Duke's Moorman said it's too early to change clinical practice for surgical menopause patients. "This is just one part of the evidence on this topic. The data aren't conclusive," Moorman said.
She also noted that because many of the participants were nuns, the research may produce different results in another population of women. "They are not a typical group of women. They have not gone through childbirth, whereas 80 percent of the population has," said Moorman.
Bove concurred, saying "ongoing research into the potential neuroprotective effect of hormone therapy after early surgical menopause is warranted."
Research presented at medical meetings is typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health has more about surgical menopause.
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