Hot Flashes And Hormones: A Complex Issue

When night sweats, hot flashes and other signs of menopause come to call, many women find themselves desperate to soothe their symptoms. For some, the search for relief will lead them to consider bioidentical hormone therapy, a treatment that has been popularized by such celebrities as Suzanne Somers and Oprah Winfrey. Proponents say bioidentical hormones are natural, effective and safe – but is that true?

To answer that question, you have to start with some definitions, says JoAnn Manson, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of preventive medicine for Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“There are several misconceptions about hormones and hormone therapy,” Manson says – starting with what exactly hormone therapy is.

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