Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) are big words for a revolutionary idea. These drugs can be extremely helpful for women who have specific health concerns about hormone therapy but need relief from hot flashes, low bone mineral density, vaginal atrophy, and bleeding. There are also SERMs available for women with a history or family history of breast cancer. SERMs activate or block the estrogen receptors only in certain areas of the body and not others. That can make them safer than estrogen alone or result in fewer side effects.
This informative video is hosted by NAMS Board of Trustees Member and President-Elect Dr. Marla Shapiro. Dr. Shapiro is also the medical consultant for CTV News and on-air medical contributor to Canada AM. In this video, Dr. Shapiro interviews Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS Executive Director and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Midlife Health at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, about what SERMs are and how they can help women.
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