April 2010

The Great Perimenopause Cover-Up

I just read “The Estrogen Dilemma” and I feel like weeping—in sorrow and deep sadness. This article by Cynthia Gorney about energetic, intelligent women who feel they must take estrogen in order to survive perimenopause yet have deep worries about its risks. I know personally the anguishing changes that erupt during perimenopause. “The Estrogen Dilemma” also evoked my frustration and even rage. It is wrong that symptomatic women in the midst of the long and stormy midlife transition have to face a conundrum—to take estrogen or not. It arises from a Nixonian-style cover-up of three proven and important-for-women truths: