Have you ever made an assumption about something or someone that turned out to be incorrect?
I make assumptions all the time.
I assume that the mild salsa is the same price as the medium or that the red bell peppers are the same price as the green.
Yesterday, I assumed that the email coupons were automatically added to our frequent shopper card.
I assume that the stranger coming to ring my doorbell is trying to sell me something.
I assume that someone who is not texting me back is upset with me or ignoring me.
Assumptions can be dangerous . . .
. . . like when I assume the blinking right turn signal on the car ahead of me means that car really is going to turn right at the next possible intersection.
When you and I make assumptions, they usually have fairly benign consequences. We may be embarrassed or have to apologize or just feel stupid. Our assumptions could lead to a fender bender or possibly something worse.
The medical science community is making some pretty big assumptions when it comes to hormones. As a pharmacist, I have a duty, in fact a legal obligation to tell my patients about the possible risks and benefits of medications they are taking. I want to make those risks and benefits clear and understandable, whether or not you have a Ph.D. in biochemistry. Here are some assumptions that drive the warnings you’ve heard about hormones.