrogen and progestin to prevent heart disease was not worth the associated health risks, women have been frustrated and confused about what to do as they go through menopause. Part of the problem is that the whi study was never designed to look at menopause. Participants were mostly in their 60s, when more and more women begin suffering heart attacks, and not their late 40s and early 50s, when most women eventually stop menstruating. But as data presented in San Diego...

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