Although hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has many proven health benefits for postmenopausal women, relatively few women are taking advantage of this option. A major reason for this is lack of understanding by women of the benefits and risks of using HRT. Additionally, many women are uninformed about "designer estrogens," more correctly known as Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs), as an alternative approach to the use of esrogen. One of the major challenges of contemporary nursing is to help women maintain optimum health and enjoy a high quality of life after menopause. One aspect of managing menopausal health is an understanding of the hormonal options available to women. The purpose of this article is to present a synthesis of information comparing HRT and SERMs so that the reader can help his/her clients make informed choices about replacement therapy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing