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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Putting It All Together

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:54

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to hormone replacement therapy.

  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been shown to be effective in reducing troublesome symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and disrupted sleep.
  • A woman's natural production of estrogen does not usually stop suddenly, but decreases over a period of several years.
  • Lack of estrogen contributes to the risk of osteoporosis. HRT reduces the risk of this serious health problems and provides other health benefits.
  • HRT has potential risks and is not right for everyone. Women should weigh the benefits against the risks in order to decide if HRT is right for them.
  • HRT is available in several different forms, including tablets, skin patches, injections and creams.
  • Some women experience side effects when beginning HRT, but they are usually short-lasting and can be managed.

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