You haven't been keeping up with research in other countries. The WHI results were not duplicated when proper cohort selection was done. And as I pointed out, even their numbers were misinterpreted by their own people. That's what happens when you try to fudge data to make a manufacturer's product look good - your fudge factors can really turn on you and bite you in the ass.
The studies HAVE been done in Europe, and the recommendations are clear - all women who do not have a family predisposition to cancers that grow faster when exposed to estrogen and don't have lifestyle risk factors (esp. smoking and obesity) should be encouraged to go on HRT within 5 years of signs of menopause.
The benefits to the cardiovascular system clearly outweigh the small incidental risk of stroke (and that stroke risk is mostly among people with the aforementioned lifestyle diseases). The caveat is to NOT include any forms of progestins - they are not needed, and increase risks. Straight estradiol alone is enough.
And as I pointed out, menopause is extremely unnatural among mammals. Out of all the thousands of mammals, there's just two marine species and humans. It's a genetic defect that wasn't weeded out because it's negative impact on species survival wasn't sufficient to remove it, same as many other negative genes continue to persist in the human genome.