I advise readers not to get caught up in the barrage of media blasts on opinions derived from the WHI. This study of 24,000 American women asked many questions whose answers we did not want to know. There were limited and unfavorable treatments used, namely oral estrogen made from pregnant mare urine, (hence, the name Premarin), with or without an artificial progesterone (Provera).
The data has spawned a tiresome stream of résumé items for those vested in the results. Dr. Alan Altman, past president of the International Sexual Society, and medical coordinator of the documentary film, "Hot Flash Havoc," (check it out at HotFlashHavoc.com), offers insights on the politics and science of the WHI, informed by his 30 years as an assistant clinical professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School.
In a recent interview, he states, "The WHI looked at the wrong people, with the wrong medications, at the wrong time in their lives, and frightened millions of women into needlessly throwing their hormones away. The vast majority of women who are post-menopausal would benefit over the longer term from using estrogen."