It is estimated that if a woman living in the US reaches the age of 55 years, her life expectancy will extend into her eighties. This means she will spend about one third of her life - menopausal!
It probably safe to say that most of us want more than longevity. Most of us want a good quality of life with our longevity. The ongoing question is whether the benefit of hormone replacement outweighs the risk particularly for women over the age of 65 years.
The North American Menopause Society has issued a recent statement to clarify their position on hormone replacement for women over 65 years. Essentially, their position is that hormone replacement should be individualized carefully taking into consideration risks and benefits in consultation with the patient.
Care tailored to the needs and the concerns of the the patient.